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 Friday October 24th

   Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £14

Tickets available from





             And

  Rock Bottom Records,

  37  38 Harbour Street,

  Whitstable CT5 1AJ



Furnace Mountain





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A great success when they played here two years ago, the music of Furnace Mountain is at times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki. It is at other times poignant and poetic, with sublime vocal harmonies beautifully interpreting some of the oldest songs ever written.

Members of the band have been playing together since 1995, and grew up in the same area of Virginia on or near the mountain bearing the same name.


 Friday November 7th

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £14

Tickets available from





             And

  Rock Bottom Records,

  37  38 Harbour Street,

  Whitstable CT5 1AJ


Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies





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Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies have been playing their songs and music of Northern England for a decade and a half around the folk festivals, clubs and concert stages of the world. “Acoustic simplicity coupled with electric vitality” was how they were described in their early days, and with half a dozen albums to their credit, along with solo albums by Jez and by other members of the group, their following has continued to increase.



  Friday November 21st  

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £14

Tickets available from





             And

  Rock Bottom Records,

  37  38 Harbour Street,

  Whitstable CT5 1AJ    



The Wiyos






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The Wiyos have been rolling for over a decade. They were one of the first "old-timey" bands to emerge on the national scene in the first wave of acoustic bands riding the renewed popularity of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music. Here’s part of the review from their last Whistable Session - “…All the way from New York to Whitstable, they brought their unique blend of old time and contemporary, swing jazz, folk, blues and their strange-in-a-good-way take on the Wizard of Oz, their album Twist, which has just won the concept album title in the Independent Music Awards. They also threw in some great cover versions, from Woody Guthrie to Harry Nilsson.”


Friday January 16th 2015  

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £14

Tickets available from





             And

  Rock Bottom Records,

  37  38 Harbour Street,

  Whitstable CT5 1AJ    


Lucy Kaplansky







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She started out singing in Chicago bars. Then, barely out of high school, Lucy Kaplansky took off for New York City. There she found a fertile community of songwriters and performers—Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert, The Roches, and others. But convinced that her calling was in another direction, Lucy left the musical fast track to pursue a doctorate in Psychology. Upon completing her degree, Dr. Kaplansky took a job at a New York hospital working with chronically mentally ill adults, and also started a private practice. Yet she continued to sing and was often pulled back into the studio by her friends, wanting her to sing on their albums. then Shawn Colvin—who was itching to produce a record—hooked up with Lucy, her ex-singing partner. They went into the studio, and it all came together. When Lucy’s solo tapes got into the hands of Bob Feldman, president of Red House Records, he was blown away. Suddenly, Lucy was back in the music business.



Friday February 13th

   Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £14


 Tickets available later


Pharis and Jason Romero





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It's a typical story - where a matchmaker, some scratchy old records, a custom banjo and a flyfishing trip all conspire - leading to a meeting in 2007 at an old-time fiddle jam. She was living in Victoria, BC and he was living in Arcata, CA. Both had been playing music for decades and loved early country, old time, folk, blues, and bluegrass. Writing songs about ageless characters, hard lives, loss and love, Pharis’ songs have been played on radios around the world, and she was called a “historical treasure” by the BC Folklore Society. Jason was a fixture on the Arcata, CA bluegrass and old-time scene before coming to BC, and is deft in banjo styles from early fingerstyle to clawhammer to bluegrass. When not playing banjo, his resophonic and acoustic guitar playing is a distinct texture, melodic and percussive. His singing and his playing has been called both seductive and badass.


Friday March 27th

   Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £14


 Tickets available later


Kirsty McGee






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British singer and songwriter McGee has been a full time musician since her 2002 debut (BBC Folk Award

Nominee for Best Newcomer). Subsequent releases saw her grow in stature and reputation, gathering award

nominations and wins along the way (BBC Folk Award Nominee 2005 for Best Original Song, IMA winner 2011

for Best Live Album), earning a life on the road and building a devoted following in the UK, across Europe and America. Over the course of five albums her folk beginnings evolved into 'hobopop' her own description for her sound - a rootless, joyful stomp steeped in folk, jazz and old-time Americana.



Friday April 17th

   Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £14


 Tickets available later


Boo Hewerdine and Kris Drever





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Scotland’s Kris Drever and England’s Boo Hewerdine have been connected through song for almost a decade, when Kris approached Boo about recording the song “Harvest Gypsies” as part of his classic debut album “Black Water”. Produced by mutual friend and Scottish folk musician John McCusker, that recording lead the pair to future live collaborations and a tour with Eddi Reader. The duo finally found the time in late summer 2014 to write new songs with a view to making new recordings available for their 2015 tour.

Boo Hewerdine has an 18 song career retrospective, “My Name In The Brackets (The Best of Boo Hewerdine & The Bible) released this autumn whilst Kris Drever has just issued his Shetland recorded, “Mareel EP” prior to making a new album with Lau for release in summer 2015 (all via Reveal Records).


Friday May 1st

   Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £14


 Tickets available later


Geoff Muldaur







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Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960's and '70's, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Paul Butterfield's Better Days group, as well as collaborations with then-wife Maria and other notables (Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, etc.). He left the stage and recording world in the mid-1980's for a working sabbatical. He composed scores for film and television, and produced off-beat albums for the likes of Lenny Pickett and the Borneo Horns and the Richard Greene String Quartet. Geoff's his definitive recording of "Brazil" provided the seed for - and was featured in - Terry Gilliam's film of the same title.

‘Bob Dylan didn't want to be Woody Guthrie. He wanted to be Geoff Muldaur. Geoff was the Big Man On Campus. He still is.’ - Van Dyke Parks

‘There are only three white blues singers -- Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them.’-  Richard Thompson

‘Geoff has always been one of my favourite singers.’ - Bonnie Raitt

Details of our forthcoming sessions are listed below with links to the artists’ websites.

All sessions are upstairs at The Royal Native Oyster Stores Whitstable.