Friday, November 23, 2012

The RAFA Club and Localism

I don’t know if you have been paying attention to our e-Notice Board over here – Click!, but the Green Fair Music Club peeps now have two venues – the second being the RAFA club in Cranbrook Road opposite Valentines Park which is but a short bus ride from Barkingside.

This new club night had a highly successful launch last month with brilliant sets from Playing Rapunzel and Mike 'Dr Blue' McKeon as well as enjoying a great night out at the very hospitable RAFA Club, complete with excellent real ale at the bar!

This month they have two more accomplished and contrasting acts: The Raven and Nick Pickett - Click for details!

The Raven are a young duo building a great reputation on the London folk scene and several festivals. They create an intimate atmosphere singing and playing flute, guitar and concertina on their own arrangements of English traditional folk songs and tunes. This year saw the launch of a fabulous first album, "Black is the Colour". Carolyn and Steve have been invited to support several top folk artists (including Lucy Ward, Spiers & Boden and Nancy Kerr & James Fagen) and we are delighted to see them sharing the stage at the Acoustic Zone after supporting many of our previous events. Catch them now before they take off for an Australian adventure! You can get a taster here – Click!

Nick Pickett is making a welcome first appearance for the club, though some may remember his early performances in the late 60's/early 70's as a local folk and blues musician, both solo and with the John Dummer Blues Band, with whom he wrote and produced the classic single "nine by nine". His recording credits include work with Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, Daddy Longlegs and other pioneers of British blues. In the late 1980's Nick returned to college to study design, and in 1993 was awarded a PhD for his work in devising music equipment for people with physical impairment. Nowadays Nick often appears at his local Forest Roots Folk Club in Leytonstone and devotes the earnings from his bookings to his music therapy work at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. Once again it's a privilege to have him on our Acoustic Zone bill!

Don't miss these two great acts!

PS Don't forget also on Friday December 7th at Ilford Sports Club....the amazing rock/americana band New Giants ....... and at the same venue on Saturday December 8th the '72 Club' features a David Essex tribute act plus support (Tickets: Terry Austen 07908 070174)

Via Steve Collins

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