Contemporary folk band


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Contemporary folk band
We play an eclectic mix of folk and acoustic music - two vocals, keyboard & guitar.

We are Roger Beard and Richard Papps. We play an eclectic mix of folk and acoustic music. Roger has sung as a solo artist and in bands around the Grimsby area for many years regularly performing in folk and acoustic venues. Richard has played as a solo performer and has been with the 60's/70's covers band 'The Elderly Brothers' for 15 years; and in an acoustic duo with Jay Lingard. Roger and Richard met in the Tap & Spile, Grimsby in 2004 at the Open Mic & Acoustic nights. We have a CD available - only a few copies left now! We are currently recording another CD which should be out Spring 2018. We play an ecelctic mix of folk and acoustic music. We have a variety of songs that are suitable for different occasions - pubs, folk clubs, birthday celebrations etc. We play songs from such artists as Bob Dylan, Fairport Convention, Van Morrison, Boo Hewerdine, Martyn Jospeh, Ralph McTell, Winter Wilson, John Tams, Steve Knightly, John Lennon, Mike Silver, Pete Morton, The Beatles, Paul Jones, Beth Neilsen Chapman, Linda Thompson, Dougie Maclean, Gretchen Peters, Yvonne Lyon, Lindisfarne, The Zombies, Show of Hands, Mark Knopfler, The Levellers, James Taylor and many others. We have also performed some original songs either co-written or written by us individually.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Folk, Folk rock, Country, Americana, Acoustic, Covers
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Birthday party
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Song list

As June 2018
1917 (The French Prostitute) David Olney
All I Have To Do Is Dream Felice & Bordeleaux Bryant
All This Time Martyn Joseph
And I Love Her Lennon/McCartney
Arrogance, Ignorance & Greed(A.I.G.) Steve Knightly
Bell Book and Candle Boo Hewerdine
Best Part of the Day, The Elton John/Bernie Taupin
Between The Minds Jack Savoretti
Birds Neil Young
Black Clothes Robin Laing
Borderline Chris deBurgh
Brothers In Arms Mark Knopfler
Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
Call and Answer Phil Colclough
Christmas 1914 MikeHarding
Coddy's Letter Beard / Freeman
Cold Heart of England Steve Knightly
Come Up and See Me Steve Harley
Coming Home Steve Knightly
Common Form Winter Wilson
Constant Motion Pete Morton
Dancing At Whitsun Trad.
Dear Green Place Alan Reid
Dreams Are Made of Money / The Mouth of The Tobique Sam Carter/ Trad. Fr/Can.
England Stone Elbow Jane
Feed Me Love Papps
For You Blue George Harrison
Forever Autumn J eff Wayne/Gary Osborne
Forever Young Dylan
From Clare To Here Ralph McTell
Games People Play Joe South
Garden Valley Dougie Maclean
Goin' Back Carole King
Golden Heart Mark Knopfler
Got To Do Better Eric Bibb
Handbags and Gladrags Mike D'Abo
Hard Love Bob Franke
Harry Stone (Hearts of Coal) J ohn Tams
Heart of Stone Maddy Prior
I Don't Want To Talk About It Danny Whitten
I Got A Right To Sing The Blues Tom McGuinness
I'm The Urban Spaceman Neil Innes
I'm Your Man Paul Jones
In My Life Lennon/McCartney
I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight Richard Thompson
John Harrison's Hands McNeil/Gaughan
La Cienega Just Smiled Ryan Adams
Let The Mystery Be Iris DeMent
Lights of Taormina Mark Knopfler
Make You Feel My Love Dylan
Maybe Nothing's Spoken Pete Morton
Meet Me On The Corner Rod Clements
More Hills To Climb Keith Pearson
My Love Is In America Chris Leslie/Westbury
My Sweet Lady John Denver
Never Be The Sun Donagh Long
No Man's Land Eric Bogle
No Telling Linda Thompson
Not A Matter of Pride Mike Silver
Nothing Ever Happens Del Amitri
Nowhere Man Lennon/McCartney
Old Fashioned Saturday Night Mike Silver
One Of Us Eric Bazillian (Martyn Joseph)
Poet on the Wing Roger Beard
Question Justin Hayward
Sailing To Philadelphia Mark Knopfler
Seven Shades of Blue Beth Neilsen Chapman
Shipwrecked Yvonne Lyon
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness John Prine
Stay Awhile Winter Wilson
Steamroller Blues James Taylor
Still Alot of Love Around Here Martyn Joseph
Talking With My Father Dougie Maclean
Tell It Like it Is Yvonne Lyon
The Gift Doubie MacLean
The Last Laugh Mark Knopfler
The Parting Glass Trad. Arr: Lakeman/Dillon
The Questions Beard / Papps
The Scientist Chris Martin
Time Tom Waits
Time of the Season Rod Argent
Two Million Soldiers Winter Wilson
Waltzing For Dreamers Richard Thompson
Watching The Wheels John Lennon
We Need Each Other Now John Kettle (Merry Hell)
What A Beautiful Day The Levellers
What's The Use of Wings Brian Bedford
(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love & Understanding Nick Lowe
When All You've Got Is A Hammer Gretchen Peters
Where Do The Children Play? Cat Stevens
Who Ever It Was That Brought Me Here Will Have To…. Martyn Joseph
Who Will Blow The Candle Out Tonight John Tams
White Flag Dido
Why Worry Mark Knopfler
Wild World Cat Stevens
Winter Song Alan Hull


From customers:

Andy F, 3 years ago

Local musical duo Roger Beard and Richard Papps (aka Beard and Papps ) have been entertaining local audiences since 2006 and have finally released their first full length studio-recorded CD , ‘Caught in the Net ‘. And what a delight it is. Variety is the key-note in their selection of fourteen songs from their eclectic genre-defying repertoire of over a hundred. They range from Bob Franke’s brutally honest depiction of the pleasures and pains of love in ‘Hard Love’ through stunning ‘cover’ versions of superbly crafted material from the likes of Keith Pearson, Maddy Prior, the enigmatic Boo Hewerdine , and Dylan to the CD’s joyous finale ‘What A Beautiful Day ‘ Roger plays guitar in a delicate finger-picking style, Richard’s keyboard accompaniments are beautifully simple and their complementary voices sit slightly above the overall track record so you catch the expression of every word. They are joined on some tracks by drummer Joe Gray and accordion player Helen Bennett whose subtle support enhances the two voices, Roger’s full of light and dark, Richard’s more conventionally melodious. I particularly enjoyed Roger’s sensitive singing on Neil Young’s song of ultimate separation ‘Birds’ and his obviously heartfelt version of Dougie Mclean’s autobiographical ‘Talking With my Father’. And Richard’s virtuoso keyboards give a contemporary twist to Rod Argent’s 1960’s song ‘Time of the Season ‘, his powerful depiction of that melting pot of politics, creativity and sexual and social inhibition, the legendary Summer of Love. Keith Pearson’s inspirational ‘More Hills to Climb ‘ was new to me and Beard and Papps’s emotional engagement and insights into the lyrics in old favourites like Robin Laing’s ‘Black Clothes’, and Tom Waits’s surreal ‘Time’ forced me to see them in new, fresh ways. A special word of praise must go to the accomplished recording engineer , Allen Jarvis. The wonderful clarity of the recording shows the highest of professional production values. Roger Beard and Richard Papps may be amongst the elder statesmen of the local music scene but their freshness, enthusiasm and their desire to share the music they value is clear. I can think of no better introduction to the best of contemporary songwriting than ‘Caught in the Net’. You will be intrigued , challenged and thoroughly entertained by it.