Spring into Spring Bluegrass weekend featuring The Dirty Beggars
Sat 30 Mar 2019, 1:00PM

A mix of sessions and gigs headlined by the fabulous, The Dirty Beggars. All for only a tenner, more to be annonced.




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Old Blind Dogs
Sat 6 Apr 2019, 8:00PM


AARON JONES
Bouzouki, Vocals, Guitar
 
Aaron is one of the most sought after accompanists on the traditional music scene today. He continues to tour worldwide and record with many of the biggest names in traditional music, including Kate Rusby, Siobhan Miller, Emily Smith, Robyn Stapleton and many more. As well as being an official accompanist for the BBC Young Traditional Scottish Musician of the Year Awards for ten years, Aaron was voted 'Instrumentalist of the Year' in a public vote at the 2005 Scots Trad Music Awards. He is a passionate member of the Live Performance Committee of the UK Musicians Union, a committed Evertonian and a very proud Dad.
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​Aaron Jones Website
DONALD HAY
Percussion, Vocals
 
Donald Hay is a drummer/percussionist with an exceptional ability to play with power, empathy, delicacy and drama. Coming from the fiddle led rock’n’roll explosion Mystery Juice, over the last twenty years he has become one of the most highly sought after percussionists on the Scottish and English folk scenes. He’s appeared on recordings by Sting, Eliza Carthy ( including her Mercury Award nominated ‘Anglicana’ ), Kate Rusby, Martin Carthy, Kathryn Tickell, Gordon Duncan, The Battlefield Band and The Nuala Kennedy Band. As well as Old Blind Dogs, he is currently performing with The Nuala Kennedy Band, and harpist Mary Macmaster. He has also done live session work for Shooglenifty and has appeared on the highly successful TV show and Celtic Connections concert 'The Transatlantic Sessions ‘ performing with Joan Osbourne, Jerry Douglas, Donal Lunny, Ali Bain and Phil Cunningham.
ALI HUTTON
Pipes, Whistles, Guitar
 
Ali, from Methven in Perthshire, was inspired at the age of 7 to take up the bagpipes and rose through the ranks of the world famous Vale of Atholl Pipe Band. It was there that he was taught, alongside Ross Ainslie, by the late, great Gordon Duncan. He has since gone on to become a successful multi-instrumentalist on the Scottish music scene. Ali has performed and worked alongside some of the most respected musicians and bands on the scene such as Capercaillie, Dougie Maclean, Carlos Nunez, Deaf Shepherd, Clueless, Steve Forman, Salsa Celtica, and Shooglenifty to name but a few. During his apprentice years as a professional musician he was fortunate enough to become a member of the multi award winning bands Brolum and Back of the Moon. He toured with them for several years across Europe and North America. Back of the Moon went on to win ‘Scottish Folk Band of the Year’ at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards in 2005, and was also nominated for ‘Album of the Year’. Ali has also found himself producing some of the most well received Scottish Folk albums in recent years. In 2007 he co-produced Maeve Mackinnon's award winning album, ‘Don't Sing Love Songs’. This went on to be chosen to be performed in the ‘Classic Albums’ series at Celtic Connections in 2008. In 2015 he was nominated for ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards, the same year in which Treacherous Orchestra won ‘Album of the Year’, of which Ali was a co producer. Ali is currently a member of Treacherous Orchestra, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson Band, and the Ross and Ali Duo.
JONNY HARDIE
Fiddle, Vocals
 
Jonny Hardie co-founded Old Blind Dogs in 1929, or thereabouts. Since the band began, they have recorded 13 studio albums and two live albums. Over the years, Jonny has been involved in many other musical collaborations. He has performed with/arranged or produced over 50 CDs in his career (so far) recording and performing with artists as diverse as Kylie Minogue and The Chieftains with Ry Cooder. Jonny is currently working with fellow Aberdonians Simon Gall (in Clype) and Jenny Sturgeon. He is also musical director and writer for Dogstar Theatre Company and teaches fiddle at Aberdeen City Music School.



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Heart Of Rust The Music of Neil Young
Sat 13 Apr 2019, 8:00PM


Heart of Rust play the sounds of Neil Young from the Harvest era and beyond.

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The Paul McKenna Band
Sat 20 Apr 2019, 8:00PM


“The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years” New York Times
“The best band of their generation” (The Living Tradition)
“A band with the potential to dominate the Scottish/Irish traditional scene for the next twenty years” (Fatea Magazine)
Scotland’s Paul McKenna has long been ranked among our finest younger singers and songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs, a combination that’s brought frequent comparisons to the great Dick Gaughan.
He and his band – comprising Robbie Greig (fiddle), Conal McDonagh (pipes/whistles), Conor Markey (banjo/bouzouki/guitars) and Ewan Baird (percussion) – draw on both Scottish and Irish roots, in a dynamic, full-bodied array of original and traditional material, along with songs by like-minded authors including Peggy Seeger, Alistair Hulett and Jim Reid. Following 2016’s tenth anniversary release Paths That Wind, they’re currently at work on their fifth album

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Playhouse Creatures
Wed 24 Apr 2019, 7:30PM

PLAYHOUSE CREATURES by April de Angelis It’s 1660 and King Charles II has allowed women to perform on the stage for the first time. Based on fact, this comic, bawdy and often moving play tells the story of the pioneer actresses.


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Playhouse Creatures
Thu 25 Apr 2019, 7:30PM

PLAYHOUSE CREATURES by April de Angelis It’s 1660 and King Charles II has allowed women to perform on the stage for the first time. Based on fact, this comic, bawdy and often moving play tells the story of the pioneer actresses.


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Playhouse Creatures
Fri 26 Apr 2019, 7:30PM

PLAYHOUSE CREATURES by April de Angelis It’s 1660 and King Charles II has allowed women to perform on the stage for the first time. Based on fact, this comic, bawdy and often moving play tells the story of the pioneer actresses.


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Playhouse Creatures
Sat 27 Apr 2019, 7:30PM

PLAYHOUSE CREATURES by April de Angelis It’s 1660 and King Charles II has allowed women to perform on the stage for the first time. Based on fact, this comic, bawdy and often moving play tells the story of the pioneer actresses.


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Pharis & Jason Romero
Tue 30 Apr 2019, 8:00PM


Singing vibrant duets, writing deadly songs, playing handmade banjos and loving old acoustic guitars, Pharis & Jason Romero have a classic story. When some scratchy old records and a custom banjo led to their meeting in 2007, they quickly knew they were in for the long haul. They've since released six records and toured across North America and the UK. They've won a Juno award, multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, been featured on NPR Music, CBC, BBC, and Folk Alley, and have performed on A Prairie Home Companion and CBC's The Vinyl Cafe. They are passionate teachers and believers in many things folk, and their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds. Pharis is Artistic Director for Voice Works, a workshop for singers, as part of her work as a diverse singing teacher; Jason instructs all styles of banjo playing, especially old-time three finger playing.
Sweet Old Religion, the newest release from the duo, is an all-original record that embraces the listener with the sounds of over a decade of playing and listening together. It won Pharis and Jason Traditional Singer and Vocal Ensemble of the year at the Canadian Folk Music 2018 Awards, was the #1 most played record of 2018 on Stingray Folk-Roots, and was included on Best of 2018 Lists including No Depression, Folk Alley, CKUA, Radio Heartland, Folk Roots Radio, Front Porch Bluegrass, KPFA, KHUM, KBCS and more. Light, love and time lead the themes, with the duo at the forefront in their most beautifully gritty, honest and sweet record yet. Produced by Marc Jenkins, engineered by John Raham, with musical guests and a choir of family & friends, Sweet Old Religion follows up on the critical acclaim of 2015's A Wanderer I'll Stay.  Called "sublime" (NPR) and "brilliant" (BBC), Wanderer won a 2016 Juno Award, a Western Canadian Music Award, and was nominated for an International Folk Music Award and four Canadian Folk Music Awards. The title track was 2015's #1 most-played song on the Folk-DJ Charts. 

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The Mairs Family Band & Longway
Sat 18 May 2019, 8:00PM

The Mairs family Band-
All the way from Rutherglen, The Mairs Band is Alan, his wife Louise, their daughter Hazel plus some additional players. They are well-known on the Scottish Bluegrass scene for their musicality, strong vocal harmonies and wide range of material. From contemporary to trad the Mairs cover all of it.
Alan plays acoustic guitar, Louise plays double bass and Hazel plays dobro. Mandolin, banjo and fiddle can also be expected to be heard. In past times, the Band went under the name of Redwing then new Redwing to reflect line-up changes. Alan was a founder member of Old Hickory. In short, they have been around.
Longway-
Formed in February of 2003, after a jam session showed them how this lineup seemed a perfect combination. They were knocked out (and somewhat taken aback) by the synergy that resulted in a hard-driving sound coupled with a bounce that we'd each individually been seeking all of our playing lives!

They have since played at most of the British Bluegrass Festivals and many Folk Club venues, as well as concerts, appeared on Radio shows and recorded two albums


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The Frank Burkitt Band
Tue 21 May 2019, 8:00PM
“A set with the band is like a trip through the top shelf of the best liquor cabinet – all malt whisky, moonshine and sunlight…a tight-knit ensemble of power and delicacy and a rare treat.”
Shannon Beynan – stuff.co.nz.
  • Frank Burkitt (guitarist,lead vocals)
  • Cameron Dusty Burnell (mandolin/banjo/guitar)
    Kara Filbey (backing vocals, flute)
  • James Geluk (double bass)
Frank is a story teller, songwriter, singer and guitarist. In that order. His rambling anecdotes aim to give the audience more of a connection with his songs. He formed his incredible backing band when he relocated to Wellington from Edinburgh.
The band have made incredible progress in the last 4 years, releasing their debut album Fools & Kings in 2015, which reached No.12 in the Official NZ Music Charts. They have embarked on several national tours and have played several festivals across NZ. Inspired by artists such as Pokey Lafarge, Van Morrison, Billy Joel and The Wood Brothers, they play high energy, original music written by Burkitt and arranged by the band. They are released their 2nd album Raconteur at Port Fairy Folk Festival in Australia before embarking on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in March and April 2018. The album was produced by Gerry Paul (Tim O’Brien, The Staves, Mel Parsons) and engineered by Lee Prebble (The Black Seeds, Phoenix Foundation, Fly My Pretties).
The band recently won the Vodafone NZ Music Award for Best Folk Artist 2019 which was a huge highlight in the bands career thus far. 
The band are touring throughout NZ, Australia and the UK in 2019 to support the release of their new live EP ‘Lost But Alive’, recorded at in Wellington in November 2018.
Frank Burkitt was brought up in the highlands of Scotland before moving to the ‘big smoke’ of Edinburgh at the tender age of 18. Despite an early musical career of singing the American standards with jazz quintets and big bands, his real musical education came from the pub session. Having always written songs with his trusty guitar from a young age, his music took a distinctly folky turn when he graced the doors of such famous Edinburgh drinking haunts as Sandy Bells and The Royal Oak (2 pubs responsible for both the musical talent and alcoholism of many a Scottish musician).
After several (albeit hazy) years of late night music and drinking, Burkitt realised that a noisy pub full of drunk Scotsmen was possibly not the most ideal arena for a young songwriter to apply his craft. He found that the folk clubs of the UK and beyond were the perfect setting for his story-telling and original songwriting and in early 2009 he recorded his first studio album ‘a little less care’ at Castlesound Studios in Pentcaitland. He was joined on the album by fiddler Chris Stone, double bass player Holly Downes (now both of The String Contingent) and the backing vocals of Kara Filbey. They toured the album across the UK, New Zealand and Australia in 2009.
Burkitt’s second album ‘Valley of Gold’ which he brought out in 2011, was inspired in many ways by the natural beauty of New Zealand’s landscape and people, the ‘Valley of Gold’ referring to one of his favourite regions of New Zealand Golden Bay. It also contained songs such as Mr ITV, a commentary on the manipulative and immoral nature of reality television. This song was also a demonstration of Burkitt’s ability to convey a profound message as well as an entertaining anecdote in his music.
As well as his own original brand of folk music, Burkitt began to take a large amount of inspiration from American artists such as Tim O’Brien and James Taylor. He developed a real love for many American genres such as bluegrass, western swing and country and along with his original love of jazz and blues, his songs began to move away from the traditional Scottish folk music that had shaped his early days.
Always a keen traveller and with feet growing ever itchier, Burkitt moved to New Zealand in March 2014. He’d fallen in love with the people, the natural and musical scenery and above all… the fly fishing! After settling in Wellington, Frank Burkitt was quick to form ‘The Frank Burkitt Band’ which includes Cameron Dusty Burnell (Mandolin), Kara Filbey (Backing Vocals and Percussion) and James Geluk (Double Bass). Now the main project for Burkitt, the band give his songs vibrancy and their virtuosic solos beautifully accompany his original vocals.
‘Burkitt – backed by his four-piece band – hollered, crooned and generally swooned his merry way through a plethora of footstomping ditties.’Edinburgh Evening News.
“Original material sung with clarity and emotion, a fantastic live folk singer with a very talented band of musicians.” Sonicbids.com
“Frank Burkitt with a clear load of experience and nightclub savvy in his style. With strong songs and musicianship, his easy listening camaraderie lifted the evening to foot tapping entertainment with a wry sense of humour and professional patter.” Theatreview.org.nz
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Leon Hunt & Jason Titley
Wed 22 May 2019, 8:00PM

Leon Hunt

As one reviewer once observed ‘being the best 5-string banjo player in the UK must be 
rather like being the foremost ‘fast-bowler’ in Virginia’. Leon Hunt has, for more than a decade, continued to confound that notion (and the many stereotypes that attempt to confine the 5-string banjo to Bluegrass music) by making his living playing alongside some of the world’s top musicians from a number of musical styles, backgrounds and disciplines.
Since graduating from his ‘Music and Music Technology’ degree in 2000 Leon has taken part in numerous notable ‘transatlantic’ recordings; Miles Apart (2004) Shuttle Diplomacy (2008) and Fishing Music (2009). These projects have included some of the biggest names in American traditional music; Viktor Krauss, Tim O’Brien, Stuart Duncan, David Grier and Matt Flinner to name a few.
Beyond proving his Bluegrass credentials, Leon has also found himself in a diverse array of other musical settings; occasional live and/or recorded collaborations with Irish traditional music’s Michael McGoldrick, Lunasa and Flook, African Kora virtuoso, Sekou Kieta, and English Folk royaltly, Kate Rusby and Seth Lakeman.
Leon has also enjoyed being part of several major theatre productions for The Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Rep, and The New Vic (search the web hard enough and you’ll find a very funny picture of him in a powdered wig and tights!!!)
If all of the above name dropping means nothing to you then we’ll have to resort to Anchor Butter’s major TV advertising campaign (the series of commercials with the fuzzy felt cows), that was Leon too!



Jason Titley

Jason is arguably the UK’s finest Bluegrass guitarist, his flair for improvisation and deep understanding of rhythm (he also plays drums) always makes his playing unpredictable and exciting. Jason is a long-time on-off musical partner of Leon’s. Most notably was throughout the ’90s with the band Daily Planet. Daily Planet toured extensively throughout Europe and in The US and left three ‘landmark’ albums in its wake.
More recently Jason was involved in the ‘new timey’ trio Rabbi John and toured the UK with the US virtuoso Tim O’Brien. He has also recently joined the popular street band the huckleberries.
Jason also presents a live weekly hour long acoustic radio show

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Lunch Special
Sat 25 May 2019, 8:00PM


Lunch Special are an international bluegrass/Americana trio based in London. They play old brother duo numbers with close female-led harmonies, their own tunes with a modern twist and just plain old fashioned bluegrass. We hope one of those things is your jam.  



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Blue summit
Sun 2 Jun 2019, 8:00PM

   Blue Summit is a genre fluid bluegrass band that first formed in 2016. They are a remarkable group of young musicians who have grown up performing in the California bluegrass community. One of their latest achievements includes a CBA showcase at the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) event held in North Carolina. They have been gaining traction with their unique sound, sharing their music all over the west coast. Later this year, they plan to travel overseas for the first time.
   Lead vocalist and mandolinist, AJ Lee, has been recognized as NCBS (Northern California Bluegrass Society) Female Vocalist of the Year nine times. She began singing and performing on stage at the astonishing age of five. By twelve, she had begun writing her own songs and showcasing them nation-wide. AJ has traveled with many bands, including “The Tuttles with AJ Lee”, which had been featured at numerous festivals in an out of state. Now twenty-one, Ms. Lee is excited to share Blue Summit’s latest album consisting of all original material.
   Jesse Fichman started playing guitar at the age of ten when he and his friends decided to form a bluegrass band. Since then, he has played in multiple bluegrass bands, multiple jazz combos, and a country band. Jesse graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in biology, and took a majority of the music classes offered there. He is a full time and original member of Blue Summit, and is studying and writing music on the side. 
   Sullivan Tuttle started to have an international following when he was just ten years old with a YouTube video of El Cumbanchero, which he played with his brother and sister - it now has over 1.6 million views from around the world. His musicianship was impressive at that young age and just keeps getting better. Over the last few years, Sullivan has developed a reputation for his songwriting and contemporary singing style, as well as his blazing guitar solos. He has appeared at major bluegrass festivals across the US, Canada, and has toured in the United Kingdom.  
   Born and raised in Northwest Ohio, Chad Bowen has been with Blue Summit since May 2018.  A hardworking musician, Chad has been playing bass with numerous bands in the Bay area for almost 10 years.  Music has always been a huge part of his life. Growing up he played piano, guitar, and sang in choirs. Eventually he gravitated to the double bass where he finds himself today smiling big, holding down the low end and those sweet harmonies.

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The Often Herd
Sat 13 Jul 2019, 8:00PM

The Often Herd reach beyond what is expected of a bluegrass band, marrying the wistful sunshine harmonies of Southern California with the striking industrial allure of their home in the North East of England. An engaging and dynamic live act, the band are able to pull off their intricately arranged material alongside moments of exciting, spontaneous improvisation. Rupert Hughes (guitar) and Evan Davies (mandolin) are responsible for penning the band’s vibrant and catchy original music. American fiddler Niles Krieger and jazz bassist Sam Quintana contribute deft and dynamic instrumental skills that lift the songs to new heights. The Often Herd will be releasing their self-titled debut EP early in 2018 and will be hitting the road soon thereafter. Flock to the herd; you won’t be disappointed.
Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead/Leveret)
"It’s fabulous, really exciting to listen to. Tight, virtuosic and the kind of thing you just know would be even better live!"
Maria Wallace (True North Promotions)
"There’s plenty here for both lovers of traditional bluegrass and those with slightly more eclectic tastes. This accomplished collection showcases the growing maturity and versatility of an excellent British band which can range with ease across the boundaries of bluegrass, folk and acoustic roots." - BBN, British Bluegrass Music Association magazine.


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Simple minded & Deacon Blue's
Sat 3 Aug 2019, 8:00PM


An evening celebrating two of Scotland's greatest musical exports, Deacon Blue and Simple Minds.
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An evening celebrating two of Scotland's greatest musical exports, Deacon Blue and Simple Minds. World established tribute band, Simple Minded, bring you a sensational double bill packed with hits. Kicking things off will be a set of classic Deacon Blue songs including Real Gone Kid, Wages Day, Dignityand much more. The evening will culminate with Simple Minded's renowned renditions of hits from Simple Minds, arguably the biggest band to come out of the country. Expect to hear Waterfront, Don't You, Alive and Kicking and also some surprises for fans of the band's amazing back catalogue.
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Nipples of Venus
Sat 17 Aug 2019, 8:00PM

With Nipples of Venus, it's always 'Saturday Night'. Playing Funk/Salsa versions of 90s trance classics, get ready to dance like it's 1995 again!



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3 Daft Monkeys
Fri 30 Aug 2019, 8:00PM


“The Highlight of Glastonbury”
(Mark Radcliffe BBC2)
 
BEST ALBUM- Spiral Earth Readers poll
BEST LIVE ACT- Spiral Earth Readers poll
BEST LIVE ACT- Hancock Awards
 
 
With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions, and will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated.
 
After experiencing the band’s notoriously energetic live performance at Glastonbury Festival last summer, Mark Radcliffe declared them as one of his “Highlights of the Festival” on BBC TV coverage, and subsequently invited them to play a session on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. The band have also performed a live session with Whispering Bob Harris on Radio 2.
 
The band have just released a brand new album in April 2017, following a highly successful crowdfunding campaign. The title track “Year of the Clown” is a social and whimsical comment on the strange and disturbing times we find ourselves in, where the ‘elected principles’ in the world circus appear to be the fools.
 
With their quirky and original approach to music, and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life, 3 Daft Monkeys have gained themselves a large and loyal cult following. Their music is hard to pigeon-hole, mixing and crossing many musical genres from Celtic, Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan, Latin, Ska, Dub Reggae, Indie, Rock and even a hint of Shostakovich. 3 Daft Monkeys have always maintained an independent and cottage-industry approach to their musical career, and have gained a huge following whilst ploughing their own furrow through the music business, gaining momentum through their live performances and intensive European touring schedule.
 
With a brand new 4-piece line-up, the band weave enchanting melodies with catchy choruses, virtuoso vibrant fiddle, rhythmic 12-string guitar, 6-string bass, bespoke hand-percussion and 4-part vocal harmonies. Fascinating lyrics of personal and whimsical observations on life, and folk tales both ancient and modern, are told within the swirling layers of their music, all with the essential catchy sing-along chorus.
 
The band’s diversity is reflected in the acts for whom they have been invited as special guests, including touring across the UK and Europe with the Levellers, and opening for bands such as Hawkwind, Bellowhead, Show of Hands and Dreadzone, as well as headlining their own national tours.
 
3 Daft Monkeys have played at a huge number and variety of festivals in the UK, including Fairport Convention’s Cropredy, Beautiful Days, Trowbridge Village Pump, Towersey Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Boomtown Fair. Their eclectic mix of styles has drawn them a following right across Europe, and the band have headlined festivals in Holland, Germany and France. 3 Daft Monkeys have also recently joined acrobats and circus performers in the new and vibrant boutique “busking festival” scenes of Switzerland and Italy.

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Firefly
Sat 31 Aug 2019, 3:00PM
Firefly returns for a third year running, tickets wil be £15 but we are offering a discount on the first 50 at only £10 per ticket.


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Rory McLeod
Sat 26 Oct 2019, 8:00PM

Rory Mcleod - ex-circus clown and fire eater. A one man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments!

Rory has travelled the globe for different reasons at different times, from Asia to the middle East from Gambia to Cuba, Central America, Australia, North America, Canada, Europe and other nooks and crannies of the earth.


"You don't listen to McLeod you travel with him"
City Hub, Sydney (Australia)
"I've travelled to look for work, to mend a broken heart, to be with someone I longed for. I'd travel to visit friends and on the way I'd make new ones, I'd roam because I was curious to see what was around the next corner, sometimes I travelled to follow the warmer weather and migrate... like the birds and the big whales and fishes do"
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Chris Wood
Wed 6 Nov 2019, 8:00PM



In a world of soundbites and distractions Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Tom Robinson and Chris Difford are fans while Stick In The Wheel and The Unthanks look to him as an influence. Winner of 6 BBC Folk Awards, he's played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy. A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliche free zone.
“Chris Wood might be the Ken Loach of songwriting. Very political, but at the same time full of compassion, and he grows sharper and more acute with each passing album. He’s good, quite probably the very best we have today, and we need him more than ever.” - fRoots Magazine
 
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Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.
A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. He cites his major influence as “Anon”.
His most recent album ‘So Much to Defend’ has received wide critical acclaim and includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, Cook-in Sauce and, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society.
Hollow Point; his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles Menezez, won a BBC Folk Award (he's won six.) and emphatically secured Wood’s place as a serious speech-master for the unofficial history of England.
Collaborators include Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler and many others.
On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.
"... at art school they said I had a remarkable eye for trivia, like it was a bad thing."
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