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Friday June 12th

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £14

Tickets available from





                And

  Rock Bottom Records,

  37  38 Harbour Street,

     Whitstable CT5 1AJ  


The Railsplitters





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From their home in the Colorado Rockies, The Railsplitters have been scaling new heights with a refreshing and charming range of bluegrass and beyond-bluegrass music. Bringing real depth and formidable talent, this group draws influences from all the greats--from Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs to modern groups like Uncle Earl and Crooked Still. The Railsplitters are nothing if not enthusiastically bluegrass and contagiously so, with rapid tempos, unusual instrumentals and good-time breakdowns! Using powerful female and male vocals, enchanting harmonies, and masterful instrumentals, The Railsplitters have the kind of raw power that can raise mountains and even a few eyebrows.



Friday June 26th

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £12

Tickets available from





                And

  Rock Bottom Records,

  37  38 Harbour Street,

     Whitstable CT5 1AJ  


Blue Rose Code




Photo by Zoe Barrie

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With

The Kilcawley Family





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Blue Rose Code is not folk music. Or so he’s been told.

Ross Wilson, the Edinburgh-born songwriter who performs under that name, doesn’t write folk songs. But having discovered the traditional music of the British Isles whilst in exile down south, he fell in love with what he heard and those sounds informed what happened next.

"I guess that I'm a crossover artist,” says Ross. “I'm just not sure from where I'm crossing over or where I'm going to end up." It's that reluctance to be boxed or pigeon-holed that has earned Blue Rose Code a burgeoning and fiercely loyal fan-base across the UK and beyond, with folks travelling from far and wide to see his three-night sell out show at this years Edinburgh Fringe.


They play the folk songs in their purest form: stripped down, without taking too many liberties. And that’s a good thing. Their authenticity is striking in both their dress and musicianship. So if you’re in the mood for a ballad about old London Town, or a story from the American west without having to sift through a 3 page Dickens sentence, or a thick Steinbeck novel, listen to what the Kilcawley Family has to say.”


Friday August 14th

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £14

Tickets available from





                And

  Rock Bottom Records,

  37  38 Harbour Street,

     Whitstable CT5 1AJ  


Kathryn Williams






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We’re delighted to welcome Kathryn back to Whitstable following her brilliant show her last year.

Debbie Neech (The Gazette) said of that show “I first bought a Kathryn Williams CD on the strength of her cover version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, so it was somehow fitting that this Whitstable Sessions gig came to a triumphant close with another cover version – this time a slowed down and hauntingly atmospheric version of Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark…

Her voice has a dreamy softness to it, which makes the occasional moments when she tips her head back and really belts out a phrase full volume all the more punchy and effective.”


Friday September 4th

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £14

Tickets available from





                And

  Rock Bottom Records,

  37  38 Harbour Street,

     Whitstable CT5 1AJ  


The Orchestra That Fell To Earth





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The Penguin Cafe Orchestra was a collective of performing musicians founded by British guitarist, composer and arranger Simon Jeffes.

Simon died in 1997 but members of the original PCO continue to play the music under a different name. Now known as The Orchestra That Fell To Earth, members of the one and only Original Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Geoffrey Richardson, Jennifer Maidman, Steve Fletcher, Annie Whitehead and Liam Genockey - continue to play the music.



Friday November 6th

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £14


  Tickets available later



Fish & Bird





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Raised on equal parts roots music and Radiohead, Fish & Bird have received praise on both sides of the Atlantic for their refreshingly unclichéd writing.

The group members have been friends more or less since childhood, growing up in the small community of idyllic Mayne Island, a remote 900-person island off the west coast of British Columbia. Songwriter Taylor Ashton and fiddler Adam Iredale-Gray formed Fish & Bird in 2007, based on a shared interest in traditional old-time music. They quickly found that their musical interests spanned many genres and styles of music, including jazz and indie rock and the duo gradually grew into a five-piece.



Friday October 16th

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £14


  Tickets available later



Mary Coughlan





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Mary played a sell out show for us two years ago and we’re looking forward to seeing her again.

“From the sultry heat of songs like I Want to Be Seduced or Just a Friend of Mine, to the burning emotion of Magdalen Laundry by way of the searing I Would Rather Go Blind, Mary’s voice was a blaze of glory.

It was like going to a concert peopled by the ghosts of the great singers of the last century, with  new life breathed into their songs by one of the most powerful and yet versatile and controlled voices around.  Drawing on Billie Holliday, Etta James, Elvis Presley, through to Kirsty McColl and Joy Division, Mary gave a master class in song interpretation.” - Debbie Neech, The Gazette July 2013.


Friday November 27th

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

               £14


 Tickets available later



Rita Hosking Trio




Photo by Wayne Buck

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Rita Hosking is an American composer and musician based in Davis, California. She plays Americana and bluegrass styles of music with both standards and original songs.

Rita’s style of country-folk has been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience.



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.