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James the Fang and Serious Sam Barrett Weds 20th Sept

James the Fang and Serious Sam Barrett return to Barnsley folk club on Wednesday 20th September at the Trades Club Barnsley 8 30pm suggested collection contribution £5.

These guys really buck the system and turn the clock back to perform music that’s real and spare. Their music is durable and pure.

On their latest Album The Dime Horse Shoe the boys nail their hearts to the mast and let ‘er go. Fiddle playing vocalist James (from the USA and 12-string guitarist, banjo player and vocalist ‘Serious’ Sam Barrett (Leeds but Born in Barnsley) hit the road running. The exquisite fiddle work and varied little riffs from James are most elegant. James is an immense talent, and with Sam’s deep affinity and love of the old stuff nothing is left to chance as the boys reproduce an honest and pure down home back porch sound.

Don’t miss this one there’s nowt else like it and its one to remember!

Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band – The Old School House Venue 16th July, early doors

Our next sunday at the Old School House is Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band featuring Barnsley’s Dom Dudill on Fiddle.

“We are Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band, a travelling troupe of musicological minstrels, peddling our unique good-time tonic to all four corners of the land. Made from a secret combination of early blues and jazz forms, a sprinkle of ragtime, a dash of hot swing, the essence of sweet spiritual, a pinch of the oldest of old-timey melodies and a teaspoon of Vaudevillian and Music Hall showoffery, all whisked together with the most esoteric of folk rhythms. The result is a surpassingly melodious music which is replete with tones of joy and fulfilment. This harmonic medicine is a natural aid to titillation and is a guaranteed restorer of vitality, vim and vigour.

Allow us present to you our good-time rags and reels, show stoppers and sight stealers; music for foot stomping and toe tickling that joins hearts with flesh whilst invigorating the thinking mind. We stand before you as harbingers of gentility, bearers of ingenuity, possessors of conviviality, enhancers and champions of upright and virtuous behaviour and caretakers of chivalric honour. As a morally good band our presentations are entirely exempt from the vulgarities and other objectionable features which have hitherto characterized good-time musical extravaganzas.”

Tickets are £7 and available from Ticket Source plus a small booking fee, or on the door.

Doors 5pm, finished by 8pm.  This is a seated gig with a cabaret- style layout.  Ground floor access, off-road parking and real ale available

Support comes from ItsAcoustica and The Rolling Down Hills

Paul Handyside Weds 5th July

Paul Handyside is a Newcastle based folk and roots singer songwriter, whose songs fuse pop with folk-tinged americana and traditional English music. His song writing style has been compared to artists as varied as Billy Bragg, Robyn Hitchcock, Jeff Buckley and Martin Carthy.

He began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah! and toured extensively worldwide. During the nineties he toured and recorded with friend and Martin Stephenson (he of and the Daintees fame)

Paul ‘s latest album Tide, Timber & Grain was released in April 2016 with elements of traditional British folk and sixties protest songs .  To learn more about him visit his website:

www.paulhandyside.com

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this first rate renowned musician and songwriter in our small  comfortable and welcoming venue. Music starts at 8 30pm. There is no admission fee but money to pay the artist is raised by collection with a suggestion of £5 contribution. Any queries phone Dave Bottomley on 07803049856.

Jeni Hankins, Barnsley Folk and Acoustic Night – WEDS 21st June 2017

From the Appalchian Mountains via Nashville and now London, Jeni Hankins (Jeni and Billy) returns to Barnsley with a solo set featuring brand new songs, new versions of old songs and tales of her family in Jewel Ridge.

Jeni Hankins grew up in the coalfields of Appalachian in Southwest Virginia among a family of miners, moonshiners, and journalists. Her writing pulls the grit, gumption, and keen sense of observation out of that heritage like drawing water from her grandmother’s well. A songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and flatfoot dancer, Jeni is best known for the sound of the “born-in-the bone twang” of her voice and her true tales of mountain life. For the last ten years, Jeni has toured as part of the critically acclaimed duo Jeni & Billy, spending nine months of every year on the road. From Merlefest to the Maverick Festival, Jeni & Billy swept audiences off their feet with their down home charm and exquisite musicianship. This year sees the pair both emerging with solo projects. Informed by seven years of touring in Great Britain, Jeni’s new collection of songs makes a love letter to the home of her ancestors and to her father who passed away in 2016. In her new songs, Jeni crosses oceans and continents to scatter her father’s ashes. In every song, Jeni’s “true sense of place shines through – old as the hills, but brand new at the same time.”

“We always love to hear Jeni sing at Barnsley Folk Club” said folk club organiser  Dave Bottomley. ”her songs about growing up in a mining community really resonate with Barnsley folk”

Held in the upstairs room at Barnsley Trades Club, Racecommon Rd, the evening starts at 8.30pm with support from local folk acts.  Admission is Free (£6 suggested contribution into the collection during the interval). Jeni will perform two forty-five minute sets.

Jaywalkers SUNDAY 21st May at 5pm, the Old School House

Following on from our amazing Sell Out Wizz Jones Gig, we are pleased to announce there will be a series of top quality Sunday early-doors gigs for your delectation over the next year.

THIS SUNDAY at 5pm we have the amazing Jaywalkers with support from Barnsley’s Del Scott Miller.  Tickets are available in advance from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/barnsleyfolkclub
or on ther door.  This band have the lot, great instrumentalists, fantastic songs, exciting stage performance and a unique blend of traditional British folk, bluegrass and a wide range of musical references (including Soft Cell)!

If you’ve not been to the Old School House before (the old polish club), it is a cracking music venue in Barnsley – the pub side has recently been done up, there is plently of off-road parking, the room is on the ground floor and is run by the best live sound engineer in Barnsley.  It’s early doors too – doors open at 4.30 pm, finish by a sensible time.

See you there!

Barnsley Folk Club

Barnsley Folk Club Newsletter April 2017

So here it is – the big, big news that we were hinting to in the last email we sent out. We’re not very good at keeping secrets so If anyone hasn’t picked up on the recent and future club changes, hopefully the following summary will help:

– Singaround sessions continue at the Trades Club on Monday evenings at 8.00pm. When available we will use the more private upstairs lounge. The final Monday session will be 17th April.

– From Wednesday 26th April the club moves to a regular 8.00pm Wednesday session in the upstairs lounge at the Trades Club.

– Guest nights will be split between the Trades Club on Wednesdays and the Old Schoolhouse gigs will be held on Sundays. At the Schoolhouse we will aim for a main guest with support acts.

– We have a number of guest nights in the programme for 2017, the next being Shaun Hutch at the Trades on Wednesday 3rd May. Shaun will be known to many of you and his eclectic/acoustic style is something to look forward to.

– To follow we have 21st May Jaywalkers, 21st June Jeni Hankins, 16th July Dr. Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band, 10th September is Dave Burland and the Awkward Squad.

Col

PS, we will be changing the way we send out emails soon – to make sure you keep on getting emails from us, please add info@barnsleyfolk.org.uk and colin@barnsleyfolk.org.uk to your address lists!

WIN Entry to Wizz Jones 13th March – Survey to Determine Future of the Club

Just to let you know we are still here and our next Gig is Wizz Jones on the 13th March at the Old School House (ex Polish Club) up near the Hospital.

More details here https://www.facebook.com/events/1847875558798784/

Tom Heyes, new committee member, has devised a survey for as many people as possible to complete – as an incentive we are enterering everyone that fills in the survey in Feb a chance to win 2 guest list places to Wizz Jones.  Here’s a bit more form Tom:

“Barnsley Folk club is ready for change. We’re looking for a more user friendly venue. And we want to find out what YOU want from your local folk and acoustic music club. Who would you like to hear? Do you want to improve your playing or learn some new songs? Or have you got some completely fresh ideas? As a reward for participating in our survey, we are offering a draw for the prize of two free guest list places to Wizz Jones in March. Everyone who completes the survey and provides contact details before the end of February will be entered. Even more importantly, it gives you a chance to shape what we do for the next few years.
Just click on the link to start the survey: Why not do it now, it only takes a few minutes and could be life-changing!?”

This is your chance to protest the demise of the slow session / a better venue / better beer etc etc etc. you can fill it in here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7628BLD

Hope you see you soon,

Sarah (temporarily back doing the email until Colin has learnt the ropes)
Barnsley Folk Club

Wizz Jones 13th March – at the Old Schoolhouse

Our first gig at the newly refurbished Old School House (the old Polish Club);  To be in with a chance of winning 2 tickets simply fill in the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7628BLD Draw closes at the end of Feb.

“Inspired by hearing Big Bill Broonzy and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Wizz Jones learnt his guitar licks from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry whilst playing in the coffee bars of London’s Soho in the late 1950’s.
He then followed the time-honoured buskers’ trail from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech during the early 1960’s and returned to Britain with a unique acoustic guitar style,
an eclectic repertoire and a ‘right hand worthy of Broonzy’!
John Renbourn, Clapton and Keith Richards have all named him as an important early influence and in May 2012 Bruce Springsteen opened his Berlin show with Wizz’s song ‘When I Leave Berlin’.
After more than 50 years ‘on the road’ Wizz continues to tour on the Acoustic Folk and Blues circuit, usually solo but sometimes with his Son Simeon on Sax, Flute and Harmonica.”

Support from Barnsley’s own Richard Kitson and Zoe and Dave Bottomley. Seated, £7 on the door.

More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/1847875558798784/

Newsletter Nov 2016 – Future of Club in the Balance – Jed Grimes 12th Dec

Newsletter Nov 2016

Hi,

Great night last Monday from Paul Pearson and Chris McMahon – you’ve not heard the House of the Rising Sun until you’ve heard their version. Check out the Treebeard website – https://www.treebeard.org.uk/ for upcoming gigs (Paul is now in Treebeard too) I’m hoping to make Haze’s Christmas do in Sheffield – just one of Chris’s other bands

The great thing about Singers and Musicians nights are that you never know who’s going to turn up. Vic Shepherd and John Bowden joined us last night with some top class trad. They are drumming up trade for their fundraiser this coming Sunday for a memorial for the Oaks Disaster – see pic at the bottom of this newsletter for details.

Note the guest booking we had booked for 28th Nov has been cancelled. This is due to general low attendence on Monday nights.

The AGM will be on the 5th Dec – Without wanting to sound melodramatic (but being anyway) the future of Barnsley Folk Club is hanging in the balance – attendence has dropped to an unsustainable level (no-one seems to go out midweek anywhere these days, let alone Mondays) and a shake up is required to keep it going. Dave will be resigning as Bookings Secretary and I (Sarah) will be resigning as Publicity Officer which means those posts will be free. There will be a discussion about the future of the club – (new venue?/ night of the week?/ switch to monthly?/ close the club and donate funds to charity?)

Full agenda and start time tbc, this is likely to be 9pm, so there will likely be an opportunity for a quick session before the meeting starts.

Cheers

Sarah

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