Two ladies of folk come to Ropery Hall

Two ladies of folk are appearing at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall in quick succession.

First up is Josie Duncan, a folk singer and songwriter from the Outer Hebrides, appearing at the Maltkiln Road venue as part of the monthly Folk Nights.

Steeped in Gaelic tradition from a young age and now deeply immersed in the vibrant Glasgow music scene, she has performed all over Europe to rapt audiences since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

“Josie was awarded BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Award in 2017 alongside guitarist Pablo Lafuente. Since then she has appeared on main stages of festivals all over the country,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk. “Her singing effortlessly bridges the gap between Scotland’s traditional music and the adventurous tastes of its young inhabitants.”

Her solo show encompasses all her influences and distils them into a captivating mixture of loops, ethereal airs, original songs and intimate accompaniment. Unburdened by genre, this spellbinding set is guaranteed to leave audiences rapt.

Last year Rowan appeared at Ropery Hall in the hugely successful touring folk opera “Rouse Ye Women”, written by folk musician, John Kirkpatrick and playwright, Neil Gore, former Oysterband and Levellers collaborator. Now she returns with the Rowan Godel Trio featuring multi instrumentalists, Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead, Faustus, The Transports) and Tim Cotterell (Martha Tilston, Nick Burbridge).

Singer-songwriter Rowan appears just days before the release of her long-awaited debut album, Where The Wild Horses Roam, on March 16. Known for working with traditional song, and creating her own fresh and unique sound she has recorded and toured with a number of highly regarded artists on the UK folk scene, such as folk rock legends the Levellers and Oysterband.

Josie will be on stage on Saturday, February 29, with the Rowan Godel Trio appearing on Friday, March 13. Full details, including ticket prices, can be found at www.roperyhall.co.uk

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Justin Moorhouse & Shappi Khorsandi

Your Place Comedy presents:
Justin Moorhouse & Shappi Khorsandi: Live From Their Living Rooms

Star of Phoenix Nights and BBC TV and radio regular, Justin Moorhouse, joins I’m A Celebrity… contestant and frequent prime time panel show guest, Shappi Khorsandi, for another FREE live streamed show hosted by resident Your Place Comedy compere, Tim FitzHigham.

Justin has appeared on BBC2’s Live At The Apollo and is a familiar voice on talkSPORT and BBC 5Live’s Fighting Talk. He is a Celebrity Mastermind winner (specialist subject: Les Dawson), Radio 4 News Quiz regular and is one of only a handful of actors to have played two different characters in Coronation Street. He has written and starred in his own Radio 4 sitcom, Everyone Quite Likes Justin, and performed in front of 200,000 people across a 15 date live reunion of Phoenix Nights at the Manchester Arena in aid of Comic Relief, reprising his much loved role of Young Kenny. Shappi has appeared on countless television and radio shows including BBC1’s Have I Got News For You, BBC2’s Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo and QI and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, as well as Radio 4’s Loose Ends, You And Yours, Midweek, Just A Minute, The Now Show, The News Quiz and many more. She is an acclaimed author and James Joyce Award recipient, has featured multiple times as a BBC1 Question Time panellist and was a contestant on ITV’s flagship reality show, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

Hosted by Tim FitzHigham (writer and star of BBC Radio 4’s The Gambler, presenter of CBBC’s Super Human Challenge and Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee), this is the fifth live streamed show from a group of small, independent theatres and arts centres in northern England, supporting performers and continuing to bring live entertainment to their audiences while venues remain closed.

The event is FREE to watch but there will be an option to donate if you have enjoyed the broadcast, with all money raised being distributed equally among the participating venues (including this one!). Social distancing regulations continue to make financially viable shows all but impossible to organise, and many small venues are fighting to stay afloat. Any support you are able to give really does make a difference.

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While and Matthews Virtual Tour 2020

Recognising the need to adapt to the crippling restrictions imposed on live concerts, Chris While and Julie Matthews, along with the skill and expertise of their soundman Richard Harrison, have raised the bar on live streaming concert quality performances.

They are bringing their tour to your living room where you can watch along with your regular concert goers and share a unique performance exclusive to your chosen ‘venue’.

The concert will be performed in two halves with showtime from 7.30 to 9.30 which will include a short interval in the middle.

Each ticket purchased will buy you a private YouTube link to the live performance which you will receive the day before the concert. Tickets are offered on an ‘honesty’ basis so we kindly ask that if more than one family member is watching the concert on the same device that you buy tickets accordingly, one for each person, as you would if you were attending a concert together. Each ticket is priced at £15

We hope you agree in these very strange and isolated times we have to find ways of still feeling connected and music is a link that binds us all, keeps our venues visible and goes towards filling the void that this year has found artists in, both creatively and financially.

You will receive an email acknowledging your payment with instructions of what to do to watch the show.

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Mark Thomas – The Red Shed (livestream)

The Red Shed is part of Mark’s theatrical trilogy, following the much-revered Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed. Mark returns to the place where it all began – the Red Shed, a labour club in Wakefield – to celebrate the club’s 50th birthday as he continues his tour in 2017 of yet another award-winning, highly acclaimed performance.

The Shed, home to Mark’s first public performances, is also a home to dissent, to organising and to progressive politics, and so it was here that Mark’s true political prowess began. An iconic and vital place for its patrons, this is where the true meaning of solidarity is found and where you can be part of history and part of the struggle. A south London lad, born to a Thatcherite world of self-employed builders, labourers and tradesman like his father where the individual is key, Wakefield’s alien traditional labour community awoke a new determination in Mark and changed his life forever.

Interviewing old friends and comrades, Mark pieces together the club’s history and works alongside it to campaign with some of the poorest workers in the country. It is the story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community. It is a tale of strikes, fights, dinner ladies, crap beer, good beer, burger slingers, pickets, placards, commies, friendship, love, history, dreams and, above all, remembering. Part theatre, part stand up, part journalism, part activism, Mark realises his obsession with community and struggle.

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Snake Davis and Robin A Smith 

An award-winning arranger and composer, one of the most versatile musicians in the industry, Snake and Robin have been sparring partners for decades. Robins credits include Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Kanye West, The 2 Cellos, Enrique, Rod Stewart and Mike Oldfield. This will be Robin’s first time at the Ropery Hall and the pair are super excited at the prospect of being re-united after 6 months of on-screen only collaborations. There will be quite different flavours tonight including classical folk and jazz.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A SOCIALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCE WITH A LIMITED AUDIENCE CAPACITY. THIS EVENT WILL ALSO BE LIVE-STREAMED, FURTHER DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING THE WEEK OF THE EVENT. PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE ON 01652 660380 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

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Snake Davis/Mark Creswell Duo 

Snake met guitarist Mark Creswell when they were both freshmen studying jazz at Leeds College of Music, since when they have been close friends and musical partners. They play together in The Alligator Shoes and the Snake Davis Trio with Johnny Thirkell. Mark has toured with, produced and co-written with Tanita Tikaram and been sideman for a long string of US soul artists. Joyous music, soul songs, jazz and pop classics and some original pieces.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A SOCIALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCE WITH A LIMITED AUDIENCE CAPACITY. THIS EVENT WILL ALSO BE LIVE-STREAMED, FURTHER DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING THE WEEK OF THE EVENT. PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE ON 01652 660380 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

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Snake Davis/Simon Goulding Duo 

Simon is the virtuoso bassist who plays in the Snake Davis Band and Classic Sax Solos show. A former resident of Cuba and huge lover of Cuban music, and Latin music in general, Simon’s playing exudes joy passion and life. A master of the four, five and six string bass; expect bubbling and blissful Latin tunes, gorgeous ballads and some funky grooves tonight.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A SOCIALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCE WITH A LIMITED AUDIENCE CAPACITY. THIS EVENT WILL ALSO BE LIVE-STREAMED, FURTHER DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING THE WEEK OF THE EVENT. PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE ON 01652 660380 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

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