Snake Davis returns to his roots for Sax Sunday

Sax virtuoso Snake Davis returns to his roots for the next two Sax Sundays at Ropery Hall as he invites on stage two musicians who have both collaborated  with him on his musical journey.

On Sunday, May 7, Snake is joined by Chris Parkinson, one of his favourite collaborators.

“Chris is an incredibly gifted multi-instrumentalist, piano, guitar, concertina, melodeon, piano accordion,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

“Whitby based musician provides those melodic extras to tunes, helping to give them that magical touch and if you’ve ever watched Billy Connolly`s  World Tour Of England, Ireland and Wales and listened to the theme tune, you’ll have heard his work,” Liz continued.

“Known more for his work in the folk world but equally at home and adept with jazz world and soul, his credits include Ralph McTell, Billy Connelly, Martin Carthy & Norma Waterson, Mike Harding, Steve Tilston, Martin Simpson, Steve Phillips.

“Legendary in folk music circles he also performs blues, rock ’n’ roll and even a bit of jazz and is hugely knowledgeable about his craft.  He can  also tell a good yarn and  you’ll catch his dry sense of humour too.”

This show will certainly include English Scottish and Irish traditional tunes, Tex-Mex, Cajun, jazz and a bit of Bob Dylan with Snake  on flutes, saxes, whistles and vocals.

The following month, on Sunday, June 4, Snake is joined by John Thirkell , one of Britain’s top trumpet and flugelhorn players.

Since the 1980s, he has played on literally hundreds of pop, rock, and jazz recordings and has also appeared on 22 No. One records. He was on at least one album in the UK charts continuously, without a break, for more than 13 years and in 2009 he had two consecutive UK No.One singles with Pixie Lott.

After leaving school at 16 John worked in a coal mine before heading off to university,  then to Leeds College of Music where he and Snake met. They have played together as often as possible ever since.

The performances on each evening start at 7.30pm and tickets cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door.  They can be bought online at, in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380

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