29th October Bernard Hoskin / Amy Claire / Holly and the Boatmen

Bernard Hoskin

Bernard Hoskin is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Cambridge whose distinctive and original sound is based upon English songwriting and world music rhythms as well as the more common folk, country and blues styles. An experienced performer, he accompanies himself on 6 and 12 string guitars and mandolin playing a mixture of original and traditional songs and covers.

He has opened up for many of the big names of the folk scene including Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy, Harvey Andrews, John Renbourn and Jacqui

McShee, Clive Gregson, Isaac Guillory, Andy Irvine, Phil Beer, Colvin Quarmby, Johnny Dickinson, Pete Atkin, June Tabor and the Oysterband, Dougie MacLean, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Megson, Gigspanner, Henry Priestman, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Carrivick Sisters, O'Hooley & Todow, Lucy Ward and the Amy Wadge Band.

He has produced eleven CDs and a Rock and Reel magazine review wrote of “his fine tradition of crafting accessible, mellow acoustic folk with occasionally well-placed African pop flavours ...reminiscent of the work of Ralph McTell, Paul Heaton, Johnny Clegg and the later work of Paul Simon.


Amy Claire

Amy Claire is a young singer/songwriter from Northamptonshire and has been described by promoters as ‘a young singer/songwriter with a sweet vocal tone that makes audiences stop and listen’.

Her latest EP ‘What Would You Do?' Charted at #4 in the Itunes singer/songwriter chart, her debut EP ‘Sea of Faces’ was released in March 2016, reaching #21 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.

Amy Claire has performed at venues across the UK, including The Barclaycard Arena, Genting Arena, The Bedford in London and The International Festival in Milton Keynes. Amy Claire has made numerous radio appearances including BBC Introducing.

Amy Claire became a songwriting ambassador for international songwriting organisation Notivate, broadcasting a live stream to young musicians in Uganda. Amy Claire travelled to Uganda performing in local schools and Notivate’s official media centre opening.

Amy Claire’s music is available on Itunes and Spotify. Up to date information is available on Amy Claire’s artist facebook page https://www.facebook.com/amyclairemusic, and contacted via email amyclairemusic@yahoo.co.uk.

Holly and the Boatmen

Having met through the open mic circuit, they formed for a one off private Festival during the Summer of 2015, the band had a number of follow up performances resulting in the current line up of Holly Jean, Steve Gibbs & Dave Bailey.

They play songs from soul searching originals to upbeat covers and music from all genres. Regulars on the songwriters circuit and playing rock covers for the pub and party scene. Holly regularly performs solos for weddings, parties and concert events, whilst the Boatmen like to rock out the classics along with some original compositions.

Regulars at a number of festival and fetes and supporters of the local open mic scene whilst working with many of the young performers on performance skills.

The band supported the 3 Degrees this year here at the Key Theatre as a direct consequence of performing at the Glasshouse.

They have become the designated emergency band for PCRFM!