JANUARY 2018

QUIZ NIGHTS

Don’t miss our 9pm Tuesday Quiz. £1 entry all proceeds to Friends of Bingham Park. The chance to Win a gallon of Thornbridge beer!

LEARN TO PLAY THE GUITAR

A series of beginners, 10 week, group workshops in The Backroom [more]

Ben Ottewell


Wednesday 17th January / 8pm / £14

A laid back, up close evening with the singer and lead guitarist of Gomez well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rolling Stone said “Gomez’s not so secret weapon is Ben Ottewell” and GQ once wrote “Ben Ottewell’s voice is not of this world.”

It’s nearly 2 years since Ben’s last appearance at the Greystones, a do not miss show.

Hope and Social

Thursday 18th January / 7.30pm / £13

Chosen to write and record the official Yorkshire Festival 2014 song, The Big Wide,  Hope and Social completed the epic Tour of Infinite Possibilites (TIP). Creating A Band Anyone Can Join along the way, 12 gigs in 12 Yorkshire towns over 2 weekends on a cycle powered stage following the route of the Grand Depart. The project was a huge triumph winning the hearts of thousands and resulting in the band playing the opening ceremony of the Tour De France at Leeds Arena, an event that was broadcast live to millions worldwide. Formed 8 years ago they’ve recorded 6 albums and played 1,000’s of gigs including Glastonbury.

“We do things bands do but so much more. We’re a people band, we like people and we like to involve people; to sing and play on our records, to be in the videos, to make events and projects life changing and affirming.” Hope and Social

The Deslondes

Saturday 20th January / 7.30pm / £16

Plus special guests The Buffalo Skinners

Named after the street in New Orleans where the band first came together, The Deslondes have continued to tour relentlessly since Doores and Cutler departed their roles in Hurray For The Riff Raff to focus on the band. The Deslondes met up last winter and recorded everything for five days, working out new songs and arrangements. With a batch of 20 new songs, they invited their longtime producer & engineer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) to New Orleans to begin tracking that summer, creating a makeshift recording studio at The Tigermen Den in the Bywater neighborhood. The album that emerged was Hurry Home. “It’s a fitting title for this album because our lives and our songwriting revolve around leaving and returning, or searching for, home,” says the band. “And home can be a physical place, a relationship, or a state of mind.”  

Otway and The Big Band

Sunday 21st January / 8pm / £14

Support Sign Of A Teaspoon, Sheffield based, ukulele trio.

Musical mayhem and shambolic incompetence from one of the UK’s truly eccentric cult artists. Otways gig with Wild Willy Barrett earlier this year sold out, this time he’s bringing the Big Band featuring members of John Peel favourites The Sweeney and Eddie and The Hot Rods. His big screen debut titled “Otway The Movie, The story of Rock n Rolls Greatest Failure” was runner up in a recent readers poll in the Guardian, his new 2016 album is being recorded, with the Big Band, on the Caribbean island of Montserrat the first International artists to record there since the Stones in 1989. A do not miss show guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Open Mic/Acoustic Evening

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Monday 22nd January / 8pm / FREE

A fantastic line-up of the best and most enthusiastic local talent, plus some guest appearances.

Anyone can join in, all abilities welcome and participation from the audience is always encouraged. P.A. and mics provided, so just bring yourselves, your instruments and your friends to enjoy the proceedings.

The songs of Cosmotheka & Merrymaker

as performed by Dave Sealey, Dan Sealey and Adam Barry

Thursday 25th January / 8pm / £13

This gig has been rescheduled to autumn, new date tbc. All purchased tickets will be valid for the new date.

Following the rapturous standing ovation given to COSMOTHEKA at The 2017 Bromyard Folk Festival 50th Anniversary, Dave & Dan Sealey, together with Adam Barry, have been catapulted back into the limelight, back into the rough and tumble working class world of the Folk & Music Hall. Rubbing shoulders with comedy giants like Gus Elan, Harry Champion, and the rest, they’ve picked up the trail, first blazed by Dave and his late brother, Al, leading to ‘sweet Saturday a bellyful of, “Boiled Beef and Carrots”, a bellyful of ale, and a bellyful of laughs at some of the greatest songs ever written. And now, like all time travellers, they’re back, and they’ve brought those wonderful songs back with them, mixed in with the songs of Merrymaker, who have been described as “a band that are creating a commentary on the times we are living in” by Folk Phenomena, 2017.

Ophelia

Friday 26th January / 7.30pm / £7

Born on Highway 30 along the Emerald Coast near the Gulf of Mexico, and raised on the road across two continents, Samuel Taylor and Rebecca Van Cleave’s Ophelia charts a journey of love, life, loss, past, and present with evocative melodies and sizzling songwriting chemistry.
A transatlantic band of vagabonds, Ophelia captures a sound reminiscent of the days of Buckingham and Nicks, with a modern twist. A full band performance to celebrate the release of their debut album ‘Blackbox Memories’.
“… sounds like some long lost collaboration between Nick Cave and Feist.” Belwood Music
“… not only beautiful vocal tones and harmonies from both singers, but an obvious musical chemistry, something that I can imagine to be even more infectious live.”  Now Then Magazine.

Concerteenies: Clarinet & piano

Saturday 27th January / 10:30am-11:15am (up to 1s)

Concerteenies is a highly popular concert series for babies, toddlers and their grown-ups.

Internationally renowned musicians Matthew Hunt (clarinet) and Annabelle Lawson (piano) will perform music by Mozart, Schumann, Gershwin, Ravel and Piazzolla. With bubbles, percussion, props and informal introductions, this is a fun and highly engaging concert for adults and their babies.

 

Blue Rose Code

Saturday 27th January / 7.30pm / £12.50

Edinburgh born Ross Wilson spent his creative formative years in East London, then moved to South England “to be by the sea’s energy” but it is in his homecoming that he has found where his heart is. Life wasn’t always simple for Wilson. “I have swapped one type of chaos for another” says Wilson.
Now a committed enthusiast and creative whirling dervish, Wilson has seen the past few years produce his most exciting work including the album ‘The Ballad of Peckham Rye’, which was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album Of The Year Awards in 2014 and featured a roll-call of remarkable talent, including Danny Thompson, Karine Polwart, John Wetton, Aidan O’Rourke and Kathryn Williams.

Mandolin Orange 

Monday 29th January / 7.30pm / £15

Acclaimed North Carolina-based band Mandolin Orange’s new album, Blindfaller, is now #3 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Chart and #7 on Heatseekers after its recent release on Yep Roc Records. No Depression raves, “The voices of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz were seemingly destined to make music and beautiful sounds together in harmony…the music they make is nothing short of perfection.” Their single, “Hard Travelin’,” previously premiered via PopMatters, who called the track, “a delightful mix of Americana, bluegrass and country.” The new release builds on the acclaim of the band’s breakthrough Yep Roc debut, This Side of Jordan (2013), and last year’s Such Jubilee (2015).

Johnny Dowd and Melle de Boer 

Wednesday 31st January / 7.30pm / £15

If two people mine the same territory long enough, they’ll eventually meet. Johnny Dowd and Melle de Boer have been digging deep into the human soul for a long time. Like Orpheus, they go to the underworld and make beautiful songs about their journeys. Now their journeys are coming together in a collaborative performance. They’ll play their songs—old songs, new songs. It won’t be a sleepy singer-songwriter night. It will be electric, chaotic, hard and ugly, soft and beautiful. They’ll combine their individual stories to provide a new, unforgettable, and unique performance. They’ll each do a set of their own songs, then together they will perform a set of traditional songs interpreted in an unconventional way. Behind the music will be visuals—drawings, photos.