Guest artists booked for 2012

All events start at 8.00pm

16 January Bernard Wrigley
Bernard, The Bolton Bullfrog, will be entertaining us with great songs, comedy stories, skillful concertina and guitar playing. From starting in folk clubs, and then writing & performing at the Octagon theatre in Bolton, Bernard's career has alway combined singing and acting. From TV programmes and films such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Phoenix Nights, Dinner Ladies, Alan Bennett films, Brassed Off, My Son The Fanatic & Coogan's Run, to the many radio plays and programmes he's presented or guested upon, there has throughout been a steady stream of LPs and CDs - fifteen to date, the early ones all now remastered to CD.


There's a recent book (2008) of daft one verse poems The Longs & The Shorts Of It, to complement the first book Shorts For All Occasions, released in 2006.

He loves the varied nature of it all, such as one week reading a series of very silly customs on the Mark & Lard show on BBC Radio One, then being a prisoner in a tv advert for Walls' Sausages, being murdered on TV in Harbour Lights and later going to Norway for a commercial.


17 February Pilgrims' Way

Refreshingly different, reassuringly traditional, Pilgrims' Way are a 3-piece band with a big personality and big sound. Playing their own particular brand of Folk music, they were brought together by a series of chance meetings at sessions around the North West of England, bonding over red hair and a shared love of traditional music, they have been shaking up assorted kitchens, public houses and folk venues ever since.


Their influences individually are many and varied but they share a deep respect for the tradition and take as their inspiration some of the most influential bands from the 60s/70s revival.

Named for the Rudyard Kipling poem, set to music by the great Peter Bellamy, their aim is to present gimmick-free English folk of the finest kind. The band are Edwin Beasant, (melodeons, guitar, bass), Lucy Wright, (vocals, jews harp, second fiddle) and Tom Kitching,(fiddle, mandolin, reluctant vocals)..


16 March Dave Townsend and Phil Humphries - "The Lost Chord"

20 April The Askew Sisters

Emily and Hazel Askew are a young duo making waves on the folk scene with their energetic brand of English folk music. Using fiddle and melodeon, they play and sing with an infectious enjoyment and love for the music, winning them fans wherever they go.
From rhythmic foot stomping tunes to powerful interpretations of songs and ballads, their playing always guarantees to engage and inspire those who hear. They've spent the last few years playing at venues across the country, from top festivals and folk clubs to London's National Theatre and National Portrait Gallery. 2010 saw the release of their second album Through Lonesome Woods to much critical acclaim and Hazel recently won Best Female Singer at the 2011 Spiral Earth Awards.

18 May The Young'uns

This is their second visit to the club.
With bags of charm, talent, and an abiding enthusiasm for traditional song, The Young'uns are making a big impact on the UK folk scene. Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes bring freshness and dynamism to their arrangements of close harmony songs, both with and without accompaniment. Everything from traditional sea and working songs to more recent compositions is present in their repertoire, and is delivered with originality and flair. Their natural rapport makes them an ideal choice for festivals, venues and clubs: they are effortlessly entertaining, with an irreverent sense of humour that always engages the audience.
2011 has been a great year for The Young'uns. In the spring, they recorded a song for The Itch of the Golden Nit (Aardman Animations), a film conceived entirely by children, whose all-star cast also included David Tennant, Catherine Tate, David Walliams and Vic Reeves. They have played to enthusiastic festival crowds at Shrewsbury, Shepley, Warwick, Whitby, Priddy, Balerno (Edinburgh), Sedgefield and Southwell. They were "The Shantymen" in the critically acclaimed new production of Peter Bellamy's The Transports at Sidmouth FolkWeek, directed by The SouthBank Centre's Jude Kelly. They have also been in demand at song festivals in Europe, played Festival Maritim in Germany and Bie Daip in the Netherlands.
The Young'uns have been signed to Navigator Records, and their first album for the label will be recorded in 2012.

15 June Mark Dowding and Sid Calderbank
From the Lancashire Society come two expert entertainers.
With a repertoire that takes in the serious, the sentimental and a the silly, you'll laugh and you'll learn with these two masters of stories, poetry and song.
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20 July Barbara and Peter Snape

This popular duo from the north west of England have become noted for their well crafted arrangements of traditional songs, including songs that recapture the atmosphere of the Lancashire music hall. It has been said that they embody an uncluttered, more organic attitude to their music - the very spirit of real folk.
Barbara has exactly the right sort of voice for folksong with many years of solid experience and love of singing on her personal CV. Originally from Birkenhead, she was a young observer of the many singers that performed at the Spinners Folk Club in Liverpool during that legendary period of the 'revival' were she was lucky enough to see Tom Anderson and Aly Bain, Ewan McColl and Pete Seeger and The Copper Family to mention a few. Inspired and excited, she later became involved in the Liverpool Trad. Club, where, as a teenager, she began singing herself, both solo and in various duos and groups.
In 1981 she joined 'Bright Phoebus', an exciting and innovative acepalla/gospel group, who, under the guidance of Peter Bellamy produced a wonderful sound. Successful and exhilarating, it was unfortunate that the group disbanded after only four years due to the ill-health of one of its members. In 1985 she worked with Pete Coe on 'It's a Mean Old Scene', providing accompanying vocals on three of the eight songs on that well received LP. (Two of these songs - Wait 'til the Clouds Roll By and Rolling Down the Ryburn were included on Pete's retrospective CD 'Previous' in 2007).
Following a move from the Wirral to live and work in East Lancashire, it became increasingly difficult to sustain the same level of commitment to singing and the lack of regular contact with both the singers and the clubs she had come to know so well was sorely missed. may be able to take the person out of the song, but you cannot take the song out of the person, and in the year 2000 she started to attend a local folk club where in 2004, she met Peter.
Peter's interest in folk music developed through attending the same public house as the Garstang Morris Dancers, where an evening of English Country music was a weekly event. Eventually, and perhaps inevitably, he purchased a melodeon, joined the team and has been playing melodeon ever since! Garstang was a creative force with strong visual impact and strict tempo - a useful background.
With a broad repertoire, time spent with TheSnapes is varied, interesting and enjoyable. Barbara sings in a lovely direct way with a flexibility to adapt to whatever is required of a song, whilst Peter provides melodeon accompaniment that intuitively enhances the character and subtle nuances of both song and singer. The use of guitar and concertina on selected songs brings an added dimension to their music and is in keeping with a careful and crafted approach for which they are noted for.

21 September The Crucible Trio

Crucible Trio are Jess and Richard Arrowsmith and Gavin Davenport. Outstanding performers of English traditional music, Crucible combine formidable a cappella harmony vocal talents with all-round instrumental skills on fiddle, melodeon, guitar and cittern. Their music blends the deepest roots of their native tradition with a fresh and contemporary edge to produce emotive performances sparking with raw energy.
"Plenty of light and shade, good taste, expertise and clued in performance - an example to anyone and everyone - young and old - who wishes to get involved in the interpretation of traditional English music and keep it real and keep it cool! Their combined instrumental and singing skills are nothing short of stunning."
-English Dance and Song

19 October Chris Sherburn and Danny Bartle
These two lads are fantastic fun, with the sublime guitar and vocals of Denny and the brilliant concertina and banter of Chris they make for a great night out. Known for their soul stirring songs, exhilarating tunes and a love of the craic, no two concerts are ever the same

16 November The Wilsons
The wonderful Wilsons from Teeside who produce a rich wall of accapella sound with their magnificent harmony singing and great humour with their banter between songs -

For tickets, please phone 01204 852217