Monday 18 March 2013


The wonderfully harmonious singing sisters who are The Staves will be kicking off a UK tour in April.

The Staves
Unfortunately the nearest they are coming to the Midlands is the O2 Academy in Oxford on Friday April 19 but sadly it's sold out.  
Their singing is so good they are forgiven but it's hoped they will be playing nearer the heart of the region soon. If you get a chance go and see them they sound amazing. Check out their website where you can see the latest video Facing West from their debut album Dead & Born & Grown.

It may well be thinking ahead but Kate Rusby is making a welcome return to Wolverhampton with her Kate Rusby at Christmas show which will be at the Civic Hall on December 7. If it's anything like the one she played at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham last year then fans are in for a real treat. Doors will open at 6.45pm with the show starting at 7.30. Tickets are £22, £20 and £14 and available from Midland Box Office 0870 320 7000 or you can go online at
Kate Rusby
The Yorkshire lass is also a special guest at the Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham from August 30 to September 1. Kate will be on stage on the Sunday.

Lisbee Stainton has embarked on her Spring tour and will be coming to Marrs Bar, Worcester on March 21. For ticket information contact 01905 613336. 

The Bromsgrove Folk Club will be hosting Gren Bartley who has a new album out. He and Julia Disney will be performing songs from it among other music on March 28. They will also be playing the Newhampton Folk Club in Wolverhampton on April 6. Tickets are £8.

Tickets are selling fast for the next outing of Wolverhampton's Dan Whitehouse at the Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath, Birmingham. Don't say you don't get value for money, Dan will be doing two sets with support from Sunderland singer Paul Liddell. Tickets are £6 in advance and £8 on the night and available from
Dan Whitehouse

The incredibly talented and versatile Seth Lakeman is also on tour and will be playing Oxford Town Hall on May 17. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, tickets are £19 and available from the venue or online .

Folk legend Tom Paxton is performing a short run tour but fortunately he is coming to Birmingham Town Hall   on April 27. 

Self-taught blues singer/songwriter Valerie June is coming to the Glee Club, Birmingham on May 13. She has recently guested on the Jake Bugg tour and is about to release her debut album Pushin' Against A Stone. Tickets are £10.50 and doors open at 7pm. Please note there is an age restriction and you must be over 16 to get in. Call the box office on 0781 472 0400.

Chris Smith
Also folk singer and raconteur Chris Smith is bringing his deadpan style to make his debut at the Glee Club on May 22. Tickets are £10 in advance. Also coming to the same venue are Sarah Howells and Richard Llewellyn better known as the Paper Aeroplanes on their Little Letters tour. They will be playing in Brum on May 19 and at the Nottingham Glee on May 23.

Wolverhampton singer/songwriter Scott Matthews has sold out his gig at the Brum Glee on April 7 but he is at Tudor House, Shrewsbury on April 9, Jericho, Oxford on April 25 and Nottingham Glee on April 28.

Another Glee Club arrival who is due in May is Adrian Crowley who will be performing there on the 9th. Tickets are £8 and doors open at 8pm. Please note no one under 18 will be allowed in. Crowley has just released his sixth album I See Three Birds Flying. 

The Newcastle fiddler Tom McConville and David Newie are coming to the Newhampton Folk Club, Wolverhampton. Tickets are £9 in advance or £10 on the door.
David Newie and Tom McConville

Stourbridge Folk Club in Dudley has lined up some fine acts with legendary folk artist Martin Simpson playing there on May 21. Tickets are £12 and £14 and early booking is recommended. Also appearing at the club are singer and storyteller Jess Morgan who will be playing there on April 16, tickets are £3 and the Kevin O'Regan band on April 9.

The John Richards Band is booked into the Shirley Red Lion Folk Club for April 19. John, a great champion of the Folk21 movement, will be playing from his latest album The Lifeboat. For more information call Paul on 07853 419241. The band will also be performing on May 23 at Common Folk Club, held at Pelsall Cricket Club, Walsall.

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