Welcome to our November Newsletter

This Friday, 9th November, we are proud to present


Anthony John Clarke & Dave Pegg


Tickets £12

Popular singer-songwriter Anthony John Clarke teams up with Dave Pegg of Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention fame for a welcome return visit.

Anthony John's songs will take you on a journey from happy to sad and every emotion in between. His words have the knack of hitting the nail right on the head with every song he performs. You don't just get a guy singing great songs, you get a great performance!

For this concert he is joined by Fairport Convention’s bass player Dave Pegg. This combination guarantees an evening of exquisite, outstanding music and a lot of humour.



At a glance

November 2018
Friday 9th

Anthony John Clarke & Dave Pegg

December 2018
Friday 14th

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

January 2019
Friday 11th

Kathryn Williams

Supported by Ichabod Wolf


Friday 14th December 2018

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

Tickets £12

Join Jez and the band for our Christmas show.

Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies have been playing their songs and music of Northern England for a decade and a half around the folk festivals, clubs and concert stages of the world. "Acoustic simplicity coupled with electric vitality" was how they were described in their early days, and with half a dozen albums to their credit, along with solo albums by Jez and by other members of the group, their following has continued to increase. In 2006 alone they have played in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium and of course all over the UK and Ireland. Strong vocals, backed by outstanding instrumental back-up on guitar, cittern, fiddle, fretless bass, keyboards and Northumbrian Pipes, have made them one of Britain's top attractions on the folk/acoustic/Celtic circuit.  

Friday 11th January 2019

Kathryn Williams

Tickets £12

Kathryn Williams is a highly respected singer and songwriter, born in Liverpool and currently based in Newcastle.

Her first album, "Dog Leap Stairs", was famously recorded and released for next-to-nothing, yet received great critical acclaim; the magazine Uncut wrote: "With a voice and songs like these, who needed a budget?" It was her second album, "Little Black Numbers", that gave Kathryn her breakthrough in 2000, garnering a Mercury Music Prize nomination for Album of the Year. Since then, Kathryn has released an impressive string of albums of original songs and carefully selected covers, including "Two" in 2007, "Crown Electric" in 2013 and "Hypoxia" (2015), this last based on Sylvia Plath's novel, "The Bell Jar".

Ichabod Wolf is a local singer-songwriter. He performs original songs about myth, mortality and unemployment in a distinctive baritone voice. His evocative lyricism draws influence from some of the most significant songwriters of the past sixty years; Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits.



Ashley Hutchings and Blair Dunlop, supported by Friction Farm (September 2018)

Review by Dave Banks

Chesterfield Folk Club's September concert, which opened the new 2018-19 season, proved to be a cosy and warm delight for music fans across the generations. The Club is especially happy to enjoy such a great venue in the Chesterfield Library theatre, which has near-perfect acoustics and must be one of the town's least appreciated and most underused resources. The evening was opened by the US duo "Friction Farm", who played a tight set of six songs for two voices, an acoustic guitar and a might fine Taylor baby acoustic bass. In less skilled hands, several of Friction Farm's songs could unfairly be described as hippy-esque sentimentality, but it is a testament to the professionality, sheer musicality and writing ability of the pair, that even a hard-shelled humbug such as myself was thoroughly won over by tunes such as Last Glimpse of Infinity, about the disappearance of the night sky amongst the ever-creeping light pollution from our cities.

Then came the turn of the mighty-music machine that is the Dunlop-Hutchings Consortium. Blair opened the set with his new single, Sweet on You, a catchy and witty song, wondering whether he’d made the right decision in falling for a girl who didn't like Ry Cooder (and whether her mother, a Cooder fan, would have been a wiser bet). For some reason, I've managed to miss Blair Dunlop's local concerts, but I was well impressed by his excellent, confident guitar playing and by his vocals. Blair's father, Ashley Hutchings, provided an excellent counterpoint, playing bass and providing us poetry, traditional morris melodies (Mr Trill's Song) and stories about the glory days of folk rock. Particularly touching was his recollection of meeting Nick Drake at the Camden Roundhouse in the late 1960s and Nick's frustration at never finding the breakthrough he craved during his lifetime.

What particularly charmed me about the evening was the slight familial tension between Ashley and Blair. Blair surreptitiously rolling his eyes at his dad's corny jokes and well-worn stories. Ashley having a dig at Blair's dress sense ("I'd have dressed down if I'd known"). Add Blair's mum, Judy Dunlop, into the equation (shivering away on the front row in the blast of the air conditioning) and you had the perfect evening. Judy took the stage for a couple of songs, her beautiful voice sensitively accompanied by Blair on guitar – but she's back in her own right this month as one half of a double-header with Quicksilver. Do join us!

  Concert photos by Patrick Scott