Grayshott Folk Club

Grayshott Folk Club presents:


Friday 22nd January 2016 at 7:30 pm


You just can’t keep a good band down and who better to celebrate our 5th birthday with, than our old favourites,

Bully Wee Band

The Bully Wee Band
We are delighted to welcome back this wonderful Folk/Rock band. They played for us back in January 2012, when they took Grayshott Village Hall by storm and royally entertained us again at Grayshott Social Club in January 2014.
We know that the Bully Wees put on a great show that lifts everyone’s spirits. Their love of performing, their musicianship and the combination of their personalities endears them to everyone who is lucky enough to see them play live.
They only ever get together to tour in January each year and such is the demand for them, we have to share their love with everyone else, so like a comet that re-appears every two years to brighten up our lives, we are delighted to see them back again for their third visit to Grayshott.

Since their reformation in 2004, the Bully Wee Band have repeatedly proved that they are still a force to be reckoned with as one of Britain’s foremost exponents of acoustic folk/rock music.

Listen to
“The Snows They Melt The Soonest”
to hear them perform one of their finest songs.

Originally formed in the early 70s by brothers Jim and John Yardley, the Bully Wee Band successfully toured Britain, Europe and America through several line-ups until the last one of Ian Cutler, Fergus Feely, Colin Reece and Maartin Allcock, finally called it a day in 1983.
20 years later a chance meeting between Messrs Cutler, Feely and Reece resulted in a very spirited jam session at Faversham Folk Club in Kent, and a subsequent decision to put a three piece Bully Wee Band back on the road in January 2004,

“if only for the craic.”

So successful was the 2004 tour that Colin (Guitar, Octave Mandolin, Vocals), Ian (Violin, Keyboard, Vocals) and Fergus (Mandocello, Vocals), decided to repeat the experience in
January 2005; only this time with the addition of Bully Wee founder-member Jim Yardley (Mandolin, Whistles, Vocals). Thus the current line up was complete and reunited. They have toured every January since and are always in great demand.

Support: Dan Bennett & Charlie (now known as Coyote)

Adult Tickets £15, Children Under 16, £7.50 Special group rates are available.
Call Des O’Byrne on: 01428 607096 for postal tickets and more information.

Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, GRAYSHOTT, HINDHEAD, Surrey GU26 6TZMap »
Grayshott Folk Club presents: EDWINA HAYES

Saturday 27th February 2016 at 7:30 pm


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We welcome back the wonderfully talented Edwina Hayes

-a singer/guitarist/songwriter who played alongside The Kennedys for us back in June 2014 and supported The Churchfitters at our Christmas “do” in December 2014. Edwina tells it like it is and writes and sings from the heart. She’ll make you laugh and she’ll make you cry and you’ll wonder why it took us so long to offer her a headline slot. She brings humour and pathos to her music in equal measure and is guaranteed to entertain you.

Support: Nuala Hanon

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 ————————————————————————–Grayshott Folk Club presents: BREABACH

Friday 4th March 2016 at 7:30 pm

Breabach ( are Scotland’s finest Folk group:

Voted ‘Best Live Act 2013’ & ’Best Folk Band 2012‘ at the Scots Trad Music Awards and twice nominated ‘Best Band’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; Scottish five-piece Breabach deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk music that has earned them international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK’s most dynamic and influential bands.

The last two highly successful years have seen the band traverse the globe with notable performances at the Sydney Opera House, New Zealand’s Womad Festival, Central Park NY, Vancouver Folk Music Festival as well as tours in Canada, Asia, the Middle East, Europe & the UK. In summer 2014 the band presented the ground breaking, cross cultural collaboration ‘Boomerang’ (a celebration of Aboriginal Australian, Maori and Scottish indigenous culture) at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games to critical acclaim.

Breabach unite the talent of Calum MacCrimmon (pipes/whistles/bouzouki/vocals), Ewan Robertson (guitar/ vocals), James Mackenzie (pipes/flute/whistles), Megan Henderson (fiddle/vocals/stepdance) and James Lindsay (double bass). From launching their career as winners of the Open Stage Award at Celtic Connections in 2005 the band have moved from strength to strength with the release of fourth album Ùrlar (Songlines Top of the World February 2014). 2015 sees work begin on new record Astar (due for release early 2016), expect to hear previews from this on the upcoming shows.

“How catalyzing Scottish traditions with contemporary creative imagination should be done” – Scotsman
“a richly textured, highly crafted & engaging album & Breabach are magnificent live.” – Froots
“the quintet focused on traditional Scottish and highland tunes…the duels between the wind and violins were the sizzling highlights of their set, which ended in a rattle of miked-up highland dancing. It’s a slightly more modern take on the highland tradition that’s delightfully put together by this ensemble of young musicians.” 
The AU Review


Best Group (nominee)’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

‘Live Act of the Year’ – MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2013
‘Folk Band of the Year’ – MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2012

The haunting strains of twin bagpipes have become a defining signature of Breabach – a chiming herald of Scottish folk being embraced by a new generation. The energetic five-piece deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk music and those who have seen their live show will see why the group has earned international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK’s most dynamic and influential bands.

Advance Adult Tickets £15/Under 16s £7.50

Available from:

Grayshott Post Office

Grayshott Wine Centre

Haslemere Bookshop

Or call Des O’Byrne on: 01428 607096


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 —————————————————————————————-Grayshott Folk Club-In Association with Farncombe Music Club presents: CARAVAN

Saturday 12th March 2016 at 7:30 pm


Caravan-We welcome back the men from "The Land of The Grey and Pink"


At St. John’s Church, St. John’s Road, Farncombe, GODALMING, Surrey GU7 3EJ

Caravan have always been one of my favourite Prog. Rock bands and in January 2015, I realised a dream when they came to play for us. Sadly, Grayshott Village Hall was unavailable for this rare event so in collaboration with Farncombe Music Club, we put on this very special evening of music at St. John’s Church in Farncombe. Despite a power cut that lasted until 15 minutes before the band were due to take the stage, Caravan played a brilliant and memorable gig. Musically tight and so obviously enjoying themselves, they brought a sell out crowd to their feet with a mixture of old favourites from “The Land of Grey and Pink”and tracks from their latest album, “Paradise Filter”. I was somewhat sceptical when someone told me that they were playing better than ever-but trust me, they were brilliant.

If you missed them the last time around, don’t miss them again. They are well worth a short trip to Farncombe and it’ll be a whole lot cheaper than going to G Live!

 Caravan are considered by many to be the undisputed, unsung heroes of the British Prog movement. Often quoted as being one of the most formidable acts to emerge from the ’60s progressive rock scene, over the years they have managed to achieve cult status and have maintained a passionate and diehard following.

Originally formed in Canterbury in 1968, Caravan were at the heart of the 1970s burgeoning Canterbury rock movement, and produced their own brand of “superior pop music, full of taste, craftsmanship and hard work” (NME) and packed venues worldwide…


In the 70s, Caravan recorded timeless albums such as: “The Land of Grey and Pink”, “For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night” and “Cunning Stunts”. Now you can hear them play some of their finest recordings, including tracks from their current album “Paradise Filter”, live at St. John’s Church, Farncombe.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of the best bands to come out of the 70s, who are sounding better than ever.


Advance Tickets: £18. On the door £22. 

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 ————————————————————————–Grayshott Folk Club presents:
ALTAN at St. Alban’s Church

Friday 8th April 2016 at 7:30 pm



At St. Alban’s Church, Tilford Road,

HINDHEAD, Surrey GU26 6RB15
When ALTAN played at St. Alban’s to a sell-out crowd last May, it was genuinely an amazing musical experience and a dream come true for me personally.
I am delighted that they have agreed to come back and play for us again. Over the past four years, we have had some very talented Traditional Irish/Celtic bands playing for us but ALTAN are simply the best!
Established in Donegal some 35 years ago, Altan were the first Irish Folk band to be signed to a major record label (Virgin) and they have been in constant demand all over Europe, North America and Australasia ever since.

Their fresh, uplifting interpretations of Traditional songs and tunes brings a timeless quality to their music and each live performance is a unique and breath-taking experience. They are arguably the best Traditional Irish Folk band currently playing anywhere in the World.

“Altan have always believed that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right”.
Taking their lead from revivalist bands such as Planxty, De Dannan and The Bothy Band, Altan picked up the baton and took their rootsy Folk from the hotbed of Traditional Irish music in Donegal to the outside world. The outside world enthusiastically embraced their music and Altan have never looked back.
“Altan’s international status and success found a very practical recognition when they were signed in 1996 to Virgin Records, the first Irish band of their kind to be signed by a major label. The band gained gold and platinum albums in Ireland and toured larger venues, literally throughout the world, with tours in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe as well as regular successful U.S. tours.
In spite of a hectic touring and recording schedule, Altan continue fresh in their vision of bringing the beauty and joy of traditional music to audiences everywhere, and have always promised themselves to continue as long as it’s fun – fortunately for us, it still is.”

Altan are made up of:
Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh-Vocals/Fiddle
Mark Kelly—Flute/Low Whistle/Backing Vocals
Ciaran Curran———Bouzouki/Bouzouki Guitar
Ciaran Tourish—Fiddle/Whistle/Backing Vocals
Daithi Sproule——–Guitar /Backing Vocals
Martin Tourish————Accordion

Each member of Altan is a virtuoso musician on their individual instruments but it is their combination and variety of sounds that make Altan such an outstanding and durable presence on the World music stage. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts and if you have never seen a Traditional Irish Folk band playing at full tilt then why not start with the very best?
Why not start with Altan?

Support: Bof! Traditional French Folk music by our friends from Hadleigh, Essex.

Advance Adult Tickets: £18 or £20 on the door
Children Under 16: £9/£10.
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Grayshott Folk Club presents: A St. George’s Day Barn Dance with:
JIGALOTS + caller, Bridget Flett

Saturday 23rd April 2016 @ 7.30pm

At Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road,

GRAYSHOTT, Nr. Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6TZ

Grayshott Folk Club

01428 607096



Grayshott Folk Club held its very first Barn Dance/Ceilidh at the Village Hall on November 20th 2015 and it proved to be a great success. We had an enthusiastic audience made up of people of all ages and levels of expertise, from the absolute beginners to those who were able to showcase their dancing talents for the rest of us at the end of the evening. Everyone appeared to thoroughly enjoy the experience.
Spurred on by this success, we have decided to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s passing and St. George’s Day with another Barn Dance.
This time music will be provided by JIGALOTS and they have invited Bridget Flett to call the dances for us all. Bridget is a sympathetic and patient caller and she will explain everything very clearly for every dance. The members of Jigalots play a fascinating range of instruments, including pipe and tabor, hurdy gurdy, rauschpfeife, clarinet, melodeon and fiddle, and, as each of them is an enthusiastic dancer themselves, the music they play is irresistibly danceable.

Tonight’s Barn Dance will be for dancers of all ages, every generation and for all abilities, with a particular emphasis on the inexperienced or novice dancer. It’s not a competition but simply a way to enjoy music and rhythm and an opportunity to share the joy of dancing together with kindred spirits. Come with a whole group of friends or come on your own. We always extend a warm welcome to newcomers and there is absolutely no obligation to dance but if you want to get involved, we’ll match you up with partners and hope that you make new friends, as we all strut our stuff to some wonderful music under the guidance of an experienced and supportive caller.

For more information and to buy your tickets in advance, please call

Des O’Byrne on:              


Advance Tickets:

Adults £12/Under 16£6                                                           

—————————————————————————————–Grayshott Folk Club presents: Jez lowe & The Bad Pennies

Saturday 7th May 2016 at 7:30 pm


SATURDAY 7th May 2016 @ 7.30pm Grayshott Village Hall

GU26 6TZ

BadPennies-by-Alan-Reynolds-2012-1024x682JEZ LOWE & THE BAD PENNIES (
Jez Lowe is a long-established singer/songwriter from County Durham and one of the Folk world’s enduring icons. His songs are sometimes gritty, often humorous and give a voice to the people of the North-East and the way of life many of them lead. He has travelled tens of thousands of miles and played thousands of live gigs around the whole of the British Isles and a long way beyond. In 2008, he won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year Award and his involvement in the award-winning BBC series The Radio Ballads continues, with his song “The Wrong Bus”, singled out for inclusion on Radio 4’s Pick of the Year last December. The song is also featured on his latest album, The Ballad Beyond, the success of which prompted a feature in fRoots magazine and glowing reviews the world over.
Jez shows no sign of slowing down, with tours of America, Holland, Australia and Canada lined up over the next twelve months, alongside an enviable list of UK dates. He’s also featured on a brand new album of songs dealing with forced child migration, instigated by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, entitled On Our Own, alongside Boo Hewerdine, John McCusker, Chris While and Julie Matthews, John Doyle and Andy Cutting.
A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only is he one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks
The Bad Pennies are also brilliant musicians in their own right and comprise:
Kate Bramley-Fiddle Andy May-Northumbrian smallpies, Whistles + multi-instrumentalist David de la Haye-Bass
So watch out, Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies are coming to a venue near you!
Support: Martha- is a talented young musician from Haslemere. A few months ago, I saw her perform a short set at Hemingway’s Café in Haslemere High Street and she really impressed me with her beautiful and powerful singing voice and guitar playing. I think you will like her too.
Advance Tickets: Adults £14/Under 16s, £7

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Grayshott Folk Club presents:                                            

Mawkin + Harry Pane                      

Friday 10th June 2016 @ 7:30 pm                                                                                                                                          01428 607096


Grayshott Village Hall GU26 6TZ

This gig will be for those who like their Folk music a little louder and a whole lot livelier!

Mawkin have recently completed a UK-wide tour, playing major venues as support for Folk behemoth Bellowhead on their “Farewell” Tour. Local resident and Grayshott Folk Club supporter Ken Gore described Mawkin’s recent performance in Brighton as “excellent!” Mawkin will be at their sharpest when they come to Grayshott, having played in front of thousands of people across the nation.

Mawkin are one of brit-folk’s brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock. Their music is on the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene but incorporates all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe. Rousing songs of rebellion are sung by brothers David (Guitar) and James Delarre (Fiddle), underpinned by the glorious bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon and a solid rhythm section with Danny Crump on Bass and Lee Richardson on Drums.

**** Invigorating, Highly Inventive – Q Magazine

**** Unapologetically Energetic – Songlines Magazine

**** Gutsy, Impressive, Exquisite – The Guardian

 “5 years on from their hat trick of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations, Mawkin return with their boldest album to date. ‘The Ties That Bind’ is a veritable romp of rousing chorus songs and ballsy folk tunes played with all the verve and conviction you have come to expect from this quintet of cheeky Essex boys”.                

Support: Harry Pane-Is a talented singer/songwriter/guitarist who is based in London. He is now a full-time musician and is destined for much bigger things.
Tickets: Adults £14/Under 16s, £7                      

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—————————————————————Grayshott Folk Club presents:

Buddy Mondlock & Mike Landauer


Thursday 16th June 2016 at 7.30pm

Grayshott Social Club, Hill Road, GRAYSHOTT,

Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6HL


Grayshott Folk Club presents:



“An evening with Nashville recording artists

Buddy Mondlock & Mike Lindauer”

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Buddy recorded an album with Art Garfunkel (“Everything Waits To Be Noticed”) and has written songs for Garth Brooks, Nanci Griffith, Janis Ian and Joan Baez, amongst others.

Tickets £10.00

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We were originally planning to shut up shop for the Summer after Friday 10th June 2016 when our guests will be festival favourites and all round cheeky boys from Essex, MAWKIN.

However, a couple of days ago, someone contacted me to say that Buddy Mondlock and Mike Landuer were looking to do a quiet, intimate gig somewhere in the South-East, so in a moment of madness I cancelled plans to go to the Seychelles (well actually it was Worthing to tell you the truth) and I have decided to offer Buddy and Mike a gig on the strength of an album which Buddy recorded a few years back with ART GARFUNKEL, called “Everything Waits To Be Noticed”.

It’s a gentle, melodic album which I really like and which helped my daughter (Marianne) get off to sleep when she was little, so for that reason alone I owe Buddy big-time.

Here are some links to a couple of tracks from the album:

In view of the late notice on this gig, it might be quicker just to call me on 01428 607096 if you want further information or you want to buy tickets for this event.

Des O’Byrne
Grayshott Folk Club

Buddy Mondlock & Mike Landauer

Buddy Mondlock writes songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Art Garfunkel, Garth Brooks, Joan Baez, Nanci Griffith and Janis Ian, to name just a few. But there’s nothing like hearing the guy who wrote ’em, sing ’em. He’s not going to pin your ears back with those songs. He’s going to draw you into his world. Where a single snowflake follows the trajectory of a relationship, where you get your pocket picked by a Roman cat, where you might swim over the edge of the world if you’re not careful and where dreams that don’t come true still count. And it can all be happening in a little folk club or on a stage by a grassy hill or in someone’s living room or in the Royal Albert Hall.

His new album, The Edge of the World, is his most personal recording to date. The song cycle is an introspective journey from childhood through to the disintegration of a marriage and beyond. And while always a wry observer of the social interactions of human beings, the song Big Fish, Shallow Water takes on a political edge as well. Buddy did most of the playing and singing himself, with a little help from longtime friend, bassist Mike Lindauer. Then co-producer Jim Tullio added just the right sonic touches of percussion and atmospheric guitar to glue it all together.

When Buddy’s not on the road you can find him in Nashville but he grew up in Park Forest Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He didn’t have a troubled childhood. His parents were nice to him. They paid for guitar lessons when he was ten and they never said, when are you going to get a real job? He sang Crosby, Stills and Nash songs with his sisters and answered his little brother’s questions from the top bunk. A few years away at college puzzling over Homer and Plato and then he was back. Living in the big city this time and playing open mics at Chicago’s crucible for songwriters in those days, the famed Earl of Old town. He once opened for the amazing Steve Goodman there on New Year’s Eve. Buddy was 21. Says he could have walked out of there that night and gotten hit by a bus and he wouldn’t have felt like life cheated him at all.

1996 was a good year. Peter, Paul and Mary recorded The Kid and then asked the kid himself to sing with them on their Great Performances TV special. He won a Kerrville Music Award for song of the year that autumn for The Kid too.

In 2000 Buddy was approached by producer Billy Mann who had a unique project in mind. Buddy collaborated with the legendary Art Garfunkel and the wonderfully musical Maia Sharp. The three of them wrote and recorded an album together called Everything Waits To Be Noticed, released on Manhattan/EMI in late 2002 to critical acclaim. The trio toured all over America and Europe in support, singing together like feathers in a wing.

Now Buddy’s back with a new solo recording, hitting the road performing and leading songwriting workshops, and of course, writing songs. Cause that’s what he does and that’s who he is. Lean in and listen, you won’t be sorry.

Tickets £10

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—————————————————————Grayshott Folk Club presents: CONNLA

At Grayshott Village Hall GU26 6TZ

Friday 23rd September 2016 at 7:30 pm





are a brand new young band from Northern Ireland. They have yet to tour the UK and Grayshott will be their first ever gig on the mainland. They may be a new band but they are all experienced musicians and a quick look at their website will tell you that they have already begun to gather up musical awards by the armful.

Their music has deep traditional roots as well as influences from across the globe. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes have earned them praise across the folk community. Having met whilst studying Music at Ulster University, they quickly began performing together and developing friendships.

They hail from the cities of Armagh and Derry: Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (whistles) and Paul Starrett (guitar) are familiar faces on the local music scene, and are joined by Armagh siblings Emer and Conor Mallon on harp and uilleann pipes.

We love traditional Irish Folk music at Grayshott Folk Club and we are delighted to introduce our audience to some newcomers who are starting to make big waves across the Irish Sea.

Support: Pepper & Shepherd-our old friends from London Town


Adults £12.50

Under 16s £7

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SATURDAY 8th October 2016 @ 7.30pm


have all the makings of a folk-pop crossover success story. The engagingly cheerful five-piece from Kent mix four-part harmony vocal work – an asset for any commercial folk band, as Steeleye Span proved back in the 70s – with acoustic instrumentation that includes accordion, mandolin, fiddles and harmonica. But to this they add hefty and insistent percussion, distinctive melodies with engaging hooks, and further instrumentation that includes keyboards and brass. The result is a folk-tinged pop fusion style dominated by slick vocal work rather than instrumental passages.” 


It has taken quite a while to persuade Keston Cobblers Club to come and play for us at Grayshott Folk Club but finally our persistence has paid off and we look forward to what should be a fun night of cracking music.

“Rambunctious folk and joyous elemental pop”

The Guardian

Over the last few years, Keston Cobblers Club have been steadily building a name for themselves and winning over an army of loyal fans. They’ve played some of the UK’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury, Bestival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Wilderness and Green Man; sold out their own headline tours; been playlisted by 6Music and Amazing Radio; and been invited to perform live on BBC Radio by the likes of Dermot O’Leary, Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris. Their latest album Wildfire, won them huge praise everywhere from MOJO magazine, The Guardian, The Independent and Financial Times to Songlines, fRoots and Clash. Burberry asked the band to perform at their Menswear SS2106 event to a VIP audience. And after a triumphant UK tour including sell-out dates at London’s Lexington and Scala, the band were invited to open for Bellowhead on their farewell tour. As fans will know, the Cobblers’ music isn’t just uplifting; it’s often a full-on celebration. Their live shows are displays of genuine warmth and dazzling musicianship. With a new album slated for early 2017, the band continues to delight audiences across the country.

Support: Maz O’Connor.

Maz is a brilliant Folk musician in her own right and has headlined for us at Grayshott before. She was featured on BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show last Wednesday (29th June 2016) and was interviewed by Mark Radcliffe about her involvement in the “Sweet Liberties” project, which celebrated the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta and 750 years since the formation of the first Parliament. Mark also played a track which Maz recorded for the project and it was called “Rich Man’s Hill”

Tickets: Adults £14/Under 16s £7

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FRIDAY 4th November 2016 @ 7.30pm


Colm Mac Con Iomaire 2

An exquisite Fiddle player, Colm Mac Con Iomaire played with The Frames for many years.

Colm Mac Con Iomaire

In a crowded field of outstanding Irish fiddle players and interpreters of traditional music Colm Mac Con Iomaire is unique.


His voice is unmistakably his own and his music bears distinctive creative hallmarks which have as much to do with his personality and character as with his impressive technical mastery, musical authority and exquisitely expressive playing.


Colm recently performed as part of the 2016 Centenary concerts in the National Concert Hall. He performed with Paul Muldoon as part of the literary celebration and with Glen Hansard, as part of ‘Imagining HOME’.


He was commissioned to write a piece of music ‘SOLASTA’ ( meaning  ‘Shining’ ) which he performed for the President of Ireland last month in The Irish Writers Centre.  This piece was written to accompany specially written poems from six of Ireland’s leading Poets.


His second Album ‘And Now The Weather’ has been critically acclaimed (album of the week in The Irish Times) and was recently shortlisted for the Choice Music Prize ‘album of the year’.


“These are tunes that are effortlessly cinematic, conjuring images of weather-beaten coastlines and vast green expanses… a consistently beautiful and frequently incandescent collection” –                             The Irish Times (Album of the Week)


On the first album ‘The Hare’s Corner’ –

“I was taken somewhere else. It’s just a beautiful piece of mood music. If you’re looking for an inheritor for Astral Weeks, this is it.”

Billy Bragg


His work in TV, Film and Theatre has allowed him to progress and mature as an orchestrator of his own compositions. Colm is currently working on his second Movie feature soundtrack, which is due for release later this year.


Against a backdrop of global war and destruction of the natural environment ‘ And Now The Weather ‘ reprises the plea of the hare for creativity and space. Somewhere in the middle of all this madness there is music and Colm Mac Con Iomaire .

Tonight Colm will be accompanied by Catherine Fitzgerald who is a talented Keyboard player who is touring with him from Ireland.


Grayshott Village Hall GU26 6TZ  

Tickets: Adults £12/Under 16s £6

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SATURDAY 5th November 2016 @ 7.30pm



When top Scottish musician Patsy Reid (ex-Breabach), recommends an up and coming young musician, you have to sit up and take notice. So it was with Robyn Stapleton.

‘Gifted with a beautiful voice, warm, rich, flexible and distinctive.  Couple this with a true love and respect for her material and the ability to engage an audience anywhere from a care home to a Prom concert hall, then you have a very special singer indeed.’ Sheena Wellington

Robyn is an award-winning young Folk singer from Scotland and she will be bringing along two of her talented musician friends to accompany her; Aaron Jones (Kate Rusby Band) on Bouzuki and Mhairi Marwick on Fiddle.                                           Together they sound wonderful.

+ The Coach House Company– are a young five-piece band of Cambridge graduates who are now based in London. They share a common interest and joy in Folk music and play an unusual combination of instruments with great vitality. They went down a storm when they supported The Henry Girls for us in October 2015 and we are delighted to welcome TCHC back to Grayshott.

At: Grayshott Village Hall GU26 6TZ

Tickets: Adults £12.50/Under 16s £7 £                                                              

Call: Des O’Byrne on: 01428 607096                                         ———————————————————————-


FRIDAY 25th November 2016 @ 7.30pm

Ric Sanders is the Fiddle player with Fairport Convention. Together with Vo Fletcher (Guitar/Vocals) and Michael Gregory (Drums/Percussion) they perform Americana/Blues classics and play their own compositions.

Since 1985 Ric Sanders has been the fiddle player in Fairport Convention. In the late 70s he played in both Soft Machine and The Albion Band, and it was in the latter that he met Michael Gregory, now drummer with The Home Service.

Ric’s association with guitarist and vocalist Vo Fletcher goes back even further – they played together when still teenagers. Vo has played with artists as diverse

as Rik Mayall and Nigel Kennedy (just to keep Ric on his toes!).

It was inevitable that these three pals would play together, and over the last decade they’ve been involved in many projects, from recording Miles Davis classics live in Lincoln Cathedral to improvising an album with the inspirational Anjali Dance Company. Over the last couple of years though, they’ve taken a different direction, reconnecting with the music closest to their hearts.

It’s music firmly rooted in the blues. They love playing it, and their recent performances have shown just how much people love hearing it –“a rockin’ good time was had by all!”


+ Jonas & Jane                                                                              A young duo from Farnham whose reputation for playing brilliant original Bluegrass/Folk material, is growing daily. They recently returned from a three week tour of the States, which they organised for themselves. They are definitely ones to watch for the future.


Tickets: Adults £14.00/Under 16s £7                                                              

Call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096                                                             

Grayshott Village Hall
GU26 6TZ                                                                              

FRIDAY 16th December 2016 @ 7.30pm

Grayshott Folk Club’s Christmas Special with:

Fun guaranteed!

crackerWe know what to expect from our good friends The Churchfitters as they have been to Grayshott twice before. Last time they visited (December 2014), they were trialling their very special and unique Christmas show, which has now evolved into a full blown and brilliant seasonal celebration. You know it will be fun but it will also feature the brilliant musicianship of Rosie Short; if anyone was born to perform, it was her. She will be accompanied on Fiddle by her brother Chris and the slightly wacky but hugely lovable French connection that is Boris….. Expect the unexpected!!!!photopresse3

Tickets to this event are strictly limited to allow the audience members to sit at large tables together and we invite them to bring along their own food and table decorations. We will supply complimentary Mince Pies and Crackers and as usual we will have a fully licenced pay Bar with a range of alcoholic and hot and cold beverages, including Mulled Wine.

Tickets are £15 each and will be available from our local Box Offices in due course but if you want to secure your ticket in plenty of time,

please call Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096



At: Grayshott Village Hall GU26 6TZ

For further information and ticket enquiries,

call Des O’Byrne on: 01428 607096

Tickets for all Grayshott Folk Club gigs may be purchased in person from:

Grayshott Post Office, Crossways Road, GRAYSHOTT


Grayshott Wine Centre, Headley Road, GRAYSHOTT


Haslemere Books, Haslemere High Street, HASLEMERE, Surrey

Or call Des O’Byrne on: 01428 607096