Hicks and Goulbourn
Guitarist Steve Hicks and singer songwriter Lynn Goulbourn formed the duo ‘Hicks and Goulbourn’ in 2007. They made it their mission to visit as many clubs and venues throughout the UK as possible and play to whoever would listen with a view to establishing themselves on the folk and acoustic scene. Steve and Lynn bring many influences into their music and this is reflected in the variety within their sets which can range from Traditional songs and tunes from the British Isles to Ragtime, Blues and Mountain music from the USA. They are passionate about their music and love to write, arrange and perform.
In his youth Steve studied with flamenco guitarist Don Wickens. Having discovered folk music at college and being highly influenced by the playing of John Renbourn, Steve then took lessons from jazz guitarist Duck Baker.
Whilst living in Scotland, Steve became heavily involved in Scottish Traditional music and has played in various bands. Since 2000 Steve has built a solid reputation as both a fingerstyle guitarist and luthier. In 2009 he signed up to Peter Finger’s prestigious label, ‘Acoustic Music Records’ in Germany.
Music and singing has always been a part of Lynn’s life but not in a formal way until she teamed up with Steve. She has sung in choirs from an early age and regularly attended several folk clubs doing floor spots. During her career in Education and Youth and Community Lynn’s musical skills were regularly in demand and she was no stranger to singing in public and to groups of all ages and abilities.
Lynn has run two folk clubs, done voluntarily work at music festivals and attended courses in singing and songwriting. Since college days she has enjoyed singing with a small group of friends enjoying close harmonies – the ‘crunchier’, the better!
They thrive on the creative process of stretching established boundaries and perform mesmeric arrangements of traditional, contemporary and self – penned songs and music.
Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …
David has been playing guitar for more years than he cares to remember. He was a full-time professional for 14 years or so. Now, after a brief interruption when he taught in special needs, primary and then secondary schools in Warwickshire, he’s back doing the ‘real’ job.
Renowned for his style and expertise, David is also well known for his comedic songs.
Comharsa are becoming an established part of the folk scene having been formed in 2012. Neighbours in Polesworth, Mick Stanley and Mick McGrath, talking after one too many Guinness, decided it would be good idea to have a jamming session at Mick Stanley’s house. They included their daughters, Alison and Emma Stanley and Megan McGrath, and decided on the name Comharsa which was Gaelic for neighbour.
Des is an established artist on the folk scene, and sings Folk, mainly of the traditional variety, unaccompanied or accapella, if you prefer, but he also describes it as unaccomplished and Acapulco.
Unaccomplished, it most certainly is not, and he always demands the full attention of any audience simply by being there.
Malc and Gill
As a duo, Malc & Gill, not surprisingly with their backgrounds, have a wide diversity of material, both traditionally and contemporary based, and ranging from clever harmony work to humour and even a serious ballad or two, performed either a-capella or with Malc’s pleasantly understated guitar accompaniment.
And your hosts, of course, are
Finger In The Jar
Formed especially as the host group for Atherstone Folk Club in June 2013, Finger In The Jar are Anne & Steve Beeson and Phil Benson.
Finger In The Jar perform as a group, as duos and as solo artists, depending on the songs being sung.