"Be off!" say Winter's snows; "Now it's my turn to sing!"

- Victor Hugo

February is the month in which we begin to think about sowing new crops for the coming spring.  The Romans celebrated Sementina, or the festival of sowing, dedicated to Ceres (Goddess of crops) and Tellus (the Earth).  A handy reminder to get out your seed trays and tidy up the greenhouse if you are a keen gardener.

February is also a good time for music and song, as Victor Hugo suggests. The days are beginning to lengthen again and we have much to look forward to. Join us for a great evening of music and song in the Library Theatre on Friday 10th as we welcome award winning duo Nancy Kerr and James Fagan.  Their electrifying fiddle, guitar and bouzouki playing together with powerful vocals will be guaranteed to enthrall you.

Supporting them will be 'Welsh Geoff', a well known figure for those of you who come to our monthly sing-around at the Three Merry Lads. Geoff, originally from Swansea, now lives and performs locally in the Chesterfield and Sheffield region. His songs stem from the great Welsh tradition of poetry, humour and storytelling and promise to complete an excellent and varied concert for all of us.

 

At a glance

February 2017
Friday 10th

Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

Supported by Welsh Geoff

March 2017
Friday 10th

The LOST Will and Testament of Jake Thackray, by John Watterson

April 2017
Friday 7th

Hicks and Goulbourn plus Stanley Accrington

 


Friday 10th February 2017

Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

Tickets £12

A long-overdue return visit from this electrifying duo who have mesmerised audiences throughout the world.

This well-loved Anglo-Australian pair have won several BBC Folk awards including the inaugural Horizon award and Best Duo in 2003 and 2011.  James and Nancy have formidable instrumental skills with James’ bouzouki superbly complementing Nancy’s amazing fiddle playing style.  Add to this their two powerful voices and you have a duo whose performance is totally enthralling.


Friday 10th March 2017

The LOST Will and Testament of Jake Thackray, by John Watterson

Tickets £12

John Watterson presents his new show about the late Jake Thackray.

In the course of his research, John has uncovered 15 songs written by Jake but not released, some being banned from broadcast by the BBC.

 

These fabulous songs – hilarious, serious, bitingly satirical - along with never-before told stories from the biography research, plus some much loved Jake classics, feature in John's brand new show for 2017 'The LOST Will and Testament of Jake Thackray'.



Friday 7th April 2017

Hicks and Goulbourn plus Stanley Accrington

Tickets £12

A fabulous double-header concert featuring two contrasting and highly entertaining acts!

Genius comic songwriter Stanley,  who can produce humorous and topical songs at the drop of a hat, will have you in stitches at the sharpness of his wit and the originality of his songs.   He also sings some serious and poignant compositions as well, making him an all-round entertainer.

Hicks and Goulbourn have become an established act on the folk and acoustic music scene in the UK and abroad due to their easy manner on stage, a huge variety of musical styles, Lynn’s pure vocals and of course Steve’s breathtaking guitar playing.

 

An evening not to be missed!

 

 

At The Three Merry Lads, Cutthorpe - Next sessions:  Monday 6th February, Monday 6th March 2017

Folk and acoustic session on the first Monday of each month in the back room, starting at 8pm.  There's a rumor (not started by us!) that this is getting to be one of the best sessions in Chesterfield.  Don't miss out.  Sing, play, tell stories, read poems, share jokes and anecdotes or just sit and listen.  Free entry.