This is the new website for the White Hart Folk Club, please use the site for all future events and updates.
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The club opens at 7.30pm and starts at 8.00 pm.
14/3/20 Featuring Tony Richardson, a club regular.
We welcome Tony for an extended session of his mostly self penned songs about the area he has lived in all of his life, Tony has released his first DVD featuring 16 of his best loved songs and melodies set against the stunning backdrop of the North York Moors.
Tony, who has farmed at Glaisdale, near Whitby, for the last 43 years, first got up in front of a crowd at his local Robinson Institute village hall in 1956.
11/4/20 Singaround (Easter)
25/4/20 Guests, Linda and Alan Rosecastle. Lynda & Alan Rosecastle Lynda and Alan met in the autumn of 1974, and began singing together almost immediately. They were members of The Mountain Ash Band, making a folk- rock album called “The Hermit” in 1975 (other members included West Yorkshire folk legends Geoff Bowen, Martin Carter and Graham Jones). Around this time they moved to Keighley and started attending The Famous Bacca Pipes Folk Club as regular floor singers and occasional guests, which led to a long and fruitful association with Jim Ellison as Mountain Ash. In the early 1990s Lynda began singing with with Maggie Boyle and Helen Hockenhull as the much-loved vocal trio Grace Notes. For over twenty years they toured folk clubs and festivals, making 5 highly-acclaimed albums and hundreds of friends. Grace Notes ceased to be in November 2014 following Maggie’s untimely and tragic passing. Alan, meanwhile, played guitar and sang American Old-time with The Sensible Shoestring Band, sang acapella harmony with Inpo, and played for dancing with the Buttered Peas Ceilidh Band. After more than 40 years of singing together, Lynda and Alan can see no reason to stop now. As ever, their material consists of a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs, sometimes with guitar accompaniment, and mostly with vocal harmony. With a steady trickle of gigs, they have their eyes fixed firmly on the future. Their first duo CD, “To Take Another Turn” was released in summer, 2017. In January 2019 they moved to Whitby after decades of Folk Weeks, and are greatly enjoying the local folk scene.
2/5/20 Singers night
9/5/20 Singers night
16/5/20 Singers night
23/5/20 Singers night
30/5/20 NO CLUB, Early Spring Bender at High Whins Farm Tranmire, starts Friday evening 29/5/20.
6/6/20 Singers and Musicians
13/6/20 Singers and Musicians
20/6/20 Guest night, Graham O’Callaghan
Graham O’Callaghan has been described as having one of the finest voices in the tradition. He is certainly very much at home in the company of this country’s leading and most respected traditional singers, and an early classical training mixed with a dash of Irish DNA certainly gives rise to a very special voice.
His work with the popular three-part harmony group, Jinks’ Stack in 90’s, made him a regular visitor at many of the country’s leading festivals and folk clubs. When the group decided to stop performing in 1998 Graham seized the opportunity to respond to the demands of those who wished to hear more of his solo repertoire and unique singing style. He worked mainly as an unaccompanied solo performer, but also on occasions with accompaniment working with Tim van Eyken and Rob Harbron, culminating in the release of his first solo album in 2000 to great acclaim. A permanent move to France 2008 brought to an end his activity on the British folk scene, but he was recently enticed back to these shores by the occasional ‘song weekend’ and a long overdue return guest appearance at the Whitby folk festival in 2018. This has reawakened his passion for singing and performance and he now hopes to re-immerse himself back into the British folk scene, albeit on an ‘occasional’ basis.
Time away in France has enabled him to rework his repertoire and arrangements, thereby breathing new life into his songs whether they come from the tradition or a more contemporary source. His sensitive interpretation of ‘the word’ has stood him apart from many other unaccompanied singers and has been described as ‘the male version of June Tabor by the Green Man Review USA. As well as performing across the UK he has also performed in Ireland, being one of the few ‘non-Irish’ unaccompanied singers to perform as a booked guest at the prestigious ‘An Goilin’ traditional singers club in Dublin. Four of his songs are included on the ITMA (Irish Traditional Music Archive) to listen to.
“It came as no surprise to me to learn that Graham O’Callaghan is an alumni of the Jolly Porter folk club in Exeter. It is a club of precious memory to me, as it was a place where the regular singers were as good as most of the guests. They had style, commitment, knowledge of the music and an obvious love and enjoyment of singing. Graham has their qualities”.
Roy Harris – The Living Tradition.
“He succeeds in moving people with his singing – a formidable power”. Ray Fisher
27/6/20 Singers and Musicians
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