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]

Open Mic/Acoustic Evening

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Monday 8th 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.

David Ramirez


Sunday 14th January / 7.30pm / £13

In a world full of singer-songwriters hawking their stories, Ramirez has managed to stand out from the noise, developing a fiercely loyal following of fans who are drawn to his intimately personal songwriting. “When someone buys a record of mine, they’re getting my life. They are essentially memoirs. They’re going to know a little bit more about who I am.” NPR Music praised his knack for writing “dark, wrenching tales that are immediately identifiable to those who’ve loved and lost,” while Paste described his “brutally honest” lyrics as “almost alarmingly descriptive.”

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

Named after the street in the Holy Cross neighborhood of 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 entirely on the band. The Deslondes met up last winter at New West Records’ studio and rehearsal space in Athens, GA., 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.”  

Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory


Sunday 21st January / 7.30pm / £15

Grammy award winner, the Cosmic American lovechild of Ling Wray and Howlin Wolf. Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory is a live explosion of roots rock that is a test of time in the world of music. He creates a blurred line of Blues, Roots, Country and Rock music that has been enjoyed in our culture for decades. The band bends the strings and drops the groove to a level that is only achieved with experience and true love of playing with such passion. This trio brings a very eclectic music experience that you will be telling all of your music loving fans about the next day and for years to come.

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

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.

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.