Event : Margo Cilker & friends

Free country, folk & acoustic night

A FREE evening of exceptional country & folk music from MARGO CILKER (California) and AN AMERICAN FORREST (Eastern Oregon), visiting Ipswich for the first time on a UK tour, with SoapBox favourite Jack Pout (Norfolk) in support.


MARGO CILKER apprenticed herself to the songwriter’s trade the old-fashioned way: get her heart broken in South Carolina, move to Spain and busk all over Europe a la Ramblin’ Jack, sing a duet on a Spanish Honky-Tonk band’s recording of an Ernest Tubb classic (“Nails in my Coffin,” with Dead Bronco), tour Europe with a band of Flatt-and-Scruggs-obsessed Englishmen, then return to her native California and milk cows on an organic farm in Petaluma. Cilker writes songs that philosophize hard work, heartbreak, and wanderlust with the reverence of a country music obsessive and the sharp-eyed clarity of one who was not born into country music but had to find it (and live it) for herself.

AN AMERICAN FORREST: Western Music from Eastern Oregon.
Ragged-voiced tales and wild, hybrid style, finger-picked and strummed guitar. Poetic incantations that conjure images: a lone rider silhouetted against a sunset, the days fading light, the unspoken bond between horses and people. Songs as detailed as tooled leather about old love, and new frontiers.

JACK POUT is a BBC Folk award nominated singer/songwriter from Norwich. Inspired by the revivalist musicians of the 60's and 70's, such as John Martyn, Duster Bennett, Bob Dylan and Chris Smither, Jack has been a Soapbox favourite for many years.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Chris and the team at The Duke for being so kind as to offer us their lovely gaff for this gig. Chris is awesome and knows good music, beer and food, so we couldn't be happier about supporting a gig at his newest venture here in Ipswich. Join us for a truly unique night, with lovely people, tasty beer and incredible music.