Chippy Folk & Acoustic Club
Important update: We are reluctantly pausing our regular monthly meetings until springtime. There will be no meeting in November 2021. As soon as we can all meet up again satisfactorily and safely we will do so…
THE CLUB meetS on the Second Monday of every month all year round
MEETING DETAILS ARE SENT ONCE A MONTH TO THE MEMBER/SUBSCRIBER LIST
many musical genres, everyone welcome
FOR THE TIME BEING THE ARTYARD CAFE REMAINS CLOSED ON MONDAYS..
..AND WE ARE MEETING AT THE CROWN, CHURCH ENSTONE
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As a Club we strive to be a friendly and informal gathering with acoustic performances of many kinds and genres. We always extend a warm welcome to those who prefer to come along and just listen and highly value our ‘audience’. We see many experienced and gifted singers and musicians but those perhaps just ‘starting out’ in performance are made equally at home.
The Club is really eclectic these days .. witnessing individuals, duos, trios and sometimes larger impromptu groupings delivering material from folk to blues, from tradition to contemporary, from ‘covers’ to singer/songwriter, from Americana to Celtic and plenty more besides..
Songs and instrumentals are the norm but there’s a place as well for recitation and poetry.
Visitors to the area are welcome as performers or listeners.. perhaps on a visit to the Oxfordshire Cotswolds or the City of ‘dreaming spires’ a few miles to the south east.
A little guidance on club nights:
All of our club nights are ‘singarounds’ where we go around the room and invite anyone wishing to perform a song or tune to do so. We rotate MCing month by month and reckon all our esteemed MCs have a ‘light touch’ but bring their own style to the evening. There is a small raised ‘stage’ from where most choose to perform. A music stand is provided if needed. There’s no especial guidance on use of words/crib sheets/music or otherwise but, for obvious reasons, it’s best if performers are reasonably familiar with their material and have any instrument[s] tuned up in advance of their ‘slot’.
Typically we would have a short interval 9.15/9.30 ish.. a chance to chat, catch up and recharge glasses etc. We aim to wind up around 10.30pm but are relaxed [as is the ArtYard Café] if we stray a bit later on a busy night.
Some nights are very popular so, in fairness to all, we sometimes have to decide on the night how much time is allotted to duets, trios and groups. We like everybody who wants to contribute to be able to participate so if the evening isn’t particularly busy duets and groups, at the discretion of the MC, may be invited to perform more songs. But we hope you’ll understand if, as a group, you are perhaps only invited to perform one song per half on a particularly full occasion.
If in doubt.. come along and have a look at us..
Diary dates 2021..all 2nd Mondays
see Subscriber emails for Info. meetings started in June at The Crown, Church enstone
January 11th, Mandy & Patrick
February 8th, Ginnie & Rachel
March 8th, Mandy & Patrick
April 12th, Ginnie & Rachel
May 10th, Mandy & Patrick
June 14th, Ginnie & Rachel
July 12th, Mandy & Patrick
August 9th Ginnie & Rachel
Sept. 13th Mandy
October 11th Rachel & Ginnie
Meetings now suspended until Spring 2022 !
The Club has been going for many years now and continues to evolve. For most of its life, it was based in various venues in Chipping Norton starting out as Chipping Norton Folk and Heritage Music Society. With the passage of time, and no longer any suitable venues in ‘Chippy’, we moved in late 2016 to The ArtYard Café in Enstone where John Clarke and his team look after us so well. We decided to change the working title of the Club at this time to reflect not only the new geography but also the greater span of musical possibilities perhaps allowed by introducing the word ‘acoustic’ alongside ‘folk’.
Within the club there’s an eclectic mix of performers, from some very talented local singer/songwriters right through the musical spectrum to beginners who would venture to perform in front of others. The mix of who comes varies from one month to the next of course, which is a healthy dynamic to have. We enjoy a large array of different musical genres – from traditional/unaccompanied a cappella singers, to original material and embracing the likes of contemporary folk, Americana, Country, Blues and acoustic rock and flamenco…and… and…
As well as singers, we’ve been entertained by banjo and flute players, pan pipes and whistles, squeeze boxes of all types, Northumbrian pipes, Cajon and dulcimers (both Appalachian Mountain and hammered). Guitars displayed have included classical, flamenco, slide, 12 string and dobro as well as the ubiquitous 6 string acoustic. All ages are welcome – from teens to oldies and everyone in between – all that’s required is a love of live, acoustic music.
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