Welcome to our March Newsletter

On Friday, 8th March 2019, we are proud to present

 

Megson

 

Tickets £13

  Supported by Del Scott Miller

A very welcome first-time visit from this highly talented duo from Teesside!

Megson are a duo composed of husband and wife Stu and Debbie Hanna. The duo have released four albums and one EP. Their live performances feature Stu playing guitar, mandolin and banjo and Hannah on accordion as backing to their vocal harmonies.

Bringing an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars, Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their songwriting, but also their exquisite musicianship and northern humour.

They have been nominated for "Best Duo" at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards three years in a row and their music has been played by several radio DJs including BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris, who invited them to do a live studio session for his show in 2007. They also accompanied Lucy Ward on her 2011 album, Adelphi Has to Fly, which was produced by Stu Hanna.

 

Our supporting artist this evening will be Del Scott Miller who is a guitarist, songwriter, poet and writer from Barnsley. He has written and recorded four albums and supported, among others, The Stranglers' Baz Warne, the UK's current blues guitar hero Ben Poole, Subways' Billy Lunn and folk guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson, often cited as one of the world's finest acoustic players. In 2012 he played in the final of Open Mic UK at the O2 Arena in London.

 

At a glance

March 2019
Friday 8th

Megson

Supported by Del Scott Miller

April 2019
Friday 12th

O'Hooley & Tidow

Supported by Nigel Parsons

May 2019
Friday 10th

Steve Tilston

Supported by Rhiannon Scutt

 


Friday 12th April 2019

O'Hooley & Tidow

Tickets £14

  Supported by Nigel Parsons

A very welcome return visit from a duo who packed the theatre last time they came!

Nominees in the Best Duo category in the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and winners of the Mojo Folk Album of the year in 2014, Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow have become this year's "must-see" act.

Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, 6 Music's Tom Robinson says 'They sing together in the way families do. Normally, you only get that closeness in the voices with family bands like The Coppers or The Watersons.'

Our opening spot will be Nigel Parsons, a talented Sheffield-based singer-songwriter who performs his own songs, friends' songs and imaginative covers of some of his favourites on guitar and stomp box.


Friday 10th May 2019

Steve Tilston

Tickets £12

  Supported by Rhiannon Scutt

The brilliant songwriter and guitar maestro returns to Chesterfield!

Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated songsmiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music. The words, arrangements and quite superb guitar playing ensure an evening of high quality entertainment.


 

Anthony John Clarke and Dave Pegg, supported by Becky and the Sharks (Friday November 9th 2018)

Review by Dave Banks


It's always an enjoyable evening at Chesterfield Folk Club's monthly concerts at the Library Theatre, but this month was particularly so, due to the quality of comedy on offer, in addition to superb musicianship. The acts could have been specifically designed to appeal to my sense of humour, with lyrics that featured not only Khazad-dûm and Shackleton's banjo, but also the greatest footballer of all time, Archie Gemmill (not once, but twice!)

The show was opened by 5-piece band Becky and the Sharks. They're from the wrong side of the Pennines, but that mattered not a jot. The band has recently expanded from a threesome and now features Monica on bass, Steve on keyboards, Briget on cello, Penny on percussion. Singer Leslie Anne Davies, who is also songwriter-in-chief, played acoustic guitar and displayed a great, unforced vocal range. The songs were not only musically accomplished but very entertaining, from the Tolkien send-up Mithril ("All I want's a camisole of mithril... I'd even snog that big balrog, down in Khazad-dûm"), through Goth at Heart, to the fabulous up-beat East End Shelley ("Sweet little Shelley – Shelley's got a gun").

The Sharks were followed by the duo of Dave Pegg and Anthony John Clarke. Dave, of course, is a grand old warhorse of the folk scene – having played bass with Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull – and tonight he underpinned the evening with electric bass and mandolin. Anthony John Clarke fronted the duo with a guitar and a mix of song and comedy that put me in mind of a Belfast Billy Connolly. Live comedy has got to be one of the toughest jobs on earth, but to deliver gags and banter with flawless timing, while playing finger-picking guitar and holding down a rhythm left me feeling I'd just watched a masterclass in performing arts. I'm sure a lot of rehearsal and experience lies behind Anthony John's delivery, but his one-liners seemed to flow completely naturally, often relying heavily on gags about his wife Julia ("To think I nearly lost her... that was one hell of a card game!") and his Aunt Lilly. The songwriting was deeply impressive, too, ranging from the more sober end of the spectrum (The Broken Years and Years Ago, Not Now – about the bands and acts who'd had the courage to visit Belfast during the years of civil war), but usually ending up in comic mode ("Tuesday Night is Always Karaoke", describing the characters inhabiting a particularly god-forsaken pub on the Irish coast). Anthony John's lyrics impress and tickle my sensibilities (ooh, matron!). You can't not love lyrics like "Nibble on my little ear, Mother Superior" and a song that rhymes "clumsy tackling" with "Illya Kuryakin" (My Good Old Days). And then – those two Archie Gemmill lyrics - and the news that Donald Trump is Jedward's father - just made the night complete.

Come back soon, Dave, Anthony John and the various Beckys.

 
Concert photos by Patrick Scott