The quality acts just keep on coming!
Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, our November headliners MEGSON draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.
The husband and wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (vocals, whistle, piano accordion) and Stu Hanna (guitar, mandola, banjo), Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it “if you don’t like the music here then you have a problem”.
Summer 2016 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album Good Times Will Come Again, gaining them much critical acclaim. “One of the most original political folk sets of the year. Ewan MacColl would have been impressed,” said The Guardian. “Relevant, thought-provoking songs that would make Woody Guthrie proud,” said Acoustic Magazine; while folk broadcasting legend Mike Harding described it as “one of the top albums of the year!”.
Opening the evening’s entertainment will be KIRSTY MERRYN, one of the most arresting and unconventional singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, with a style uniquely her own.
Kirsty launched her debut album She & I at London’s Union Chapel in November last year, whilst supporting folk superband Show of Hands on their 22-night Cathedrals tour. Beguiling and mercurial, Kirsty’s music consists of emphatic piano-based songs with sharply observed lyrics, packaged with panache in elegant, beautifully balanced settings and delivered in crystal clear, assured vocals. Her album tells some of the diverse stories of inspirational women in history, from Emma Hamilton to Annie Edson Taylor, and has received extensive air play including the Mike Harding Folk Show, the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, the BBC 3 World Music show, as well as many regional BBC channels.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 16th November 2018, are available from MELANIE'S KITCHEN or online HERE. They are priced at £12 each in advance (£10 for members), or £14 on the door. There will be a full bar, stocking cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based GREAT WESTERN BREWING CO., and also locally-made NAUGHTY BROWNIES. There will be a raffle with prizes including CDs, gift boxes of beer and sweet treats. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket, as well as reusable bottles for water, as part of the club’s drive to be more environmentally aware.