This is the current programme of guests so far booked to appear at TATT.
Past experience shows that there may be additions and changes as the year progresses; the page will be updated as soon as humanly possible when these occur.
The names in the programme list link to notes further down the page and, where they exist, I have hyperlinked the artist's names to their websites - or to any website that might give more information about them -so you can find out more about them there. I was interested to see how many self-effacing singers who've never felt the need to create themselves a site can now be found on Wikipedia! This leaves me free to ramble on in an entirely personal manner here ...
traditional start to the year; join us for your Twelfth Night Feast of
Fools (or, if you prefer, Feast of The Kings) celebration.
I cannot tell you how much personal pleasure it gives me that John has booked Our Stanley for the Tigerfolk Birthday night. Need I say more? Bring on the cake and the candles!
... and Dennis Cook as well, surely? I rather think these two should have equal billing, in the light of the wonderful evenings they have given us in the past. No matter how many times we book Judy we always get something new - she is meticulous in her record keeping, knows every song she's ever sung for us on past visits and makes sure of that! Check out their internet radio show on Wednesdays as well (see the website) - a bit more traditional than Radio 2's offering and amazingly varied (it must be; they've even played a couple of my songs; not that I'm biased, you understand ...)
Will Kaufman Woody Guthrie & "Old Man Trump":
Google Will Kaufman and up comes the sidebar profile for the Professor of American Literature at the University of Central Lancashire: shome mistake surely? Not at all. This is definitely not going to be an academic lecture, but it is most certainly going to be a night out of the ordinary and not to be missed by anyone, young or old, who loves the place that folk music holds in our society and needs to be reminded about what the past can teach us about the present ,,.
When I was about 14 I picked up two of the three Library of Congress records of Woody Guthrie out of a cardboard box outside a shop on my walk to school for the princely sum of half a crown each, only to have my father immediately buy them off me because he realised what they were really worth (he let me keep the Pete Seager album bought in the same lot). That was my first indication of how important this guy Guthrie really was and those albums became part of the soundtrack of my teenage years. I am really looking forward to April 7th.
Peter and Barbara Snape: "Cotton Town Chronicles":
At Whitby Folk Festival, 2018, John, Sheila and myself all went along to see the Cotton Town Chronicles show presented by Peter and Barbara - and unanimously agreed that Tigerfolk should see this as well. Despite being booked to do the show in a room with no projection facilities at all Peter and Barbara held us enthralled; we know it'll be even better when we get them a real screen and that you, the Tigerfolk audience, will enjoy it just as much as we are going to do the second time around.
Some time back Dave and Anni were forced to cancel a Tigerfolk booking and we've been trying to get them back ever since. They are two of our favourite people / artists (both); their mixture of south-western and northern roots, wonderful voices, harmonies and Dave's own songs as well (often sung to the accompaniment of Peter Bellamy's old concertina) have made them part of the backbone of the English folk scene. Welcome back!
The wanderer returns ... Singer extraordinaire with a repertoire spanning everything from the arcane to the classic join-in-the-chorus and former Leicestershire folk organizer, Pete would have been dreadfully missed once he and Kate decided to retire to the seaside back up north - except that, fortunately, he frequently returns to pay us passing visits on his jaunts up and down country! We are extremely pleased that he has agreed to take a break from his National Trust scrub-bashing and River Coquet trout fishing to give us the pleasure of a whole night of his songs; this will be a rare opportunity to appreciate the full width of Pete's extensive experiences in folk music - one night may not be long enough ...
[Despite having known Pete for years I could only find one photo of him in my extensive collection; it seemed an appropriate one, however. His friends would definitely recognise him from this ...]
From the heart of the West Country comes a singer who we've only once seen in the club - he dropped in out of the blue a couple of years back on a passing visit with friends; Martyn Windham-Read was the guest that night, I believe. A founder of the Exeter Folk Song club in the 60s and a member of the acapella group The Claque until they retired in 2007, now resident in Somerset; Bill brings a lifetime experience of West Country song and singers, and in recent years has become known beyond his native singing grounds as far north as Yorkshire - anywhere there's a bloody good session going on, in fact. This is going to be a brilliant night and something new for the Notts / Derby / Leics folk scene.
This photo was taken on an occasion that I never thought I'd witness; a bar in West County Clare ringing to the strains of The Holmfirth Anthem - with plenty of the Irish audience joining in!
First there was the Holm Valley Tradition - four blokes from a small area of the Yorkshire Pennines singing local songs who took the National Folk Festival at Sutton Bonnington by storm, back in the 1980s. Then there was Will Noble and John Cocking, great favourites and good friends of Tigerfolk over all the years the club has existed. Now there's the rising generation: Lydia and Cuthbert singing with their Mum and Dad - which means we also get to hear some of Pippa's own repertoire (she has a fine line in traditional French songs, for one thing).
What a wonderful way to round off the year: Merry Christmas, everyone!