Dominic Boyes 12th June 2017
Paul Mason 10th July 2017
Ian Tyzack 14th August
Blackwater 11th September 2017

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Paul Mason

(Monday 10th July 2017)


I bought my first guitar for £1 when I was 13 or 14 in the early 60s. I had to beg for the money from my father. I was self-taught, using Bert Weedon’s “Play in a Day”. I learned all the chords but I didn’t understand the theory stuff. My first musical influence was The Beatles, who blew me away. That’s why I wanted the guitar. The guitar was a cheap steel string, a 222, no idea about the make and I loved the strummed sound. I used to buy sheet music with my paper round money and read the chord symbols, to sing and play. Then I learned a few finger picks. I didn’t have a mentor I just worked out things like keys for myself. In my late teens, my younger brother showed me that music notation was alphabetical and so I taught myself to read music.
Heavy metal music became a big influence along with the folk singer songwriters. I switched to nylon string guitar in 1970 and played it for the next 40 years.

Returning to steel strings in 2011, I started to sing again - something I’d not done since the 60s.

I was influenced by Martin Carthy, John Renbourn and Martin Simpson. But I didn’t want just to copy them, so I developed my own style, which I call “two fingered folk”…

Ian Tyzack
(Monday 14th August 2017)

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Acquiring his first guitar in the early seventies, Ian started backing a couple of pals during a series of hiking tours in and around the Lake District and Northumberland. After a long break (education/marriage/family/work), a chance meeting at a school re-union twelve years ago rekindled his performing interests as a singer-songwriter within the local folk scene.
Ian is a regular performer at many Teesside Folk Clubs and Festivals (Saltburn, Darlington, Nature's World, Middlesbrough and Roxby) and further afield at clubs at the Cross Keys, Uppermill; Sale; Aberdeen; Quarter; Dunfermline (basically, where work takes him!). Ian's earlier influences were Richard Thompson/Sandy Denny, James Taylor and Stephen Stills/Neil Young, with Anna Shannon, Jez Lowe, Vin Garbutt, John Wrightson and Kieran Halpin amongst his current favourites.
He has one CD to his name (Out Of The Blue), with another on the way.

(Monday 11th September 2017)


Blackwater is an accomplished and justly well-respected duo (Ruth and Tony Dargan), based in Wakefield; their trademark sound is a gentle, enchanting and highly polished blend of two acoustic guitars and two voices, their partnership demonstrating an almost uncanny togetherness of musical spirit. The tasteful, intricately woven, impeccably managed guitar work is at once almost spontaneously conceived and yet carefully rehearsed; delicately dovetailed, ringing and mellifluous; accomplished yet unassuming; never obtrusive, and - importantly, wholly supportive of the songs, while the vocal work is light-textured, attractive, easy on the ear and similarly even-toned, the part-sharing both well-thought-out and convincing, both Ruth and Tony equally capable of taking the lead.

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