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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

Billy Kemp Trades 8th Nov

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 Weds 20th Sept

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!

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.

Jeni Hankins, Barnsley Folk and Acoustic Night – WEDS 21st June 2017

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.

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

WIN Entry to Wizz Jones 13th March – Survey to Determine Future of the Club

Just to let you know we are still here and our next Gig is Wizz Jones on the 13th March at the Old School House (ex Polish Club) up near the Hospital.

More details here https://www.facebook.com/events/1847875558798784/

Tom Heyes, new committee member, has devised a survey for as many people as possible to complete – as an incentive we are enterering everyone that fills in the survey in Feb a chance to win 2 guest list places to Wizz Jones.  Here’s a bit more form Tom:

“Barnsley Folk club is ready for change. We’re looking for a more user friendly venue. And we want to find out what YOU want from your local folk and acoustic music club. Who would you like to hear? Do you want to improve your playing or learn some new songs? Or have you got some completely fresh ideas? As a reward for participating in our survey, we are offering a draw for the prize of two free guest list places to Wizz Jones in March. Everyone who completes the survey and provides contact details before the end of February will be entered. Even more importantly, it gives you a chance to shape what we do for the next few years.
Just click on the link to start the survey: Why not do it now, it only takes a few minutes and could be life-changing!?”

This is your chance to protest the demise of the slow session / a better venue / better beer etc etc etc. you can fill it in here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7628BLD

Hope you see you soon,

Sarah (temporarily back doing the email until Colin has learnt the ropes)
Barnsley Folk Club