What’s On

On this page we will bring you details of the artists we have booked for 2018

Please note that for gigs at The King’s Head; this is a pub room and not entirely seated. If you need a seat, we advise you get there early. Refunds will not be given.

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Friday September 14

Allan Taylor

8 PM.  £15

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allan taylor
At last, Allan Taylor!  And about time, too, we must admit.
One of  last of the great troubadours makes his first appearance for us and it seems kinda crazy that his debut hasn’t happened before.  After all, here’s a class act tailor-made for the Kalamazoo.

Allan has been on the road for most of his life, crafting as he travels his gorgeous songs about love and those he calls the lost and the lonely.
Inspired as a kid in Brighton by Woody Guthrie and  Davey Graham, Allan was barely out of his teens when he took off to make his name as a folk singer, first to London and the Troubador, Greenwich Village and then, all corners of the globe.
Now, 50 years and 26 albums later, the journey is far from over.
This gifted, mellow-voiced  guitarist  continues to pack  in the crowds at concert halls across Britain, Europe and beyond.
The list of artists who have covered his songs bears testimony to his talent … The Fureys, Don Williams, Frankie Miller, the Clancy Brothers, Fairport Convention, Dick Gaughan, Nana Mouskouri and Francoise Hardy among them. There are 80 cover versions alone of  his “It’s Good To See You.”
It certainly is, Allan. And well worth the wait.
Supported by the House Band, The Blinkin’ Buzzards

 

Friday October 12

Martin Simpson

8pm £20

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martin simpson

He’s the performer who has everything….not only  widely acknowledged as one of the finest  guitarists in the world but also acclaimed for his brilliant song-writing and stunning interpretations of traditional work.

Forty five years into a glittering, award-laden career, he remains firmly at the peak of his profession.

No-one has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old time music. Those 15 years he lived and worked in the USA were well spent. On stage and in the studio he has collaborated  with, among many others, Jackson Browne, David `Lindley, Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Martin Carthy, Steve Miller and David Hidalgo.

He has been nominated an astonishing 27 times in the 15 years of the BBC folk awards – more than any other performer – and in nine successive years was a Musician of the Year nominee, a prize he has won twice.

He is, as The Observer put it in reviewing a recent “exquisite” album, “a master musician at the  top of his game.”

Supported by the House Band, The Blinkin’ Buzzards

 

Friday November 9

Robin Williamson

with very special guest

Bina Williamson

Robin Williamson

Robin Williamson Image courtesy of Laurie Lewis
INCREDIBLE STRING BAND VIRTUOSO ROBIN WILLIAMSON
PLAYING AT THE KALAMAZAZOO 12/10/2012
PHOTOGRAPH / LAURIE LEWIS

Weaving the unique mystic magic that has made him a legend of folk music, the “last true bard on Earth” returns to the Kalamazoo, this time with his wife Bina, a fine singer and musician in her own right.
The great story-teller and multi-instrumentalist will always be inextricably linked to The Incredible String Band, his highly- influential sixties ensemble that inspired so many – including the likes of Robert Plant and  Paul McCartney – but  he was never one to rest on his laurels.
As David Kidman of Folk Radio puts it:”He prefers not to dwell on the past, paying hollow homage, or revisit past glories, but to keep moving on with his sights set firmly on the present, creating new music with contemporary relevance.”
Robin’s musical adventures have long involved Bina, whose vocal harmonies and  expertise on autoharp, dulcimer and the zither-like bowed psaltery, add haunting textures to the performance.
Robin’s recent album, the beautiful self-penned Trusting in the Rising `Light, had five star reviews.
Expect another five star Kalamazoo show tonight.
Supported by the House Band, The Blinkin’ Buzzards

 

 

 

 

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