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Edwina Hayes plus support from LOTI and The Mockingbirds 19th Nov

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

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.

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

Guest Blog – Review of Wizz Jones 13th March

Tom’s written this review for us – If you’d like to join him in being one of our guest bloggers, please send ideas / copy to info@barnsleyfolk.org.uk

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

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/

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

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.

Cheers

Sarah