Jan. to May 2016

4th Jan Singaround
11th Jan Hotspot: Sylviane Bartkowiak & Richard Featherstone -
Sylviane and Dick regularly delight us and impress our guests with driving tune-sets from English, French and occasionally Scottish traditions. This is their chance to put together a longer set which may also include bagpipes and the odd song. There will be songs too from some of our regulars so come along and drive away the winter blues.
18th Jan Singaround
25th Jan Jim Macfarland & KenWilson - a double header in which Ken, big guy from the Wilson family with a great voice and superb, natural timing, teams up with Jim, an acclaimed singer from Derry who is steeped in the Inishowen tradition. Expect a memorable night of song.
1st Feb Singaround
8th Feb Pete Coe celebrates 50 years of folk singing, 45 years as a professional, in which time he has been at the heart of the folk revival. He has a strong, distinctive voice enhanced by instrumental versatility and makes each song his own. Not to be missed!
15th Feb Singaround
22nd Feb Steve Turner is a fine singer with a great selection of songs to which he adds outstanding accompaniments on concertina and cittern. Steve just seems to get better with every visit.
29th Feb Singaround
7th Mar Martyn Wyndham-Read Although his roots are in Sussex, Martyn's years in Australia in the 60s led to his becoming a noted collector and singer of Australian songs. His interests and repertoire range beyond that, though, including seasonal and contemporary songs: one of his favourite songwriters is the late Graeme Miles. Martyn was our first guest in the Sun Inn in 1970. "... a tremendously warm and hypnotic performer"
14th Mar Singaround
21st Mar Niamh Boadle last visited us in 2010 as part of the very young and very talented group Trí. She has matured as a singer with a clear, lyrical voice and as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. A new CD on the Wild Goose label has attracted very positive reviews. " of the finest young singers to emerge from the Folk Degree Course" [Sandra Kerr] "I think she's going to go places, that lass, really, really good". [Mike Harding]
28th Mar Easter Monday: Singaround - Free entry
4th Apr Anna Shannon Singer / songwriter who has captured the spirit of her North Yorkshire homeland in a string of albums and has attracted a burgeoning following at folk clubs and festivals nationwide. "stunning singing voice and distinctive guitar style" [Roots magazine]
11th Apr Singaround
18th Apr Geoff Higginbottom An old favourite with a powerful voice, Geoff serves up a great mix of songs with lots of choruses and with great good humour. We caught a brief glimpse of him in the cast of Jericho on TV but you can see more of him online on Reverbnation.
25th Apr Singaround in aid of Diabetes UK and in memory of Matthew Rennie - we made £250 - thanks to all who took part.
2nd May Bank Holiday: Singaround
9th May Didikai After the disappointment of a cancellation through injury last year we welcome back this exciting duo, combining Amy-Rose Atkinson's vocals and fiddle with Becky Tayor's pipes and whistle. They did a hugely enjoyable night in 2013: don't miss this chance to hear them.
16th May Singaround
23rd May Hotspot: Maggie Camp - by special request we welcome a local songstress who loves beautiful melodies and strong lyrics and puts them across in fine style. Maggie is fond of American folk and blue grass but has also written songs drawing on her childhood in Lancashire. Let's make her first visit to the Club an enjoyable one.
30th May Bank Holiday: Singaround - Free entry
6th June Reg Meuross A master song-writer returns to his birth-town (OK, he was born here by accident, but we can still take some pride in the association!) Reg's fine voice and accomplished guitar do justice to his memorable songs. "He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you’ll ever hear…. Meuross is one of the most talented storytellers of our generation.” [Pennyblack Music]
13th June Singaround
20th June Marie Little An old friend of the Club who always delights us with a wonderful selection of songs and an instant, cheery rapport with her audience. Her songs can be sad or thought-provoking one minute and have you howling with laughter the next.
27th June Singaround