Welcome to our March Newsletter

"Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children."

-  William Makepeace Thackeray

Here's a pub quiz question for you. Who was Constance Penswick Smith?

Constance is the person generally credited with the revival of Mothering Sunday after it had fallen by the wayside by the middle of the 19th century.  She was born and died (of tonsillitis, no less) not a million miles from where I am sat at this moment, in the Nottinghamshire village of Coddington.  If you are sending, or receive, a card on the 14th of this Month then you can thank Constance.  However the tradition itself may well go back to the March feast of the Roman Hilaria, the Mother of Gods.

Are looking for something interesting to do with Mum this month?  Why not bring her along to the folk club to see Phil Beer?  Phil is a world class musician, whether playing with of Show of Hands or touring solo, as he currently is, on his String Theory tour.  An excellent introduction to the genre for any one who hasn't been to one of our concerts before.


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At a glance

March 2018
Friday 9th

Phil Beer

April 2018
Friday 13th

The Gerry Colvin Band

May 2018
Friday 11th

Wizz Jones


Friday 9th March 2018

Phil Beer

Tickets £15

Show of Hands member Phil Beer returns to Chesterfield as part of his String Theory tour.

Phil will be delivering his unique recipe of rich vocals and flawless musicianship across a range of stringed instruments (slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American Cuatro).

Alongside some Show of Hands classics, Phil will deliver his signature interpretation of much-loved folk and rock songs alongside a wealth of brand-new material, and there'll be the odd laugh thrown in for good measure.

This will be a very popular concert so get your tickets early!

Friday 13th April 2018

The Gerry Colvin Band

Tickets £12

Folk-rock; folk-pop; folk-jazz - call them what you like, this band is exciting and we are delighted to have them at our club!

A professional since 1970, Gerry has been in several line-ups and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music world such as Alison Moyet and Robert Plant. He has supported Status Quo on a nationwide tour, has made several highly-acclaimed albums and has appeared on BBC's Pebble Mill at One programme.

Highly recommended by Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention, this band went down a storm at the 2017 Cropredy Festival.


Friday 11th May 2018

Wizz Jones

Tickets £12

The legendary folk/blues guitarist comes to Chesterfield!

Originally inspired by seeing Big Bill Broonzy and Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Wizz learnt his guitar licks from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry whilst playing in the coffee bars of London's Soho in the late 1950's.

Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and the late John Renbourn have all named him as an important early influence and Bruce Springsteen opened his Berlin concert in May 2012 with Wizz’s song "When I Leave Berlin".

We are delighted to welcome this terrific folk/blues singer and finger-picker to our club.




The Three Merry Lads, Cutthorpe

The pub is now open again and we hope to be announcing the resumption of our monthly sessions soon. Watch this space for news of this and other local events supported by the club.