The Garret Sessions

A series of folk, roots & acoustic music dinner concerts

The dinner concerts are a unique opportunity for those who appreciate live music, with good food and wine, in the comfort of a traditional English country pub. The performances will include highly acclaimed national & international musicians and singer songwriters from the world of folk & roots music.
The artistes will cover a diverse range of genres including Folk, Gypsy Jazz, Celtic & Traditional, performing Polkas, Jigs, Reels and Ballads a plenty, with tunes, songs and stories from around the world. The venue for the concerts is The Garret, a very intimate and ambient room with excellent acoustics and a "living room" feeling that is perfect for the Sessions.
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Contact: The Queens Head, Fyfield, Essex, CM5 0RY. Tel: 01277 899231 -- Email:

The Garret Sessions Presents

Wednesday 12th November, 2014
The Wild Ponies (USA)

M Music and Musicians Magazine
February 8, 2014

Formerly an acoustic duo, The Wild Ponies swing emotional wrecking balls with great delicacy, sometimes waiting until the third verse to deliver devastating revelations about their characters - and themselves. On “Trigger,” Telisha doesn’t say until the end why she pulled the gun that’s left her hubby dead, and on “Truth Is,” she saves until the final line a reference to her painful childhood. “Everything I own is just a little bit broken,” they sing on a brisker cut, romping with heavy hearts that won’t weigh them down.

Michael Bialas - Huffington Post/No Depression
Wild Ponies Just Might Be Americana’s New Dark Horses

...Comparisons to Lucinda are inevitable, along with rough-and-tumble daring duos such as Shovels & Rope and honeyhoney, and Americana’s current power couple, recent newlyweds Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. All of them know how to capably cover shaky ground, but exploring deep, dark places seems to come naturally for Wild Ponies.

Jon Lohman, Virginia State Folklorist
"A tour de force."

Wednesday 10th December, 2014
Chris Newman & Maire Ni Chathasaigh (Irl)


“Virtuosic, fascinating, dramatic, original, inspired, gloriously adventurous, dazzling, brilliant, stunning, impassioned, electrifying, bewitching, moving, achingly beautiful, influential, revered, unique...”

 Their performances - described by The Irish Times as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” - are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit. 
Of their seven albums together, The Living Wood (1988) was the Daily Telegraph’s Folk Album of the Year, Out of Court (1991) was "stunning... one of the most refreshingly innovative releases in recent years" - Folk Roots, The Carolan Albums (1994) was “a masterpiece of virtuosity” - The Daily Telegraph, Live in the Highlands (1995) was “One of the best live albums I’ve heard for a long time... captures the essence of these remarkable performers in a rare and priceless way. Absolutely essential.“ - Folk Roots and Dialogues:Agallaimh (2001) was “Terrific: brilliant, beautiful, rich, virtuosic, delightful, classic, perfect!” Of their sixth CD, Fire Wire, the critics said:“An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling... bewitching string fantasies and a wonderfully clear and expressive voice" THE TIMES “Dazzling virtuosity... delightful” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH "In a class of their own" THE GUARDIAN "Takes one of the most effete instruments in traditional music and breathes a fire into its belly" * * * * THE IRISH TIMES “Brilliant, innovative harping and guitar-playing of astonishing virtuosity and versatility” * * * * SONGLINES “Album of the Year” LIVE IRELAND “Best Celtic Instrumental Album” JUST PLAIN FOLKS AWARDS Nashville, Tennessee... 
There are a limited number of places available for all of these Sessions due to popular demand!
If you would like to come along to our Garret Sessions please email Sheila at The Queens Head Fyfield: or Telephone Sheila on 01277 899231
Capacity is restricted for these special evenings.