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BOOKED SO FAR FOR 2018

6th June

Reg Meuross
(£8 / £9)

Reg first emerged onto the acoustic music scene in the 1980s with The Panic Brothers and has, over the years of touring and playing solo as well as with many other acclaimed artists, developed a style that as Pete Townshend says “allows the listener to embrace the whole breadth of his work over many years without distraction… he sings in the neutral accent of an Englishman who travels the entirety of the British Isles, and tastes all its flavours, influenced by all its most profound national colours. In this he reminds one of Roy Harper or Ewan McColl, recent greats who went before him.”

Reg then went on to form The Flamingos who featured ex Graham Parker guitarist Martin Belmont, Bob Loveday from The Penguin Cafe Orchestra & Bob Geldof’s Band & Alison Jones of The Barely Works They recorded one album called ‘Arrested’.


In 1996 he released his first critically acclaimed solo album ‘The Goodbye Hatand was nominated for several music awards, including best song for ‘Ring around the Roses’. It was followed up in 2004 with ‘Short Stories’ and in 2006 by the excellent ‘Still’. In 2008 he released his most successful collection to date, ‘Dragonfly’, followed in 2010 by ‘All this Longing’. ‘The Dreamed and the Drowned’, released in 2011, is a collection of thirteen previously unreleased archive songs. It was commissioned and compiled by Stephen Jordan at The Bodleian Music Library, Oxford, who says “This is Reg Meuross at his most eclectic and inspiring best.”


Reg was invited by Abbey Road, in 2012, to record an album in their world famous studios and he took this opportunity to respond to the many requests for him to make a CD that reflects the warmth intimacy of his live shows. The resulting album, Leaves & Feathers did just that. It’s a collection of 12 beautiful songs stripped down to the bare bones which prompted Pennyblack Music to say: “calling Meuross a singer-songwriter really doesn’t do the man justice. [He] doesn’t write lines of lyrics. 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.”


Receiving 5 star reviews across the board, Leaves & Feathers was hailed by many to be Reg’s most accomplished collection yet. Given the consistency of quality of all his albums up to now, this one was a hard act to follow, but his next album ENGLAND GREEN & ENGLAND GREY rose to the challenge dealing with difficult topics such as dementia, with a deep and moving commentary on the subject Counting My Footsteps To You; it commemorated the centenary of WW1, with an unromanticised account of the story of Flora Sandes (the only woman to fight in that war); it told the tale of the bandleader and his violin both lost in the Titanic disaster, The Band Played Sweet Marie; and it delivered an anthem for our times: England Green and England Grey. The album was awarded Best Of 2014 by FolkWords.


20th June

Jez Lowe
(£9/ £10)

A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks.

Jez’s own long-established band The Bad Pennies(featuring Kate Bramley, Andy May and David De La Haye) continue to attract a huge following, and his other collaborations with The Pitmen Poets(with Billy Mitchell, Bob Fox and Benny Graham), The Broonzies (alongside fellow-veterans Maggie Holland, Chris Parkinson and Roger Wilson), Men at Words (with James Keelaghan and Archie Fisher) and with fellow-songwriter Steve Tilston, show a willingness to push boundaries and venture boldly into pastures new.

Meanwhile, his involvement in the award-winning BBC series The Radio Ballads continues, with his song The Wrong Bus singled out for inclusion on Radio 4’s Pick of the Year last December. The song is also featured on his last solo album, The Ballad Beyond, the success of which prompted a feature in fRoots magazine and glowing reviews the world over.

Jez’s ongoing partnership with fellow-singer/songwriter Steve Tilston reached fruition in 2016, with the release of a duo album, The Janus Game, consisting entirely of new, co-written songs by the duo. They continue to tour together, most recently with the addition of Chris Parkinson on keyboards and Hugh Bradley on bass, under the monicker, The Tilston Lowe Sometimers.

Jez’s latest project, earmarked for early 2018, is the publication of his first novel, The Dillen Doll, with an accompanying CD featuring a “suite” of traditional songs inspired by the story within it. This endeavour sees him return to his roots in the folk music of his native North East England, and will be the focus of his work in the year ahead, with live performances based around it earmarked for late 2018.

Jez shows no sign of slowing down, with tours of America, Holland, and Canada lined up over the next twelve months, alongside an enviable list of UK dates. Festival appearances planned for summer 2018 include appearances at Warwick, Chester, Whitby, Broadstairs and Sidmouth. The Radio Ballads series continues to enthrall, and major concerts based around The Ballad Of Child Migration are being lined up for the Autumn.

11th July

Geoff Higginbottom
(£7/ £8)

During his early career Higginbottom played the circuit of folk clubs and pubs in his native northwest. In August 1985, he was placed third in a competition at the Warwick Folk Festival. In the November of the same year, he released Songs From The Levenshulme Triangle. The following year, he performed at the Sidmouth Folk Festival, and was subsequently re-booked for 1987 and 1988. This gave Higginbottom a wider profile, and brought club and festival bookings all over England. He has since ventured further afield, playing Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands. In addition to his musical career, Higginbottom has also made numerous appearances on UK television in bit parts, turning up in such soaps as Coronation Street, Brookside and Emmerdale, as well as a number of other productions. Flowers Tomorrow received a good response and brought Higginbottom to wider attention. The title track has been sung by a number of other performers, and the album as a whole mixed contemporary and traditional styles, with his guitar and bodhrán to the fore. More Than Pounds And Pence, released in December 1990 has helped to establish Higginbottom as a highly-regarded performer and writer.

18th July

Jon Heslop

(£7 / £8)




Break for Festival Season

5th Sept

Al Clarke & Joe Jones
(£6 / £7)


19th Sept

Luke Daniels
(£7 / £8)


3rd Oct

Jim Causley
(£9 / £10)


17th Oct

James Hickman & Dan Cassidy
(£8 / £9)


24 Oct

Damian Barber & Mike Wilson
(£9 / £10)


7th Nov

John Kirkpatrick
(£9 / £10)


14th Nov

Archie Fisher
(£8 / £9)


28th Nov

Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner
(£7 / £8)


19th Dec

Christmas Show

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
(£8 / £9)


26th Dec


Closed for Christmas

All Wednesdays
without guests.

Singers Nights.
Admission £2 for everyone.

Bring your instruments, poems, stories and particularly your favourite songs and join in - or just listen or sing the choruses.

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