Alstonefield Events

COMING We welcome all visitors to our events that take place at the Village Hall (Memorial Hall), Alstonefield, Nr. Ashbourne, DE6 2FR, or at St. Peter’s Church, Alstonefield, Nr. Ashbourne, DE6 2FX. Click here for car parking information and here for maps and directions

 Information & full contact details appear at the bottom of this page.

28th May 2016 –-  Village Hall (Doors 7 for 7.30)

AVH Concerts presents:

Amy Wadge

amy and pete 2“Amy Wadge is widely regarded as one of the country’s most successful female singer/songwriters, who also works extensively as a songwriter for other artists. She recently achieved worldwide success with double Brit winner Ed Sheeran, co-writing his number one single‘Thinking out loud.’ The single has sold more than 6 million copies in the US, 3 million in the UK and has been number one in 19 countries including the UK. Amy was also nominated in December 2015 for a Grammy Award. Amy and Pete Riley first came together 4 years ago to write, immediately clicked and after many years as solo artists, they decided to collaborate, record and tour as a duo.

“An irresistible, riveting performer” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Tickets £12 (plus booking fee if bought online)

July 16th 2016 –-  Village Hall (Doors 7 for 7.30)

An Evening with Natalie Duncan


Natalie Duncan is a soul and jazz-influenced singer -songwriter and pianist from Nottingham, who has been compared to the likes of Alicia Keys and Nina Simone. Her 2012 debut album ‘The devil in me’ album received critical acclaim and in September of that year she appeared on the BBC programme ‘Later… with Jools Holland’. The same episode featured the British rock band Muse, who she went on to support in their next European tour. Her cover version of Etta James’ ‘At Last’ featured in an advert for Autotrader.

Her latest single, ‘Lies’ was released in August 2018, and garnered over 50,000 listens on Spotify in its first month.

Tickets £12 (plus booking fee if bought online)

August 20th 2016–-  Village Hall (Doors 7 for 7.30)

Guy Davis

Along with Eric Bibb and Corey Harris, Guy Davis is one of the black American musicians who followed Taj Mahal in looking to the early acoustic blues for inspiration. He’s a singer-songwriter and impressive multi-instrumentalist, at his best mixing strong stories with vintage blues. When Guy Davis plays the blues, he doesn’t want you to notice how much art is involved. “It takes work making a song that’s simple, and playful, and easy to do,” he says. “And I don’t want people to see that. I want to uplift and create something that causes delight. And I want some little eight-year-old kid in the front row to have   big eyes and say, ‘Hey, I want to do that!’.”


Tickets £12 (plus booking fee if bought online)


October 15th 2016 –-  Village Hall (Doors 7 for 7.30)

Philip Henry and Hannah Martin

Winners of 2014’s BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, have come a long way on their journey.

In 2009, Phillip, one of the UK’s finest slide guitarists and harmonica players, moved into a tent in south Devon. He had just returned from studying Indian classical guitar in Calcutta with world expert Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. He had his tent, his car, and a five year plan to earn a living through his music. Playing in alt-folk outfit The Roots Union, he met Devonian fiddle-singer Hannah Martin, and the pair instantly recognized a very powerful musical connection. When the band ended, they continued as a duo, playing all over the country, from Glastonbury festival to busking sessions on the seafront at Sidmouth Folk Week.

It was during one of these busking stints that they were spotted in an encounter with Steve Knightley (Show Of Hands) that now goes down in folk legend. Recognizing the potential of Henry and Martin’s partnership, Knightley invited them to accompany Show Of Hands on a nationwide tour, culminating with a show at the Royal Albert Hall at Easter 2012.

Best Duo – 2014 BBC Folk Awards

“This duo has a combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma that merits a slot on much bigger stages”   - John L. Walters, The Guardian

“Eloquent performers – a musical success story”   - Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3

“Songs that linger in the memory held together by the fine musicianship of Henry and Martin. Strong and original – an unusual treat”
Martin Chilton, Daily Telegraph


Tickets £12 (plus booking fee if bought online)


November 19th 2016 –-  Village Hall (Doors 7 for 7.30)

John Tams and Barry Coope

John Tams described by Mojo as “one of the ultimate British songwriters” has had a career spanning four decades in every medium. A member of the Albion Band and Home Service he is perhaps best known for his work at the National Theatre and as Rifleman Daniel Hagman in the Sharpe television series.
He is a five times winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Barry Coope is a member of  vocal group Coope Boyes and Simpson

John wrote the music to the original theatre production of WARHORSE and  worked on the film alongside composer John Williams. Read more here.

‘John Tams has a voice that can heal. His work is older than Stonehenge but fresher than a morning daisy.’ Bob Hoskins

‘John Tams and Barry Coope confound expectations: rich, diverse, contemporary and utterly compelling. It simply does not get any better than this.’ – Colin Hall, What’s On in London

‘Go and see them. John Tams is a national Treasure. They are brilliant.’ - BBC Radio 2

Tickets £14 (plus booking fee if bought online)


Reviews of previous concerts are here.

We’re listed on The North Staffs Folk Diary.


Village Hall: Please e-mail:  (best!)

(Or telephone: 01335 310322)

Tickets for Village Hall events may be reserved using the above contacts (cheque or cash required) or by using the WeGotTickets links above.

St Peters – 01335 310253

Leaden Boot – 01335 310000

Alstonefield Village Hall Sound is produced by Mixonthehill Studio

“I created my dream, a small studio to record what’s in my head. A work in slow progress! Add my masochistic pleasure in P.A. work and desire to produce pure sound and you have Mixonthehill.

Contact Alan if you have something you want to record (or need PA!) at very reasonable rates. or 07733 004458


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