Folk Club Corner



Speaking at Cambridge Folk Festival

in 2011 Jon Boden called village hall venues a form of folk club. We certainly agree and see what we do here at Trelawnyd as just that.  We have our ‘regulars’, we do a raffle and at the end of the night the audience helps to clear away the chairs, not something you tend to see at bigger venues.  The atmosphere is always warm and friendly from both the audience and the artists which makes these gigs such a pleasure to put on.

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really enjoy visiting the local folk clubs and I guess we are most inspired when these clubs support each other in a tight-knit community intent on preserving quality and folk music traditions.

From time to time, we will be reviewing gigs at local clubs for The Record Journal website and encourage people Get Involved with their reviews as well.  We hope that this part of website will help support and promote our local folk clubs.

Support Local Artists!

At the Trelawnyd gigs we started with the concept of involving local artists as support.  In fact at the first gig in October 2009 with Bella Hardy and Dean Owens there were four artists playing on the night!  We now go for a main artist and one support.

Our local support have included:

Greg Russell is a regular at the Raven Folk Club in Chester.  Now studying at Exeter University he still makes it all the way back to Trelawnyd to perform regularly.  He has supported at our Karine Polwart, Lau and Spiers & Boden gigs.  He has now teamed up with Ciaran Algar from the band Tri.  They have been signed to the Fellside label and are now clients of our TRJ Artist Representation & Promotion branch of The Record Journal.  Watch out for these guys, they are bound for folk stardom!

Full House are the resident band at The Raven Folk Club.  They have appeared once at Trelawnyd and once as a rather less full house in the form of a duo.  They are brilliant so check them out live at various gigs and at The Raven.

Becca & the Broken Biscuits are a Manchester band we came across with Becca actually coming from the nearby village of Caerwys.  She has a brilliant voice which moves effortlessly from haunting fragility all the way to a belting soul like roar.  She has supported for our Jim Moray, Roddy Woomble and Lau gigs.  Well worth looking out for.

Ashley Fayth is a singer songwriter from Canada, now residing in Chester, who popped up to sing a couple of songs at The Raven.  We knew straight away that this was someone we wanted to book, and indeed Ashley opened for The Burns Unit gig – making the night an exclusive Canada versus Scotland affair. She launched her debut album Wonder Wonder in 2011.

Sam Airey supported for our Cara Dillon concert.  We first saw him at a local gig in Colwyn Bay. He has a debut CD, has been played on Radio 1 and is definitely someone who will go far.

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