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Greensand Ridge

Hugh and Lesley Loughlin, a husband and wife duo, are Greensand Ridge.

 

We perform a wide variety of material in an acoustic style, ranging from folk revival, through singer-songwriter and folk rock to traditional and contemporary folk songs using our own arrangements.

 

Our aim is to entertain through our thoughtful and musically interesting interpretations with an emphasis on well told stories with beautiful melodies performed with musicality, beauty of tone and clarity of diction.

 

Featuring original material as well as songs from Joni Mitchell, Kate Rusby, John Denver, Steeleye Span, Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Graham Moore, Bella Hardy, Alison Krauss and many, many more.

 

We always encourage audience participation on well-known choruses!

testimonials
Paul Stamworth

Out of all the acts I work with, their passion for their art & genre, the enthusiasm, dedication and attention to detail is something that really makes them stand out.

 

I also love the fact that they incorporate songs from many different styles and do them their own way whilst also making them instantly recognisable thanks to the aforementioned attention to detail.

Merstham WI

Thank you to Lesley and Hugh for giving us such an enjoyable Christmas concert. They had created a tailor made programme specially for us, full of festive season songs, but with a difference. Some were ones we knew, and others quite new and fresh.

 

They are both true professionals and they work together beautifully. Their arrangements are their own, and Lesley's voice is lovely to hear, pure and true.

Pat Cockett

Lesley and Hugh's performance of a well-balanced selection of songs engaged and entranced the audience. 

The songs all had a strong narrative and Lesley's ability to relate and respond to the audience held their attention and encouraged them to participate in the songs.

 

Lesley and Hugh work together in creative harmony with Lesley's beautiful and expressive voice supported and enhanced by Hugh's sensitive accompaniment on the guitar.

Leanne Klein

I feel it is always a privilege to hear Greensand Ridge (Lesley and Hugh) perform. A true fusion of clever folk melodies and many years of classic singing training has lead to their unique combination of voice and guitar. I love the edge they bring to well-known songs and melodies and the choice of unique and unfamiliar songs always leaves me wanting to hear more. Songs such as 'Island of Apples', wonderful!

 

I enjoy hearing the story behind each song and then when I close my eyes to listen I am transported to either another world, place or time. The array of songs performed may range from haunting, subtle and sweet to dynamic, jazzy and fun depending on what they have chosen to be the order of the night.

 

Lesley is a joy to listen to with expression evident within her voice as she becomes emersed in the songs she is performing. She manages to draw you in as she becomes the character in each song as Hugh backs this up with his sweeping dynamics and light touch. Hugh's skilful guitar playing ranges from sensitive, romantic and light, to purposeful and playful. The strength of connectedness and passion for their music shines through more and more with the performance of each song. A pleasure to watch and hear!

 

The combination of the two just makes each performance an absolute joy and pleasure to listen to. I am always left wanting more of the Greensand Ridge!

gigs

Many of our bookings are events not open to the public. To find out where you could hear us next, please contact us.

08 Dec 2021

Women's Institute Christmas Party

Pyrford

02 Aug 2020

During Sidmouth Folk Week

​St Giles and St Nicholas Church, EX10 8LG

Charity event

18 Mar 2020

Bob Cholmondley Club for the Blind

Reigate Park Church

07 Mar 2020

Acoustic Variety Evening

Pyrford Social Club

17 Dec 2019

Tuesday Teas

Effingham - afternoon tea event for the elderly

04 Dec 2019

Horsell Care

Horsell Village - social group for the elderly

23 Sep 2019

Tuesday Teas

Effingham - afternoon tea events for the elderly

28 Aug 2019

Connect

Horsley - social group for people with dementia

04 Aug 2019

11:00

During Sidmouth Folk week

St Giles and St Nicholas Church, EX10 8LG

Charity event in aid of the church

06 Feb 2019

Bob Cholmondley Club for the Blind

Reigate Park Church

06 Dec 2018

Probus Ladies Christmas Lunch

Sutton Green Golf Club

20 Oct 2017

POW Day 2017

The People's History Museum, Manchester

16 Oct 2017

8:00 pm

Amberley Acoustic Music Club

The George and Dragon, Houghton

12 Sep 2017

Private gig

Blind Club of Reigate

25 Aug 2017

7:30 pm

Charity concert

Angmering Village Hall

06 Aug 2017

11:00 am

During Sidmouth Folk week

St Giles and St Nicholas Church, EX10 8LG

22 Jul 2017

2:00 pm

Foal Farm Animal Centre County Festival

Biggin Hill, TN16 3AX

17 Jul 2017

7:30 pm

Evenings at Reigate Manor Hotel

The End of the Pier

Evening of songs and anecdotes by U3A members. Contact sally.baker@rru3a.org.uk or 01737 221766.

19 Jun 2017

7:30 pm

Evenings at Reigate Manor Hotel

Songs and a'muse'ing tales

Live singing and the stories, poems and dramatisations written by U3A members inspired by the songs. Tickets £6 - sally.baker@rru3a.org.uk or 01737 221766.

02 Jun 2017

1:20 pm

Pig's Ear Folk Ale

​The Kentish Horse, Markbeech, TN8 5NT

31 Jul 2016

11:30 am

Sidmouth Folk Festival

St Giles and St Nicholas Church, EX10 8LG

16 Jul 2016

12:00 pm

Foal Farm Animal Centre County Festival

Biggin Hill, TN16 3AX

25 Jun 2016

1:30 pm

Crawley Folk Festival

Hawth Theatre, RH10 6YZ

03 Jun 2016

11:50 pm

Pig's Ear Folk Ale

The Kentish Horse, Markbeech, TN8 5NT

24 May 2016

Bob Cholmondley Club for the Blind

 

10 Jan 2016

3:00 pm

Rowfant House

Winter Sunday afternoon sessions

29 Nov 2015

9:00 pm

BBC Radio Kent Folk

with Doug Welch

30 Sep 2015

3:15 pm

Susy Radio

with David Jay

23 Sep 2015

U3A Reigate and Redhill

Everything but Waterloo themed programme

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