NEW MONTHLY FOLK MUSIC GIGS LAUNCHED AT NEW GREENHAM ARTS
PUBLISHED: 16:47 16 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:45 20 February 2013
Enjoy New Greenham New Folk, the intimate 125-capacity arts venue at Greenham Business Park
New Greenham Arts is excited to launch a brand new season of acoustic and folk gigs this autumn, adding a little bit of festival chic to Newburys live music offering. Dubbed New Greenham New Folk, the intimate 125-capacity arts venue based at Greenham Business Park, just outside of Newbury town centre, has unveiled plans to host a monthly gig featuring some of the very best folk musicians in the UK.
Exploring the renaissance of New British folk music, the debut season features BBC Radio 2 Folk Award favourites Tim Edey & Brendan Power, O'Hooley & Tidow, Megan Henwood and a good old Ceilidh with The Ship Band. And where better than on the site of the former Greenham Common Airbase, with its rich tradition of protest music, to host such a set of concerts?
New Greenham Arts Centre Manager, Julie ann Jones said We are looking to bring New Greenham Arts back to the forefront of Berkshires gig-going psyche this autumn. With New Greenham New Folk we have hand-picked some of the finest, award-winning performers in UK folk music and cannot wait for them to perform at our delightful little venue.
The season kicks off in style with the winner of Best Duo and Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2012, Tim Edey, alongside Kiwi harmonica player and composer, Brendan Power on Thursday, 20 September. Both adventurous, creative musicians, the first time they met the musical sparks flew. Their live performances are full of sheer spontaneity and have unfailingly captured audiences everywhere.
The season goes on to welcome The Guardians pick as Best Act at Cambridge Folk Festival, OHooley and Tidow. Formerly part of The Unthanks, this duos thought-provoking blend of chamber folk has seen them win friends across the UK, along with having one of MOJOs top 10 albums. They perform at New Greenham Arts on Saturday, 13 October. A fortnight later, Henleys BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner, Megan Henwood follows a busy summer of festivals to play. Having supported the likes of Cara Dillon and Ray Davies, her timeless radio-friendly appeal is sure to delight the hardened English folk music lover, as-well-as the new breed whose idols sit more closely with Laura Marling or Dry The River. The debut season finishes in style with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh on Saturday, 24 November as the UKs premiere professional ceilidh band, The Ship Band come to town for a pre-festive season stomp.
As studio space to the Corn Exchange, New Greenham Arts already has a strong audience for comedy, contemporary theatre along with regular shows by Barb Jungr and The Mandolinquents and a buzzing visual arts programme of exhibitions and workshops.
New Greenham New Folks debut season is on sale now. Tickets to all shows are just 12 (10 concessions) each and are available via the Corn Exchange box office on 0845 5218 218 and online at www.cornexchangenew.com
For more information about this stellar new season of live music, check out the New Greenham New Folk Facebook Page, where you can hear songs from all of the performers, as well as watch videos, read news and more.
New Greenham New Folk presents
TIM EDEY & BRENDAN POWER
Thursday 20 September, 8pm at New Greenham Arts
OHOOLEY & TIDOW
Saturday 13 October, 8pm at New Greenham Arts
Saturday 3 November, 8pm at New Greenham Arts
SCOTTISH CEILIDH WITH THE SHIP BAND
Saturday 24 November at New Greenham Arts