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.
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
Our guest at Barnsley Folk Club on Wednesday 8th November at the Trades Racecommon Road Barnsley is our old friend Billy Kemp who is now doing his first solo tour of the UK.
From the Land of Pleasant Living, Baltimore native Billy Kemp is a musician, songwriter, singer, composer and producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist but is best known for his tasteful and inventive guitar playing.
From 2005 through 2016 Billy was half of the Appalachian Folk duo Jeni and Billy, who toured extensively in the US, Canada and the U.K. and released seven CDs and were regular and highly popular guests at Barnsley Folk Club for the last seven years.
Billy has released a new solo CD this summer. His concert will include songs from his new CD, as well as audience favourites from the Jeni & Billy repertoire and selections from a rich and extensive back-catalogue.
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!
“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.
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.
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.
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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.