This is the web site for a unique series of eclectic Sunday afternoon acoustic music concerts being held at
Abbots Langley Community Centre,
Gallows Hill Lane,
WD5 0APClick here for directions.
To avoid disappointment we recommend that you reserve tickets in advance.
Pay at the door on the day of the concert.
To reserve tickets e-mail
or call the organisers Tim and Lesley Brooks on 01923 264536
Our concerts are well attended, so we ask able-bodied visitors to allow an extra few minutes and park in the Long Stay car park behind the row of shops a little further up the hill from the Community Centre, leaving the closer parking spaces for those less mobile. There is an aerial view here, showing how close this car-park is to the concert venue - at a slow walk it takes about four minutes to go from the car park to the community centre.
As before there will be one or two local craft stalls at the concerts for visitors to browse during the interval.
Amongst those who have exhibited to date are:
Maggie and Gunter Weber's Honey, Beeswax and related products
Annette Burrows: "An eclectic mix of mostly vintage, but some modern costume jewellery for sale at very affordable prices. Many pieces are 'one-offs' and unique. Amongst her collection are, necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, brooches, glass, and gifts for ladies who like something a little bit different".
Elaine Charlson with Mead Moon jewellery
Prue King's Cards of Local Scenes
Hedingham Fair - cards, crafts and gifts
Sheena Roberts with her Mary Kay Beauty Consultancy
Wendy Lewis Artist, Children's author and illustrator
Keith Harrup with his wood turning products.
Eleanor Sidaway's printed Silk scarfs.
Bernadine Makins with her jewellery, watches and gifts.
Graham Bailey's turned wooden crafts
Links to related web sites
Abbots Langley Local History Society
Abbots Langley Community Arts Project
Tim Brook's personal website
Kings Langley Local History and Museum Society
Other Folk Music in this area
Chesham Folk Club
Herga at The Castle folk club
Tappalachian Appalachian Cloggers
Whitethorn Clog Morris
The Watford Folk Club
The Aylesbury Folk Club
Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts
Sunday 8th October 2017
Sound Tradition is an a cappella foursome singing in glorious harmony.
David, Linda, Catherine and Moose have a repertoire varying from lively chorus songs to lilting ballads, and from medieval times to the modern day, but always with an ear for the English folk tradition, as they doff their caps to the singing styles of Peter Bellamy's 'Young Tradition', The Copper Family, and The Watersons, amongst others. Hailing from East Anglia, Sound Tradition is building a reputation that has garnered bookings at clubs and festivals across the country, and we are delighted to now have them visiting Abbots Langley – come and join in!
Learn more about them at the Sound Tradition website
Unless indicated otherwise all concerts start at 3 O'clock in the afternoon (doors open at 2:30)
The entrance price is £ 12.00, which includes the tea, coffee and very scrummy cakes which are served in the interval ( or 'Cake Break' as David Eagle of the Young'Uns christened it) by the ALWAC crew.
Crafts at this concertCraft stalls for October are not yet decided. If you would like to sell your crafts at one of out concerts please let us know via the contact details given on this page
No Photography Policy
To avoid distraction of other concert goers, we ask you to respect our policy of no photography during the performance.
Why are these billed as "Acoustic Concerts" ?
This is to underline that (as a general rule ) the musicians featured in the concerts are not using electric instruments, but are using the natural sounds of their instruments and voices. The performers chosen reflect our own liking for traditional music (and more recent music composed in a similar style ). Depending upon the act we may use amplification to ensure that they can be heard thoughout the concert hall, but volumes are kept as low as possible.
The Abbots Langley Winter Acoustic Concerts were launched in November 2010 by a performance of "Where the Working Boats Went" by Life and Times - Barry Goodman and Graham Meek. We decided to follow this up with concerts in February, March, October and November each year
Diary dates for future concerts
Sunday November 12th 2017
Martyn Wyndham Read and Iris Bishop
Martyn Wyndham-Read has been involved with folk music for over forty years. In his late teens he left his mother's farm in Sussex and headed off, with his guitar, to South Australia where he worked on a sheep station in Emu Springs. While he was there he heard and became captivated by the songs of his fellow workers, and the need to know more of them and where they came from grew. More recently Martyn has also been performing some of the moving songs written by the late Graeme Miles.
Iris Bishop is a brilliant accompanist, whose sensitive concertina playing perfectly compliments Martyn's guitar and vocal styles.
Much more about Martyn can be found here
Sunday February 11th 2018
The Hither Side of the Hedge
with Simon and Jo Harmer, Peter Ingram, Janet Keet-Black, Deb Lewis and members of the band Jigfoot
The Hither Side of the Hedge is a show celebrating folk song collector, author and artist Alice Gillington (1863 -1934) using her own words as well as traditional Hampshire songs and dances she collected from Gypsy families in Southampton and the New Forest. Illustrated by old photographs, readings, stories, music and step dance demonstrations.
The concert at 3:00 PM will be preceeded by a step dance workshop from 12:00 to 13:15.
Tickets for the step dance workshop will be £8, for the Concert £12, including tea and cakes as usual.
A joint ticket for workshop and concert is at the bargain price of £15!
There is a downloadable flyer with more about Alice and the show here.
Sunday March 11th 2018
Narthen are Barry Coope and Lester Simpson of Coope Boyes and Simpson, Jo Freya of Blowzabella/Moirai and Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/ Polka Works. Previously known under their own names for Christmas shows and as part of shows with the author Michael Morpurgo, they have decided to become an all year group featuring songs that will touch your heart, engage your intellect and wow your ears. They are known for four part harmony, but they are all also instrumentalists and augment some of the repertoire with accompaniment on piano, accordion, fiddle, soprano sax, ukulele and whistles.
Narthen is a new name for a this new venture. More about Narthen can be found here