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
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.
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.
“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.
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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
Thanks to Scott Heald (aka Doonican) we are now able to sell advance tickets for guest nights. Just go to www.ticketsource.co.uk/barnsleyfolkclub to book tickets.
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/
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 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