Internationally renowned blues ragtime and jazz guitar vituoso Woody Mann comes to the Old School House Venue Barnsley on 17th June. For just £8 you really can see a genuinely world class performer. In Sheffield they are paying £13 plus. God knows what they pay in London. Also if you havent been to a cabaret style performance at the Old School House Venue you have truly missed something its a complete gem with the best soundman and sound system around. Dont miss this one, space is limited
Our next gig at the Old School House is on 25th March at the Old School House and our headline band is the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band (http://www.jonpalmeracousticband.com). They are supported by Shiznitz (shiznitz.org) a five piece (usually) band from the far east (Hull),and the Ale Mary’s the latest venture of our old friend Gerry McNeice.
This will be a fantastic lively gig and definitely not to be missed. Set in the coolest cabaret setting of the Old School House Venue its possibly the best 7 quid you’ll ever spend.
See you there
After our wonderful and well attended Old School House gig with Gilmore and Roberts, Beggars Bridge and The Zoe Bottomley Experience, we are pleased to announce and invite you to our next Wednesday night gig at the Trades Club Barnsley on the 7th February. Our guest that night is Scott Wainwright making his first appearance at the club. Support will come from me Dave Bottomley performing some numbers from my new solo acoustic blues set. A limited number of floor spots are also available.
Yorkshire based musician and performing artist Scott Wainwright has been a regular feature on his local music scene for the last ten years, offering audiences an energetic and eclectic take on blues, folk and gospel music.
He has released numerous albums; EP’s and singles over the years, which have ranged in style from ‘Electric Blues and Hip Hop’ fusions (Every Man Has His Critics) to solo instrumental guitar workouts (What We Cannot Hold). In between these releases there have been regular bouts of ‘Lo-Fi’ folk (All That Glitters is Not Gold) and the odd dabbling as a singer songwriter (Whisper’s from a Kind River), but for now, our hero seems to have settled on acoustic blues (Bric A Brac Blues) and the more experimental style country blues of his latest offering ‘Strangers Here’.
All of his albums evoke a wide range of emotions and feelings from his listeners, as he tackles subjects such as love, life, death, loss, hope and the possibility of being ‘wrong’ about everything.
Scott plays extensive shows all over the place, both as a solo performer and as part of various duos and bands. Solo performances see Scott using Voice, Guitar, Harmonica, Foot Stomps and occasional Banjo to entertain and bewilder his audiences. Every performance comes with and element of homespun humor.
Look forward to seeing you there. Please come and support live music in Barnsley. If people don’t turn out we will lose it. (Sorry for the glum note but it is true).
All the best
Dave Bottomley on behalf of
Barnsley Folk Club
After the wonderful Edwina Hayes gig back in November, Barnsley Folk and Acoustic Night are pleased to announce that the next Old School House gig is Gilmore and Roberts on Sunday 21st January at 5pm.
Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts are a Barnsley based folk duo who combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.
In 2016, the duo marked a decade of performing together with their first live album, released ten years to the day since their first EP launch. Limited to one thousand hand-numbered copies and recorded on the duo’s 2016 spring tour, In Our History – LIVE is available exclusively at shows and from gilmoreroberts.co.uk/shop.
Katriona Gilmore grew up in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, learned violin at school and started playing local folk clubs with her guitarist father at the age of 14. She joined folk pop sensations Tiny Tin Lady in 2006, and in 2011 was invited to be part of a new lineup of The Albion Band. Katriona has featured on many acclaimed albums as a session musician and has appeared onstage with such diverse acts as The Troggs, Kim Richey and Matt Berry.
Jamie Roberts was brought up in Barnsle in a musical family – his sister Kathryn Roberts is a well-respected singer on the UK folk scene. Jamie joined young English traditionalists Kerfuffle in 2007 and more recently formed The Dovetail Trio with Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn. Alongside his regular projects, he has performed with Nancy Kerr’s Sweet Visitor Band and Blackbeard’s Tea Party amongst others.
Tickets are on sale online via www.ticketsource.co.uk/barnsleyfolkclub or on the door priced at £7.
Sunday 19th November sees the long awaited return of Edwina Hayes to Barnsley Folk Club where she is one of our most popular guests.
Edwina’s beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She is an artist at the very top of the English folk an acoustic music and she has opened numerous shows for star performers such as Jools Holland and Van Morrison and has performed her own gigs on stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. The title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her ‘the sweetest voice in England’.
Edwina has toured with or supported Jools Holland, Van Morrison and Nanci Griffith, Loudon Wainwright, Roger McGuinn and KT Tunstall. Dividing her time between the UK and America, Edwina’s second home is Nashville where she is much loved as a songwriter and artist.
Edwina has an eclectic range of influences from Bob Dylan and Carole King to Van Morrison and Gillian Welch.
Support comes from The Mockingbirds Americana duo from Haworth and environs, and from the Last of the Independents, an acoustic Rory Gallagher tribute from Barnsleys very own Scott Doonican and Richard Kitson.
The Old School House Venue, Barnsley, 5pm – 8pm, doors 4.30 Tickets £7 from Ticketsource
“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
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:
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.
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
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Wizz Jones Gig
Barnsley Folk Club, for its first concert at “The Old School House”, scored a winner. The place is welcoming (once you can find the entrance) and the room was pleasantly set out in cabaret style. The event was sold out and extra chairs were hastily found and added to fit in 50 people. There were enjoyable support acts by Zoe and Dave Bottomley, and Richard Kitson that complemented the main event. Though I wish performers wouldn’t apologise for lack of rehearsal. Marcus did a great job with the sound and lighting.
Somehow in 45 years of folk clubs I have managed not to hear Wizz Jones play. I enjoyed every moment of his being on stage, even the frequent changes of guitar tuning and the PA adjustments. He was just being himself, frank, funny and supremely talented. Some people have such mastery of their instrument that they make it look easy. Not so Wizz, whose left arm seems to wrestle with the guitar whilst with the right he hews notes out of the air. Stooping over the strings he manipulates the neck to shape the notes, so that I wonder how long the battered Epiphone will stay in one piece. There is a bluesy inflection to most of his music. Starting with Henry Hipkens’ “That’s how I learned to sing the blues” and ending with his own ‘hit’ “Leaving Berlin” he kept a respectful audience, including some local legends, spellbound with his playing and singing. Each song felt like a gift that had matured over the years into a rare treasure.
I look forward to more gigs of this calibre at the Old School House although if word gets out that the music is this good, the club might need more seats.
Dr Tom Heyes
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/