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  • A Toast To Jake and Georges
    Friday 22nd September 2017 - 8.00pm


  • Crows
    Friday 29th September 2017 - 8.00pm


  • The Drystones
    Friday 6th October 2017 - 8.00pm


  • John Tams & Barry Coope
    The Medici Theatre, Farnham
    Friday 13th October 2017 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye - Open Stage
    Friday 20th October 2017 - 8.00pm


  • Hughie Jones
    Friday 27th October 2017 - 8.00pm


  • A New Vintage & Barry Goodman
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance
    Saturday 28th October 2017 - 8.00pm


  • Niamh Parsons

    Friday 10th November 2017 - 8.00pm


  • Methera
    Friday 17th November 2017 - 8.00pm


  • Alice Jones
    Friday 24th November 2017 - 8.00pm


  • The Mellstock Band
    Friday 8th December 2017 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 15th December 2017 - 8.00pm


  • Jackie Oates
    Friday 12th January 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 19th January 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Banter & Nick Walden
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance
    Saturday 20th January 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Tom Kitching & Zoe Mulford
    Friday 26th January 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Brian Peters
    Friday 9th February 2018 - 8.00pm


  • T.B.C.
    Friday 16th February 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Members Only
    Friday 23rd February 2018 - 8.00pm


  • The Dartmoor Pixie Band & Sarah Bazeley
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance
    Saturday 3rd March 2018 - 8.00pm


  • T.B.C.
    Friday 9th March 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 16th March 2018 - 8.00pm


  • T.B.C.
    Friday 23rd March 2018 - 8.00pm


  • The Dovetail Trio
    Friday 6th April 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 13th April 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Rachel Newton
    Friday 20th April 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Second Front & Bridget Flett
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance
    Saturday 21st April 2018 - 8.00pm


  • Jez Lowe
    Friday 4th May 2018 - 8.00pm



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    Jake Thackray
    Friday 22nd September 2017 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    A TOAST TO JAKE AND GEORGES
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    "In France Georges Brassens is not just a household word, he is a household paragraph."
    Jake Thackray.

    Next year marks fifty years since Jake Thackray's earthy comic genius burst onto Saturday night TV. Less well known is that his musical and wordsmithing styles developed in France, largely influenced by Georges Brassens, who became a lifelong friend. Jake Thackray is now increasingly recognised as 'the English chansonnier'.

    Pianist and singer Andy Johnson takes us on his fourth musical and biographical Jake Thackray tour, this time with a healthy seasoning of Georges Brassens, both in the original French and in Jake's creatively loose English adaptations. A Toast to Jake parts 1, 2 and 3 were each well attended, so early booking for A Toast to Jake and George is advised.

    Admission £12.00 on the door, £11 in advance
    (Although this is not a Music Institute event
    2016/17 folk club members are entitled to a £1 reduction)

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  • The Drystones
    Friday 29th September 2017 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    CROWS
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Crows were one of the most popular groups on the folk scene in the late '70's and early '80's. The band's combination of four strong voices and expert musicianship plus its exciting arrangements of traditional songs and the songwriting skills of Ryan/Patterson Crows, regularly headlined festivals and concerts around the country and were mainstays of the folk club circuit.

    Following the untimely death, in 2013, of founder member Ralph Jordan previously unreleased radio recordings were discovered and a ‘new’ album, Time To Rise, was released in 2016 to enthusiastic reviews. Three of the second line-up of the original group remain in this Crows revival. James Patterson plays guitar and renews the powerful vocal blend with Mick Ryan; Dave Bordewey plays fiddle and cittern, and adds his astonishing high harmony lines to the vocal mix. Finally, the inimitable Paul Downes, on guitar, mando-cello, mandolin, banjo and harmonies, takes over from Ralph. All four are well known and highly respected performers in their own right.

    For the new Crows, it is very clearly ‘Time To Rise’!

    Admission £13.00 on the door £12.00 in advance (including 2017/18 membership of the folk club)

    £11.00 on the door £10.00 in advance (excluding 2017/18 membership)

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  • The Drystones
    Friday 6th October 2017 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    THE DRYSTONES
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    The Drystones are a young (just 20) folk duo from Priddy in Somerset, playing violin, guitar and whistle, who have made a big splash since they formed in July 2011. They play a mix of their own compositions and arrangements of traditional songs and tunes with a drive and energy that is exhilarating to behold.

    The duo has performed at festivals all over the West Country (including Sidmouth, Village Pump, Warwick, Bromyard and Purbeck) and at their debut at the Glastonbury Festival, in 2013, they were highlighted by Steve Lamacq on Radio 2 as his “recommendation of the day”. They won the Breakthrough Music Award at the 2015 Larmer Treefestival and were asked by Michael Eavis to play the 2015 Glastonbury Extravaganza when Joan Armatrading had to cancel! They are currently working on material for their third album.

    For just two people they make a big sound, and you wont see a duo with more energy on stage!

    “To describe their instrumental style as spirited and animated would be akin to asserting that Bellowhead can be quite an energetic band” Living Tradition

    Admission £10.00 on the door, £9 in advance (£1 reduction for 2017/18 members)

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  • JOHN TAMS & BARRY COOPE
    Friday 13th October 2017 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.15pm - evening finishes at 10.15pm
    JOHN TAMS & BARRY COOPE
    The Medici Theatre, Weydon School, Farnham GU9 8UG

    John Tams’ associations with the National Theatre and the English folk scene go back a long way. As well as acting in numerous theatrical productions, including The Mysteries and Warhorse, and TV series, including Sharpe, he also provided the award-winning music for these and numerous other shows. He was a member of The Albion Band and Home Service, has released four critically acclaimed solo albums and was the musical director of the Sony Award-winning Radio Ballads.

    Barry Coope is a member of top acapella trio Coope Boyes and Simpson and the six-piece Voices At The Door, which has worked with Michael Morpurgo on a number of projects. His engaging vocal and keyboard skills making him the perfect musical partner for John Tams.

    Admission £15.00 on the door, £13.50 in advance (£1 reduction for 2017/18 members)
    Children (16 years and under) £9.00

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  • Come All Ye
    Friday 20th October 2017 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    COME ALL YE OPEN STAGE
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Having enjoyed a series of successful come-all-ye's during our 2016/17 season we look forward to welcoming back our regular singers, musicians and wordsmiths - as well as meeting as many new local performers who wish to share their favourite songs, tunes, poems and tales. As ever Tim Stansfeld will be hosting the evening and making everybody welcome and inviting everyone who wishes to take the open stage in warm and friendly surroundings. Audience members are also extremely welcome as they are an essential ingredient to the success of the evening.

    Admission £3.00 on the door (to cover the rent)

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  • Hughie Jones
    Friday 27th October 2017 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    HUGHIE JONES
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Hughie was a founder member of The Spinners, arguably the most popular and widely-known English folk group of the '60's prior to the emergence of folk-rock. The Liverpool foursome had a weekly TV programme that introduced many to the burgeoning folk club scene and they released a series of best-selling albums on the major Phillips Record label. When The Spinners finally called it a day they each went their separate ways. Hughie continued singing.

    Today he still runs a weekly folk club, performs at Maritime Festivals around the world and continues to record albums of songs about the sea and his native Liverpool. His repertoire comprises some of his own songs, songs by well-known and lesser known writers plus numerous well tried traditional favourites. Nearly all involve a chorus so come in good voice.

    Admission £10.00 on the door, £9 in advance (£1 reduction for 2017/18 members)

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  • A New Vintage
    Saturday 28th October 2017 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.40pm - evening finishes at 11.00pm
    A NEW VINTAGE & BARRY GOODMAN
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance

    The first Godalming Borough Hall (GBH) barn dance was held in August 1976. Forty one years later we are still going strong, as popular as ever! The raison d'etre has always been to book the best and most exciting English folk dance bands and dance callers from all over the country. Experts and newcomers are all welcome, especially the latter as it is important that we keep the tradition alive and thriving.

    This will be A New Vintage's third visit to the Borough Hall, though their melodeon player, Ed Rennie, has been playing at the venue for over two decades in a whole range of bands including The Johnny Spangles All-Stars, The Bismarcks, Housewives' Choice and The Dartmoor Pixie Band. Joining Ed will be Matt Norman on Mandolin and Jenny Read on Piano.

    Calling the dances will be the ever-popular Barry Goodman.

    Admission £12.00 on the door, £11.00 in advance (£6.00 children up to 16 years of age))

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  • Niamh Parsons
    Friday 10th November 2017 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    NIAMH PARSONS
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    iamh Parsons has come to be known as one of Ireland’s most distinctive singers. Her earthy, sensuous voice has drawn comparisons to such venerated singers as Dolores Keane, June Tabor and Sandy Denny. The great Scottish balladeer Archie Fisher said of her, “a songstress like her comes along once or twice in a generation.”

    Born and raised in Dublin, Niamh and her sister learned to love traditional Irish singing and harmonizing from their father, Jack Parsons. “Daddy had a beautiful voice,” she says, “and a great ear for a good song.” Her mother was also a singer and a set dancer from Co. Clare. The family would often join in song at the local Dublin singers’ club, which Niamh still attends. Niamh’s passion for singing blossomed naturally into a penchant for collecting songs. “For me the song is more important than listening to my voice,” she says. “I consider myself more a songstress than a singer – a carrier of tradition.”

    “Simply magnificent traditional singing” Irish Music Magazine

    Admission £11.00 on the door, £10 in advance (£1 reduction for 2017/18 members)

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  • Methera
    Friday 17th November 2017 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    METHERA
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Although this tour is part of Methera's 10th Anniversary celebrations it is only the fourth time we have booked them (the second at the club) as their performances have been few and far between as its members are involved in so many other musical projects.

    Methera is a unique ensemble: a string quartet with its roots firmly planted in English traditional music. Their national tours, BBC Radio 3 broadcasts and collaborations have helped establish their reputation as a scintillating live act; their music is both groundbreaking and familiar, enchanting and thrilling, sophisticated and earthy. During their ten years together they have also released three albums and provided the soundtrack for the film Morris: A Life with Bells On.

    Lucy Deakin (cello), John Dipper and Emma Reid (fiddles) and Miranda Rutter (viola) combine a considerable knowledge of traditional music with a deep sense of musical interaction. Lovers of both folk and classical music will revel in this innovative and perfectly paced performance of traditional music enhanced by the textures of a string quartet.

    “Methera produce a joyous cauldron of sound. The intense engagement between each member produces music to delight and lift the spirit.” Alistair Anderson

    Admission £11.00 on the door, £10 in advance (£1 reduction for 2017/18 members)

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  • Alice Jones
    Friday 24th November 2017 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    ALICE JONES
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Alice Jones is an exciting young folk singer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer from West Yorkshire. Many of you may have seen her touring with Pete Coe in their show In Search of Five Finger Frank celebrating the music of folksong collector Frank Kidson.

    Solo, Alice sings mainly traditional English and American folk songs accompanying herself on piano, harmonium, tenor guitar and sometimes only body or foot percussion. She also plays the clarinet, whistle and is a dancer specialising in Appalachian clogging as well as other forms of percussive and traditional folk dance. The Ripponden-based artist has a background deeply rooted in the English folk tradition, having first been exposed to folk music by her parents as a “babe in arms”. But she also has a keen interest in American folk song, particularly the vast collections of Cecil Sharp and Frank & Anne Warner.

    “She has the rare knack of the great folk artist - getting so directly to the heart of the matter that it's as if she lived inside every song.” Morning Star

    Admission £10.00 on the door, £9 in advance (£1 reduction for 2017/18 members)

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  • The Mellstock Band
    Friday 8th December 2017 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    THE MELLSTOCK BAND
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    The Mellstock Band play and sings the dances, songs, carols and tunes of English village and church bands from the eighteenth century to the present day. Their repertoire and style come from village musicians’ manuscript books from all parts of England and is performed on early nineteenth-century instruments, chosen for their authentic sound, including fiddle, concertina, clarinet, oboe, flute and serpent.

    Tonight they will be performing their new Christmas show When Icicles Hang - The Countryside in Winter. "Frosty farmsteads, winter journeys, old superstitions and seasonal celebrations - there’s nothing like a chilly day in the country to make you appreciate the pleasures of a warm fireside, a glass of something, and a rousing song or a mysterious story. With their distinctive blend of voices and instruments, The Mellstock Band conjures up the spirit and the sounds of the rural past. "

    As with all their shows, When Icicles Hang combines traditional music for voices, fiddle, serpent, clarinet and concertina with spoken extracts from Thomas Hardy and his contemporaries, performed in rural “Sunday-best” costume of the early nineteenth century.

    “Melodious, infectious and fun ... this is great music, well executed by the leaders in the field” Living Tradition

    Admission £12.50 on the door, £11 in advance (£1 reduction for 2017/18 members)

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  • Come All Ye
    Friday 15th December 2017 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    COME ALL YE OPEN STAGE
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Having enjoyed a series of successful come-all-ye's during our 2016/17 season we look forward to welcoming back our regular singers, musicians and wordsmiths - as well as meeting as many new local performers who wish to share their favourite songs, tunes, poems and tales. As ever Tim Stansfeld will be hosting the evening and making everybody welcome and inviting everyone who wishes to take the open stage in warm and friendly surroundings. Audience members are also extremely welcome as they are an essential ingredient to the success of the evening.

    Admission £3.00 on the door (to cover the rent)

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