From September last year to September this year City Arts is celebrating 40 years of delivering and encouraging participatory arts in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. As part of these celebrations City Arts is mounting a series of Folk Proms in the intimate surroundings of the performance space at its Hockley base. The acts booked are all East Mids and Notts-based, local talent. They’ve been chosen for their ability to delight audiences and create a warm and enjoyable event.
Tickets are limited (never more than 45 to 50 going on sale for each concert) which means if you are swift off the mark to get your tickets you will be part of a small audience. There will be a bar and, of course, a raffle. Our 40th Anniversary Year, like every year, is a fund-raising year!
25 April 2018, 7-10pm
To open the season we are delighted to have the wonderful Kelly’s Heroes; with a repertoire encompassing fast and furious Celtic songs and tunes, gentle ballads and quality contemporary numbers by the likes of Christy Moore, Eric Bogle and Ewan MacColl as well as some original material, this East Midlands based band are one of the most sought after on the circuit.
9 May 2018, 7-10pm
We’re delighted to be hosting Marc Block as part of the Folk Proms, with support from Strawberry Jammers and Phil Preen & Martin Wildig.
“Swiftly becoming one of the key figures for songs of social justice, diversity, emotional connection and superb vocal technique on the British folk music scene today.” – Nancy Kerr, BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015
23 May 2018, 7-10pm
We’re delighted to be hosting East Midlands based acoustic duo ‘Delicata’ ; Rachel Delicata, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist, and Shirley Novak, double bass, backing vocals, guitar and lap steel. Their unique style ranges from Folk, Pop, Blues to Country with a rich mixture of original material and covers that have been re-arranged using acoustic instrumentation.
“A mixture of cherubic looks and delightful voices, totally in tune with the instruments they wield, wickedly raunchy one second, seductive and sexy the next.”
With support from Claire Halliday/John Garner and Les Wilkinson
6 June 2018, 7-10pm
We’re proud to present friends of City Arts, Higgs Bo’sun, playing and singing folk music of the British Isles and North America. Higgs Bo’sun is the instrumental core of the shanty crew Trent Navigation Company. Supported by Jenny Bell + Will Walker, and Up.
20 June 2018, 7-10pm
For the final Folk Prom we are delighted to host Paul Carbuncle. Paul won the Gate To Southwell Folk Festival open mic competition last summer, and plays what he calls ‘folk-punk’ or ‘punk-folk’ Expect an inspiring feast of smart, direct and witty original and traditional songs. A real talent.
Support from AJAR and The Trent Navigation Company Shanty Crew.