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2012
Thursday
12th Jan
SHOWCASE - THE SHERI KERSHAW BAND

The SHERI KERSHAW BAND are now promoting their new album "Kettles in the Kitchen" now on sale on Itunes and Amazon etc as mp3 download as well available at gigs in full cd format.

Sheri Kershaw, talented songwriter - Great voice. From honey to rock. Alternative folk - somewhat bluesy, somewhat country rock.

Within a long musical history, Sheri worked with many well known musicians including Robbie Gladwell of the Steve Harly Band, Mick Hanson of the Jazz circuit, married for many years to Nik Kershaw, supporting his career by travelling on tour, performing on record, television radio and stage. Now putting her own music out there. Martin Hewitt on Guitar and Chris Brimley on Bass.

check out sherikershaw.com and find them on Facebook.

Thursday
19th Jan
2 SHOWCASES!

EVIE WILSON

Evie Wilson is a talented 17 year old singer and guitar player from Bishops Stortford. Currently she is focusing on covers, but hopes to soon start creating folk-inspired music of her own. Expect hauntingly pure vocals and unusual twists on classics both modern and old.

ALICE AND THE FOX

Alice and the Fox is a four-piece acoustic pop girl group. Consisting of Ruby Ktori, Lauren Rose, Madeleine Belton and Phoebe Watts, this unique group aims to create down to earth music that everyone can relate to. The group uses a blend of complex harmonies and powerful melodies to create this rare blend of music. Each member of this group brings their own select individuality to create this exciting and current band.

Thursday
26th Jan
SHOWCASE - ARNWYN

Arnwyn is Dave and Rebecca Blackman's acoustic folk duo, with piano, guitar, vocals and the occasional ghost.

Based in Harlow, Essex, Arnwyn regularly play live at The Square Acoustic Club which runs every 4th Sunday of the month. They have recently performed at CB2 Acoustic Nights in Cambridge, The Half Moon Acoustic Club in Bishop's Stortford and Woodfest 2011 in Hatfield Forest. Information on upcoming live shows can be found on the gigs page.

New songs are currently being recorded and will be released very soon!

www.arnwyn.com

Thursday
2nd Feb
SHOWCASE - PATRICK WALKER

The wonderfully talented local hero returns, with a voice you could cut glass with and an outpouring of emotion.

Thursday
9th Feb
SHOWCASE - KEEF JACKMAN AND GREG CAMBURN

Having run the club for 10 years we thought it was time Keef performed a showcase! He will be joined by Greg Camburn with sax and whistles and their set will have a few surprises for you. Watch this space!

Thursday
16th Feb
2 SHOWCASES!

KAREN JOHNSON AND TONY CLARKE

Karen needs very little introduction. She is one of our local stars – a wonderful singer with a very gentle style. She will be joined by Tony Clarke, an excellent guitarist and singer.

CHARLIE TURNER

TEENAGE songstress Charlie Turner, who appeared at last year’s Stortford Music Festival and Woodfest, will be playing an intimate showcase this week.

The 18-year-old pianist, composer, singer and sax player will certainly have some surprises in store! On top of her solo efforts as a performer and songwriter, the former Herts & Essex High School pupil has played several local venues as a member of Stortford’s indie-pop outfit The DC Effect.
Thursday
23rd Feb
SHOWCASE - STEVE INGREY

One of the club’s longest standing performers; Steve has been coming to the club since it started ten years ago and, at last, has agreed to perform a showcase to highlight his amazing blues playing. He will be joined by Harmonica Dave.

Thursday
1st Mar
SHOWCASE - BLACK SCARR

Black Scarr is Johnny Black and Emma Scarr They are a brand new East London duo and their debut album "North & South" is destined to become a classic, sounds like a Nashville roots album with colourful East London lyrics with a sprinkle of coal dust from Johnny Blacks home country of England's North East. Check them out on www.18tilidie.com

www.bandwagongigs.com/epk/blackscarr

Thursday
8th Mar
SHOWCASE - THE HONK

The Honk is a Southern Rock 'N' Roll review band that also performs original material in a similar style. The band have been playing together in various forms for more than ten years and are currently doing a round of acoustic and electric sets in London and Essex.

Thursday
15th Mar
SHOWCASE - ALEX BAYLY

You all know The Last Men, well we’re delighted to have Alex Bayly from the band and some of his talented friends perform an acoustic set. We know that Charlie Turner will be coming along with him and that in itself will be a real treat. Check out:

www.soundcloud.com/alexbayly

Thursday
22nd Mar
SHOWCASE - THAT BLUE PATCH

This acoustic duo comprise guitarist Dave and multi instrumentalist Ruth. They perform whimsical and quirky numbers and have built up a sound following at Acoustic Club with their many open mic performances.

www.myspace.com/thatbluepatch

Thursday
29th Mar
SHOWCASE - JESS MORGAN

Jess Morgan is a singer-songwriter based in Norwich, England. Drawing on British and American folk influences, she writes songs that are living and breathing; that tell stories and scream out to be played live. With dynamic guitar-playing and a distinctive, unusual voice, Jess’s well-crafted songs and wonderful live performances have gained her impressive support all over the UK and Europe.

www.jessmorgan.co.uk

Thursday
5th Apr
SHOWCASE - THE FOG

These guys always take the club by storm....back by popular demand.... highly talented and extremely entertaining

Thursday
12th Apr
SHOWCASE - CHARLOTTE JAMES

17 year old local girl performing original songs and covers played from the heart, ranging from classic standards to modern and indie folk. Charlotte has built up her reputation with her performances at the club over the last few years.

www.youtube.com/CharlieLJames26

Thursday
19th Apr
SHOWCASE - LINZ & JOHN

LINZ performed a two song slot at the club recently and had everyone shouting for more! How could we refuse her?!

Thursday
26th Apr
SHOWCASE - CERRADO AND KYMBERLEY

Fairly new to the club, this acoustic duo has wowed the audience a few times and we have great pleasure in welcoming them back as a showcase

Thursday
3rd May
SHOWCASE - BEN AND SUSANNA CORK

CHARITY SHOWCASE AS PART OF STORTFEST CRAWL

The amazingly talented singers/songwriters/keyboard players, Ben and Susanna Cork, will be performing an extended showcase and will be joined by loads of their talented friends. Expect some surprises and treats

Admission Players £2 Audience £6

www.myspace.com/susannacorkmusic

www.myspace.com/bencorkmusic

Thursday
10th May
SHOWCASE - TBA - WATCH THIS SPACE





Thursday
17th May
SHOWCASE - ANDY WALKER

All the way from Brighton!!!! We have a very special relationship with Andy - we’ve seen him develop and grow over the years - heart wrenching lyrics coupled with a voice that could melt a fair few tons of glacial mass make for one of the best solo acts you’ll hear this year.

Andy Walker serves up a sound that is all the more haunting and emotionally defining than many of his peers.

www.myspace.com/andywalkermusic

Thursday
24th May
SHOWCASE - THE STRANGERHOOD

Yes - The Strangerhood (local heroes) will be performing an Acoustic Set at the Half Moon!

"Bishop's Stortford four-piece The Strangerhood, who categorise their highly original quasi-electronic style as "dirtyacousticsynthnoiserock", are one of the most popular acts on the local music scene. At the core of their sound are the powerful and emotional compositions of frontman Dean Austin, who wields his acoustic guitar like a weapon as he belts out the lyrics with an almost intimidating intensity. The cherry on top of the musical cake comes from his comrades, who lay down some hypnotic, insistent dance- style beats and grooves layered with echoing, distorted cries of electronic noise that sound like some crazed disco from another planet. Experimental but highly listenable, The Strangerhood are a real one-off."
Herts & Essex Observer

www.strangerhood.co.uk

Thursday
31st May
SHOWCASE - DAVE SUTHERLAND

As a special celebration we have an awesome showcase booked for you!

'Cult South London Singer-Songwriter'
ve has headlined at Stortford Music Festival in the past and this is your chance to see him again! Dave Sutherland born in London. In the ten years since he started struggling his way through the few chords he knew down the London pubs, Sutherland’s learned to pick guitar like a wizard, paid his dues as support act to Glenn Tilbrook and Bert Jansch (who produced his debut), toured the US and recorded three albums. To listen, visit:

www.davesutherland.co.uk

www.myspace.com/blindboydavesutherland

Open Mic performers by invitation only for tonight...... Admission £6.00
Thursday
7th June
SHOWCASE - DAVID GOO

One man band of rock and crazy, singing and shouting into microphones inbetween dictating rules of world to devoted minions. Salute.

www.davidgoo.com

Admission £5

Thursday
14th June
SHOWCASE - MARCHING DONALD

Acoustic act Marching Donald brings a highly energetic performance with his driving guitar and husky vocals, inspired much by Jackson C. Frank, Mississippi John Hurt and Seasick Steve. Having recently supported The Springfields and Nick Harper, MD has just released his debut album. Raucous foot-stomping and a few bars of Paint It Black is just a little of what you may expect.

www.marchingdonald.co.uk

Admission £5

Thursday
21st June
SHOWCASE - DAVE GERARD & THE WATCHMEN

Usurping the standard folk formula and carving a niche of their own, Gerard and the Watchmen have a habit of grabbing whatever instrument comes to hand — be it guitar, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, strings.… - retuning it and going from there. With rich harmonies meeting melody full on, Gerard and the Watchmen could be the next alt folk heros.

www.davegerardmusic.com

Admission £5

Thursday
28th June
SHOWCASE - SATURDAY SUN

A Four piece band from Dorset that play ambient acoustic music that reminiscent of artists such as Sigur ros, John Martyn and Nick Drake.

www.facebook.com/saturdaysunmusic

Admission £5

Thursday
5th July
SHOWCASE - TOM BRAGGINS

The word 'exceptional' does not begin to describe this highly skilled musician. Tom creates his own distinctive sound, bringing together an eclectic mix of pop, blues, funk, soul, reggae, classical and jazz, to create a unique brand of 'feel-good' music.

www.facebook.com/saturdaysunmusic

Admission £5

Thursday
12th July
SHOWCASE - ED HOPE & FRIENDS

Ed Hope is a songwriter joined by a band of his friends, a Norwegian warrior, a Swiss percussionist, an Irish Princess, and well another Englishmen on keys and production.

They've done 3 UK tours, released 2 records, the most recent 'Hunny! The Funfair' is available through iTunes and Amazon.

The songs are about such things as summertime in the woods, family barn dances and what would happen if rock n' roll was invented before religion.

The band have hit the heights of headlining the acoustic tent at Hydro Connect festival, and shows at Hackney Empire, Corn Exchange (Cambridge) and the legendary Cambridge Folk Festival.

Ed Hope & Friends Facebook Page

Admission £5

Thursday
19th July
SHOWCASE - RICHARD DOBNEY

Richard has a long standing reputation as a great blues guitarist and singer not only through the Acoustic club but also the blues club at The Half Moon.

Richard's set is designed to get feet moving and emotions racing and his music has the feel-good factor guaranteed!

Admission £5

Thursday
26th July
SHOWCASE - THE BIRD AND THE BEAR

The Bird and The Bear consists of Garry Wood (age 22) from Saratoga, Wyoming and Mirthe Bolhuis (age 24) from Groningen, The Netherlands.

Both with a background in songwriting and performing, they found each other at Music City Hostel in Nashville, Tennessee where they decided to play and write together. Garry (Berklee College of Music ‘08) moved to Nashville in the fall of 2010 to get more involved in the music business and to play as much as he could. Mirthe (Academy for Popculture, Bachelor of Music ‘11) came to Nashville for the first time in 2009 to do an internship, and fell in love with everything the city had to offer.

Beginning in December of 2011, they’ve combined their talents to create and perform original music and bring their own unique style to their favorite songs.

The Bird And The Bear Facebook Page

Admission £5

Thursday
9th Aug
SHOWCASE - THE FOG

Three time served musicians playing the most unlikely songs you will hear on a Ukulele. Always a hit at the Acoustic club and one that certainly shouldn't be missed.

Admission £5

Thursday
16th Aug
CLUB CLOSED!

Thursday
23rd Aug
SHOWCASE - FRED'S HOUSE

Fred's house are an acoustic indie folk quartet from Cambridge. They have received airplay on BBC 6 Music, live sessions on BBC radio (eastern counties) and BBC introducing.

This summer they are playing Vambridge folk festival, secret garden party and Bestival to name a few. Their second E.P 'looking glass' is out now.

Fred's House Facebook Page

Admission £5

Thursday
13th September
SHOWCASE - CHARLIE TURNER

Charlie is a Stortford-based 18-year-old pianist and saxophonist who is becoming a familiar face on the town’s music scene. She discovered an aptitude for music at an early age and has since strived to enhance and develop these skills. Her musical influences are many and varied ranging from Billy Joel to Adele and this eclectic mix is reflected in the music she produces. Her self-composed, piano-driven songs have proven popular with a variety of audiences and age groups.

Charlie has had the privilege of tuition from internationally acclaimed Jazz musician Ray Gelato and has also been fortunate enough to record in The Premises studio, The High Barn and The Pool Studio, London.



www.facebook.com/charlietmusic

Admission £5

Thursday
20th September
SHOWCASE - NAVACROSS

Hailing from North East Essex NavaCross have been on the scene for a number of years playing their individual blend of Rootsy/Bluesy/Folky/Soulful songs at clubs and festivals in London and across the South East.

This year one of their compositions (Don’t Shout) was nominated in the British Blues awards as best original song. Their self titled album has received 5* reviews and their highly anticipated follow up album will be in the shops this Christmas.

Their set comprises of soulful ballads right through to upbeat foot tappers.

Come along and see for yourself why NavaCross are one of the most talked about original bands in the area.

www.navacross.co.uk

Admission £5

Thursday
27th September
SHOWCASE - UKABILLY BIG BAND

www.lemonrock.com/ukabillybigband

Admission £5

Thursday
4th October
SHOWCASE - ARNWYN

Arnwyn is Dave and Rebecca Blackman's acoustic folk duo, with piano, guitar, vocals and the occassional ghost. Based in Harlow, Essex, we regularly play live locally. Recent gigs include The Hertford Corn Exchange, The Half Moon Acoustic Club, the High Barn Acoustic Sessions in Great Bardfield and The Square Acoustic Club, Harlow.

Our latest recording, "Squares In The Sky" was released in January 2012 and is available online now.



www.reverbnation.com/arnwyn

Admission £5

Thursday
11th October
Pat Crilly and Greg Camburn - Special Charity gig

All money taken on the door on this night will be given to the Helen Rollason charity who run supprt centres for those living with cancer.

Please visit the charity's website for more info www.helenrollason.org.uk

Admission £5

Thursday
18th October
SHOWCASE - Hymn for her - UK tour

Lucy Tight & Wayne Waxing are 'Hymn For Her', a band that hails from anywhere they can park their trailer.

H4H live, tour and record in their 16 foot, 1961 Bambi Airstream (comes with dog and baby). Their new release, ‘Lucy & Wayne and THE AMAIRICAN STREAM’ was entirely recorded in their classic trailer on a coast to coast U.S tour. They stopped at various campgrounds and friends driveways between shows, set up their gear in their Bambi/home recording studio, rolled tape and rocked out. Armed with 2 bullet mics, a three-stringed broom handle/cigar box, banjo, dobro, bass drum, hi-hat, and harp, this ‘lil duo causes massive earthquakes wherever they play.

hymnforher.com

Admission £5

Thursday
25th October
SHOWCASE - Alex Hardcastle

A singer/songwriter from the south east of England mainly focusing on alternative, blues and folk. He has many instruments under his belt including guitar, piano, saxophone, drums and harmonica although he predominantly just sings with his guitar. He picked up music when he was 8years old and has taken it through GCSE and A-level as well as BA Hon in Popular Music.

His many influences include The Black Keys, White Stripes, Elbow, Joe Bonamassa, Oli Brown, Dangermouse and The Kills. Throughout his career he has played supported the likes of Matt Cardle and Robots in Disguise and has jammed with Syd Barret's bassist.

His debut album 'Counter Earth' is his step away from the blues he is used to playing. Instead it is a Pink Floyd-esque concept album about the discovery of an earth on the other side of the sun and is available on Itunes, Amazon, E Music, Google Play and Spotify.



Admission £5

Thursday
1st November
SHOWCASE - Cheyni Pride



Admission £5

Thursday
8th November
SHOWCASE - Geoff Baker

All the way from Oakland California...
Geoff Baker was born in Los Angeles and raised all over the place. At the age of 14, he borrowed a guitar and never really gave it back. He likes his dreams impossible and his drinks neat, and he sings songs about things that go wrong.

Admission £5

Thursday
15th November
SHOWCASE - Sarah McQuaid

Sarah McQuaid is a gifted and captivating performer whose warm, Haunting altoisdelicately cradled by her “sparkling guitar” ('sing out!'). She is both a song crafter and song collector, equally at home with traditional Irish and Appalachian folk songs, Elizabethan ballads and 1930's jazz numbers.



www.sarahmcquaid.com

Admission £8

Thursday
6th December
SHOWCASE - The Proposition

The Proposition make a very big sound for a little band. They've always been a trio, and have resisted all temptations to expand the line-up. Their act is all about the creation of songs and their delivery in the most acute and engaging way possible, and their unusual trio format lends itself perfectly to that purpose.

The Proposition take their name from the dark Australian-western movie, and take their musical influences from sources as diverse as outlaw country, traditional English folk, bluegrass, country blues and the renaissance of American-folk.



Admission £5

Thursday
13th December
SHOWCASE - David Youngs

David Youngs is a multi-instrumentalist based in Cambridge, UK. In recent years he has focused intensely on the acoustic guitar, developing a percussive, finger-style approach to produce instrumental works often featuring unusual yet accessible time signatures and scales.

His debut album 'Transience' received excellent reviews in the music press, with Guitarist Magazine describing it as

"A clear and unambiguous announcement - the arrival of a talented addition to the ranks of elite acoustic stylists, who've followed in the footsteps of the late, much lamented Eric Roche."



Admission £5

Thursday
20th December
SHOWCASE - The Huxleys

The organisers of The Half Moon Acoustic Club, Jess and Neil will be playing with Australian drummer and harmonica player Al Walder as The Huxleys to celebrate the last Acoustic club night of the year. Please join us in celebrating another great year in music … why not book a slot and play one of your favourite christmas tunes?

The Huxleys Recent winners of the Harley Davidson/Lakenheath U.S Airforce battle of the bands, this full-bodied roots - rock trio combine to bring you a varied set of original songs, from foot-stomping slide guitar anthems to gut-wrenching power ballads.



Admission £5
...mince Pies will be scattered around the venue !!

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