Saturday 19th May 2018

11:00 Chris Tymkow - Singer songwriter

- Lives on a narrowboat and writes songs about the world around him.  

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11:50 Royal Masonic School Community Choir 

www.royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

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12:30 Royal Masonic School Community Arts Choir - Staff, Parents and Friends of the Royal Masonic School Community

Now a regular fixture at the canal festival, the choir performs a wide variety of choral repertoire, undertaking concerts at the Royal Masonic School and also in conjunction with other local choirs such as the South Oxhey Choir. 

www.royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

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13:20 Polkabilly Circus - Rockabilly crossed with Doo-wop with a bit of Punk thrown in

Fronted by punk poet, Paul Eccentric, this band is a great visual experience combining Rockabilly, Doo-Wop and Punk. The band consists of members of the Caution Horses, The Odd Eccentric, Faeries and The Antipoet, so what could possibly go wrong?  

www.facebook.com/Polkabillycircus or pauleccentric.co.uk/polkabilly-circus/

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14:20 Matthew Shepherd  

Matthew Shepherd is a 23 year-old singer-songwriter from Essex. His debut studio album ‘Top of the tree’ was released in June 2015 and only took a day for the album to break into the iTunes Top 100 Singer/Songwriter Album Chart.

In 2016, Matthew released an Acoustic EP entitled ‘The Sea’, which reached the Acoustic Magazine’s Top 10 Best New Music of September 2016.

With club and concert performances plus 2 European tours under his belt, Matthew is currently recording his second full-length Album, due for release in Spring 2018, and will be previewing new material on Tour this year. 

“A rising Star…and a really lovely guy too! The crowd were mesmerised”

– Janice Long, BBC Radio Wales

www.matthewshepherdmusic.com

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15:10 Grae J. Wall et Los Chicos Muertos - Alt-Country/folk/blues 'n' chanson noir!

Trailer Trash Orchestra front-man Grae J Wall also records and performs solo and with the moveable musical feast dubbed Los Chicos Muertos (usually made up from other Trailer Trash Orchestra compadres and/or special guests). 

These outings mix up country, blues, folk and chanson with a particular penchant for murder ballads, caustic skiffle and bar room melancholy. Grae J regularly tours on the continent as well as being a stalwart of the UK Acoustica scene (previous band The Young Trash Lovers were the last ever act to perform at the legendary Bunjies Coffee House).

Trailer Trash Orchestra front-man Grae J Wall also records and performs solo and with the moveable musical feast dubbed Los Chicos Muertos (usually made up from other Trailer Trash Orchestra compadres and/or special guests).

These outings mix up country, blues, folk and chanson with a particular penchant for murder ballads, caustic skiffle and bar room melancholy. Grae J regularly tours on the continent as well as being a stalwart of the UK Acoustica scene (previous band The Young Trash Lovers were the last ever act to perform at the legendary Bunjies Coffee House).

As an eternal troubadour Grae J's songs are also often inspired by his road trips, with narratives set in the motels of Bakersfield, the bar-rooms of Berlin and the back-streets of Paris. Brand new album Quinze Petites Morts is already garnering rave reviews.

Grae J and Los Chicos Muertos have shared the stage with inspirational characters including TV Smith, Patrik Fitzgerald, John Cooper Clarke and Jowe Head as well as backing Ed Tudorpole a few times on live renditions of Swords of a Thousand Men. Grae has also collaborated (along with the band) on the production of the acclaimed Knoxville Boy album with Knox (The Vibrators) . As well as Trashville releases Grae J has contributed tracks to a number of compilation albums including tributes to Kevin Coyne and a self produced tribute to Nikki Sudden.

Grae J and Los Chicos Muertos have shared the stage with inspirational characters including TV Smith, Patrik Fitzgerald, John Cooper Clarke and Jowe Head as well as backing Ed Tudorpole a few times on live renditions of Swords of a Thousand Men. Grae has also collaborated (along with the band) on the production of the acclaimed Knoxville Boy album with Knox (The Vibrators) . As well as Trashville releases Grae J has contributed tracks to a number of compilation albums including tributes to Kevin Coyne and a self produced tribute to Nikki Sudden.

www.graejwall.bandcamp.com

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16:10 Stevewarnerfolk - Solo Songwriter

Hertfordshire based singer songwriter and budding folk musician. Writing, arranging and performing his own songs.

www.stevewarnerfolk.com

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17:10 Lobby Lud & The Luddites 

End of the Pier Pointlessness from the 1920s Jazz era - There will be custard creams and maybe a gorilla!

www.lobbylud.com
 

Close 18:00

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Sunday 20th May 2018

11:00  Lemon Tuesday 

Local singing group now in its second decade singing pop, folk and show tunes, and much much more, for fun and for local charities.

www.lemontuesday.com

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12:00 Turnwrest - Traditional folk and canal songs

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13:00  Phoenix Jazz - Look out for their arrival by Boat!  

http://youtu.be/5OEBt09abXg

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14:00   Minnie Birch

Buzzfeed’s ‘one to watch’. Minnie Birch is based in Hertfordshire (UK) She creates achingly honest and beautiful music about love, loss, life and fairy tales. She has just released her second album 'Tethered'.

Minnie has been performing solo since 2011. As a solo artist she has released 1 EP and 2 Albums, her first EP was recorded by award winning producer George Shilling after her song 'Sea Shanty' won her the opportunity to record in his studio. Her first album was well with her single Glitter being made Huw Stephen's introducing track of the week and the album received airplay on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and BBC6 music. And won her the Laurel Canyon New Artist Music Award.

She has toured relentlessly with stints all over the U.K, Europe, Iceland and America - including slots at the Edinburgh Fringe and supporting Joan Armatrading.

Minnie is currently working as a musician in residence in a male prison, using music to help people develop their confidence, team work ethic and find ways of expressing themselves.

The new album ‘Tethered’ was produced by Lauren Deakin-Davies (NMG producer of the year) and delves further into instrumentation than her debut creating an epic soundscape but maintaining Minnie’s trademark use for space and silence in a song.

The album artwork is just as important a part of the story, working again with her Dad (David Jacques) they’ve created a visual world for Minnie’s songs to live in – the pair have worked on every release together with her Dad painting a picture for every song she has ever written.

Her next recording project is a collaborative works collecting and reworking songs from the football terraces. She is attracted to the ‘folk’ tradition of the way in which the songs from the terraces have changed over time and she hopes to capture some of them in recorded form for future listeners. Alongside these projects she will be touring the new album and releasing singles with B-sides, accompany artwork and videos throughout the year.

She plans on making music for forever and a day.

www.minniebirch.co.uk

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14:20  The Wrinklepickers - Fun original songs mostly Country, Hillbilly, Rockabilly style

- The Wrinklepickers are a collection of old musicians who should know better. They do original miserable songs, cheerfully sung. 'Scary Dreams' is their first album - available for a fiver, a new album is on the way.

www.wrinklepickers.com

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15:30  Papersnakes - Acoustic singer/songwriter duo from St.Albans  

Founded in 2007, ThePapersnakes are a St. Albans based singer/songwriting duo of Paul Kerr (vocals/guitar) and Chris Ward (vocals/bass). From the outset, the band was focused on writing and performing original material and original songs have featured in every performance from the start.

Drawing together an eclectic mix of influences including Rock, Pop, Funk, Ska and Reggae their songs have a real variety – from the thumping rock of “Beast in the East”, through the classic funk sound of “Do the Walk” to the radio-friendly acoustic pop of “Glimmer of Hope” : there’s no such thing as a “typical” ThePapersnakes song. Performances are mainly as an acoustic duo but ThePapersnakes also perform in a three-piece band format (with drums) and full-on electric guitar & bass.

In early 2016, they performed their first live, acoustic radio session on local radio (Radio Verulam) and have since become regular performers on the Station and their songs are frequently played. 

In May 2017, they released their latest CD, the “Red Jeans” EP, which features three original songs, including the popular song “Glimmer of Hope”. ThePapersnakes are regular performers on their local acoustic/songwriting scene, and are often invited to play at many the local organised events (Larks in the Parks Festival. St. Albans Food and Drink Festival, IOFringe Festival).

In the summer of 2017, as part of a live performance at the St. Albans IOFringe Festival, they worked on a collaboration with another local singer/songwriter (Beth Hedges) from which they recorded and released the original song “Hero”. In August 2017 they played the acoustic stage at the first Meraki Music Festival.

In December 2017 they were online-broadcast and recorded performing an eight song set on Plasma Music TV. They are booked for an return session on 30th June 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/PlasmaMusicTV/videos/1621302604654366/

Quotes: 

“I have watched these guys grow and develop over the last couple of years and delighted to see their original music taking shape and them being inspired by the local scene. Stonking bass lines, vocals with a twinkle in the eye. Fabulous enthused performances The Papersnakes have definitely got something special going on..”

Denise Parsons “The Parsons Knows Local Music”, Radio Verulam

https://www.facebook.com/thepapersnakes/
https://twitter.com/ThePapersnakes
https://soundcloud.com/chris-ward-10/sets/papersnakes
https://www.instagram.com/thepapersnakes/?hl=en

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-The Lock Jam -

16:30 Hubcap Moon  

HUBCAP MOON are a 5 piece band from Harpenden, Hertfordshire who formed sometime across the year of 2011. Armed with mandolins, accordions, guitars and drums, they deliver their own scrapyard collision of infectious, good time, boot stompin', beer swillin', Bluegrass, Cajun, country, rock-a-billy, skiffle-punk, guaranteed to bring a smile to the sullenest of faces and draw out that little touch of trailer trash in your soul. Although taking their main musical influences from familiar Americana country sounds Hubcap Moon also borrow from the British folk tradition, adding another roots element to their unpolished charm; making them more M6 than Route 66. More transport caff than truck stop. More BSA Bantam than Harley Davidson. More Booths Gin soaked than Bourbon Whiskey raddled in their merry musical ways...Hubcap Moon provide a tonic, a magic potion, a cheeky slug of chrome clear musical Moonshine to take away the blues, touch your heart and make you smile.

www.facebook.com/hubcapmoon

Close 17:30

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