Here’s a list of all the people who have played at Ryepiece Barn….we think! We haven’t kept a very accurate record so if there is someone else you remember seeing play then please let us know.
If you have any photos of video of any of the concerts we’d love to see those too.
The Phil Bawn Quartet
Friday 9th March 2018
The quartet is led by Phil Bawn (tenor sax) and he’s joined by Dave Prickit (keyboards) Tony Morris (guitar) and Geoff Holtom (string bass). The members of the band have spent many years, playing in and around the Midlands area, but now concentrate on a ‘music for pleasure’ philosophy, as all mature musicians should. Phil Bawn was a prime mover in the formation of The Jack Daniels big band, which Geoff joined for several years, whilst Dave was the piano player for The Avon Jazz Band for many years. Tony’s experience in a wide variety of jazz groups, makes him an ideal addition to our quartet. The band plays the jazz tunes they love most – ones that are tuneful on the ear, and do not get involved with what they call the more ‘way out’ modern jazz. They sometimes break into song, and even tell the odd story or two, but always focus on having a good time.
Friday 24th November 2017
It was the last night of Jody’s 2017 tour of English folk clubs and it proved to be a very special night. Three people in the audience had seen Jody before but I don’t think anyone else knew quite what to expect from an evening of concertina playing. As people arrived Jody moved around chatting and introducing himself and before the concert proper he invited his friend Graham from Warwick…who just happened to have his concertina with him…to join him for a few warm up pieces.
As host Simon later told us, he has encouraged to tell more stories during his gigs and he didn’t let us down. We learnt about the difference between a concertina and a piano-accordion; how Jody has become a regular performer at 80’s heart-throb Richard Gere’s Hollywood mansion; and his grandmother who introduced Origami to the west.
In between the stories we had an incredible range of tunes and songs – many with ample opportunity for the audience to join in with singing, foot stomping and arm waving. ‘Jonathan Smith’ was a hit with a table full of Jonathans and we all sang along to a poignant rendition of ‘Morningtown Ride’ accompanied on an auto-harp. We only captured one song…well sort of one. It’s Jody’s version of the Leadbelly song ‘Bring a little water Sylvie’ and his own song ‘Swaggering Sylvie’ which it inspired. Here it is:
Jody’s brother bought him a puppet when he was a boy. It’s called Henry. Jody has adapted Henry so he can dance by Jody moving his leg or someone jiggly the string at the other end. Here’s Henry dancing thanks to some serious jiggling by Katharine:
Read more about Jody…and the Anglo-German concertina here.
Friday 13th October 2017
Every Gerry Colvin concert is good but this one was extra special. Accompanied by Trish Power and Marion Fleetwood on accordion and fiddle (and a little cello) respectively, their voices combined perfectly. Gerry has so many songs to choose from that every set list is different. Tonight there was a particular emphasis on family, memories and loss. It made for a particularly moving and intimate evening. We’ll definitely have Gerry back…in 2019?
Here’s a Gerry and the gang performing ‘Wearing Feathers Fall’. The picture quality isn’t great but the sound is surprisingly good so do give it a whirl.
Read more about Gerry and his various incarnations here.
Lynn Arnold & Charles Matthews
Friday 22nd September 2017
Wow! Well that was a very special night. The Pipe Piano has never sounded so good and having not one but two pianists tinkling its ivories at the same time was something most of us had never seen before. Thank you to Lynn and Charles for sharing a whole new experience with a packed Ryepiece Barn.
Read more about Lynn here.
Friday 5th May 2017
Well our clandestine, guerrilla gig lived up to our expectations.
Two scruffy looking musicians, neither of whom will see 40 again, who sit still all evening talking and playing a few songs. I know, I know it doesn’t sound that great but they really are very talented musicians, one has a fabulous singing voice and perhaps most surprisingly of all they are extremely funny.
Last year you’d have paid serious money to see one of them in a sort of folk super group at Glastonbury. We got to sit just a few feet away from them in the lovely Ryepiece Barn and have a blast of an evening.
It was a big ask to expect people to buy tickets for a concert where we couldn’t even tell you the name of the act but you turned out in droves…our biggest so far I think…and everyone left with a smile on their face.
Friday 17th March 2017
‘Never go back’ they say. But Methera were every bit as wonderful this time as they were when they were the first time they played for us in 2013. With a central stage this time everyone had a great view and the sound could drift through Ryepiece Barn more easily. The fairy lights around the stage were a nice touch. Apologies (as usual) for the picture quality but this will give you some sense of what you missed.
Friday 10th February 2017
Anyone who has seen Duotone play will agree with The Observer when they described him as ‘a hidden gem’. Duotone is the alias of songwriter Barney Morse-Brown, cellist with multi-platinum artist Birdy and BBC Folk Award winners the Imagined Village, Chris Wood, Eliza Carthy and Jackie Oates. We’ve been following Barney for a while and it was fantastic to have him share his unique sound in our lovely intimate space.
Here’s Barney performing a song he wrote for a friend’s wedding. There’s a spot of tuning up and then a really beautiful song.
There are three Duotone albums available on Spotify, iTunes or from Barney’s own website. He has a new EP out soon and will be touring extensively this year so do try and catch him again.
Read more about Duotone here.
James Reynolds and the Queensgate Quartet
Friday 11th November 2016
Our final concert of the year was a sell out. The Barn was looking better than ever and despite not feeling her best, Bev still produced a wonderful curry for 60 people.
We had some of James’ beautiful compositions for piano and Shakespearean folk songs in an extended first half.
After the break we had a special treat as Chris, James and George joined James to form the Queensgate Quartet and performed a delightful set of tight SATB harmonies.
Keep up to date with James and his friends musical adventures on his website here.
Friday 7th October 2016
What a night that was! Fantastic music and so much laughter too.
Marion and Gregg have been busy recording their first album. To keep up with when it’s released and their Spring tour check out their website here.
The Foregate Street Blues Band
Friday 6th May 2016
The Foregate Blues band – play some great blues tunes – many written by David himself. We managed to get all the band members to tell us a bit about the blues and where the songs come from. There were copies of their latest CD ‘Shades of Blues’ to buy and the sun shone too. A great night.
Follow the guys on Facebook here.
Lynn Arnold and friends
Friday 22nd April 2016
Our first classical concert was a blinder. Lynn on the house piano with Matthias and Peter on their treasured violas. We think we managed to capture some of the concert on a half decent video camera so we’ll upload that later if it’s worked.
If you’d like to see more of Lynn and her varied musical friends then keep an eye on Lynn’s website here.
Stuart McCallum and Mike Walker
Friday 18th March 2016
Lots more information about Stuart’s other projects here. Mike’s band The Impossible Gentlemen has gig and album information here. Stuart and Mike are about to record their second CD together. We’ll post a link to that as soon as we have it.
Will Pound and Henry Webster
Friday 24th April 2015
Check out Will’s website here.
Friday 6th March 2014
Find out what James is up to here.
Strange Lovers – Methera and Mats Rehnman
Thursday 3rd July 2014
Latest news about Strange Lovers can be found here.
Eileen McGann and David K
Friday 9th May 2014
Find out what Eileen and David did next here.
Thursday 11th April 2013
You can find the Methera website here.
Anyone remember the date of this? Summer judging by the clothes being warn but what year?! Lovely photo by Rosy Burke. Thanks Rosy.
Keep up with the ever busy Belshazzar’s Feast here.
Tania Opland and Mike Freeman
Saturday 4th October 2008
Catch up with Tania and Mike here.
Anyone remember when this was or have any photos?
Follow Boldwood’s latest ventures here.
Mary Flower and special guest David Bristow
Friday 29th June 2007
Keep up to date with Mary here.
You can find out what David is up to here.