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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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Newsletter 21st Oct

The Rolling Down Hills rounded off a busy few weeks for us with an excellent couple of sets on Monday.  Thanks to everyone that tuned out. They are local so no doubt will be playing again (or knitting!) somewhere in Barnsley soon – keep an eye out.

The next couple of weeks will be quiet (I recomment that you get in touch first if you are thinking of coming, just to make sure there’ll be someone there!) and our next featured act will be Paul Pearson and Chris Treebeard from Sheffield on 7th Nov.  The next guest will be Jed Grimes on 12th Dec.

Sometime in the next few weeks we’ll have a chat about where the club is going – I’ll keep you posted.  If you have any feedback you’d like to contribute, please email us on info ‘at’ barnsleyfolk.org.uk

Cheers

Sarah

3rd Oct – WSO with Dave Burland, Richard Kitson+Scott Doonican + More raising money for Barnsley’s foodbanks

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Thanks to Rebecca and Ken aka Hungrytown for an excellent nights entertainment on Monday – If you missed them you can still catch them in the UK see – http://hungrytown.net/concerts/

Next Monday is part of Barnsley’s We Shall Overcome week of events to raise money for Barnsley’s Food Banks and Barnsley Churches Drop-in centre.

All artists are donating their time for free and include – Dave Burland, Richard Kitson and Scott Doonican, The Hurriers, Devils Water and String Theory.
To make the night a bit special, we have asked the acts to do something they wouldn’t normally do, so Richard and Scott are making a very rare appearance as The Last of the Independents – acoustic Rory Gallagher Blues covers, The Hurriers are performing unplugged, String Theory is now a 6-piece with Mick Roberts on Bass, Andy Munro on guitar and occasional 4th Member Zoe Bottomely on backing vocals. Editor of Stirrings Magazine, Raymond Greenoaken is bringing his Duo, Devils Water. Dave Burland argues that he is different anyway, and knowing that he usually throws in a rock and roll cover or two, we can’t argue with that!

We’ve booked the concert room at the trades so there is plenty of room – please come and show your support – we’re suggesting £5 into the collection, but every penny counts. (note there will be no floor spots on this occasion)

Further ahead we have the Rubber Wellies, one of Mike Harding’s favourite bands on 10th Oct and The Rolling Down Hills on 17th.

Autumn 2016

Well, what with it being the equinox tomorrow it seems like a good time to let you know the what we’ve got coming up – below are all the acts we have booked.

Hungrytown come recommended by club favourites Jeni and Billy – you can here them here http://hungrytown.net/
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Monday 3rd oct we have the concert room booked for our part od the We Shall Overcome Weekend – a town wide and national event raising monet for our local foodbanks and the Barnsley Churches Drop-in Project.


We have a really special night lined up for you  – local folk legend Dave Burland, a (very) rare appearance of Richard Kitson and Scott Doonican as The Last of The Independents (acoustic Rory Gallagher covers), socialist punk band The Hurriers (Acoustic) http://thehurriers.co.uk/, Devils Water http://devilswater.co.uk/about.htm  (Richard Ridley and Raymond Greenoaken) and the largest line up ever of String Theory – the usual suspects plus Mick Roberts on Bass, Andy Munro on Guitar and Zoe Bottomley on backing vocals.  We’ve got the concert room booked for this one so you’ll be sure to get a seat.

Summer 2016

Well, it was kind of good in a way that the football was on on Monday as it meant we could used the upstairs room for Edwina Hayes, which has a bigger capacity than the lounge, and we needed it!  Thanks to Edwina and Dom, and especially the floor singers, Dave Bottomley for MCing and Linda for doing the collection.

Well, that wraps it up for guest nights for now until September.  We’re not closing for the summer, but summer nights can be unpredictable, sometimes it’s packed, sometimes no-one turns up at all, so it’s best to phone/ message ahead before making a special trip out;

9pm onwards is Singers and Musicians. Linda will be there most weeks from 9ish, again it is best to phone ahead just in case – email us on info@barnsleyfolk.org.uk for Linda’s number.

8-9 is still set aside for the slow trad music session – text me on 07826 791 045 if you are thinking of attending. Note that there is every chance no-one will be there if you don’t.

Hope you have a good summer, and see you in September, we’ll have the AGM sometime in the autumn too – I let you know once the commitee have decided on a date.

Best wishes,
Sarah
Barnsley Folk Club

Kimber’s Men 1st Feb

Our next full guest night is Kimber’s Men on 1st Feb (NOT 22nd as listed in some publications)

Kimber’s Men sing sea shanties and sea songs from around Europe in close harmony acapella and with several instruments – guitars,banjo,bandolin,whistles and even bagpipes!

The evening starts with a short celtic-style music session, beginners welcome and then spots from regular performers. Kimbers Men will perform 2 x 45 min sets.

http://www.kimbersmen.co.uk/

£5 suggested donation

Barnsley Folk and Acoustic Night – confirmed Guests for 2016

Here are our guests up to Oct for 2016 (I’ll add to FB, Reverbnation and the listings on this website when I get the chance)

Don’t forget we are at the trades every Monday night apart from bank holidays – music session 8-9pm, then singers and musicians until closing, all welcome to perform.  Featured artist nights (45 min set) take a similar format with plenty of floor spots available.

11th January Richard Kitson (45 min to 1hr)
1st February Kimbers Men (Full Guest – 2 x 45 min sets)
22/02/16 Dr Butlers Hatstand Medicine Band featuring Dominic Dudhill (Full Guest)
21/03/16 Dave Burland (Full Guest)
18/04/16 Leon ODoherty (45 min set)
16/05/16 Jeni and Billy (Full Guest)
07/06/16 TBC (45 min set)
27/06/16 Edwina Hayes (Full Guest)
26/09/16 Hungrytown (Full Guest)
03/10/16 We Shall Overcome Night (our bit to raise money for Barnsley’s Food Banks)

Dec News

Christmas Party is Mon 21st – Free Buffet and Longsword team coming

It was decided between people at the club on Monday that there would be no club on Mon 28th (which is a Bank Holiday)

We return on Mon 4th, Next featured artist is RIchard Kitson, doing a set for us on the 11th Jan

I’ll update you on the new bookings for 2016 sometime over the break.

Happy Christmas!

Sarah

LIVE IN BARNSLEY 20th June 2015, Jeni and Billy 4th May

Been Excited about this for weeks but if you missed it in last week’s Chronicle, here is the full Press Release, we’re helping out at LIVE in Barnsley this year – at (Igloo above Chambers).  There will be a special festival beer available too!

Don’t forget Jeni and Billy on 4th May (this is May Day bank holiday and will be upstairs, as long as the pool team aren’t still angry with us for moving the pool table last time)

Hope to see you soon,

Sarah
Barnsley Folk Club

LIVE in Barnsley, the town’s first metropolitan free music festival sponsored by Fenton and Fenton Roofing Specialists, is now in to its third year and is set to take place again this summer on Saturday 20th June.  This year there are 14 venues and over 120 bands taking part.
Barnsley Folk and Acoustic Night aka Barnsley Folk Club was founded back in 1962 and runs every Monday night at the Trades Club on Racecommon Rd from 8pm. Like an acoustic version of Open Mic, everyone is invited to perform a song or two, whether it’s Traditional, 60’s or Contemporary Folk, Acoustic Music.  A Celtic-style traditional musician session also runs at the start of the evening.  Every few weeks there is a gig night with a national or international folk act.
“We are so excited to be involved with Live in Barnsley this year” said club co-organiser Sarah Greenwood   “it’s a great opportunity for us to showcase some local folk acts and to find out what else is going on in town acoustic music-wise.”
Sarah, Dave Bottomley and John Platt, are String Theory, the folk club house band, and describe themselves as “British and American Folk served with Yorkshire Relish”.  String Theory all hail from Barnsley, three friends who originally met at their local folk club.  Their act is the culmination of a series of epic jam sessions held at pubs and folk festivals across Yorkshire over the last few years.  They sing old songs – story songs about tragedies, heroes, events or ways of life that are in danger of being forgotten, yet ultimately they consider themselves a good-time band, their enthusiasm for the music coming through in their performances.
Richard Kitson, Folk/Blues singer-songwriter and guitarist from Birdwell.  From his first eponymous album release in 2003 Richard’s sound has matured and developed along with a career supporting some of the biggest names in folk and blues around the UK. He has regularly supported well-respected artists from across the globe such as Michael Marra, Otis Gibbs, Boo Hewerdine, John Tamms, Wizz Jones and Peggy Seeger.  Richard has gigged from London to Edinburgh; famous blues clubs to music cafes and while he’s shared bigger stages at city concert venues he often prefers the intimacy and opportunity to connect with the audience through carefully orchestrated performances at smaller venues.  His latest album, ‘Hermit Hill’, is out now and is already lined up to play Otley Folk Festival and Willowman Festival this summer.
Kirsty White is an 18 years old singer songwriter from Leeds and plays electric acoustic guitar.  Kirsty has made a name for herself since winning the Leeds Breeze Has Talent Competition in 2013 and has since performed at the switching on of the Leeds Christmas lights to a crowd of nearly 30.000 people, Leeds City Varieties, The Grand Départ Spectator Hub in Leeds, Live At Leeds Festival fringe, Long Division Festival, Leeds Child Stars Award and the Breeze Arts Festival 2014.  This will be Kirsty’s second appearance at LIVE in Barnsley and told us she is already looking forward to returning after receiving a great reception last year.

Casey Hall is 17 years old and a student at Barnsley College. Casey told us, “On my 13th birthday my Dad bought me a CD. Up to this point I had NEVER been interested in music, unless you call being forced to play the recorder in primary an interest.  The CD was ‘Taylor Swift – Fearless’ and from that day in June 2009 the CD was on constant repeat.  The first time I ever performed was in a small, closed music room in front of my BTEC music group of around 20 people. It doesn’t seem many, but when you’re on your own at the front with a microphone and an acoustic guitar, it’s scary. I sang Katy Perry – Teenage Dream.”

Paul Pearson and Chris Treebeard, have put together something special just for LIVE in Barnsley and Sarah Greenwood describes them as “Just…..Awesome, from Sheffield”.  Chris is known more for being in the folk rock band, Treebeard.  He cites his musical influences as The Levellers, Waterboys and Fairport Convention.  Paul Pearson is affectionately known as the ‘Steel Town Troubadour’, also from Sheffield, he specializes in taking songs from excellent but obscure songwriters and turning them into PP Originals. If you’ve witnessed Paul’s natural, controlled aggression and sheer passion, you’ll know it’s an explosive combination. Not to be missed.
The Rolling Down Hills are alternative/acoustic duo made up of two friends from Barnsley.  Singer Lewis Ryan and guitarist Simon Moore starting playing music together in the early 1990’s, with influences of 1990s grunge and rock bands, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Silver Chair, Bush, Alice in Chains, Sound Garden etc. Whilst studying at college Ryan and Simon wrote various songs together as The Sea Monkeys never really performing Live other than a few gigs for charity.  In late 2011 Simon called Ryan to ask for help when his singer pulled out of a gig at the last minute.  After making an impromptu set of their old songs they played their first gig in over 15 years at the Dove and Rainbow in Sheffield.  A few years on and The Rolling Down Hills are gigging regularly across South Yorkshire and an EP of new material is currently being recorded.
Zoe Bottomley, well regarded folk singer influenced by Kate Rusby, Kathryn Roberts etc.  Zoe is originally from Barnsley, but now runs a folk night in Hull.
Avishek Choudhury is a solo performer, originally from Blackpool, but now living in Barnsley.  Avishek is also well know on the local music scene as a photographer and videographer, having worked with many local bands. He includes among his influences the likes of James Blunt, Coldplay, The Script and Dido.
Toby Burton is a 16 year old singer-songwriter from Sheffield, who spends most of his time working on his music, and is in the production of his debut EP, which he hopes to release in 2015. He started off on Youtube like many other singers and a chain of gigs at places such as The Plug and 02 Academy has kick-started his career in the local area. He performs a wide range of cover songs, but also performs original songs, and hopes to carry on writing in the future.

VIDEO LINKS
String Theory                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujvd6vzM4A0
Richard Kitson                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PgiUvQ77uc
Kirsty White                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUasmbXXazs
Casey Hall                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh8hw-4Sbws
Avishek Choudhury        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzOlYwU2iqI
Toby Burton                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dprQBy_YDNc
The Rolling Down Hills    https://soundcloud.com/therollingdownhills/take-it-as-it-rolls

LINKS
LIVE in Barnsley on Twitter https://twitter.com/LIVEinbarnsley
LIVE in Barnsley website http://www.liveinbarnsley.co.uk