Twickfolk turned 30 last year, and judging from the high quality of some of the acts coming on, they’re still celebrating.
Over the next two months, the veteran Twickenham folk club will be putting on some great shows at the famous Cabbage Patch, just around the corner from Twickenham Stadium.
On Sunday 16 March, the gifted Sunjay Brayne will be taking the stage. His energetic playing is strongly underpinned by blues, so much so that he has been called the last of the sixties guitarists – extraordinary considering he’s nineteen. The power of his music comes in part from the depth of his voice, in part from the vitality of his playing and in part from the contemplative yet playful mood of his rhythms and lyrics. Brayne’s natural musicality and spirited performances are making blues young again.
Tennessee comes to Twickenham on the 23 March in the form of the captivating duo, Cathyrn Craig and Brian Willoughby. Cathryn comes from Virginia and has performed in Nashville sessions, worked with a number of artists and featured on Bill Medley’s ‘Sweet Thunder’. Brian has played with everybody from the Strawbs to Monty Python and released two solo albums. The veteran pair have played together since 2001 and will bring the energy and soulfulness of their 2013 album, Real World, to the Cabbage Patch.
On the last Sunday of March, Twickfolk has a treat in store for lovers of Bluegrass. Hatful of Rain, a Sussex-based American quartet, give impressively polished performances that are nevertheless full of spirit and energy. Regardless of what’s on in Twickenham on 30 March, you can bet this gifted group will be talked about. Don’t miss the captivating lead voice of Chloe Overton, array of guitars, mandolins, banjos, a double bass and violin, and the quartet’s confidently beautiful sound.
Jacquelyn Hynes and Friends will be the first act of April, coming to Twickfolk on Sunday 6. Jacquelyn has played with world leading musicians and performed for Ireland’s last President, while Fabrizio adds fluid, masterful guitar and J.Eoin’s singing is full of the character and spirit of the great Irish tradition of Moore, Kelly and others to the fortunate Twickenham folk club. Jacquelyn’s almost hypnotic flute weaves in and out of the music and the trio’s tight-knit and intimate performance encapsulates the mystery and ancient spirit of British and Irish folk.
On 13 April, the lively Jess Morgan and Dan Wilde both hit the stage with youthful, contemplative music that showcases the newer, international sound of the next generation of British folk. Jess touches on themes of life and lifestyle, men and women and identity, with a captivating voice and elegant, thoughtful songs from her 2012 album, Aye Me. Dan draws inspiration from great names like Dylan and Neil Young, with a growing international name and songs from his second album, Fire In Mind (2013).
Sunday 20 April will see no professional acts, but the latest Twickfolk singers’ night. The Easter Singaround is a great chance for anyone with a guitar and a song to sing to come down to the Cabbage Patch and be part of some great music. For non-musicians, come down and have a listen. You might just be hearing next years’ big names.
To wrap a great two months, Melissa Greener will come back to Twickfolk on 27 April after playing to great éclat last year. The young American’s songs weave together musical dynamism and a musical intelligence that’s a joy to hear. Her lyrics betray the influence of her love of great poets like Dylan Thomas and Yeats, and her raw, sensitive playing that adds to the already deep well of character flowing through her music.