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Clonter is delighted to present a double header for you this Autumn, welcoming back Eddi Reader’s support act 2015, Findlay Napier – and his band, joined by BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Horizon Award Winner, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys.

Folk is a very broad term, a bit like Opera…! If you thought that it was just sea shanties and songs about ploughing fields, and that is not your bag, do give these two acts a look. Both being very different from each other. What is the difference between pop music and folk? Discuss. Some would say, not a lot, when it comes to pop stars who choose to write songs of conscience. One thing is for sure, both these acts have a lot to say about life today, with much energy and conviction, but also musicality. Sam may however slip in the odd sea shanty, but with his own Sam Kelly twist. Never been to a folk event before? Could this be the one to convert you?


Findlay Napier 

Twelve Best Folk Music Albums of 2015:  “Inventive and engaging album…Findlay Napier (The sweet voice behind the beard)…an original engaging treat.” 4 Stars Martin Chilton, The Telegraph

Songs full of earthly humour and hopeless love and biting satire…more ‘Michael Marra meets Elvis Costello’ than contemporary tradition 5 Stars Radio UK

I recommend this album, well worth investigating. Splendid stuff” Gideon Coe BBC Radio 2, Bob Harris Sunday

“Songcraft and wit in the Difford & Tilbrook tradition” Sunday Herald

“A beautiful amalgam of Scottish soul, funk and folk” Irish American Times

For more reviews http://www.findlaynapier.com/press-quotes

New Album – Glasgow

A superbly crafted compilation of SongsAcoustic Magazine

One of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk sceneFolk Radio UK

As defined in the title of his remarkable 2015 solo debut VIP: Very Interesting Persons (No.2 in the Daily Telegraph’s top dozen folk albums that year), Scottish singer-songwriter (and sometime stand-up comic) Findlay Napier categorically commands musical VIP status.

Co-written and produced by revered UK songsmith Boo Hewerdine, VIP’s ten biographical tracks, invoking real-life sources from Hedy Lamarr to a cave-dwelling Scottish tramp, marked another career high for Napier, building on plaudits and awards for his previous line-ups Back of the Moon, Queen Anne’s Revenge and The Bar Room Mountaineers.

He now turns those same supreme songwriting and storytelling gifts, allied with magpie-minded imagination and truly magnificent vocals, to his adoptive home town, on VIP’s hotly anticipated follow-up, Glasgow.

Continuing his collaboration with Hewerdine, the new album combines freshly-penned originals with classics and rarities from Glasgow’s vast and colourful ballad canon, by authors as diverse as Hamish Imlach and The Blue Nile. Together, they form an extended musical love-letter to Scotland’s metropolis, celebrating 20 years since Napier first arrived as a student, swapping his idyllic Highland childhood home for the 14th floor of the city’s notorious (and since demolished) Red Road flats.


Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Horizon Award Winner

“Sam Kelly … I just love. What a beautiful singer. He has that really rare male voice, that soft-edged tone, you know those beautiful tenor voices of the 30’s and 40’s…it really draws you in. Sam’s absolutely great, he’s going to go places.” Kate Rusby (on the ‘next big thing’ in fRoots magazine)

“an assured and polished debut album which showcases a wide range of Sam Kelly’s undoubted talents as a singer/songwriter gifted with a musical maturity beyond his years. It more than justifies his growing reputation as a performer and deserves to bring him and his band to the attention of a much bigger audience” Folk Radio

“Really fabulous stuff” Mark Radcliffe

“A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously…Check him out!” Sean Lakeman

“The Lost Boys is an outstanding debut album.” Bright Young Folk

“This is the album that the folk world has been awaiting… The Lost Boys is going to be huge.” Folking.com

Having already recorded and produced over 10 acclaimed records, had multiple live sessions and airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and his music regularly featured on Sky Arts and Sky Sports, it’s hard to believe that 24-year-old Cornwall-based folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Kelly has only been performing live for 4 years.

As a child, Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing songs, and play tunes on his melodeon. This awe and passion for Celtic music, coupled with a love for the heavy riffs of classic rock and blues, and a voice described by Mike Harding as ‘one of my favourite voices ever’ has led Sam on to produce some of the most exciting music on the British folk scene in recent years.

With folk luminaries such as Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, and Cara Dillon waxing lyrical about Sam’s live set, it seemed fitting when he was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award for emerging artists at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Joining Sam in the full band line up for 2018 are Ciaran Algar (fiddle, tenor guitar, bouzouki), Jamie Francis (banjo), Toby Shaer (flutes, pipes, whistles, fiddle, cittern), Archie Moss (melodeon) and Evan Carson (percussion). Together, they are Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys.

The band has a brand new album, Pretty Peggy with two concert tours and a festival season to promote. With an intoxicating mix of youthful exuberance and instrumental virtuosity, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys breathe new life into traditional music, letting it rub shoulders with contemporary originals and even the occasional surprise rock cover. Chosen by Cambridge Folk Festival as the pick of the 2016 event, they have quickly become one of the most in-demand bands on the UK festival scene.

Expect to hear haunting harmonies, soaring tunes and melodies, charming anecdotes and instrumental performances of the highest calibre, all led by Sam’s unmistakable vocals. This is not a show to be missed.



Tickets £22.50

Students £10, Children (Under 16) £8 Book Through Box Office Only 

Doors Open 6pm

Performance Starts 7.30pm

Dining Options Pre-performance supper available to pre-order