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Saturday 12th October 2019

ALAN BURKE : 8pm

Alan Burke is widely regarded as one of the finest ballad singers of his genera-tion and possesses an almost inexhaustible repertoire of traditional, contemporary and self-penned songs in both the English and Irish languages. Accompanied by his unique driving guitar style, Alan’s powerful presence and technique have featured on two highly acclaimed solo albums, On The Other Hand (1998) and Tip Of The Tongue (2000) alongside numerous recordings and collaborations with a number of bands and projects that have formed the core of a great life in music. A commanding stage presence, with a voice that is powerful, sensitive and crystal clear, Alan’s gigs are always truly memorable.


He began his musical career as a drummer, before making his name in traditional music circles in the 1980's and 90's as lead singer, guitarist, and bodhrán player with the tremendous band Afterhours, with whom he made three albums - Afterhours, Hung Up And Dry, and Up To Here– and toured extensively worldwide. Since then Alan has appeared as a member of a number of bands including At First Light, Airla, Tulsk and Rambling Boys of Pleasure.
Alan has been heavily involved in collaborative projects, and was the cornerstone of the four acclaimed annual Irish Sea Sessions concerts, tours and albums produced in Liverpool, Ireland and London. The Sea Sessions saw him combine with Declan O’Rourke, Damien Dempsey, Pauline Scanlon, Emily Portman and many more. In addition, Alan has worked both as a record producer and as an actor, including the play ‘This Is What We Sang’ that won Production of the Year at the First Irish Theatre Festival in New York 2010. He has also presented TV programmes in the Irish language for the BBC and TG4.


Burke's strengths are his voice, a sweet mellifluous instrument, judiciously used and an understanding of his material. Alan Burke's rites of passage from band leader to first rate solo artist are complete. 'On The Other Hand' proves that. - Rock 'n Reel
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Saturday 26th October 2019

British Summer Time Ends feat. South Cotswolds Jazz Club Players : 8pm

On the weekend of 26-27 October most people in the UK will have had an extra hour in bed, as the clocks go back to mark the end of British Summer Time. British Summer Time Ends features the South Cotswolds Jazz Club Players, who are all regulars of the Second Friday Jazz Jams at UTEA. Shairon Lloyd will be providing powerful and luxurious vocals on such classics like Route 66, Sway and Let’s Do It - Let's Fall In Love.

Come along and celebrate British Summer Time Ends with jazz, a sprinkling of blues and a friendly cafe style ambience.
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Saturday 9th November 2019

GIGSPANNER : 8pm

Peter Knight's Gigspanner were amazing... I can only think of a handful of folk musicians world-wide that have the kind of relationship with their instrument that Peter Knight has: Martin Hayes, Enda Scahill, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, Martin Simpson.

Many people as they trickled out into the night said that this was one of the best gigs they'd ever been to. I'd agree with that. If you get a quarter of a chance to see them, go - there were people there last night who had travelled many miles to be there. It was well worth every mile"

Mike Harding: Broadcaster/Musician/Writer

In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene, inspiring Maverick magazine to write "Gigspanner are making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer" 5*****

Described by Folk Radio UK as one of the “most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond”, they take self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, produce richly atmospheric arrangements “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator” (Spiral Earth).

Innovative, spellbinding, astonishing… the superlatives have come thick and fast. The trio's interpretations of traditional songs and tunes have captivated audiences and festivals and venues up and down the land. There can be no question that Peter Knight has made some of the greatest music of his life with his trio Gigspanner.

Their most recent release, ‘The Wife of Urban Law’ received several ‘Best Of’ end of year accolades, including making it on to Mojo’s ‘The 10 Best Folk Albums’ list.

Press Quotes…

"Gigspanner has taken traditional tunes as a starting point and rearranged,
orchestrated and improvised around them to create fascinating new works.
Their increasingly impressive sound is like no other" Folk Radio UK

"With his trio, Peter Knight breaks new ground and is second to absolutely nobody. Groundbreaking, engaging, frequently astonishing, Gigspanner deliver a simply superb set" 5***** Maverick Magazine

"Gigspanner are reshaping tradition in fascinating ways" fRoots Magazine

“A glorious musical tour de force...simply exquisite” 4**** Spiral Earth

“Gigspanner work together in musical genius" EFDSS Magazine
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Saturday 16th November 2019

THE BLUE BADGERS : 8pm

Blue Badgers - Truck Driving Music From around the world - joyful, sweet and raw. Expect a wide range of styles from Hillbilly to Gypsy Punk, Irish folk to heartfelt blues and boogie played with freshness and infectiously enthusiastic vocal harmonies.

Featuring fiddle and accordion as well as double bass, harmonica, guitar and drums. The Blue Badgers deliver an enjoyable mix of new and more familiar songs.

You can try but it takes a strong will to resist the urge to dance to this band.
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Friday 29th November 2019

Sorelle Singers presents SOME ENCHANTED EVENING : 7pm for 7:30pm start

Magic sparkles at every turn as the sun sets and witches, nymphs and fairies come out to play. The delights of springtime give way to the mystery of the moon and into the magic of winters chill. With more than one spell being cast and potion brewed, love is stirred and enchantment fills the air as the sopranos journey into the night.

Featuring such enchanting pieces as Song to the Moon (Russalka), Evening Prayer (Hansel and Gretel) and The Last Midnight (Into the Woods)
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