November, 24 Fri 8:00pm
Nominated for Best Group, 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The Melrose Quartet are truly an all-round folk act, with both tight a cappella harmony and energy-packed instrumentals. They comprise leading English musicians NANCY KERR (2015 BBC Folk Singer of the Year), JAMES FAGAN, JESS & RICHARD ARROWSMITH with twin fiddles, guitar and bouzouki, melodeon and four strong voices. The band present a bold take on old and new English songs and tunes, with a powerful treatment of traditional material alongside some of the best modern song-writing in the folk world. They reliably delight and tantalise their audiences with the infectious warmth and sparkle these four seasoned musicians feel when they unite. In concert, Melrose Quartet perform a diverse repertoire, featuring music from their acclaimed debut album ‘50 Verses’ alongside new works destined for their new CD due for release early in 2017. There are carousing chorus songs, lively dance tunes, ancient stories and modern pieces written in celebration of everything from weddings & birthdays to issues that affect all of our 21st century lives. This is music for everybody. Melrose Quartet are known for their outstanding workshops ranging from harmony singing to accompaniment, and they also can offer The Melrose Ceilidh Band, with the addition of Nigel Holmes on Bass. This is a ceilidh with a difference, as the band use singing as well as instruments for the dance music, to great effect.
“...all in all an inspired ensemble so obviously playing for joy” Martin Simpson
The Concert Room, Nailers Football Club, Bridge Street, Belper DE56 1BA
Tickets £15.50 available from the PR Ticket Hotline 01773 853428 - Free Parking
December, 7 Thu 8:00pm
The YOUNG UNS Twice winners of "Best Group" at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Christmas Show - "WE THREE SINGS" - this dynamic Trio don their festive jumpers for a light-hearted romp through Christmas past from carols to original songs for Christmas. Three wise men of folk bringing in the Christmas cheer - Christmas starts here!
Christ Church, Bridge Street, Belper DE56 1BA
Tickets £16.50, u16s £10 from PR Ticket Hotline 01773 853428 - Free Parking
December, 9 Sat 7:30pm
Christmas songs and carols in glorious harmony from Sheffields leading folk choir. Christmas starts here!
The Assembly Rooms Theatre, The Square, Bakewell DE45 1BT - Parking close by
Tickets £10, under 16s £8 from the Box Office 01629 810152, www.bakewelltownhall.co.uk or Ticket Hotline 01773 853428
December, 15 Fri 8:00pm
The Solo Christmas Show
“CAROLLING & CRUMPETS"
Taking its title from John Kirkpatrick’s unforgettable song telling the Nativity story from the point of view of the animals in the stable. This show is a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals found in the folklore and folk music of England at Midwinter. John peels away the commercial gloss of modern Christmas to reveal the powerful pagan urges that race through us all at this time of year, and the life and death struggle that is symbolised in so many traditional songs and customs.
If that all sounds just a little too intense, then rest assured that the mysterious and murky goings-on in these magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire, and incessant feasting, all come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. Add to the mixture a light-hearted smattering of hilarious original songs, a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all stirred up with John’s usual panache and energy, and supported by his scintillating skill on a variety of squeeze-boxes, and you have an unbeatable recipe for a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay.
What a great night to start Christmas!
Chesterfield Library Theatre, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield S40 1QN
Tickets £12, u16s £10 from Chesterfield Library 01629 533 400, or from our Ticket Hotline 01773 853428 by cheque payable to PR Promotions, and post to PO Box 200, BELPER, Derbys DE56 2ZL
January, 20 Sat 7:30pm
The Transports tells the incredible tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile to the new colony in Australia. With fresh script and musical arrangement, this famous show re-emerges within a modern context of mass migration. The stellar line-up for this exciting new production includes The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShane,
Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton.
In 1977 Peter Bellamy released The Transports on record with The Watersons, Martin Carthy,
Nic Jones, AL Lloyd, June Tabor, Cyril Tawney, Dave Swarbrick and others. Several times since, further generations of folk musicians have gathered to re-create the piece.
This new production features musical arrangements by Paul Sartin of Bellowhead and Faustus. Two-time BBC Folk Award winners The Young’uns bring their trademark live dynamism. Further musical excellence comes from Nancy Kerr, Bellowhead’s Rachael McShane, Benji Kirkpatrick Faustus’ and Saul Rose, and Greg Russell.
Storyteller Matthew Crampton has created fresh narration for the show, amplifying its central tale into a broader exploration of exile and migration.
Mass migration is a defining dilemma of today. There’s seldom been a more vital moment to bring back The Transports – not just a great music experience, but a sharp reminder of folk music’s power in portraying the way the world actually works.
After a sell-out tour across the UK in 2017, The Transports is delighted to be touring once more in 2018.
“Stunning....truly a transport of delight” … Alfred Hickling, The Guardian
“The Transports is truly magnificent” … John Tams
THE WINDING WHEEL, HOLYWELL STREET, CHESTERFIELD, DERBYSHIRE S41 7SA
With huge car park close by.
Tickets (including booking fee) - £22, u16s £19
from Chesterfield Box Office 01246 345 222
Gigantic - 01158 077 900
and Ticket Hotline 01773 853428
Remember to collect all Gigantic and Ticket Hotline sales from our PR Promotions Desk on the night
early booking advised
March, 3 Sat 8:00pm
Jez Lowe is one of Britain’s finest award winning singer-songwriters and one of the folk scene’s most popular performers with his wonderful songs and amazing guitar playing. He has played most British Folk Festivals over the years and it’s always great to welcome him back to Derbyshire, bringing his most popular songs, wit and humour. With the announcement in 2015 of a double nomination in the BBC Folk Awards, “Folksinger of the Year” and “Best New Song”, Jez Lowe has leapt into his third decade as a song-writing troubadour, on the back of a new and much acclaimed album - his nineteenth - entitled THE BALLAD BEYOND. Jez Lowe’s contributions to the on-going BBC series The Radio Ballads has cemented this reputation, with a Sony Radio Award among the many accolades coming its way. Half of the 15 songs on the new album THE BALLAD BEYOND are Radio Ballads songs recorded by their composer for the first time, revealing not only the breadth of the radio series itself, but also that of the writing and subject matter that Jez has striven to reach. This year will see him touring the UK, Canada, Australia and Denmark.
‘Jez Lowe is one of our finest songwriters.’ … BBC Radio 2
Assembly Rooms Theatre, Market Square Town Hall, BAKEWELL
Tickets £12, under 16s £8 available from the Box Office 01629 810152 or the PR Ticket Hotline 01773 853428
March, 18 Sun 6:30pm
JOHN TAMS, one of the UK’s leading singer songwriters, with his colleague of many years, the widely respected singer and musician BARRY COOPE, proved to be a winning combination as Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for “Best Duo”. 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”. Barry is a member of Britain’s leading a cappella trio Coope, Boyes & Simpson.
Guaranteed a great night of songs, both traditional and contemporary, will make this a very special evening. Early booking advised.
plus WINTER WILSON
Kip and Dave are one of the most popular man and wife duos on the folk scene.
Palace Theatre, Leeming Street, Mansfield NG18 1NG
Tickets £16.50 concessions £15.50 from the Box Office 01623 633133 or PR Ticket Hotline 01773 853428
April, 20 Fri 8:00pm
BARRY COOPE - LESTER SIMPSON - FI FRASER - JO FREYA make up this exciting line-up. This new quartet features original and traditional songs that will touch your hearts and wow your ears - piano, melodeon, fiddle, sax, whistles, ukulele, not forgetting their wonderful four voices in harmony. Derbyshires latest offering to the National Folk Scene!
The Concert Room, Nailers Football Club, Bridge Street, Belper DE56 1BA
Tickets £12 available from PR Promotions Ticket Hotline 01773 853428
May, 12 Sat 8:00pm
A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years, and has delivered the album to prove them right. Six months after releasing the album ‘True Born Irishman’, Daoirí won two prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 for "Best Newcomer", and "Best Traditional Track" and also performed live at the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. ‘Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade’ ... Dónal Lunny‘ An album that could yet prove to be one of the most significant Irish releases of recent years.’ ... Songlines Always a treat to hear him sing ... Christy Moore Plus:- Sarah Matthews fiddle & Doug Eunson melodeon - two of Derbyshires most talented musicians and singers.
Guildhall Theatre, Market Place, Derby
Tickets £16.50 (inc booking fee) u16s £14 (inc booking fee) from the Box Office 01332 255800, www.derbylive.co.uk, or PR Ticket Hotline 01773 853428
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