Alstonefield Events

“Community spirit isn’t about keeping the village clean to win the Best Kept Village competition. Community spirit is about socialising…”  Tim Eades, Alstonefield, Voices from the Edge

We welcome all visitors to our events:
– at the Village Hall (Memorial Hall) – DE6 2FR
– at St Peter’s church – DE6 2FX

Click here for car parking  information and here for maps and directions.

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. There is a licensed bar and all concerts start at 8pm unless stated (doors 7.30). Buy online at WeGotTickets, call 01335 310322 or email hopedalemusic@btinternet.com.

A list of all confirmed concerts in the hall to the end of 2018 can be found here, as a PDF file

Video clips and reviews of selected previous concerts can be found here.
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Saturday 11 November  8pm, doors 7.30pm

STEVE TILSTON & JEZ LOWE (with Hugh Bradley on bass)

Thirty-four years after it was written, singer songwriter Steve Tilston discovered that John Lennon wrote him a letter just after the Beatles split. In his letter, which went to the office of a reporter on ZigZag magazine, Lennon shared his thoughts on fame and fortune as a songwriter. The letter was the inspiration behind the 2015 film Danny Collins. Steve has gone on to record more than twenty albums.

His songs have been covered by a who’s who of the folk scene. He’s won a BBC Folk Award for Best Original Song and appeared on BBC2’s ‘Later with Jools Holland’.

In a parallel life as a folk singer and songwriter, Jez Lowe is also one of the most ‘covered’ songwriter on the UK folk and roots circuit. Over the last couple of decades, the likes of Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, The Unthanks, Wizz Jones, The McCalmans, Mary Black, Bob Fox, The Young Uns, Cherish The Ladies, TheClancys and scores more, have queued up to adopt his songs for their own repertoires. He’s one of the busiest live performers in the country, with a double nomination in the BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song. He’s also a major player in the award-winning BBC radio series, The Radio Ballads.

Joined by Hugh Bradley on double bass, the pair join forces for a concert filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Head to head, neck and neck (guitar necks, that is!) listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living-room song swaps. Questions, answers, anecdotes and anarchy… and a very special evening of music.

Support: Clair Brennan (Staffordshire singer-songwriter)

Licensed bar.

“Jez Lowe is one of our finest songwriters” BBC Radio 2

“His work [Steve Tilston] simply gets better as time goes on.” MOJO

Tickets £12 advance online at WeGotTickets  or call 01335 310322. £14 on the door, subject to late availability. Licensed bar.

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We’re listed on The North Staffs Folk Diary.

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.

alan@mixonthehill.co.uk or 07733 004458

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