JOHN TAMS, one of the UK’s leading singer songwriters, with his colleague of many years, the widely respected singer and musician BARRY COOPE, in a duo that has proved a winning combination. John, actor, director and musician, is also known for his work at the National Theatre, and as Rifleman, Daniel Hagman in the TV series “Sharpe”, and Barry is a member of Britain’s leading a cappella trio Coope, Boyes & Simpson. Winners at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for “Best Duo”, John Tams & Barry Coope are always happy to play on home ground! Guaranteed a great night of songs, both traditional and contemporary will make this a very special evening. Early booking advised.
“Utterly compelling. It simply doesn’t get any better than this” … Colin Hall, What’s On in London
Chesterfield Library Theatre, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield S40 1QN
Tickets £12 from the Box Office 01629 533400
April, 25 Sat 8:00pm
During the late 1960s and early 70s JAKE THACKRAYs satirical, witty sentimental, hilarious songs brought him fame and extensive television exposure as well as a string of top selling albums. He was a uniquely gifted songwriter and “The Ballad of Billy Kershaw” illustrated what a true craftsman of the English language he was. The life and songs of JAKE THACKRAY come to life when performed by JOHN WATTERSON - FAKE THACKRAY.
John’s tribute to Jake Thackray is full of the warmth and humour that you would expect from a life-long fan. His appreciation of Thackray’s music is obvious to the audience and his performance is a true celebration of the man and his genius. You will be delighted to hear live “Sister Josephine”, “The Bantam Cock” and “The Blacksmith” not to mention “The Gypsy”!
“It is marvellous that Jake’s treasured songs ride again. They are in safe hands.” … Ralph McTell
“We can’t have Jake back, but this is the next best thing!” … Mike Harding
The Concert Room, Nailers Football Club, Bridge Street, Belper DE56 1BA
Tickets £10 available from Ticket Hotline 01773 853428
One of Britain’s most popular comic writers, best selling author, radio and TV personality, GERVASE PHINN, makes a welcome return to Derby on Saturday 9 May with an afternoon and an evening show. Dubbed the “James Herriot of Schools”, Gervase will have you in stitches with more of his hilarious tales of life as an HMI Schools Inspector in the Yorkshire Dales. He has written a wide range of short stories and is nationally known for his three best selling novels, “The Other Side of the Dale”, “Over Hill and Dale”, and “Head over Heels in the Dales”. Gervase has appeared on numerous TV and Radio Shows, and Ester Rantzen describes him as “a real star with a wonderful gift of storytelling”. Gervase Phinn has a gentle and warm wry sense of humour, making his show of good clean humour - unmissable!
AN AUDIENCE WITH GERVASE PHINN
THE GUILDHALL THEATRE, MARKET PLACE, DERBY DE1 3AH
SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015
Two Shows - Afternoon 2.30pm and Evening 7.30pm
Box Office 01332 255800
Tickets £16 (plus £2 booking fee) concessions £15 (plus £2 booking fee)
After her sensational performance at the 2013 Derby Folk Festival, APRIL VERCH, internationally known fiddler, step dancer and singer from Canada, makes a welcome return to Derby to play at the Robert Ludlam Theatre on Saturday, 23 May. Fellow members are Cody Walters on bass and claw hammer banjo, and Hayes Griffin on guitar; both amazingly talented musicians with accompaniment techniques that would grace any stage. The three of them together bring out the best in old time and bluegrass music, inter-mixed with great songs and spectacular step dancing. Her ninth album “Bright Like Gold” captures a woman who is in full command of her musical and dance attributes. A rare musical treat upholding North American musical traditions for the future, straight out of the top drawer!
The Robert Ludlam Theatre, Duffield Road, Derby DE22 1JD - FREE Parking
Tickets £16.50 (plus £2 booking fee) from the Box Office 01332 255800 and online www.derbylive.co.uk
For information phone 01773 853428
Three of Britain’s finest musicians and interpreters of songs and tunes! Each member of this trio is an acknowledged virtuoso in their own right, and they are no strangers to you all. NANCY KERR is a singer and magnificent fiddler with a deep commitment to the English traditional repertoire. She has been a major part of the acoustic music scene since she was a teenager and is noted for her work with husband, James Fagan, and with the Melrose Quartet. ANDY CUTTING is an extraordinary musician, as master of the diatonic accordion as well as most other squeezeboxes! A highly in-demand band member and a sublime solo performer and winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for “Musician of the Year“. MARTIN SIMPSON is widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world. His interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. He is a multi-award winning musician, singer and songwriter. Martin has often said that playing music with Andy and Nancy is always a pleasure, and in this top-ranking trio he will be playing guitar and banjo, singing, and grinning from ear to ear! After appearing together in various combinations over the years, Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr decided to form this trio for the joy of playing, and exploring the possibilities of traditional music - and thoroughly enjoying it! We are delighted to welcome them again to Derby.
Early booking advised.
The Robert Ludlam Theatre. Duffield Road, Derby DE22 1JD
Tickets £18.50 (plus £2 booking fee) from the Box Office 01332 255800 and online www.derbylive.co.uk
For information phone 01773 853428
October, 2 Fri
Click on the Derbyshire Folk Festival tab for the latest information
Venues around the Cathedral Quarter with the City Marquee on the Market Place, Guildhall Theatre, Old Bell Hotel, and Derby Cathedral
Early Bird tickets are now on sale through the Derby Live Box Office 01332 255800 and online www.derbylive.co.uk
Any queries please phone us here at PR Promotions on 01773 853428
ALY BAIN (Scotland), ALE MÖLLER (Sweden) & BRUCE MOLSKY (USA) - THE TRIO are back by popular demand!
Amazing, Amazing Amazing
Aly Bain received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" at this years BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. He is Scotland’s supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique, driving, impassioned and pure, with a vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. His most recent collaboration with Swedish multi-instrumentalist, Ale Möller, created the album “Fully Rigged” a celebration of shared Nordic heritage. Completing the line-up is Bruce Molsky, who has also explored traditional music from an astonishingly broad range of cultures over the past two decades.
Aly Bain, although his musical base is firmly in Scotland, his extensive travels have led to an appreciation and mastery of many kinds of fiddle music. He was awarded the MBE for services to folk music, has an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and is the Musical Director of the legendary TV series “Transatlantic Sessions”.
Ale Möller, found his roots in Swedish folk music by way of first falling in love with the sounds of Greece. En route he became a master of the bouzouki and a multi-instrumentalist with a lot of different flutes in his belt. Ale has been a front member of bands like Filarfolket, Enteli and Nordan and he still tours the world with the trio Frifot.
Bruce Molsky, is one of the most influential old-time fiddlers around. He is also a remarkable guitarist, banjoist and singer - with skill, a varied and deep repertoire, a reverence for the past, a healthy curiosity about music outside old-time, and a relaxed, conversational wit that draws listeners in as if they were sitting in his living room.
A rare treat for traditional music lovers.
The Robert Ludlam Theatre, Duffield Road, Derby DE22 1JD - free parking
Tickets £17.50 (plus £2 booking fee) from the Box Office 01332 255800, and www.derbylive.co.uk
on sale soon
November, 14 Sat 8:00pm
STEVE KNIGHTLY and PHIL BEER are widely acknowledged as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. Knightley, who writes most of their inspired material and Beer, a dazzling multi instrumentalist, have built up a huge following which has seen them sell out the Albert Hall four times and headline at major festivals from Glastonbury to WOMAD. Voted Best Duo in the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ( as well as clinching Best Original Song for Knightleys acclaimed Arrogance Ignorance and Greed) the jury is still out on just what kind of music they play. A genre defying mix of rock, roots, blues, country, trad, and often influenced by the music of other countries, it is played out on an array of instruments from slide guitar to fiddle, mandolin to South American cuatro. Acoustic roots music at its best! “Formidable operators in the roots arena - a class act” … The Independent
Winding Wheel, Holywell Street, Chesterfield, S41 7SA with ample parking close by.
Tickets on sale soon
Information phone 01773 853428
The Young’uns are a force of nature on stage. Their irrepressible humour, infectious love for harmony singing, passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary have quickly made them one of the most sought after acts on the English folk scene. They have a rare ability to make audiences laugh and cry in equal measure. In 2013 they gave up their jobs and took to the road to share their love of singing and laughter with whomever would listen.
Since then they have performed alongside Billy Bragg at Glastonbury, opened the main stage at Cambridge Folk Festival, recorded a live session on BBC Radio 2, held a host of intimate rural singing weekends, visited dozens of schools and appeared at over 40 festivals at home and abroad.
The Young’uns have developed their craft, absorbed the musical heritage of their native North East, and 2015 sees the release of their 4th album “Another Man’s Ground” celebrating working class heroes, past and present, with powerful and poignant tales of struggle, poverty and peace - all mixed together with warmth and spicy humour. Brilliant!
“Great singers, and very, very funny” … Mark Ratcliffe BBC R2 “A superb live act” … Colin Irwin
The Nailers Football Club Concert Room, Bridge Street, Belper DE56 1BA - free parking
Tickets £13 from our PR Ticket Hotline 01773 853428
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