12 January 2023 - 8:00 pm
12 January 2023 - 10:40 pm

BROMSGROVE FOLK CLUB – SHOWCASE NIGHT

Carshill Social Club – Meadow Road, Catshill, B61 0JJ

A superb night’s entertainment featuring four artists/bands who are anxious to impress…in no particular order….

The Clarkes : The Pocket Choral Society : Catch the Rain : Christopher Crompton

What fun we shall have!!

Go to www.bromsgrovefolkclub.co.uk for more details, admission prices, directions etc.

Individual bios….

The Clarkes – acoustic originals. Stephen Clarke: writer, guitar/vocals. Sue Clarke: Vocals, concertina (English).

We have shared the stage with Lauren South, Chris Fox, Joe Baylis, Pete Kelley and were with a band supporting Dr John Cooper Clarke (no relation). Stephen Clarke was also support to the legendry Bert Jansch back in the 90s when Stephen was almost a famous poet.  Stephen likes to think we make memorable tunes with lyrics that reward the listener, but he also likes to think he is still young and good looking…

” very moving and beautifully delivered…”  Fi Law; live performance review.

The Pocket Choral Society – An a capella group from the Village of Pocket. 4 voices, quirky songwriting & crunchy harmonies….very eclectic mix of songs

Catch the Rain – Emerging from the first summer post-lockdown, Catch The Rain bring musical stories to the ears of their audience through the skillfully crafted songs of keyboardist Julia Disney, alongside a selection of lovingly selected covers. They intertwine female vocal harmonies, with the depth of the bass guitar. The music is softly and playfully accompanied by the keys and violin, giving a fullness and warmth on these dark winter nights.

Christopher Crompton – My songwriting can broadly be classified as ‘acoustic singer-songwriter’, with influences from the English and American folk traditions. The tapestry of genres and artists that I have absorbed into my musical sensibility is complex, coloured and hard to pin down, but there are a handful of musicians who have clearly left their mark. These include James Taylor, Dylan, Richard Thompson, Paul Simon, Mark Knopfler, Ralph McTell and Leonard Cohen.The themes I write under cover some social and political ground as well as the age-old chestnuts of life, love and loss. Amongst what hopefully feel like realistic and relatable observations and accounts, I do try generally to leave room for hope and optimism. As Leonard Cohen so perfectly put it: “There is a crack, a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in.” That’s also reflected in my forthcoming debut album, which I’ve titled ‘Keep the Future Bright’.