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  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 18th January 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Daria Kulesh
    with Tristan Seume and Marina Osman
    Friday 25th January 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Jake Plus
    with Andy Johnson at the piano
    Friday 1st February 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Cosmotheka
    Friday 8th February 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 15th February 2019 - 8.00pm


  • The Andy May Trio
    Friday 22nd February 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Florida & Chris Rose
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance
    Saturday 2nd March - 8.00pm


  • The Drystones
    Friday 8th March 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 15th March 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Judy Cook
    Friday 22nd March 2019 - 8.00pm


  • O'Hooley & Tidow
    Friday 5th April 2019 - 8.00pm


  • The Dartmoor Pixie Band & Sarah Bazeley
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance
    Saturday 6th April 2019 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 12th April 2019 - 8.00pm


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    Friday 26th April 2019 - 8.00pm


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    Friday 3rd May 2019 - 8.00pm


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    Come All Ye
    Friday 18th January 2019 - 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 2018 and 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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  • DARIA KULESH
    Friday 25th January 2019 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    DARIA KULESH
    with TRISTAN SEUME and MARINA OSMAN
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    This will be Daria's second visit to the club having previously performed at the Institute as a member of Kara. With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, "bold, exotic, impressive" Daria Kulesh is a rising star and a unique character on the UK folk scene. Her debut album Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal” and named Runner-Up in “Best Album of 2015 from a Female Artist” by FolkWords, among numerous other accolades. Her 2017 album Long Lost Home has won multiple awards in the UK and in Russia, including LCM Album of the Year. It has enjoyed incredible reviews calling it a “triumph”, a “masterpiece” and “a definite contender for the best album of 2017”. Mike Harding praised the The Moon and the Pilot as "one of the most beautiful new songs of the last ten years".

    Guitar soloist, accompanist, writer and session musician Tristan Seume is already well and widely known on the local music scene. He has appeared several times before at the c;ub as Jackie Oates' accompanists.

    Daria's collaboration with the extraordinary pianist Marina Osman (originally from Belarus) started with a set of nostalgic Russian songs. Since then, their successful partnership has extended to Daria's solo material, offering a fantastic variety for every listener regardless of their language and cultural background. Expect plenty of authentic Russian flavour, superb musicianship and heaps of heartfelt, infectious energy.

    Admission £11.00 on the door, £10.00 in advance
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  • DARIA KULESH
    Friday 1st February 2019 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    JAKE PLUS
    with ANDY JOHNSON at the piano
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    The club's resident grand pianist and musical polymath Andy Johnson presents his latest concert in homage to English singer-songwriter, poet, wit and raconteur Jake Thackray. Best known in the late 1960s and early 1970s for his topical comedy songs performed on British television, Jake's work ranged from satirical to bawdy to sentimental to pastoral - all of which Andy captures and interprets with great skill, enthusiam and respect.

    This will be Andy's fifth musical foray into Jake Thackray's canon of work, this time with a healthy seasoning of other items from his own extensive repertoire. A Toast to Jake parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 were each well attended, so early booking for Jake Plus is advised.

    Admission £12.00 on the door, £11.00 in advance
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  • Cosmotheka
    Friday 8th February 2019 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    COSMOTHEKA
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    The duo of brothers Dave and Al Sealey lasted for more than a quarter of a century as Cosmotheka, named after the music hall in Marylebone, West London. They made a huge name for themselves as performers of music hall songs, working initially on the English folk scene, but also doing countless radio shows and numerous TV appearances with the likes of Roy Hudd and Chas & Dave, as well as on ‘The Good Old Days’. Their act took them all over the world, from Port Stanley to Oman, Hong Kong to the Rocky Mountains.

    Sadly Al passed away in 1999, but Dave continued to pursue a solo career, with a rich, rib-tickling mix of songs, stories, original titles and monologues. More recently he has been joined forces with his son, Dan, and pianist Adam Berry to recreate some of the old musical mayhem for which the original duo was so famous. Dan, of course, grew up with the songs, but has his own take on the material. An accomplished professional musician in his own right, Dan's guitar skills and dry wit introduce a compelling new dimension to the collaboration. He and Adam Barry are also members of folk band, Merrymakerl.

    As Cosmotheka though, they have picked up the trail from comedy giants like Gus Elan, Harry Champion and the rest, leading to a ‘a bellyful of Boiled Beef and Carrots, a bellyful of ale, and a bellyful of laughs at some of the greatest songs ever written'. For Cosmotheka these absurdly comic masterpieces are no longer yesterday’s – they are today’s!

    Admission £12.00 on the door, £11.00 in advance
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  • Come All Ye
    Friday 15th February 2019 - 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

    Roll up! Roll up! Everyone is very welcome to join us on one of our "unplugged open-mic nights" - singers, musicians and wordsmiths. Resident singers at the club are join by as many new local performers as 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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  • The Andy May Trio
    Friday 22nd February 2019 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    THE ANDY MAY TRIO
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    This will be the second visit to the club by this fabulous Newcastle-based trio – Northumbrian piper Andy May (Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Baltic Crossing), guitarist Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing) and fiddler Sophy Ball (422, Bottle Bank Band). Together they play high energy instrumental folk, inspired by the music of their native North East.

    As those of you who packed the room to see them on their previous visit to the club, a typical performance might include traditional tunes from Northumberland, newly-composed material by all members of the band and an introduction to the pipes, all delivered with a warmth and humour which is sure to draw in both folk aficionados and newcomers alike for a dazzling show filled with virtuosity and energy.

    There’s a certain connection only heard between musicians after many years’ playing together; after more than a decade’s music making together in various guises the tight interplay and sense of fun between these three friends is sure to delight.

    Admission £12.00 on the door, £11.00 in advance
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  • Florida"
    Saturday 2nd March 2019 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.40pm - evening finishes at 11.00pm
    FLORIDA & CHRIS ROSE
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance

    Florida have played at the Borough Hall numerous times before and it is a delight to welcome them back. They are without doubt a band with a unique sound. “Good time jazz meets English country … Chicago, New York, Big Band and even Phil Spector meet ceilidh dance tunes” (click on the YouTube link above for a taster). Their fusion of swing, jazz, traditional folk, rock, and much else besides, has become a distinctive trademark. Nobody plays English dance like Florida.

    The band's line-up consists of Gavin Atkin (fiddle, guitars, vocals), Tim Bull (melodeons, vocals), Richard Goodwin (soprano, tenor and baritone saxes, taragot, wind synth, etcetera), Charlie Handley (trumpet, trumpet synth, vocals), and Chris Warner (bass, vocals). The band's musical background covers classical, jazz, rock, trad folk, dance bands, a capella harmony, and ritual dance. It shows.

    Master of dancing will be one of their regular callers, Chris Rose, who is guaranteed to provide an evening of thoroughly enjoyable dances to accompany the “happy music, the sort that can put a smile on your face” (to quote Living Tradition magazine).

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

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  • The Drystones
    Friday 8th March 2019 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    THE DRYSTONES
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    This will be the duo's second visit to the club. They wowed the audience on their previous visit despite one of them having a heavy cold and unable to sing - so they should be amazing when firing on all cylinders!

    Alex Garden (fiddle, vocals) and Ford Collier (guitar, tin whistle, vocals) have had a strong musical partnership since their secondary school days. Able to navigate different traditions, introduce instantaneous changes of pace, and stitch together tunes and songs into an eclectic live set, The Drystones’ seemingly telepathic communication has always kept audiences on their toes. It’s no wonder they have earned themselves a nomination for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

    Alex has his roots in Scotland, an upbringing in classical violin and tuition from English fiddle maestro John Dipper. Ford learnt Irish tin whistle from the renowned Grace Kelly, has developed his own style of Celtic guitar, and at university found a passion for Indian percussion. Their acclaimed 2017 album We Happy Few showcases these influences, ranging from driving fiddle and tin whistle to powerful traditional songs. Recorded in Newcastle, the album was declared one of Songlines magazine’s ‘Top of the World’ in October 2017. Their visit to the Institute should coincide with the release of their new album.

    Admission £11.00 on the door, £10.00 in advance
    (There is a reduction of £1.00 on these prices for 2018/19 members of the Music Institute)

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  • Come All Ye
    Friday 15th March 2019 - 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

    Roll up! Roll up! Everyone is very welcome to join us on one of our "unplugged open-mic nights" - singers, musicians and wordsmiths. Resident singers at the club are join by as many new local performers as 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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  • Judy Cook
    Friday 22nd March 2019 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    JUDY COOK
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    A welcome visitor from the USA, Judy Cook has been touring Britain and the US as a professional musician for more than fifteen years and this will be her fourth visit to the club.

    Judy lifts the spirit and entertains with splendid traditional ballads and songs from a huge and varied Anglo-American repertoire. Her clear and engaging presentation combine with her joy of singing is guaranteed to delight all lovers of traditional song. She is also recognised as a folk music researcher, author and historian, but above all she is a performer, communicator and entertainer.

    “Judy’s the Real Thing. With Capital Letters.” Peggy Seeger

    Admission £9.00 on the door, £8.00 in advance
    (There is a reduction of £1.00 on these prices for 2018/19 members of the Music Institute)

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  • O'HOOLEY & TIDOW
    Friday 5th April 2019 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    BELINDA O'HOOLEY & HEIDI TIDOW
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    This will be Belinda and Heidi's third visit to the club (Belinda's fourth including her accompanying Jim Boyes on piano in their collaboration Sensations of a Wound). As well as high praise for their beautiful, interweaving harmonies and sublime musicality, they are acknowledged as one of the strongest songwriting partnerships on the contemporary folk scene - and Belinda certainly takes full advantage of the club's Bechstein grand piano!

    With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, umpteen five star reviews, the songwriting, voice and piano partnership of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow is regarded as "one of British folk music’s mightiest combinations" (Mojo). Nominated this year for the fourth time in the BBC Radio Folk Awards, this will be a very special evening of original, contemporary and traditional songs

    Belinda and Heidi’s boundless songwriting has been described by The Guardian as "exceptional". From an emotionally charged song about an elephant orphanage in Nairobi to a joyous celebration of the Leeds cycling champion Beryl Burton they explore, consider and connect subjects and stories in a distinctive, inventive and memorable way. Both lyrically and musically, Belinda and Heidi's powerful, thought-provoking and deeply moving performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of heart.

    Admission £12.00 on the door, £11.00 in advance
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  • Pigeon Swing
    Saturday 6th April 2019 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.40pm - evening finishes at 11.00pm
    THE DARTMOOR PIXIE BAND & SARAH BAZELEY
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance

    The Dartmoor Pixie Band were due to make their umpteenth visit to Godalming in March 2018 but the Winter weather had other plans and they ended up being snowed-in on Dartmoor! We are therefore delighted to announce, weather permitting, they will be at the Borough Hall for our final dance before our Summer break.

    The "Pixies" are an English country dance band from the heart of Devon and are steeped in the musical and dance tradition of Dartmoor. Their mix of Melodeon, Piano Accordion, Banjo, Drums and Bass produces a sound that is very much their own and will have you tapping your feet or, better still, will have you up and dancing your socks off. They have played together for more years than they care to remember so their style and repertoire is distinctly their own.

    Calling the dances will be the band's resident caller, Sarah Bazeley, to guarantee a fabulous evening from, without doubt, one of the most popular bookings at the Borough.

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

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  • Come All Ye
    Friday 12th April 2019 - 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 2017/18 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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  • COHEN BRAITHWAITE-KILCOYNE
    Friday 3rd May 2019 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    COHEN BRAITHWAITE-KILCOYNE
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Literally booked at the club by "public demand"! Many of the club's regulars first came across Cohen at Sidmouth Folk Week and we were all blown away by his fantastic singing and squeezebox playing. He graduated from the University of Leeds in 2017 with a First Class Honours degree in music plus an additional award as the most outstanding student in his faculty. You will understand why when you see him.

    Cohen has been a musician since the age of 6 and took to squeezeboxes in his teens. He has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. He is also a well-regarded singer and in 2014 won Bromyard Folk Festival’s Future of Young Folk Award for singing. He has been performing at club's and festivals for over a decade and initially reached his widest audience as a member of Granny's Attic.

    Cohen's solo repertoire consists mainly of traditional songs with accompaniment from anglo concertina or melodeon plus the occasional traditional tune and unaccompanied song. His style, approach and repertoire is rooted in the English tradition, however material and influences from Scottish, Irish, American and European traditions are also present in his performance.

    He is one of the best young musicians we have seen in a very long time - "a future folk megastar in the making".

    Admission £11.00 on the door, £10.00 in advance
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