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Chantel McGregor

By richardhatfield |

A female guitar prodigy, at 14 years Chantel was told by major labels that she had a “great voice, but girls don’t play guitar like that!”  Wisely ignoring the comments, she enrolled at the Leeds College of Music and became the first student in the college’s history, to achieve a 100% pass mark, with 18 […]

O’Hooley & Tidow WinterFolk

By richardhatfield |

Join “one of British Folk’s mightiest combinations” (MOJO), O’Hooley & Tidow, for an evening of beautifully performed original, contemporary, and traditional winter songs from their critically acclaimed album ‘WinterFolk Vol 1’. Nominated four times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and described by the Guardian as “exceptional songwriters”, Their song Gentleman Jack features as […]


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Since issuing their superb Songs of The Hollow album in 2017, CUA have gone on to become a band that has gathered in more praise than most from all the best sections of the media. Awarding the album an 8/10 rating at AmericanaUK, top writer Jeremy Searle said: “This Irish trio stands right at the […]


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Another evening of top comedy featuring 3 comedians from the national comedy circuit and our resident Barnstormers compere.

Budapest Café Orchestra

By richardhatfield |

Christian Garrick & the  Budapest Café Orchestra (10th Birthday Tour 2009-2019) The BCO were established by British composer and violinist Christian Garrick in 2009. Led by Christian they play a blistering barrage of traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czardas and their own unique re-imaginings […]


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In their five years, Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation and  2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Mohsen Amini – the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the […]

Shackleton’s Carpenter

By richardhatfield |

Shackleton’s carpenter, Harry McNish, was the only man who challenged the Boss on the ice floes of Antarctica where Shackleton’s Endurance sank in Antarctica, leaving him and his crew of 27 stranded. Played by Malcolm, Rennie McNish, brilliant carpenter and shipwright, defied Shackleton, but went all the way with him and played an absolutely vital […]

The Tillers

By richardhatfield |

Hot Cincinnati four-piece bands, The Tillers have been thumping their own distinctive sound of string-band-style folk music for a decade, riding it all over the country and across the sea. Four studio albums and one live record have won them praise as modern folk heroes on both sides of the Atlantic. Invigorating as it gets, […]

Ivan Brackenbury supports Tom Binns: The Psychic Comedium    

By richardhatfield |

Tom Binns is the star and co-writer of the BBC 1 Friday Night Comedy Series Hospital People. He is also an award-winning and critical acclaimed character comedian working the International Comedy Festivals and the UK Stand Up Comedy Circuit. Widely regarded as THREE of the best headliners working in British Comedy, Tom’s ventriloquist act, alter […]

Sax on Sunday: Snake Davis

By richardhatfield |

Snake Davis is one of the music world’s best kept secrets.  He is a saxophonist of almost unparalleled gifts who has played with the best in the business through a career spanning three decades. Yet it wasn’t until he reached the age of 20 that he picked up his first saxophone. He enrolled on the diploma […]

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