2017

Friday 22 September, 8pm
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith 
Multi-instrumentalists Jimmy and Sid play traditional and original folksong of the British Isles. Heavily influenced by the songs and singers of East Anglia where they both grew up, their music also reflects the diversity of voices within the folk and acoustic world. They tell stories of hardship, joy, struggle and celebration, political resistance and the decline of industry, held together with driving banjo and guitar arrangements and close vocal harmonies that will send a shiver down your spine!
Their second album ‘Night Hours’ was released in December 2016 to great reviews across the board and has fast cemented their place of longevity within the folk scene. The duo became festival favourites last year and their success is set to continue with a new album released this summer. www.jimmyandsidduo.com Ruskin Mill, Old Bristol Road, Nailsworth, GL6 0LA
01453 837537 07977 174729 rmt.org/ruskinmillcollege/events    
Tickets £8 / £6 concession (under 26)
Saturday 23 September 8pm

Briga
A resident of Montreal, Briga’s music is a reflection of her fragmented identity. She’s a creator, a composer, a producer, and a tastemaker…She’s a violinist, multi-instrumentalist, and a vocalist. Recipient of the Stingray Rising Star Award, and nominee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards Québec’s ADISQ awards, and the Juno Awards her songs are half instrumental, half written in French and English, of which all are accompanied by her fervent violin firmly rooted in eastern European and Romani folk sounds learned from the days her father played the piano to put the children to sleep. Her body of work includes four albums: Diaspora (2009), Turbo Folk Stories (2012), Wake (2014), and Femme (2017),  along with numerous performances across Canada, the United-States, Europe, and North Africa. Her unique sound is described as bringing a Balkan/Quebecois mash-up of music, delivered with a Turbo Folk edge, wrapped up in heavy grooves that drive her wailing violin and sweet voice. www.brigamusic.com
Concert at the Ale House Saturday 8:30pm.Free Admission.
Sunday September 24, 8pm:

Sarah McQuaid, with support from Natalie Holmes
Born in Madrid (to a Spanish father and an American mother), raised in Chicago and now living in rural England, Sarah McQuaid has played major festivals like Sidmouth and Trowbridge, and in 2008 she released her second album, I Won’t Go Home ’Til Morning. In contrast to the first album’s focus on Irish traditional songs and instrumentals, the follow-up was a celebration of old-time Appalachian folk, with Sarah’s arrangements punctuated by her own fine compositions and a cover of Bobbie Gentry’s classic “Ode to Billie Joe.”
Sarah McQuaid seduces her audience with cheeky banter, stunning musicianship and a voice that’s been likened to malt whisky and melted chocolate. Her new album Walking Into White is her most adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beauifully crafted live shows. http://www.sarahmcquaid.com

Natalie Holmes (Support)    facebook.com/natalieholmesmusic/
Bristol-based singer/songwriter Natalie Holmes writes beautifully honest, level-headed pop/folk tunes brought to life with a delicately angelic voice on a canvas of acoustic guitar and piano. An independent artist building her fan base entirely from scratch, she kick-started her musical career by uploading songs and now has over a million hits on YouTube, thousands of subscribers and a loyal following on social media. Although just into her twenties, Natalie has clocked up three successful EP’s: The Simplest Things, Child and Over & Out, all of which featured in the iTunes and Top 10 Singer/Songwriter Charts.
The Stroud Subscription Rooms
Tel 01453 760900 — Tickets £12 (concs £10) — 8pm (Doors 7:30pm)
http://www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk

Martin & Shan Graebe www.martinandshan.net  
Martin and Shan Graebe sing traditional songs, mostly from the south of England and, mostly, unaccompanied and in harmony. Many come from the Devonshire collector, Sabine Baring-Gould, on whose work Martin is an authority. Martin has also written a number of songs that have become popular with folk audiences worldwide. They live in Cirencester, Gloucestershire,
Concert on Sunday at the Imperial Hotel 1:00-1:30pm.

Blondes with Beards facebook.com/BlondesWithBeards/
Ask Blondes With Beards to describe what they do and the first thing they’ll tell you is “We’re not a drag act.”They are, in fact, a four piece harmony group singing a mix of accompanied and a capella material. The lead vocals come mainly from the girls, Jan and Jo (The Blondes,) with additional vocals, guitar and string bass accompaniment from Richard and Paul, (the Beards).
Their differing musical backgrounds are reflected in a varied repertoire encompassing folk, light country and blues with acoustic arrangements of some classic pop numbers, a bit of humour and some self-penned material.
Singers Session at the Little Vic: Sunday 3-4:45pm.
Concert on Sunday at the Imperial Hotel 1:30-2pm.

Rod Penlington & Robin Burton facebook.com/robinisfromsomerset
Rod Penlington is very well known on the folk scene for powerful sea shanties, traditional and contemporary ballads and humorous songs. He has run shanty sessions at festivals across the country. He is a regular compere at festivals, has played with Bees Knees Ceilidh Band for many years and is always ready to provide a lively tune on the English Concertina or chromatic accordion.
Robin Burton joined Rod in the summer of 2015 to reform the Gloucester Diamonds (along with Debra Hannis and Paul Carter).   As well as being a well known local singer, Robin is a Trustee of Gloucestershire Traditions and Chair of the Stroud Wassail. +44 7843 241371
robin@robinburton.co.uk
Song Session at the Little Vic Saturday 3-4:45pm.
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 2-2:30pm

Gwilym Davies   facebook.com/gwilymd1
Despite his Welsh name and ancestry, Gwilym Davies is a Hampshire man who has been resident in Gloucestershire since the 1970s. He is an experienced singer of traditional songs and, when not singing unaccompanied, accompanies himself on melodeon or banjo. For more than 40 years, Gwilym has been tracking down and recording traditional singers, and more that half his repertoire is based on songs from those singers. He sings a large number of songs from the English traveller (gypsy) community which he has learnt first hand. Most of his English songs come from the south and south-west of England, and he also sings a number of songs from his collecting trips to the USA.Gwilym is experienced in folk clubs, concerts, festivals radio and recording.
Concert Sunday at the Imperial 2:30-3pm.

Ken Langsbury & Kate Dean
Ken Langsbury grew up surrounded by the songs and stories of the ordinary (and sometimes extraordinary!) people of Gloucestershire. Though rejected by the school choir, his love of singing led him to entertain his comrades during national service in Malaya and to join the renowned Cheltenham-based group, The Songwainers. As well as singing, Ken enjoys telling stories, many of which are so familiar to his fans that they will join in with key phrases. Today he describes his life, his songs and his stories in a chat with Martin Graebe. He will be joined by his daughter, Kate Dean, a very fine singer in her own right.
Concert Sunday at the Imperial 3-3:30pm

THE PORTRAITS    www.theportraitsmusic.com/ppp-fanclub
Anglo-Irish alt-folk duo The Portraits are husband and wife songwriters Lorraine and Jeremy Millington from Galway and Bristol respectively. 2016 saw The Portraits play at Glastonbury Festival, and complete work on their seventh studio album Global Heartbeat, released on 21st April 2017. The album is a call to the world to unite against hatred and heal its divisions. The first single, Nobody Can Ever Murder Love, was the duo’s instant reaction to the horror of Jo Cox’s murder in June 2016 and led to an invitation to play and chat about the song live on Clare Balding’s BBC Radio 2 show Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2 in April 2017. Uniquely, the duo’s new CD album is purchasable not with money but with a promise to spread the word about the band by becoming part of The Portraits’ new ‘PPP’fanclub:
The Black Book Cafe.   Saturday 23 September 2.30 – 4.00pm    Free entry   www.blackbookcafe.com/

Doug Watt (FB page)
Double graduate musician, local folky, border morris box player, retired cricketer, not retired businessman and sometime singer of silly songs.
Song Session at the Ale House Sunday 1-2:45pm.
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 3:30-4pm

Brad McEwen  citternbard.yolasite.com
third generation Canadian, descended from Irish and Scottish immigrants. Accompanying himself on cittern, his solo repertoire consists of Canadian variants of British ballads as well as songs from Canadian traditional historical sources. The rich tradition of Canada is often overlooked and Brad hopes to raise awareness of his country’s history and contributions to the world in songs and stories. Supported on Double Bass by well known local musician Kevin Bown.
Concert at the Imperial Sunday 4-4:30pm.

DISCOVERY facebook.com/discoveryfolk/
Jeff Gillett is an experienced folk guitarist and singer. As well as performing solo, he worked for many years as an accompanist for nationally renowned folk singer Ron Taylor. Elaine has been a enthusiast of traditional folk song for many years and performs regularly in local folk clubs.Together their voices combine to create beautiful harmonies and sensitive interpretations of traditional and modern folk songs, enhanced by Jeff’s supremely tasteful, restrained yet inventive accompaniments. Their repertoire includes traditional music, new interpretations of familiar songs and William Blake’s poems sung to Jeff’s original tunes.
Song session at the Little Vic Sunday 1-2:45 pm, Sunday.
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 4:30-5pm