Welcome to our December Newsletter

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!" -  Charles Dickens

Yuletide is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half.   Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds protected through the fall and winter in her womb.  Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were wassailed with toasts of spiced cider.

We still have a little time before the shortest day but most of us are ready for some winter cheer and a little wassailing.  So join us for a drink and a great evening with Granny's Attic this Friday, 8th December.


At a glance

December 2017
Friday 8th

Granny's Attic

January 2018
Friday 12th

Sally Barker

February 2018
Friday 9th

Martin Simpson


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.

Friday 12th January 2018

Sally Barker

Tickets £12

The finalist from "The Voice" returns to Chesterfield!

Sally was last with us in February 2015 and what a great concert she gave us!

As a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Sally has had a long and varied career in music. Labelled a folk artist for much of her successful career, Sally's appeal stretches across many more musical genres. A much respected solo artist with half a dozen solo albums to her name, Sally is also celebrated for fronting all-female folk supergroup, The Poozies.

We are delighted to have her back at our club.


Friday 9th February 2018

Martin Simpson

Tickets £15

A welcome return visit by this top performer!

Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.

Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice.

Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.




The Three Merry Lads, Cutthorpe

We hope this pub will be opening again soon to welcome singers and players but there will not be a session there this month. Watch this space for news of this and other sessions supported by the club.