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11th Dec 2020Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies - CANCELLED

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Folkclubs in this area

Derby Heritage Traditional Music ClubDerby's premier folk music venue...  The Derby Heritage Traditional Music Club  (affectionately known as 'The Gaol Folk Club') due to the unique nature of the chosen venue, The Old Derby Gaol!We are here on the third Thursday of every month? (Except August.) Experience the best in live, traditional music performances from many of the leading local exponents (Chris Orme, Jack Crawford, John Titford, Bill Wilkes and Pete Burnham to name just a few.)  Special guest appearances from top national and international performers to entertain, inspire and delight the audience and performers alike!  
Bring a song or two of your own if you wish - one of our main aims is to provide an opportunity for ordinary people to get up (or not) and perform an item - be it a song, a tune, a story, a dance (when there's room!) or even a joke!  
Or simply come and avail yourself of the 'entertainment' and renowned atmosphere and maybe sing along with the choruses!

We promise that you will not be disappointed and you will be made very welcome...
Keith Kendrick and Paul Slater
Folk Magazines and Folk LinksThe original Artisan Web Site is definately worth a look! for information about Folk Magazines and all things Folk.
Leicester Folk Diary.... if you ever stray south and are looking for Folk Music in Leicestershire - look here!
Malton Cajun and Zydeco FestivalYorkshire Cajun Club runs the Cajun & Zydeco Festival in Malton in Malton YO17 7LX, North Yorkshire.  CLICK HERE for more information.
Sheffield - Edale Rambler FOLK TRAINThe Folk Train is sponsored by The Rambler Country Hotel, Edale, Hope Valley and High Peak Community Rail Partnership (HVHPCRP), and Northern Rail. Performers are organised by Gerry Bates of The South Riding Folk Arts Network.The Folk Train runs on the fourth Tuesday of each month (not necessarily the last Tuesday!), departing from Sheffield (platform 2C - a long trek from the station entrance!) at 1914 (7:14pm) and returning on the 2128 (9:28pm) from Edale.
The Mart Theatre in SkiptonThe Mart Theatre offers an experimental mixed programme of professional touring productions, workshops and events. The development is designed to provide an innovative and cultural facility in a rural area that aims to bring art and agriculture together in a creative response to the reality and future of rural and agricultural life.

Autumn 2005 saw the first performance in this newly refurbished auction ring with Jeremy Hardy. He performed to a near capacity house with whoops of laughter bouncing around the walls and everyone went home amazed at how intimate the space feels for 300 seater. Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy loved the feel of the space and thought it was fantastic for sound and are looking forward to hearing about a folk festival being developed as they thought it was a super venue and the first Family Christmas Show sold out of all but one of it’s performances.  The Mart Theatre, Ling Fields, Gargrave Road, Skipton  BD23 1UD Box Office: 01756)791411 - Mon-Fri 10am-4pm 
TradMusic.ComTradMusic.Com is a seriously professional site for traditional and world music fans.
TradMusic.Com is a great gig and festival guide - easy to find what you want.

News

CHESTERFIELD FOLK CLUB ANNOUNCES ITS CLOSURE

It is with sadness that Chesterfield Folk Club announces its closure and that its remaining planned concerts are cancelled. As chair of the committee, I would like to take this opportunity to comment.

Thank you for making this club one of the finest in the country. We have had the pleasure of staging some of the best performers in the land since we took over running the club in January 2010. We have staged 121 concerts, the last 56 of which have been at the superb venue of the Chesterfield Library Theatre. We are grateful for the Library’s support in reserving the nights we booked and for the premises officer’s enthusiastic help without which we could not have managed the evenings.

As an audience, you have been second to none. Your friendly and appreciative support and turning out in significant numbers gave us the confidence and ability to book the best acts. They, in turn, were keen to play at the theatre and were effusive in their praise of the reception you gave them and of the venue itself.

I am sure that, as an audience, you would wish to thank the committee who gave freely of their time to organize these not-for-profit concerts. Each event took approximately 100 hours of work, the reward for which was the exceptional nights of entertainment. Although none of the committee would ever seek the limelight, I would like to thank Geoff and Kath Deighton, Steve and Julie Swallow, Kam and (the late) Paul Britland, Dave Banks and Pauline Bateson. Without them we would have had no artists, no tickets, no advertising, no brilliant sound, no bar, no meet-and-greet and, in the best tradition of folk clubs, no raffle!

We had decided some time ago that we would finish running the club this December and had hoped that other younger people might have stepped forward to take it over or start to run their own. As it happens, in common with much of the world in 2020, the pandemic has altered our plans to finish with a string of sell-out concerts culminating in our most booked and revered artist, Jez Lowe with his band the Bad Pennies.

It remains for me only to say thank you again and only wish I could have said it in person in my role as MC.

Very best wishes form all at Chesterfield Folk Club


David Bateson OBE, Chair