The Watergrain Band is a four piece comprising Ben Paley, Pip Ives and Geoff Sandiford together with songwriter Martin Young. This is the result of a collaboration, in 2013, when Martin Young made the cd, “Watergrain”, with a bunch of fine musicians including the legendary Ben Paley, pictured to my far left. Cue applause.                                                                                                                                             On my left is Pip Ives. Cue applause. Pip is considerably younger than Ben and I so he wasn’t involved in the recording because his eyes hadn’t opened and he was too young to be taken away from his mother. To my right is Geoff Sandiford. More later when we find out how he worked his way in to this band.

“We were very happy to promote a date recently for The Watergrain Band at Folk in the Barn.  The audience enjoyed the friendly, gentle delivery of Martin Young’s well arranged and thoughtful material.  Pip Ives and Ben Paley on accordion and fiddle added skillful touches of intricate and sensitive playing, giving colour and depth to the arrangements. We’re sure this Trio will go from strength to strength.”                   DEBS EARL of FOLK IN THE BARN http://www.folkinthebarn.co.uk

“Great night’s music, a band worth taking the time to see again soon”
Frank, Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, Westcliff On Sea

“…..the really excellent Watergrain Band….” Doug Welch, Kent Folk-BBC Radio Kent

“Watergrain Band were brilliant, not to be missed, we will be inviting them again”   Ted Handley, Orpington Folk Club

GIGS  2017

March 11th  Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NZ – GREEN DIESEL Cd launch

April 3rd  Waltham Abbey Folk Club, The Royal British Legion, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey Essex EN9 1HY http://www.walthamabbeyfolkclub.com

April 4th  Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, The Royal British Legion, 7/9 Northview Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9NG   http://www.ridgeweb.co.uk/hoy.ht

July 9th  Sandwich Folk & Ale Festival

August 14th  Broadstairs Folk Week

September 2nd  FAVERSHAM HOP FESTIVAL                                                                                                              The Market Inn at 12 noon                                                                                                                Alexander Centre, Preston Street at 3pm

September 2nd Lewes Saturday Folk Club                                                                                                                  Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ                                                                            http://www.lewessaturdayfolkclub.org/indexLSFC.html

September 15th  St Edith Folk, St. Edith Hall, High Street, Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 6NA   www.stedithfolk.co.uk

If you would like to book THE WATERGRAIN BAND please call us on                               01795 538238 / 07813 202503 or email: watergrain1@gmail.com



2 thoughts on “About/Gigs

    1. Hi Dave,
      I notice you do not charge an entry fee at your club. This might be a problem as we are a four piece band.
      What’s the most you would be able to pay?
      If it’s any help I’m working on a solo tour in June/July 2017. I’m booked already in Stevenage, Liverpool, Fleetwood and Knutsford. I’ll be passing your way on Tuesday, 4th July. When working solo my fee is very flexible so that might be a better option for you.

      Martin Young


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