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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.

£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!


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,

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.

String Theory        
Richard Kitson       
Kirsty White           
Casey Hall             
Avishek Choudhury
Toby Burton          
The Rolling Down Hills

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Featured Artist this Monday – Sue McFarlane

This Monday (2nd March) –

Sue MacFarlane is, and always has been, a singer of songs. When asked how long she has been singing, she says that she can’t ever remember a time when she didn’t sing. She sang at home, at school, in Sunday School, in the church choir, and was singing in pubs and folk clubs by the time she was twelve. Sue worked an apprenticeship singing in northern Working Men’s clubs, and further afield. As a professional musician, she has worked on cruise ships, in theme parks, in restaurants and music bars in places such as Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Spain & Dubai. After a break, Sue is back now working as a professional singer and, last year, won the Hiring Fair at Cleckheaton Festival. Sue is also a Natural Voice Practitioner, and runs singing groups and workshops where she helps others find their natural voice and enjoy using it for singing. 30 min set so plently of open spots.

Damien Barber and Mike Wilson Monday 16th Feb

We have Damien Barber and Mike Wilson at the Trades on Monday 16th (see here).  Suggested contribution into the collection is just £5.  This is a real bargain, other clubs on their current tour are charging as much as a tenner.

Publicity leaflets have been professionally designed, will be printed soon, and hopefully be available by the 16th.  If you want us to continue to book artists of this calibre and still charge only a nominal entrance, then PLEASE HELP us with the distribution.  A total of ‘none’ replied to our last appeal to help with publicity (although the usual kind people shared/liked on facebook).  The club is run by a small core of people who book/ publicise/ mc and we can always do with some help with the workload.



2015 Guests and Help Needed!

Hope you had a good Christmas and New Year.

Once again, Dave Bottomley has done a sterling job and booked us a cracking line up for this year (see here).

This is the thing – We’ve got off to an amazing start this year publicity-wise, the Chronicle published and excellent piece on us in the supplement in the Christmas Edition which was great coverage, but we need to keep pushing with the publicity so we can keep booking high quality acts.

This is how you can help –

1) We’re investing in some flyers (and maybe posters) for this year – when they are ready, please consider taking a handful and putting them somewhere relevant (music shops, libraries, other folk clubs, music pubs etc etc) – let us know if you can help.

2) Social media – facebook are making it harder and harder to publicise events without us being charged – I create a facebook event for evey guest we put on. If you’re on fb check out our page and please feel free to invite friends you think might be interested to our events. Every ‘like’, ‘share’ or comment helps posts to get seen by more people.

3) Facebook group – we’ve created a fb group for everyone to post info about Barnsley related folk/acoustic gigs. Its only a few weeks old but we have over 75 members already and it is quite active. If you’re arranging something or, I dunno, have an instrument to sell etc, post away….

Non-publicity wise, we could always do with people to mc – if you’re interested, email us  and I’ll pass it on.

Next gig is Fake Thackray this coming Monday.

See you soon,


Barnsley Folk Club

News – Sept 2014

This Monday (29th Sept) we have the rather excellent Roger Wilson at the Folk Club (at the request of Mr Dave Burland, so maybe he’ll be there too?)  He is an excellent fiddle-singer (check out youtube for his version of Hey Joe) and is a clear influence on Eliza Carthy – she has recorded his ‘Zycanthos Jig’   He is also the writer of one of my favourite songs ‘Pay Day’ often sung by Mark Ross from Bo Weavil (can’t remember if they use it in the BW set).  This will be a real treat – miss it at your peril!

OK, so we had the AGM last night.  Nothing unusual to report, only that, again, we need as much help as possible with publicity – if you use facebook / twitter, please like / retweet/ accept invitations / invite people to our events (thanks Steve Cooper from Crookes Folk for doing that already!) as often as you can or simply forward on this post to folk you think might be interested.  In terms of physical publicity, we could do with some help with that too – whether it’s professional quality graphic design, printing and distributing posters and leaflets (there might be a budget for that) or just word processing posters and sticking one up in your post office anything is welcome.

See you soon,

Barnsley Folk Club / Folk and Acoustic Night

Who do you want us to book for 2015?

We’re getting more and more organised with our bookings so this is a bit earlier than normal.  2015 is rapidly filling up already (some great acts – check 2015 Listings ), and we take pride in listening to you to find out who you want to see at the Trades.
Shouldn’t think Dave will do anything about your suggestions until the end of the Holidays, so you’ve got until Sept to contact us.

This really is me over and out now for the summer.

Sarah x

ps –  you might be interested in this – an acoustic all dayer at the Polish in aid of two excellent causes – Creative Recovery and Enrich.  Great line up (apart from that blummin String Theory, they get everywhere them…)  there’s another indie/rock one too two weeks before on the 7th