Thursday 30 October 2014


Coming your way 

The triple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Show of Hands return to Town Hall, Birmingham bringing with them long-time special guest and fantastic double bassist/vocalist Miranda Sykes.

Miranda Sykes, Steve Knightley
and Phil Beer
The group is celebrating a 22-year partnership with a gig at the ornate venue on Thursday November 6.
Singer/songwriter Steve Knightley and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer are recognised as two of the most influential musicians on the folk/acoustic circuit.
The show comes after nine months out of the limelight where they have been working on solo projects.
The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £19.50 plus transaction fee.

Saturday November 29 the same venue welcomes Ivor Novello award-winning singer/songwriter Scott Matthews who will be performing songs from his new album Home Part 1, in a concert of two halves.
Matthews will be performing solo and with a group of special guests and ensembles.
The line up includes Matthews on vocals, Danny Keane on cello and grand piano, Sam Martin djembe and tabla drums and Matt Taylor on flute
The show starts at 8pm and tickets are £17.50 plus transaction fee.

Staying in the Second City  on Tuesday November 25 Irish music sensation Celtic Woman present their new show, Emerald, at Symphony Hall.
There is the promise of bagpipers, dancers and a choir to join the Celtic Woman group.
The Emerald Tour showcases performances of favourites from the group such as Mo Ghile Mear, Dulaman, Nil Se’n La, Danny Boy, The Call, Amazing Grace and You Raise Me Up.
The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £23.50, £26.50 plus transaction fee.

It's worth noting that the concert by ever popular folk orchestra Bellowhead is for Sunday November 9 at the Symphony Hall is sold out. It may be worth contacting the venue to see if there are any returns.

Ewan McLennan
Red Lion Folk Club in King's Heath, Birmingham a great line up of musicians for the coming month starting on Bonfire night with Gren Bartley Band,  there is no support act confirmed as yet and tickets are £11 the prices advertised on the website are for members', non-members who book online will pay £12 plus 10% transaction fee.
Then on November 12 Ray Cooper  comes to the venue with Louisa Davies-Foley & Jason Sparkes as support. Tickets are again £11 and the same terms apply as previously mentioned.
Scottish guitar virtuoso Ewan McLennan will be bringing the sounds of his new album, Stories Still Untold, to the venue on November 19. McLennan will be supported by Floot Street tickets are again £11 with usual rules applying.
Towards the end of the month, on November 26, the Birmingham venue welcomes Merry Hell. There is no support act confirmed as yet and again tickets are £11
All the shows are on Wednesdays and doors open 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start.

Staying in Brum  northern eclectro folk band Harp and a Monkey migrate south to play at The Kitchen Garden Cafe on Sunday November 2 on the back of their latest album All Life is Here
The show from the trio of Martin Purdy, Andy Smith and Simon Jones is in two parts first with their regular storytelling and eclectic sounds and then a set dedicated to commemorating the start of the First World War. The show starts at 8pm and doors open 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 plus a £1 booking fee. Tickets are available from the cafe site or via

The Poozies
The Urban Folk Quartet are playing on their home turf at the MAC in Birmingham on Saturday Nov 1 with tickets £14 or £10 concessions show starts 8pm
At the same venue on November 18 The Poozies, an all female folk group, come to play the venue and the show starts 8pm. Tickets are £14 or £11 concessions.

The Irish Centre Birmingham has a packed bill for the month starting on Saturday November 1 with The Father Teds a local Irish band. They will play the Connaught Bar. Taking over the same stage on November 15 are The Hurling Boys. The following night Little Jimmy will be bringing his own style of Irish/Country music to the Leinster Suite and The Ryans play the Connaught Room on November 28. For details call 0121 622 2314.

Moving to neighbouring city Wolverhampton, the Newhampton Folk Club,'s monthly guest is the Gerry Colvin Band (Colvin Quarmby).  You will also get a chance to see the new pairing of North Staffordshire's Pete Shirley and Esther Brennan who are the support. The show is in the upper room of the Newhampton Inn, Riches Street, Whitmore Reans and starts at 8.30pm. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door.

All the way from America Sarah McQuaid is touring from the States and will be playing at The Bromsgrove Folk Club on November 13 which meets on the second and last Thursdays of the month shows start at 8.15pm.

On November 13 popular duo Winter Wilson will be performing at Brewood Acoustic Music Club, which is held at Brewood Cricket Club, Four Ashes Road, Brewood on Thursdays at 8.30pm.

Jed Grimes is coming to Common Folk which meets at Pelsall Cricket Club every Thursday from 8.30pm. Grimes will be supported by Dragon Head and tickets can be between £4-6.

Tom Patterson and Dave Morton will be playing Willenhall Folk & Acoustic Club on November 26 show starts at 8.30pm at New Invention Victory Club, Lichfield Road, New Invention.
Sunjay Brayne

Black Country acoustic and bluesman Sunjay Brayne is continuing his tour throughout the Midlands with local dates this month first at Katie Fitzgerald's in Stourbridge where he will be sharing the bill with Jess Silk and Esther Turner. Tickets for the November 13 gig are £5.

The Chase Folk Club is moving back to its old home at Five Ways Inn on Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes, Cannock. It plays host to Tony Barrett on Friday November 7. Admission is £6

There is a Ceilidh at Bournbrook & Selly Oak Social Club 13A Hubert Road, Birmingham B29 6DX. Tickets are £6 and there is music from John Dudley, bar opens at 8pm for more details contact 07986 543132

Musician and raconteur Bill Caddick is appearing at Warwick Folk Club on November 17 tickets are £8 and the Monday night show starts at 8pm. The concert has been brought forward because Jeremy Taylor had to cancel his gig there.

The Mike Harding Folk Show

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