Welcome to our October Newsletter

"Listen!  the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!" -  Humbert Wolfe 

We know that summer is coming to an end.  The cooler days ahead will bring more rain and dark evenings. In Greek mythology, Persephone, daughter of Demeter, now returns to the underworld to be with Hades for six months (and keep warm by the fire?).  Demeter, still angry about the choice of Persephone, and trickery by Hades, causes the world to grow cold, plants to die, and darkness to descend on the earth.

So now you are reminded why it gets cold and miserable at this time of year why not cheer yourself up with one of our excellent concert evenings. This month we have local legend and award winner Blair Dunlop and next month a welcome return for Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.

We hope you will join us at the Library Theatre.


At a glance

October 2017
Friday 13th

Blair Dunlop

November 2017
Friday 10th

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

December 2017
Friday 8th

Granny's Attic


Friday 13th October 2017

Blair Dunlop

Tickets £12

Chesterfield's very own Horizon Award winner makes a welcome return!

Blair is an accomplished guitarist and singer as well as having great song-writing talent.  His style is varied, ranging from thoughtful ballads to upbeat songs, many with a Bluegrass feel. His superb finger-picking guitar style is distinctive and exciting and his stage presence makes every one of his concerts a joy to watch.

The local band Jig for a Kiss, (formerly Ashgate Calling), who went down a storm last time they came to us, will  be our opening act this evening.


Friday 10th November 2017

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Tickets £12

We are proud to welcome a duo that have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

Twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 folk award for best duo – 2016 & 2013 – the couple's intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as songwriters.   Their greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale. 

Building upward from their last two highly praised albums 'Tomorrow Will Follow Today' and 'Hidden People', fans of folk and acoustic music can only wonder where this leading couple will choose to turn next.

With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, The Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.


Friday 8th December 2017

Granny's Attic

Tickets £12

We are delighted to have arranged a visit from these three amazing young musicians!

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve and energy in their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions.

Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.



At The Three Merry Lads, Cutthorpe - Next session:  Monday 6th November 2017

The session that everyone is missing is back!  The Three Merry Lads at Cutthorpe has reopened and the new landlord has welcomed us with open arms.  Our folk and acoustic session retains its regular slot on the first Monday of each month starting at 8pm.  Sing, play, tell stories, read poems, share jokes and anecdotes or just sit and listen.  Free entry.