We welcome all visitors to our events:
– at the Village Hall (Memorial Hall) – DE6 2FR
– at St Peter’s church – DE6 2FX
Village hall concerts (see also Special Events below)
A list of all 2017 events can be found here, as a PDF file (but check often for any updates).
Regular high quality concerts take place in the hall, usually on Saturday evenings. We like to feature a range of musical styles, such as folk, blues, singer-songwriters, jazz, Americana/ alt.country, etc. (The church also sometimes hosts classical music events or visiting choirs – see below.)
There is a licensed bar at all village hall events.
Reviews of selected previous concerts can be found here.
NEXT EVENT – Saturday 15 April, 8pm (doors 7.30pm)
URBAN FOLK QUARTET
“I was absolutely slain. Fans of ambitious folk should check this out.” The Telegraph
In an age where the word ‘folk’ encompasses everything from Laura Marling to traditional music, the use of such labels to distinguish one musical experience from another has arguably been stretched farther than ever. The Urban Folk Quartet’s distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from Celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms.
The first of those phenomenal fiddlers is Galician Paloma Trigás, who has shared stages and recorded with with the likes of The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Altan, during her tenure touring the stadiums of the world with Spain’s biggest folk star, Carlos Nuñez.
The second is Joe Broughton (Albion Band,) long established on the folk scene as the fieriest English fiddler and showman of his generation. Also an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player, in The UFQ Joe deftly shares multi-instrumentalist duties (often mid-song) with Dan Walsh.
Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the country as well as a gifted singer and guitarist, Dan Walsh (Seth Lakeman Band, The Levellers, Walsh & Pound) joined UFQ in 2014, as guitarist, oud player and founding member Frank Moon stepped out of touring life.
The lineup is completed by Tom Chapman, widely considered to be the most accomplished and innovative cajonero the UK has to offer.
With the vibrant and diverse Birmingham music scene as a fundamental influence, The Urban Folk Quartet is a truly international band. Foreign touring and globally-influenced music have been at the heart of what they do since day one, when in June 2009 their first four gigs took place in four different countries. Since then the UFQ’s trail has blazed across the world, playing everything from secluded coves to 30,000 capacity festival fields, igniting audiences and winning them a devoted fan base from The Bay of Biscay to edge of The North Pacific.
“UFQ show a great deal of inspiration and invention.” The Guardian
Tickets online at WeGotTickets
We’re listed on The North Staffs Folk Diary.
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Concert in St Peter’s church – Saturday 24 June (7.30pm)
FORDANTE present “From Puccini to the Movies and more…”
Fordante return with a spectacular new concert “From Puccini to the Movies and more…” of some of the most beautiful light classics, opera arias and movie music ever written – from composers such as Strauss, Puccini and Ravel. Tickets £12 including wine and nibbles – telephone 01335 310253.
More details of Fordante’s music can be found here (a PDF file).
This year’s annual Folk Gathering takes place from 15 – 19 September. Tickets went on sale on 27 January, and over 90% of the limited availability of 170 have now sold (as at 21 February). For remaining tickets, visit the Folk Gathering website or call 0780 552 9492. More information on the event can be found on the event flyer Folk Gathering flyer (a PDF file).
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