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Penarth Acoustic Club Events


Acoustic Cabaret

The Brwmys Christina Thatcher Kirk Morgan
     

Appearing for the first time at the club will be duo Paul Cottrell and Dave Kenwrick of The Brwmys. Coming from differing musical backgrounds of rock and folk, their style of music now spans many genres from country/folk to Middle Eastern/reggae. Utilising harmonised voices and strong rhythms to guitar accompaniment, they deliver their songs with a dynamic, upbeat feel. As The Brwmys they have produced two four track EP’s in the last couple of years entitled “Smile” and "Trees and Treachery” and are currently writing new material to be recorded soon. As seasoned performers at festivals across the country, and regular performers at venues across South Wales, they are sure to provide a foot-stomping set to remember

Christina’s poetry and short stories have been widely published in magazines including The London Magazine and her first collection, “More Than You Were”, has recently been published. A tutor at Cardiff University, Christina also delivers creative writing workshops across South Wales, running projects for organizations like Making Minds and the Welsh Writers Trust and coordinating literature events for the Made in Roath festival.

Kirk Morgan is a young prolific songwriter and dedicated performer on the live music circuit. Since his resounding success at the club over a year ago, Kirk has made a number of television and radio appearances and continues to build an enthusiastic following. After releasing his “18 Songs” earlier this year, he has returned to writing new material as well as working with his band The Dock Town Pearls. Playing a mixture of folk and blues Americana, Kirk delivers his songs with the authenticity of a true “American Roots” icon.

 

 

19.02.2016


Acoustic Cabaret

Omega Two Nicholas Whitehead Chris Kelly
     


Due to illness, original guests Rookery Lane have had to cancel, and the wonderful Omega Two have stepped up to fill the breach.

Featuring Jane Williams (vocals) and Pete Mathison (guitar), they will be playing an eclectic mix of Americana, jazz and blues. Jane’s rich vocals are well known to live audiences locally and further afield. She has performed at the Brecon Jazz Festival, and has also made regular radio and television appearances.

Originally from Cumbria, Pete Mathison, a former London session musician, is a renowned guitarist. His career has seen him play with Red Beans and Rice, Freddie and the Dreamers and with Ray Davies, the lead singer and songwriter for The Kinks. With the latter, he has toured the world and performed on the Glastonbury main stage.



Nicholas Whitehead is welcomed back as poet for the evening after his wonderfully witty performance some months ago. Having written poetry since he was in his teens, his poetry can be comic, absurd, serious and sometimes romantic. Influenced by the likes of Leonard Cohen and William Wordsworth, he has performed at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Brecon Jazz and the Gloucester Poetry Festival, amongst others.


Making his debut at the club will be Chris Kelly, a dynamic acoustic performer and former member of The Scooters. As a singer/songwriter, Chris is a highly regarded face on the South Wales music scene, regularly bringing his “acoustic pop” to audiences far and wide. Influenced by such great song writers as Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Neil Finn of Crowded House, Chris places his emphasis on melody when crafting his own compositions and is currently writing new material for an EP which he hopes to release toward the end of the year. As lead singer with The Scooters, Chris found success in America in the early “noughties”. Having signed to the indie record label Aeronaut, the band were given a residency in Hollywood’s Viper Rooms at the request of actor Johnny Depp and, whilst there, the band were championed by another Hollywood screen star and jazzman, Jeff Goldblum

 

 

18.03.2016


Acoustic Cabaret

Christopher Rees Emily Blewitt Wayne Brennan
     

Christopher Rees will make his debut appearance at Penarth Acoustic Club to perform material from his forthcoming new album ‘The Nashville Songs’ which he co-wrote in Nashville, USA with some of ‘Music City’s best songwriters. With 6 highly acclaimed albums already under his belt, Rees’s distinctive take on roots/Americana music has been championed by the legendary Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 and MOJO Magazine Editor-in-chief Phil Alexander, as well as some heavyweight touring partners like Steve Earle, John Cale, Patty Griffin and Kristin Hersh among others.

An increasingly accomplished songwriter in full flight” (MOJO).


Poet Emily Blewitt is welcomed back to read from her forthcoming debut collection “How to explain Hiraeth to an Englishman”. Her work has been widely published in The Rialto, Prole and Poetry Wales amongst others. An award winning poet, Emily finds inspiration from her childhood memories and has recently completed her PhD in English Literature at Cardiff University.

Wayne Brennan is a singer/songwriter and recording artist from Offaly, Ireland. He released his debut album, “In my Hands”, in 2009 and has toured extensively supporting such acts as Gypsy Kings and Alabama 3. He is a seasoned performer on national radio and TV in Ireland and had a top twenty hit in his home country with his song “And I Love” which currently has over 600,000 “hits” on YouTube. In the past two years Wayne has won three national song contests in Ireland with songs from his new album “Live, Love, Sing and Dance” and his live performances, characterised by his silky vocals and impressive guitar skills, have made him much sought after on the live music circuit.
 

 

15.04.2016


Acoustic Cabaret
NB: 2nd Friday not 3rd Friday this month!

David Roberts Mike Greenhough Max James
     

Returning to the club for his second guest-spot appearance is David Roberts, a singer songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist based in Cardiff. David’s first album ‘St Clears’ was released in late 2014 and quickly received radio play on BBC Wales, an album of the month feature on leading blog FolkRadioUK, and positive reviews in the UK and Europe. The album was recently included in the Welsh National Archive of Screen and Sound.

While his recordings also make use of larger and more elaborate arrangements, Roberts’ live solo performance is a chance to see the unique voice and intricate guitar playing that are at the centre of his music. He is earning a reputation as a unique and breathtaking performer.

David was recently awarded funding by the BBC and Arts Council Horizons Launchpad fund to record his next EP - “Sending out Fires”, which was recorded at Fieldgate Studios in Penarth, with Aidan Thorne on Double Bass and Kirstie Miller on Cello

Also returning to the club after an enthusiastic welcome last summer is poet Mike Greenhough.

A retired lecturer in the School of Physics & Astronomy at Cardiff University, much of Mike's writing centres on the quirkiness and ambiguity of language itself. He has had many prize-winning comic short stories and poems published in anthologies and elsewhere, and has completed a comic novel with the help of mentoring from Literature Wales. Not yet published, this is a philosophical campus farce, in which a 'sixties student misfit battles pop culture in search of peace, love, and the definition of a sandwich.

He won the first All Wales Comic Verse competition in the Caerleon Festival in 2012, and has been on the judging panel for the annual sciart awards – funding for collaborations between established writers, musicians and visual artists, and scientist. His interests still centre around the Arts-Sciences boundary.

Also making his second appearance at the club is the multi-talented Maxwell James.

A graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Max has worked in theatre, TV and film throughout the UK, as well as Europe, the Middle East and Far East. As a singer-songwriter, Max was a founder member of
Cheviot Hill, an accomplished six piece soul/folk/country band and winner of Varsity Battle of the Bands. Today he performs with the 50’s/60’s style four part vocal group 57 Chevy and also performs on board an Atlantic cruise ship with the jazz/swing harmony act, The Fly Boys. Max also undertakes solo appearances whenever he can to showcase his song writing talents and is currently working towards producing a new EP.
 

 

10.06.2016


Acoustic Cabaret

Fly Yeti Fly Rebecca Parfitt 
John Adams
     

Fly Yeti Fly are Lorna Somerville and Darren Fisher. Lorna used to be a butterfly farmer, whilst Darren was playing in bars on the West Coast of America. They met in a little pub in Devon, moved to an island in the middle of a canal in Belgium, grew vegetables, built a campervan, and began writing songs together.

Blending vocal harmonies with intricate guitar arrangements, mandolin and harmonica, Fly Yeti Fly have a natural and free-spirited sound, and a warm engaging personality to their music that draws others into their world, telling tales of love, loss and living off the land.

Their influences include 1960s folk musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, such as Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, CSN and Nick Drake, modern Americana like Ryan Adams and British songwriters such as Tom McRae and Ben Howard. They are currently in the process of recording their debut album “Shine a Light in the Dark”, which is due for release in August 2016. 

They are playing an array of festivals this season, including local folk festivals in the south-west and larger, more eclectic festivals such as Chagstock, Home Farm, Curious Yellow and Offgrid.

This will be the first visit for Fly Yeti Fly to Penarth Acoustic Club, and we're all excited about it!


Rebecca Parfitt returns to the club to read more of her excellent poetry. 

Rebecca has worked in publishing for nine years. She began her career in London, working predominantly in magazines. She moved to Cardiff to study an MA in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing in 2009 and now works for Seren Books.

Rebecca is also a writer who has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines. She has been shortlisted for the Cinnamon Press debut poetry collection award, the Bridport International Poetry Prize and the John Tripp Award for Spoken Word. She loves the strange, the uneasy and the macabre.

Her poetry has been described as "shimmering with clarity, making the everyday world of relationships brim with unsettling surprise". 

In her free time she can be found at the circus, usually hanging upside down…


Taking a leap of faith just a few years ago, Aberdare born John Adams resigned as a mathematics teacher and bought a busking "amp" the same day to pursue his love of music. 

His performances on the street, and his amazing journey on The X-Factor in 2011, soon won him many fans and as his confidence grew he remembers it putting "a spring in my step that money couldn’t buy". 

His breathtakingly pure vocals and easy stage presence have seen him perform before such household names as Take That, Olly Murs and Katherine Jenkins. 

He is currently working on his second album whilst his debut album, "The Pavement is my Stage", reached No. 7 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, receiving a five star rating. 

He will be joined on stage by pianist and percussionist Andy Morgan.

 

 

15.07.2016


Acoustic Cabaret

Dave Morris
Christina Thatcher
Jemma Krysa
     


Dave Morris is a singer songwriter from Cardiff. His music spans many genres from dirty blues and country to folk and rock.

He taught himself to play guitar as a teenager using just three chords and developed his vocal talents at open mic nights where he tested out some of his own tunes. He became better known as one of the front men of the well-loved
Whistling Biscuits.

Now living in Penarth, Dave divides his time between solo sets and working with session musicians in his band
Dave Morris and the Knock with whom he recently came second in Cardiff's Big Gig competition. They have recently released an EP, Done and Dusted, and their first video Little Lucifer through Penarth's Fieldgate Studios.

Dave is also a member of the multi singer-songwriter project,
Steelforks Band, who regularly play Welsh festivals.


Poet Christina Thatcher will be making her second appearance at the club this month.

Her poetry and short stories have appeared in a number of publications including The London Magazine, Planet Magazine and The Lampeter Review and her first collection “More Than You Were” has recently been shortlisted in Bare Fiction’s Debut Poetry Collection Competition, and will be published by Parthian next year.

A PhD student and postgraduate tutor at Cardiff University, Christina also delivers creative writing workshops across South Wales, running projects for organizations like Making Minds and the Welsh Writers Trust and coordinating literature events for the Made in Roath festival


Jemma Krysa is an acoustic singer songwriter from Tairgwaith near the south western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. 

She discovered her musical talents at an early age, writing her first song at the age of thirteen. Since then, her velvety vocals coupled with emotive lyrics and beautiful rhythmic melodies have captivated her many fans. 

Song writing success has quickly followed with her title track, Free Ride, written for a German television cartoon programme, holding the Number 1 spot in the German music charts for three weeks. 

She recorded her first album of original material at the age of 17 and the following year moved to Los Angeles where success saw her support Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries. Now back in Wales she continues to build a loyal following, regularly receiving radio airplay, and is planning to release a new album by the end of the year.

 

 

16.09.2016


Acoustic Cabaret

Erika Kulnys
David Foster Morgan
John Lewis & Tony Thompson 
     


Visiting us from Nova Scotia, Erika Kulnys is a prolific and inspiring songwriter working across genres, who writes heart-opening songs that will move you to tears and make you question the way you see yourself and the world. Her powerful voice has a striking range of timbres and emotions, and her humour and honesty onstage make her music accessible to audiences young and old, and across cultures. 

Erika’s album, Angel on the Road, a record of songs of love, healing and peace, won Music Nova Scotia’s 2015 Inspirational Recording of the Year award, was in the top ten on local charts, was a finalist in CBC’s Searchlight Competition for Canada’s best new artist and received international airplay. Erika was a finalist for Best Female Artist in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards for her song, Had to Come Home. Her latest album, Rise Up, is about to be released; a social justice-themed album, recorded at Signature Sounds Studio by Mark Thayer (artists such as Josh Ritter, Richard Schindell). Rise Up features musicians Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention, Paul McCartney), Richard Gates (Patty Larkin), and Jim Henry (Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Paula Cole). Rise Up tells stories of love, social justice and freedom.


David Foster-Morgan lives and works in Cardiff. He started writing poetry in late youth - or early middle age - and continued despite the onset of late-late youth – or real middle age. 

He has survived such setbacks as having his Square Fact rejected to have his poems published in a range of magazines, including: Poetry Wales, Envoi, Smiths Knoll, and The Interpreter’s House – not to mention the first edition of the eponymous Square. He was recently shortlisted in the Times Literary Supplement Poetry Competition and his first collection, Masculine Happiness, was published by Seren Books last October.

His work aims to combine the everyday with the metaphysical – and normally misfires combining yesterday with a glass of Metaxa; or teaching PE to kids from Cardiff Bay. He was a regular at the Square Writers’ in Adamsdown for two years; and is inclined to bemoan the absence of such groups, but equally inclined to forget to go when someone starts one. He is an extremely mild tempered and tolerant man; it is as if nothing could upset him. He is a kind-hearted, intellectual type, yet he also has a dry sense of humour, all of which, to some extent, is reflected in his poetry. 


Re-united at the club in January last year for the first time in 20 years, Tony Thompson and John Lewis, two maestros of foot stomping blues/rockabilly riffs and licks, return by popular demand with another shuddering set to lift the spirits and the roof.

John recently celebrated 30 years in the business and to mark this milestone released his 15th studio album, His Other Side, an album which focuses more on his acoustic playing than his previous releases. This year has seen John tour and play in eight different countries outside the UK, often headlining festivals such as the Greeze Festival in Australia. Described as “one of Wales’ best kept secrets”, he continues to work extensively in this country and will be releasing a solo album early next year whilst also planning an eighteen day Land’s End to John O’Groats solo tour.

Together with the mind blowing virtuosity of blues harpist Tony Thompson, the duo create a sound sure to thrill.

21.10.2016


Acoustic Cabaret

Omega Two
Katherine Stansfield
Ragsy
     


Returning by popular demand are Omega Two. Featuring Jane Williams (vocals) and Pete Mathison (guitar), they play an eclectic mix of Americana, jazz and blues. 

With a voice and style often compared to Eva Cassidy, Jane has performed at the Brecon Jazz Festival, made regular radio and television appearances, and last August did a live recording session with Van Morrison.

Originally from Cumbria, Pete Mathison, a former London session musician, is a renowned guitarist whose career has seen him play with Red Beans and Rice, Freddie and the Dreamers and with Ray Davies, the lead singer and songwriter for The Kinks. With the latter, he has toured the world and performed on the Glastonbury main stage.


Katherine Stansfield is a novelist and poet originally from Cornwall but now based in Cardiff.

Her debut novel, The Visitor, was published by Parthian in 2013. Described by the Daily Mail as “An evocative record of a lost age… unmistakably heartfelt”, the novel went on to win the 2014 Holyer an Gof Prize for Fiction.

Her first book of poetry, Playing House, was published by Seren in 2014, and Literature Wales awarded her a Writer’s Bursary to complete her second collection. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University, where she taught as a Lecturer for several years. 

Falling Creatures, a crime novel, will be published by Allison & Busby in 2017, with a sequel to follow in 2018.


Aberdare’s Ragsy, singer/songwriter, presenter and rock’n roll chef, will be bringing his unique show to the club for the first time. 

A lifelong poet and musician, he became a household name a couple of years ago when he impressed the judges and audience with his performance on BBC’s The Voice, choosing fellow Welshman and legend Sir Tom Jones to become his mentor. 

A great raconteur and entertainer, his show is one definitely not to be missed.

18.11.2016


An Evening With ... Martyn Joseph

     


Departing from the usual "acoustic cabaret" format, there will be no support acts for this event, no poet, no raffle, just an evening with one of the best performers on the acoustic music scene, and one of Wales’ best loved musicians.

Born in Penarth, Martyn’s recording career spans over 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances throughout the world. The versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. 

A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”.

Martyn follows a punishing touring schedule. Playing over 100 tour dates this year alone in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA, after playing in St David’s Hall in Cardiff last week this show will be a rare homecoming to Penarth, and an even rarer chance to experience a musician of his calibre in such intimate surroundings.

Martyn was awarded Best Male Artist at the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards and in 2012 his song “There’s Always Maybe” won the best folk song category in the World Independent Music Awards. In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognised by programmes such as BBC 2’s prime time series on Singer/Songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognised with various humanitarian awards and plaudits.

He has previously toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey. He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended.

Please note, tickets for this event are £12.

16.12.2016


Acoustic Cabaret

Wayne Brennan
Stephen Payne
Whiskey River Boys
     


Wayne Brennan first played at the club in April 2016, and was immediately pencilled in for a return visit!

He is a singer/songwriter and recording artist from Offaly, Ireland. He released his debut album, In my Hands, in 2009 and has toured extensively supporting such acts as the Gypsy Kings and the Alabama 3. He is a seasoned performer on national radio and TV in Ireland and had a top twenty hit in his home country with his song And I Love, which currently has over 600,000 hits on YouTube. 

In the past two years Wayne has won three national song contests in Ireland with songs from his new album Live, Love, Sing and Dance and his live performances, characterised by his silky vocals and impressive guitar skills, have made him much sought after on the live music circuit.

Those of you who saw him last April will not have forgotten him, and those of you who missed him have a treat in store!


Stephen Payne works at the University of Bath. He therefore shares his time between Bath and Penarth, and writes poems between Cardiff Central and Filton Abbey Wood. 

His first full collection of poems, Pattern Beyond Chance was published by HappenStance in 2015, and was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year. 

This will be his third reading at the club, a measure of his great popularity.


Those of you who remember Penarth Folk/Blues Club back in the late 80's/ early 90's will no doubt remember Martin Blake from his many visits with either Blake's III, Joe Le Taxi, or American Express. A fantastic guitar and banjo player, Martin has been playing and singing since the big Folk-Blues scare of the mid 60s, and is currently to be found playing with the 6-piece Whiskey RiverBlakes III, The Blake Plowman Hot Band and The Grass Snakes.

In the Whiskey River Boys (a stripped-down version of Whiskey River), he is partnered by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Aidan Sheehan, also of Whiskey River, and often seen about Cardiff toting his harmonica and Cajun squeeze-box.

Expect a wide range of Americana – Retro Rock 'n' Roll, Southern-style Swamp Zydeco Blues, Rocking Cajun Country with whiskey-tinged smoky vocals - a real musical taste of the American Deep South!

17.02.2017


St. Patrick's night with ... Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman ... and Dick Johns

 
"Blazing guitar and dancing harp" DIRTY LINEN (USA) - a sensational, contemporary sound with rich and deep traditional roots

The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS), has by now brought its special musical vision to venues large and small - from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their performances - described by The Irish Times as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” - are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit. They've made many appearances on TV and radio and their busy touring schedule has brought them to twenty-one countries on five continents.

They're here, with us, in Penarth this St. Patrick's Night, and it will be an evening never to be forgotten! 


“Virtuosic, fascinating, dramatic, original, inspired, gloriously adventurous, dazzling, brilliant, stunning, impassioned, electrifying, bewitching, moving, achingly beautiful, influential, revered, unique...” - The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Scotsman, fRoots

“An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling” - The Times 
“Dazzling virtuosity” - The Daily Telegraph 
“Chris is amazing... one of our greatest musicians” - BBC Radio 2
“In a class of their own” - The Guardian 
”Brilliant, innovative harping and guitar-playing of astonishing virtuosity and versatility” - Songlines

There will also be spoken-word support from the frighteningly talented Dick Johns, last seen in Cardiff performing his sell-out one-man show Dick Johns What Midlife Crisis? at Chapter Arts Centre. He has appeared with Ricky Gervais in The Office and Ardal O’ Hanlon in My Hero, and has performed in over 30 plays for Radios 3 and 4. A co-founder of the Custard Factory Theatre Company and an ex-MC on the London Comedy circuit, his appearance will be yet another facet to the gem that is Penarth Acoustic Club!

Please note, tickets are £10, and we are very grateful to receive support from the Welsh Arts Council for this event, via their Night Out scheme. Please visit our Tickets Page for full details on how to obtain tickets.


17.03.2017


Acoustic Cabaret

Bella Collins & Gareth Evans Emily Blewitt Ned Edwards & Hywel Maggs
     


Returning to the club this month after a brilliant debut in November 2015, are Bella Collins and Gareth Evans.

This duo features the richly mature and easy flowing vocals of Bella supported by the slick improvised guitar work of Gareth. With influences from the great jazz era artists such as Joe Pass, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, the duo have also taken inspiration from more contemporary artists such as Amy Winehouse and Prince.

They are a much talked about and sought after acoustic duo, not just locally in Cardiff, but racking up gigs all across south and west Wales. Some of their stand out gigs to date include playing to packed out audiences at events such as the Brecon Jazz Festival and the Tenby Blues Festival. Following Gareth's endorsement with 'Newtone strings' in the summer of last year, they are now both playing as endorsees. Their live sets incorporate a mix of popular contemporary songs, timeless classics and original works in a variety of genres including jazz, blues, funk, rock n roll, reggae and ska.

Their debut EP Golden Days was released in August 2016.


This will be Emily's third appearance at the club, and coincides with the release of her debut collection of poetry, This Is Not a Rescue, from Seren Books in April 2017.

Emily was born in Carmarthen in 1986, and grew up in a small town on the Carmarthenshire coast. She read English Language and Literature at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and has an MA in Film and Literature from the University of York. In 2010 she returned to Wales to begin a PhD in English Literature at Cardiff University, where she specialised in poetic representations of pregnancy in nineteenth-century and contemporary women’s writing, graduating in 2016.

She has published poetry widely, her work appearing in The Rialto, Prole, The Interpreter’s House, Ambit Poetry Wales, Furies, Cheval, Nu2: Memorable Firsts, and in Brittle Star. The title poem from her debut collection, This Is Not a Rescue, was Highly Commended for best individual poem in the 2016 Forward Prizes, and is published in The Forward Book of Poetry 2017.


Ned Edwards and Hywel Maggs first played at the club nearly two years ago and received a fantastic response. They are highly accomplished and experienced performers who bring acoustic music to a magical new level

Well known around Penarth, Ned Edwards has a musical pedigree that is simply outstanding. Having played with Red Beans and Rice and Red Hot Pokers, Ned’s career then saw him work as Musical Director with Van Morrison, with whom he recorded numerous CD’s. He has performed all over Europe and the USA and played the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, the Albert Hall and Glastonbury to name but a few. His career has also seen him tour with Bo Diddley and Jerry Lee Lewis and he has supported the likes of Dion, Georgie Fame and Tom Jones.

Joining him will be Hywel Maggs, a highly rated session guitarist and composer for television. Playing a mixture of styles from Gypsy Jazz through Western Swing to Blues and Country, they bring a world class touch to the Penarth acoustic music scene, and a great sense of humour to boot!

Tickets for this event are £7.00 in advance or £8.00 on the door. See our Tickets Page for details
21.04.2017


Acoustic Cabaret

David Roberts & Toby Hay Tracey Rhys Boudica Boogaloo
   


We're welcoming two of Wales' most exciting acoustic guitarists to the club this month, David Roberts and Toby Hay.

Singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist David Roberts is an old friend of the club, having last performed here to great acclaim a year ago.

His first album St Clears, released in late 2014, was recently included in the Welsh National Archive of Screen and Sound. Sending Out Fires, released on Cambrian Records at the time of his last performance at the club, has also received tremendous reviews.

He is a unique and breathtaking performer. For a taster, take a look at this video.

Toby Hay is another fascinating guitarist, who, according to a reviewer from Cardiff club Gwdihŵ, "...manages to marry craft and melody like few others in contemporary Welsh Folk. His appreciation of the melancholic and melodic voice of his guitar brings out an experimental, gorgeously elongated picking style that touches on American Primitivism and the likes of Bert Jansch or John Renbourne, but with an inviting, graceful air...".

His debut album The Gathering was released in March this year (check out this sample track , and this event will be a unique opportunity to catch two of the finest contemporary acoustic guitarists on the same bill.



Tracey Rhys is a Bridgend-based poet, whose first pamphlet, Teaching a Bird to Sing, is a collection of poetry written in response to her young son’s diagnosis of autism.

Tracey’s writing has featured in Planet: The Welsh Internationalist, in word and image exhibitions and on stage, both as libretto and monologue. Some of the poems from Teaching a Bird to Sing featured in the stage show by Winterlight Theatre, Touch Blue Touch Yellow. Tracey received a bursary from Literature Wales in order to complete this collection.

This will be Tracey's first visit to the club and we're really looking forward to it! Ex editor of Poetry Wales, Robert Minhinnick, said of her collection:

"By turns tender and outraged, these poems are written from the perspectives of both mother and her autistic child. Tracey Rhys is developing into a superb poet and her first collection contains several powerful pieces that celebrate one child’s life and his vivid imagination. Moving, funny, true and imbued with a gorgeous lyricism, Tracey Rhys’s poems are the real thing. Highly recommended.


Three sweet old gals, three dirty harmonies, three stomping strings and a hell of a good old-time good time!

Boudica Boogaloo is a brand new sound brought to you by some of Bristol’s favourite musical gals, Australian songstress extraordinaire Nuala Honan, Claire Northey on the violin and Laura Pocket of the Glowglobes on double bass – all stunning solo musicians in their own right. 

The combination of their unique wealth of musical experience results in an old time Folk/Americana sound with a freshness that is a surprise and a delight. Here's a sample.

This show is not to be missed!

Tickets for this event are £7.00 in advance or £8.00 on the door. See our Tickets Page for details
19.05.2017


Acoustic Cabaret

Siobhan McCrudden Gareth Writer-Davies Mumbo Jumbo
Siobhan McCrudden Gareth Writer-Davies Mumbo-Jumbo


Noted as ‘One to watch in 2016’ by NewSoundWales, Siobhan McCrudden’s voice has been described as “fragile, pure and hugely distinctive”.

Having played in both Britain and the US, Siobhan’s songwriting draws on those experiences, reflecting a vivid fascination with both folk roots and the vast melodic landscapes of Americana.  Her early performances found her on the coffee house circuit of New York where the influence of country and folk embedded itself in her song writing style. From these beginnings she went on to play larger gigs both in America and at home, performing at festivals and folk clubs alike. 

She has had radio play of her songs both locally on Cardiff Radio and on BBC Wales through BBC Introducing's Adam Walton.

Having released several songs to the Sound gallery label in 2007, Siobhan will be returning to work with producer Grice Peters of SoundGallery this summer to work on her EP which she hopes to release early next year.

She is exactly what Penarth Acoustic Club is all about, and we're really looking forward to welcoming her to the club for her first visit.


Gareth Writer-Davies is a poet from Letchworth, Hertfordshire, UK.

He was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Erbacce Prize in 2014 and Commended in the Prole Laureate Competition, the Welsh Poetry Competition and the Sherborne Open Poetry competition in 2015.

Gareth has been widely published over the last few years, in magazines such as Poetry News, The Journal, Bare Fiction, Ink, Sweat and Tears, A New Ulster, Sarasvati, and The Delinquent.

His collection Bodies was published by Indigo Dreams in 2015 and his next collection Cry Baby will come out this year.

He is the Prole Laureate for 2017.


Top piano-led, close-harmony singer-songwriter acoustic trio Mumbo-Jumbo bring their ‘Acoustic Vaudeville’ Show to our Acoustic Cabaret!

Playing regularly across the country at festivals, blues and folk clubs and village hall shows, eclectic double British Blues Awards nominees Mumbo-Jumbo not only create excellent, interesting songs with three lead voices, but also utilise a whole flock of instruments including piano, accordion, bass, trumpet, ukulele, guitar, washboard, kazoo and percussion.

Mumbo-Jumbo sits somewhere between blues, folk and jazz with tinges of reggae and whatever else takes their fancy on the night. With songs about old soldiers, baldness and the joy of life the guys bring humour and fun to the performance. Tracks from the trio’s 2016 album ‘Sonic Gumbo’ have featured widely on the radio.

Described by Blues in Britain magazine “The musicianship is unsurpassable, and the songwriting is excellent,” and as “Combining excellent musicianship with lively banter and a connection with their audience that is second to none” by Folk Monthly magazine, the broad appeal of the band is considerable.

Mumbo-Jumbo will be playing 11 blues, folk and jazz festivals this summer, so grab your chance to see them here in Penarth!

Tickets for this event are £7.00 in advance or £8.00 on the door. See our Tickets Page for details
16.06.2017


Acoustic Cabaret

Emme Hastings Kate North The Black Feathers




A Bristol based singer songwriter with London roots, Emme Hastings has been playing to audiences for over ten years across the South.

Her emotive, raw vocals and finger picking style guitar captivates listeners. Best described as folk soul, her sound is natural and personal, resonating with artists like Laura Marling and Lisa Hannigan.  

Gigging regularly around Bristol and Bath, she has recently returned from performing at Glastonbury festival and is currently recording with her band Papa Juju

This will be her first visit to Penarth Acoustic Club, and we're very excited about it! In the meantime, click here for a sample to whet your appetite!


Kate North writes both fiction and poetry. 

She is the author of the novel, Eva Shell (Cinnamon Press, 2008) and a poetry collection, Bistro (Cinnamon Press, 2012). Her stories and poetry have been widely published in a range of anthologies and magazines, including The Lonely Crowd, The Lampeter Review, Two Thirds North, and Secondary Character

She also edits for various publications while teaching Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University.


The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing. The product of an arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations.

The Black Feathers, made up of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, are two such talents. They first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects, becoming The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012.

Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands. 

2016 was an incredible year for The Black Feathers. Their debut album was met with critical acclaim and broke into the Top 10 in the iTunes Country chart and the Official UK Americana Chart. A live album recorded at The Convent in Stroud was released in late 2016. Tours in the UK and the USA, as well as an Irish tour supporting Eddi Reader kept Sian and Ray busy in 2016. They could easily rest on their laurels, but have instead been spending their downtime working on new material to be released shortly.

Their visit to Penarth Acoustic Club is part of a large UK tour - catch them now before they go beyond our reach!

And while you're waiting, click here for some samples

Tickets for this event are £7.00 in advance or £8.00 on the door. See our Tickets Page for details
21.07.2017


Acoustic Cabaret

Dave Morris Rebecca Parfitt The Rumblestrutters




Dave Morris is a singer songwriter from Cardiff. His music spans many genres from dirty blues and country to folk and rock.

He taught himself to play guitar as a teenager using just three chords and developed his vocal talents at open mic nights where he tested out some of his own tunes. He became better known as one of the front men of the well-loved Whistling Biscuits

Now living in Penarth, Dave divides his time between solo sets and working with session musicians in his band Dave Morris and the Knock with whom he recently came second in Cardiff's Big Gig competition. They have recently released an EP, Done and Dusted, and their first video Little Lucifer through Penarth's Fieldgate Studios

Dave is also a member of the multi singer-songwriter project, Steelforks Band, who regularly play Welsh festivals.


Rebecca Parfitt returns to the club to read more of her excellent poetry. 

Rebecca has worked in publishing for nine years. She began her career in London, working predominantly in magazines. She moved to Cardiff to study an MA in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing in 2009 and now works for Seren Books.

Rebecca is also a writer who has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines. She has been shortlisted for the Cinnamon Press debut poetry collection award, the Bridport International Poetry Prize and the John Tripp Award for Spoken Word. She loves the strange, the uneasy and the macabre.

Her poetry has been described as "shimmering with clarity, making the everyday world of relationships brim with unsettling surprise". 

In her free time she can be found at the circus, usually hanging upside down…


The Rumblestrutters bring you feel-good blues, jazz and ragtime of the Prohibition era. The band’s vivid evocations of the music of the 1920s and ‘30s has earned them a reputation as one of the most authentic and popular roots bands around, with highlights including stellar performances at Birmingham International Jazz Festival and Gloucester Blues Festival.

Started when Jon Toft (vocals, mandolin, banjo) found an ink jug at the back of an old cupboard, the Swansea-based acoustic three-piece features the virtuoso guitar-playing and voice of Jonathan Nicholas, and Liam Ward on vocals, harmonica and jug. 

Songs of bootleg liquor, all-night parties and bacchanalia abound, tapped from a rich musical source. The Rumblestrutters bring you the authentic sounds of 1920s and '30s America!

Tickets for this event are £7.00 in advance or £8.00 on the door. See our Tickets Page for details
15.09.2017


Acoustic Cabaret

Chris O Susie Wild Sarah Jane Scouten




Chris O is a singer-songwriter from Australia, who covers the songs of a bygone era and writes her own contemporary roots originals. 

She plays vintage music, the way it used to be, mixed in with blues and folk that echo global grassroots traditions, travelling around carrying her "Band", just like a pack pony: lap-slide , banjo, ukulele, as well as a few plain old guitars, stirring up jellyroll and jinx.

Chris tours Europe annually, and in 2016 was New South Wales Solo Blues Artist of the Year representing Sydney Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge, and the National Women in Blues Showcase in Memphis, Tennessee. Her recent blues albums feature in the Australian and UK Blues and Roots Charts , and AMRAP Charts.

In 2017 “Wailin’ & Raggin’ the Blues” was a Blues Foundation (USA) finalist for Best Self Produced CD.


Susie Wild is author of the short story collection The Art of Contraception (Parthian 2010) listed for the Edge Hill Prize, and the novella Arrivals (Parthian 2011). 

Her writing appears in publications like Poetry Digest, The Lonely Crowd, Wales Arts Review, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Lampeter Review, and Rising. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Swansea University and an MA in Journalism from Goldsmiths.

She has performed her poems at events like the Glastonbury Festival, Hay Festival, the Green Man Festival, and the Dylan Weekend. Her recent multimedia commission, ‘Sex Change Disco,’ in collaboration with artist Beth Greenhalgh, was performed at Made in Roath and Cardiff Contemporary 2016. Born in London, she has moved from Cornwall and Devon to Swansea and Bristol. These days she lives in a house with a garden and a shed in Cardiff.


Sarah-Jane Scouten is, according to Folk Radio UK, "A sterling example of the top grade Americana coming out of Canada."

With flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths and Iris Dement, and a wealth of early country music, the two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and recent Western Canadian Music Award nominee's songs are faithful to a long-standing folk music tradition.

Often spilling over into modern themes that are outspoken and edgy, her songwriting tackles issues from poverty and midwifery to tongue-in-cheek heartache songs and unabashed Canadiana. A traditionalist at heart, Sarah Jane Scouten shows her signature flair for the roots of roots music. With respect for these roots, she writes from her own perspective, playing with style to create her own distinct voice. This songwriter is known for hitting hard and close to home, then laughing it off.

Sarah is playing with her 4-piece band for this gig, so please come and support the biggest show we've ever put on!

Tickets for this event are £7.00 in advance or £8.00 on the door. See our Tickets Page for details
20.10.2017