Saturday 31 January 2015



Martin Simpson

Master guitarist and folk veteran Martin Simpson will be playing at The Met Studio, Stafford Gatehouse on Monday Feb 2. 

The show starts at 8pm and tickets are £15. Simpson will be back in the Midlands later in the year and has just finished working on a new album with melodeon player Andy Cutting, who will be playing in the Midlands as part of Leveret, and multi-instrumentalist and singer Nancy Kerr. Simpson will also be coming to Birmingham later in the year with the farewell tour of The Full English.
You can read Folkall's interview with Simpson at

Staying in the Second City Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain are bringing a fantastic Transatlantic Sessions line up to Birmingham Symphony Hall on February 4. The show brings together Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker, Danny Thompson, John Doyle, James Mackintosh & Donald Shaw, Rodney Crowell, Patty GriffinJohn Smith, Sara Watkins, Dirk PowellKathleen MacInnes, Tim O’Brien & Russ Barenberg. The concert starts 7.30pm and tickets are £27.50 plus a transaction fee.
Sara Watkins

In another part of the city on the same night at the Red Lion Folk Club, King's Heath, Sally Barker will be performing with The Froe as support. Tickets are £14. The following week, February 11 Edwina Hayes & Rosalie Deighton will be playing at the venue with support yet to be arranged, tickets are £11. Then on February 18 Belinda O’Hooley & Jim Boyes ‘Sensation of a Wound’ will be in concert with support from The Bailey Sisters. Tickets are  £11. Finally on February 25 The Bonfire Radicals will be performing there. Tickets are £11.

If you fancy something seriously traditional, different and medieval then The Night Watch are a real treat. The duo of Ian Pittaway and Andy Casserley play tunes which are hundreds of years old on impressive reproduction instruments, the like of which would have been played in the 13th century.
Ian Pittaway
The duo will be playing medieval and renaissance music singing in ways which will transport you back in history.
Folkall can recommend them highly, so if you want to have night out with a difference then get down to  Holy Trinity Parish Church, Church Hill, Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1TF on Saturday February 7 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 adults, £5 children or there is a £25 family ticket. Booking is available online until February 6, visit
If you are then inspired to get more into the culture of the past then Pittaway will be holding a French renaissance dance workshop on Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at Stourport Manor Hotel, 35 Hartlebury Road, Stourport, DY13 9JA.
Pittaway welcomes everyone of all abilities to the workshops which on Saturday are 3.30 to 5pm and on the Sunday 10 to11am.
For more details email or visit

Also on Saturday February 7 Shropshire instrumental folk group Whalebone will be performing at Twyning Village Hall, Fleet Road Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 6DG as part of their Seasons Tour. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8. Contact Ian Southall on 01684 294409 for tickets. Refreshments will be available.
The following Saturday on St Valentine's Day the group take the tour to Parwich Memorial Hall, Parwich, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1QJ. The show again starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £7.50. For tickets contact 07846 906848 and again refreshments will be available.
They head back to their home patch on Saturday, February 21 where they will play Harmer Hill Village Hall, Ellesmere Road, Shrewsbury. SY4 3EE Tickets are £10 (including food) or £5 for children and are available on 01939 290094. Refreshments will be available separately.
On Friday, February 27 you can catch them at Breinton Village Hall, Breinton, Hereford HR4 7PJ. The show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £8 adult, £4 child and available on 01432 350919 or you can go online to www/ At this venue you need to bring your own refreshments.

Black Country outfit Kim Lowings & The Greenwood who are Kim Lowings, Andrew Lowings, Tim Rogers and Dave Sutherland are putting together a new album which they hope to be releasing around August. In the mean time they will be playing Reading Folk Club, on Sunday February 8. Tickets are £6 and the show starts at 8.30pm.
On Wednesday February 11 they play the Bedworth Folk Club, Coventry. The show starts at 8.30pm and there is no ticket price donations are expected from the audience with proposed minimum of £3. Then for St Valentine's Day the four piece play Pattingham Village Hall, Wolverhampton. Doors open 7.30pm. The night is in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance and tickets are £5 in advance and £6 on the night.

On Thursday February 12 at 8.30pm, duo Nik Morris and Kris Collins who are Elmore Row will be performing at Brewood Acoustic Club which is held at Brewood Cricket Club, Four Ashes Road, Brewood ST19 9HX.

Three of English folk's top musicians, Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron, will be performing together as Leveret  at the MAC Birmingham on Thursday February 12 at 8pm.
The gig is the start of the launch tour for their debut album New Anything. Tickets are £15 and £13 with concessions. Cutting has just finished putting a new album together with Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr while Sweeney and Harbron will be part of The Full English farewell tour.

The Woodman Folk Club which meets at the Ashwood Marina, Ashwood Lower Lane is playing host to Jinksy on February 13. Members £6 and non-members £1 more. Shows start 8.30pm.Then on February 20 you can enjoy the music of The Jigantics, the show starts at the same time and members pay £7 while non members pay £1more.

On the same night critically acclaimed Blair Dunlop will be playing the Kitchen Garden Cafe, King's Heath, Birmingham. Doors open 7.30pm with the show starting 8pm. Tickets are £12 but may incur a booking fee if bought through the website.

If you are a fan of the legendary Dubliners then you will enjoy the group which is carrying on their legacy, The Dublin Legends they will be playing the ornate Town Hall, Birmingham on February 15. The show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £25 plus the usual transaction fee. Then to end of the month they will be at the Prince of Wales Centre, Cannock on the 28th. The show starts 7.30pm and tickets are £20.

Kris Drever
Diana Jones will be playing at Up In Arms, Biddulph, Staffordshire on Wednesday, February 18. Tickets are £12 and doors open 7.30 for 8pm start. For more information or to reserve seats call Eric Cox on 01782 514896. The following week, Wednesday February 25, Scottish singer/songwriter Kris Drever who is well known for his work in Lau, among other projects, will be playing the venue. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start and tickets are £12 plus a £1.20 booking fee.

Legends of the folk world Fairport Convention will be playing Birmingham Town Hall on February 27. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £24 plus the usual booking fee.

Newcastle fiddler Tom McConville is bringing his playing and singing talents to Warwick Folk Club on February 23 which is held at the Warwick Arms Hotel, Show starts at 8pm. Tickets are £8.


The Unthanks release their new album Mount the Air on February 9 and you can catch them on February 27 at Nottingham Albert Hall. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £21.45 which includes the booking fee.

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman release their latest album Tomorrow Follows Today on February 23 and you can catch them on February 21 at the Kitchen Garden Cafe, King's Heath, Birmingham. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start and tickets are £10 but may incur a booking fee if bought online.

Sisterly trio The Staves have put their new album launch back to March 23 and their gig on February 4 at the Rescue Rooms, Nottingham is sold out although it may be worth contacting the venue to see if they deal in returns.

Leveret are a three piece band made up of Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney, who is also of Bellowhead, and fellow Full English band mate Rob Harbron,who has a new website up and running, have released their debut album, New Anything. They will be touring with the album through until July.

The Will Pound Band are touring at the moment and will be on the road throughout February and into the first week of March, promoting their new EP which was recorded live at the Blackheath Halls, South London, and further dates are likely to be added to the tour.

Phil Beer has started his touring which has three strands. He will be playing with Paul Downes in April, then his solo tour will take him up to September and between March and May he will be touring with his band.

Leeds duo Skinner & T'witch have released their debut album Rise which is available from their website. You can hear them on live on Genevieve Tudor's folk show on BBC Radio Shropshire on February 15.

Singer/songwriter Dan Webster releases his album, The Tin Man, on February 9 through Paper Plane Records. He will be playing a launch show in the basement of City Screen, York on February 6.

Fairport Convention have announced an impressive line up for their Cropredy Convention from August 13-15. Among the artists booked to play are are on Thursday August 13: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell; Katzenjammer and Dreadzone. August 14: Level 42; The Proclaimers; Fish; Skerryvore; Skinny Lister; Judith Owen and ahab. Finally on Saturday August 15: Iain Matthews & Egbert Derix; Toyah Willcox; Band of Friends; The New Grasscutters; Kevin Dempsey & Rosie Carson; Richard Digance and the latest and final artist Paul Carrack.

The Mike Harding Folk Show

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