SATURDAY | CLUB TENT
4.25pm - 7.25pm
Hailing originally from London, Karl is a life-long folk fan who started song writing and performing in earnest after moving to Bedford at the end of the last century. His songs and stories affectionately make fun of ‘the tradition’ and embrace its stranger byways and cul-de-sacs. Karl’s material is populated by the likes of clumsy jugglers, naïve pirates and deranged barbers, and it is rumoured that his inspiration comes less from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs and more from the Goon Show!
Floyd Hines is a duo comprising of Nicky Floyd – voice and flute and Bob Hines – voice and guitar. The group met at the St Neots Folk Club and have since played regularly around Beds and Cambs. They have also performed at both Cambridge and St Neots Folk Festivals. They enjoy playing a mixture of folk and jazz numbers together with songs written by Bob. For contact with the duo please email FHHmusic@gmail.com.
Roger Smith – ‘Soloman Smith’
This Cambridgeshire singer/songwriter writes and performs folk songs on guitar and mandocello that are flavoured with soul, jazz, funk, country and more, so he's not easy to pin down. In reviewing his current CD 'Lasagne Moments' RnR magazine said of him "wordy and thought provoking, there's a wry intelligence at work here" and in a live gig review 'Louderthanwar' dropped his name alongside JJ Cale and said of his songs "matches the quality of Clive Gregson". Sue Marchant BBC East Regional Radio said of him "Soloman has a soulful voice and heart of conscience that are easy on the ear, his songs relate to the moment yet there is an essence of romance and a dunk of jazz. A welcome guest on the folk show anytime".
During a career in the Merchant Navy Stuart was immersed in a range of songs with a nautical flavour. His love of the sea has never left him and his membership of St Neots Folk Club has enabled him to rekindle his delight in songs of this genre. He sings traditional/covers and own material which was reflected in his 2018 Bedfringe Festival production “From the waters edge”. He also sings Kirtan (Indian devotional music) and in four part harmony.