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The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club
Home of Contemporary & Traditional Folk Music for 44 years

Every Tuesday Night at 8.00pm

The Royal British Legion
Telephone: 01702 347581
7/9 Northview Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9NG.
Hoy Contact: Tony Prior : anthony.t.prior@gmail.com

2015                                                                         Member's

Jan 27   Kiss the Mistress                                    7
Based in East Anglia the six piece line up consists of Ginny
Davis (cello, voice, fiddle), John Ramirez (chromatic button
accordion, melodeon), Ellie Smith (whistle, flute), John
Tomlinson (guitar), Robert Komorowski (percussion), Dave West
(guitar) they produce a Euro / Celtic mix of tunes and songs from
a variety of influences, expect some unusual time signatures,
familiar and new tunes with some originals and from the line up
of instruments and musicians coming to folk via jazz and
contemporary music it promises to be an enjoyable foot tapping
first visit (provided you can tap your feet in 7/8 time or

Feb 3     Kendrick & Needham                                6
They describe themselves as 'England on a stick', Sylvia Kendrick
& Keith Needham have a wide ranging repertoire of a cappella
songs with strong harmony, sometimes accompanied by their English
Concertinas from which they produce some lively foot tapping
dance tunes so this will be a great night to get some real

Feb 4     Hoy Singers' Night at Horse & Groom CANCELLED *

Feb 10   Causton & Walker                                     6
Penni McLaren Walker (Guitar/cittern) and Bryan Walker
(bazouki-mandolin/mandolin)have played many festivals together
describing themselves as 'new tradition' and with Penni's
powerful voice, driving guitar and Bryan flashing around the
fretboard they produce some inspirational music. Penni has given
workshops on songwriting so they will be featuring original
compositions mixed with traditional songs and tunes.

Feb 17   Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection   7   

Wild Willy Barrett must be one of the most under rated musical
talents in the country a multi instrumentalist entertainer
impossible to pigeonhole into any genre because the next song or
tune will be different all washed down with a dry wit and humour.
the band includes his wife, Mary Holland (cello), John Devine
(uilleann pipes) and Aurora Colson who hails from France (voice),
together they play folk, bluegrass, swing, cajun, country, jigs
and reels, ballads, you name it and of course their own
originals, it could be standing room only.

Feb 24   Open Night                                                2 - Performers FREE
Guest Spot - Fran Mortar (voice/flute) & Adam Rees (guitar) A duo
with Fran's (Kate Rusbyesque) singing traditional songs sometimes
a cappella sometimes to Adam's thoughtful balanced guitar
accompaniment, 'watch this space' for their future performances
and be glad you saw them here.

Mar  3    Kevin Dempsey & Rosie Carson              7
Rosie (vocals / fiddle) hails from Cincinnati, Ohio and enjoys
the Irish tradition but just saying vocals does not do justice to
such a beautiful voice backed up by a very adept fiddle and UK
based Kevin (vocals / guitar) who is an accomplished guitarist
and producer having worked with Dave Swarbrick, Mary Black,
Uistrdwr and other folkies like Alice Coltrane, he can really get
the riffs together and luckily for us they managed to get
together as a duo, currently have two albums out, don't miss it.

Mar 10   Brooks Williams                                       7

A night for guitar fans. Singer / songwriter / guitarist grew up
in Statesboro, Georgia USA, if you enjoyed Isaac Guillory then we
believe you will enjoy Brooks Williams as their styles and
technical ability are on a similar level, luckily for us he
obviously got the 'Statesboro Blues' because he now lives in
Cambridge, England but maintains a substantial following in the
USA and offers guitar and songwriting workshops around both
countries and at festivals, his tour schedule in both Europe and
USA is pretty frantic, somehow he still finds time to write new
songs, not many people play guitar or deliver a song as well as

Mar 17   Archie Fisher                                            7 
A Scottish icon singer / songwriter / guitarist and a real
gentleman of folksong who wrote The Final Trawl, Lyndsay, The
Witch of the Westmorland amongst many other familiar songs
recorded by Fairport Convention, Barbara Dickson, Eva Cassidy,
Wizz Jones,  John Renbourn.  Archie's deep brown voice and a
relaxed delivery could make Val Doonican look twitchy and has a
deceptively accomplished guitar style that can easily be
underestimated, he has collaborated with many including The
Fisher Family, Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Tom Paxton,
Garnet Rogers. Archie, like a certain Scottish poet, is justly
proud of his Scots roots so you may need an interpreter for some
of the lyrics. If you like anything Scottish don't miss tonight.

Mar 24   Open Night                                               2 - Performers FREE

Mar 31   Dan Walsh

Apr 7     Steve Dan Mills                                         7 
Apr 14   Andy Irvine                                                
Apr 21   Open Night  with Hannah Sanders          
2 - Performers FREE
Apr 28   Duncan McFarlane                                    6

May 5    Rod Clements                                            7
May 12  Jez Lowe                                                    7
May 19  Cloudstreet                                                8
May 26  Open Night                                              
  2 - Performers FREE

Jun 2    Vikki Swan & Jonny Dyer                           7
Jun 9    Martin Carthy                                              10
Jun 16  Open Night                                                 
2 - Performers FREE
Jun 23  Bob Fox                                                       8   
Jun 28 
Hoy Showcase at Leigh Folk Festival
Jun 30  Open Night                                                  2 - Performers FREE 

Jul 7    Adrian Nation                                               6

Aug 11 Mawkin    

Nov 24 Richard Digance                                           10

Dec 8    Danien Barber & Mike Wilson                      7








Booking a Floor Spot

Guest Nights:
On a normal guest night we have several floor-spots who perform between 8.00 and 9.00 pm
Please arrive early and ask to the MC on the night if you want to perform. 

Open Nights:
These often feature a 40 minute spot by a pre-booked guest, sometimes a local semi-professional artiste.
If you would like to be considered for this spot, please contact Tony Prior on 01702 715111 or 
tony@priority.ms .

Subject to Change
These bookings are subject to change, often due to circumstances beyond our control. 
For up to date information call Tony Prior on 01702 715111 or email

Hoy Singers' Club
Horse and Groom PH - Rochford

On the first Wednesday of each month The Hoy hosts a Singers' Club 

The sessions are friendly & informal.

They give all those attending the opportunity to try new songs
or even attempt a performance in front of others for the first time.

Encouragement and advice is offered on a friendly basis
from experienced long-term members of The Hoy.


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