What’s On

Please note: Events are checked regularly but sometimes venues, dates or artists are changed by the event organisers without changing the link so please double check before buying tickets. Sheffield Folk Guide is not responsible for contents of other websites or for any losses caused by cancelled/ altered events. There are several SESSIONS happening most days- please see Jaki’s sessions website. For regular sings including Shape Note singing please see the Useful Info page.

New events will be highlighted in a rainbow box for 2 weeks

April

Thursday 25th April

25/4 Folk Club:  Steve Turner at Crookes Folk Club, The Princess Royal, Slinn Street, Crookes Doors 8.15, starts 8.30. Floor spots before the guest artist. Entry by donation (cash only please).

25/4 Dance: 8PM Playford in the Pub at New Barrack Tavern, 601 Penistone Road Fabulous tunes and energetic dances from the seventeenth-century onwards. The batty grandparent of ceilidh and contra dancing! Dancers, callers, musicians and beginners at all of these things welcome. FREE- (please buy drinks to support the pub)


Friday 26th April

26/4 Gig: Mad Dog Mcrea at The Greystones A unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. sold out

26/4 Gig: Eletto at Cafe #9 With a shared love of folk and country genres, the duo formed in 2020 around best friends Mila Whitaker (vocals/guitar) and Zoe Aradipioti (Vocals/Piano)

26/4 Gig: Jon Palmer Acoustic Band at Nether Edge Bowling Club Uplifting folk, roots, and rock + roll Tickets £10 from Michelle 07742627839

26/4 Gig: Ashley Hutchings and Becky Mills at High Peak Bookstore and Cafe, Brierlow Bar, Buxton ‘100 Not Out’ the story, in Ashley’s own words, with musical illustrations, celebrating his 100 albums, and his unrivalled and indispensable contribution to the development of British Music. **** New listing 2nd week ****

26/4 Gig: Old Spot at Doncaster Brewery and Tap Expect Old-Time Appalachian music made with modern audiences in mind – stomping fiddle tunes and lazy banjo backbeats giving way to close harmony singing. Old Spot sees two musicians from strong traditional backgrounds exploring a shared musical love, creating new music that is bursting with joy and imagination.


Saturday 27th April

27/4 Eliza Carthy at The Greystones solo show – sold out


Sunday 28th April

28/4 GIg: Sons of Town Hall at Cafe #9 Praised by The Observer for their “seamless vocal harmonies” and their “stories of sea voyages, betrayal and desolation,”…The show is three parts concert, one part theatre, and unlike anything else you’re likely to have experienced. sold out

28/4 Singing session at Kelham Island Tavern. Return of monthly Sunday evening sings, now led by Marilla Homes. This will be a song heavy mixed session, and instruments are welcome ❤ As are all the acapella choruses we love! Last Sunday of the month, 7pm

A full list of events for each month will be available 2 weeks before the beginning of that month, and updated as new events are added. Click on the event for link to ticketing or event website. Some future events are also listed- see below. New Gig listings within the last 2 weeks are in a rainbow box. Sold out gigs- it’s worth checking with venues- some have a few tickets to sell in person, or they may have a waiting list, or returns on the day. For larger events try www.twickets.live. There is more information and advice about venues and attending gigs on the “about us” page. Information/ descriptions in italics are take from ticketing/ artist websites.

May

Wednesday 1st May

1/5 May Day- Pecsætan Morris and guests will be dancing up the sun at Sidling Hollow, Dungworth at dawn.

1/5 Gig Alice Howe & Freebo at Cafe #9. Freebo and Alice Howe present a unique study in contrasts, bringing together a rising voice in Americana music and a venerable rock, folk, and blues icon. Each a compelling performer in their own right, they both lead and support each other in their well-crafted songs with flawless harmonies and tasteful instrumentation. **** New listing 2nd week ****


Thursday 2nd May

2/5 Gig: Blair Dunlop at The Greystones multi award-winning singer/songwriter, Blair Dunlop returns with his new album ‘Let’s Get Out of the Rain’. sold out

2/5 Folk Club:  McShane and Shaw at Crookes Folk Club, The Princess Royal, Slinn Street, Crookes Doors 8.15, starts 8.30. Floor spots before the guest artist. Entry by donation (cash only please).


Friday 3rd May

3/5 Folk Club: Johnny Coppin at Beehive Folk Club, Harthill Village Hall A few floor spots, followed by the guest artist. Tickets are usually £10., email to go on the ticket list and pay (cash) on the door, see club website for details. Bring your own drinks.

3/5 Gig Granny’s Attic at St Andrew’s Church, Psalter Lane. With exceptional musicianship and boundless energy, Granny’s Attic are going from strength to strength. Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, anglo concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (violin, vocals) have honed their skills touring the UK and Europe since 2009.  Also available online at Live to Your Living Room

3/5 Gig: Liz Hanks at Samuel Worth Chapel, General Cemetery Based on the local and natural history of her neighbourhood in Sheffield, Liz Hanks’ ‘Land’ album (Hudson Records) explores both the loss of nature in the urban environment and forgotten natural worlds. With support- Pefkin

3/5 Gig: Jethro Tull at Sheffield City Hall The 11 date tour will indulge fans with songs spanning the bands entire catalogue of music from their 1968 debut album ‘This Was’ through to their latest album ‘RökFlöte’ that was released earlier this year.

3/5 8-11PM Ceilidh Soc Ceilidh at High Tor, The Edge.34 Endcliffe Cres, Sheffield, S10 3ED. Lively ceilidhs, all are welcome. Mainly students but many older folk also attend. There is usually a dance display by a Sheffield Morris side in the interval. £5 pay on the door.

3/5 Gig: Judy Dunlop at High Peak Bookstore and Cafe, Brierlow Bar, Buxton Judy has long been held in high regard by leading figures in the world of folk music. Her love of song, paired with her ability to sing a repertoire unfettered by strict genre limitation, means she brings a rich variety of storytelling through her music. **** New listing 2nd week ****

3-5/5 Festival Wath Festival- 3rd to 5th May Ceilidh, Concert with Gaelforce and Gilmore & Roberts, Morris, Bread Roll throwing!


Saturday 4th May

4/5 Gig: Robb Johnson + Calum Baird + Tobias Thiele at Shakespears. An evening of live music in association with Love Music Hate Racism Sheffield. On tour together and performing in Shakespeare’s for the first time, musicians Calum Baird and Tobias Thiele will be appearing alongside the brilliant British musician and songwriter, Robb Johnson for this one night only show. **** New listing 2nd week ****

4/5 Gig: March at cafe #9 march is the project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kitty O’Neal. Over the years her story-telling has evolved into a unique pool of sound, transcending the borders between contemporary folk, alt and indie music. **** New listing 2nd week ****


Sunday 5th May

5/5 Gig: Lady Maisery at The Greystones. The combined vocal and multi instrumental talents of Rowan Rheinghans, Hazel Askew and Hannah James make up the uniquely captivating band Lady Maisery who have, for over a decade, enraptured audiences throughout the UK and Europe. 2.30PM relaxed matinee performance with families and children welcome (under 12’s free) and 7.30PM sold out

5/5 Gig: Rob Quo Duo at Cafe #9 A contemporary folk/blues performer, ROB QUO is a prolific singer-songwriter; emotive & humorous in equal measure, his songs touch on the human experience with lyrical grace, and a melodic simplicity which is uniquely his own. **** new listing 2nd week ****


Wednesday 8th May

8/5 Gig: Andy Irvine at The Greystones Hugely loved veteran, one of the truly great Irish singers with a voice that gets to the very soul of Ireland. Hailed by many as a tradition in himself Andy is an icon for traditional music and musicians.

8/5 Gig: Billy Bragg at Network HOPE not hate (HNH) is proud to present our dear friend Billy Bragg back in concert for us. We view ‘Uncle Bill’ as an integral part of the HOPE not hate family, so we’re delighted Billy and his son Jack Valero are joining us and our supporters in celebrating our twenty-year anniversary

8/5 Gig: Awen Ensemble at Dorothy Pax Awen, meaning ‘poetic inspiration’ in Welsh, outlines the intention of their music to explore folkloric heritage, landscape and the human mind, inspiring audiences to reflect on and connect with these subjects. Playing both vocal-led and instrumental work, the outfit takes inspiration from modal tradition, spiritual jazz, and folk music found across the globe

8/5 Gig: Steve Wickham at Cubley Hall, Penistone. Steve Wickham is an Irish musician. Wickham was a founding member of In Tua Nua and played violin on the classic U2 song “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, as well as recordings by Elvis Costello, the Hothouse Flowers, Sinéad O’Connor, and World Party. He is a long-standing member of The Waterboys. Accompanied by Ray Coen **** New listing 2nd week ****

8/5 Gig: Raoul Vignal at Hagglers Corner A singer/songwriter from Lyon, France whose music combines the simplicity of folk with the intelligence of jazz **** New listing 2nd week ****

8/5 Gig: Lindsay Clark at Cafe #9 Lindsay Clark finds balance between traditional and english folk, country, and her own version of experimental folk that seems to come from within. Exquisite and pitch perfect, her music speaks of quiet revelation, with a background of (usually her own) multi-tracked vocal arrangements. **** New listing 2nd week****

8/5 Gig and session Audrey Jaber & Alex Cumming at The Fat Cat. …visiting from the USA and stopping by The Fat Cat for a wee concert and session to celebrate Alex’s new album, Homecoming. There will be a concert performing a mix of material from the new album and some other favorites, followed by a mixed song & tune session. Arrive from 7pm, music kicks off around 7.30pm. Suggested donation £5-£15. **** New listing ****


Thursday 9th May

9/5 Gig: Lady Nade at The Greystones Lady Nade is continuing her rise as a multi award winning folk and Americana singer/songwriter.

9/5 Gig: Sam Carter at Samuel Worth Chapel, General Cemetery Over the course of his fifteen-year career, Sam has earned a reputation for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting

9/5 Gig: Nick Hart and Tom Moore at Bishop’s House  touring to promote their recent album ”The Colour of Amber”, a wonderful collection of traditional tunes brought to life with Tom’s viola and Nick’s tenor viol.

9/5 Gig: Jenny Colquitt at Dorothy Pax. Named as one of RnR Magazines ‘Ones to watch for 2022’, emerging artist Jenny Colquitt encompasses a unique combination of Americana, indie and folk rock and pop

9/5 Gig: Gloria Monday at Nether Edge Bowling Club Raising Money for the Roundabout Young People’s Homelessness charity and Under The Stars – bringing adults with learning disabilities into the performing arts. All income will be divided between these two excellent local charities. This months’ guests are Lost Kind Words + Sharpish

9/5 Gig: Auka at Cafe #9 “Auka” comes from an Old Norse word meaning to grow or augment – a term that perfectly
sums up the band’s organic and distinctive approach to music-making, where folk melodies gradually swell from intimate and sublime to turbulent and powerful.
**** New listing 2nd week ****

9/5 Folk Club: Steve Warner at Crookes Folk Club, The Princess Royal, Slinn Street, Crookes Doors 8.15, starts 8.30. Floor spots before the guest artist. Entry by donation (cash only please).


Friday 10th May

10/5 Concert: Emergence Collective at Drama Studio, Shearwood Road Featuring a revolving lineup and a vibrant mix of ancient and modern instruments, the ensemble brings together exciting combinations of the North’s finest improvisors. Drawing on their collective musical backgrounds in folk, jazz, experimental and early music, they generate a hypnotic, otherworldly kaleidoscope of sound, completely unique to every live performance and every space they perform in.

10/5 Gig: Bonfire Radicals at High Peak Bookstore and Cafe, Brierlow Bar, Buxton The electrifying sound of Bonfire Radicals is intensely creative and irresistibly fun. A danceable feast of vibrant, prog-folk music: original and traditional tunes and songs from the British Isles to the Balkans. **** New listing 2nd week ****

10/5 Gig: Dead Belgian– the songs of Jacques Brel at The Greystones Widely regarded as one of the finest songwriters to have lived Brel is cited as a hero by the likes of David Bowie, Scott Walker and countless others. But Dead Belgian is no simple tribute band. They take his songs and launch them into orbit with their sensational jazz and folk tinged arrangements. **** new listing 2nd week ****


Saturday 11th May

11/5 Gig: Martin Simpson at Firth Hall, Uni of Sheffield The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

11/5 Bonfire Radicals at The Greystones Playing a danceable feast of vibrant music from the British Isles to the Balkans BR are a proper folk melting pot. A hot, swaggering, powerhouse, foot stomping, adrenalin powered prog-folk band whose banging, crashing rollercoaster of sound is alive with thrills and possibilities, a sound guaranteed to get listeners up and dancing.

11/5 Gig: Another Fête Of Quirk- Pocket Satellite, Lofter, and Duncan Parsons at The Lantern Theatre. Pocket Satellite: This five-piece collection of multi-instrumentalists has been delighting crowds for over a decade, exuding charm through their playful songs about astronauts, trees, eskimos, trains and canoes. 

11/5 Gig: The Shackleton Trio at cafe #9. Captivating songwriting and fiery tunes that combine mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo with powerful three part harmonies. The unmistakable sound of The Shackleton Trio brings to life the stories of their native East Anglia, and beyond. **** new listing 2nd week ****


Sunday 12th May

12/5 Gig: Harry Bird at Cafe #9 An experienced circus and theatre musician he is a versatile storyteller with a love of rhythm and rhyme, allegory and dance. Drawing on British folk, Americana and other musical styles from around the world his performances are an intimate cabaret of finely crafted songs, freewheeling anecdotes and good humour.

12/5 Gig: Tankus the Henge at The Leadmill Revered throughout the UK for their wonderfully chaotic live performances, festival faves Tankus the Henge celebrate 10 years of their debut album with us next May. **** new listing ****


Tuesday 14th May

14/5 Gig: Plumhall at Cubley Hall, Penistone. The critically acclaimed UK duo of Michelle Plum (Chumbawamba, The Chris Norman Band) and Nick B Hall (Magna Carta, Ian Prowse & Amsterdam, The Hall Brothers). Their mesmerizing blend of acoustic and electric instruments and exquisite vocal harmonies have wowed audiences worldwide. Support: Good Earth Collective **** new listing 2nd week ****


Thursday 16th May

16/5 Gig: Louis Brennan at Cafe #9 London-based Dubliner Louis Brennan is a singer-songwriter in the folk tradition. His folk however aren’t the field hands and travelling minstrels of yore but the repressed middle managers and ennui-ridden urbanites of late-stage capitalism. **** New listing 2nd week ****

16/5 Gig: Sophia Djebel Rose at Bishop’s House. Between folk, blues, experimental song and avant-garde poetry, Sophia Djebel Rose delivers dark and trembling luminous poetry. The arpeggios of a guitar mix with the bareness of a voice which sings of black forests and clear waters, the seasons, death, revolt and love. **** new listing ****

16/5 Folk Club: Janglebuddies at Crookes Folk Club, The Princess Royal, Slinn Street, Crookes Doors 8.15, starts 8.30. Floor spots before the guest artist. Entry by donation (cash only please).


Friday 17th May

17/5 Gig: Janice Burns and Jon Doran at The Greystones Award winning Anglo – Scottish duo rapidly building a reputation as one of the UK’s foremost touring acts with their relaxed and personable approach to performing.

17/5 Gig: Jack Rutter at Bishop’s House. Yorkshire folk singer Jack Rutter has established himself as one of the standout voices of the folk, roots and acoustic music scene in recent years.

17/5 Gig: Julia Waldron & The Orchestrators at Lantern Theatre Celebrate the Legends of Folk, Roots & Americana

17/5 Dance: 8-11PM Ceilidh Soc Ceilidh at High Tor, The Edge.34 Endcliffe Cres, Sheffield, S10 3ED. Lively ceilidhs, all are welcome. Mainly students but many older folk also attend. There is usually a dance display by a Sheffield Morris side in the interval. £5 pay on the door.

17/5 Ceilidh at Crookes Social Club– Fundraiser for The Snowdrop Project. Band Bellamira. With display from Irish Dance School. Doors 7.30PM, no tickets- entry by donation on the door. **** New listing ****

17/5 Gig: Michael Chapman tribute night at High Peak Bookstore and Cafe, Brierlow Bar, Buxton with Henry Parker, Joe Ash, Katie Spencer and Sarah Smout **** New listing 2nd week ****


Saturday 18th May

18/5 Family Concert: Rosie Hood and Robyn Wallace- Concerteenies Family Concert at the Greystones 10.30 and 11.45AM For under 5s and their grown-ups.

18/5 Sing: Shape Note Singing- Christian Harmony at Oughtibridge Parish Centre run by Sheffield Sacred Harmony. 10AM-3.30PM with bring and share lunch. Donations requested on the door to cover costs. This is a larger more formal singing sessions, with guests coming from around the UK to sing. There is usually a short prayer said. There will also be a more informal sing Sunday 19th 2-5PM (probably Rutland Arms but TBC)

18/5 Scott Doonican at The Lantern Theatre. As the charismatic frontman of the UK’s hardest-working comedy band, ‘The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican’, Scott Doonican is a debonair and theatrical performer with superb hair and more style than you could shake a Milan catwalk at.

18/5 Folk Club: Bryony Griffith and Alice Jones at Royal Traditions, The Village Hall, Dungworth, from 7.30PM. The evening includes a tunes session, house songs and song session. The first club at the new venue. Hall capacity is currently limited max 60 people so you will need to book a ticket. There will be beer, wine, soft drinks for sale. sold out


Sunday 19th May

19/5 Sing: Whit Sunday Sing at Dungworth Village Hall 2-4PM. Traditional Whitsun hymns and May folk songs. Words provided.

19/5 Gig: Ryan Young at Live at Sam’s Focussing on traditional Scottish music, Ryan brings new life to very old, often forgotten tunes by playing them in his own unique way. His fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision.

19/5 Session: Steady Tunes Session at The Lescar. First of a new regular session playing well know, mainly English and Irish tunes at a more relaxed speed- ideal for anyone learning these tunes. 7PM extra slow start, 7.30PM Steady tunes.


Wednesday 22nd May

22/5 Gig: Miranda Sykes at The Greystones Acclaimed multi talented singer, double bass and guitar player, member of Show of Hands. Her rich, spine tingling vocals and strident yet sensitive double bass playing is much in demand and she has worked alongside some of the finest musicians in the world.


Thursday 23rd May

23/5 Gig: Breabach at The Greystones Securely ranked among Scotland’s most skilled, innovative and contemporary folk acts, Breabach unite deep roots in Highland and Island tradition with the innovative Scottish music scene.

23/5 Gig: Lon Dubh at Cafe #9 a three part harmony trio singing hypnotic original songs inspired by landscapes of Ireland and its ancient folklore. Expect carefully crafted songs for three voices that sound like they’ve always existed. **** new listing 2nd week ****

23/5 Folk Club: Pete Watkins at Crookes Folk Club, The Princess Royal, Slinn Street, Crookes Doors 8.15, starts 8.30. Floor spots before the guest artist. Entry by donation (cash only please).


Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May

24-26/5 Workshop: Lady Maisery Singing weekend in Stannington Think lovely people from all walks of life singing in a lovely reverberant room together for a whole weekend, with delicious food being cooked for us while we do the hard work of singing in glorious harmony! sold out- also running 6-8th Sept

Friday 24th May

24/5 Gig: Lefty Chris Band and Nether Edge Bowling club. 5 piece original acoustic band Acoustic guitar, violin, bass, drums and 2 voices

24/5 Gig: The Great Malarkey at The Greystones A charismatic folk punk rock 8-piece band based in London. **** New listing 2nd week ****

24/5 Gig: Our Atlantic Roots at Cafe #9 Cornwall based indie duo, Our Atlantic Roots (Mac and Laura Johnston), bring an uplifting blend of American & British alt-folk, with harmonies that are rich, dynamic and unite beautifully. **** New listing 2nd week ****


Saturday 25th May

25/5 Gig: Miranda Sykes at The Wesley Centre, Maltby Acclaimed multi talented singer, double bass and guitar player, member of Show of Hands. Her rich, spine tingling vocals and strident yet sensitive double bass playing is much in demand and she has worked alongside some of the finest musicians in the world. **** New listing 2nd week ****


Sunday 26th May

26/5 Gig: Those Folk at Cafe #9 Authentic, entertaining and full of personality, Clare Quinn (AUS) and Lawrence Menard (USA) are the transpacific-troubadours known as ‘Those Folk.’ A partnership forged in the fires of folk music, Those Folk explore sounds from the 1960’s folk revival and contemporary Americana music. **** new listing 2nd week****


Monday 27th May

27/5 Sing: Whitsuntide Remembered- Grenoside Village Sing Old Red Lion, 210 Main St 2PM Do you remember singing at Whitsuntide or would you like to help to keep those hymns and songs alive? You are warmly invited to join the Grenoside carols string band and singers for an afternoon of old favourites. We hope that you can join us! A small number of word sheets will be available

Wednesday 29th May

29/5 Liz Hanks at Graves Art Gallery 6PM This unique event will see Hanks perform her debut album Land, surrounded by Matthew Conduit’s striking photography exhibition, Land. Hanks and Conduits’ work complement each other, exploring both the loss of nature in the urban environment and forgotten natural worlds, whilst celebrating the green and coastal spaces that remain. **** New listing 2nd week ****

29/5 Folk Club: The John Ward Trio at Nether Edge Folk Club, Nether Edge Bowling Club. John has achieved an excellent reputation as a writer of powerful, thought-provoking and witty songs that draw upon his life in a gritty port town, his wider travels in the world, and often capture the spirit of the times. There are usually a few floor spots before the guest artist. **** New listing 2nd week ****


Thursday 30th May

30/5 Gig M.G. Boulter at The Greystones A songwriter and musician living on the Thames coast in Essex

30/5 Gig: Douglas and Moss at Cubley Hall, Penistone. A folk duo known for uncommon passion, grace, and sensitivity. The pair, Rebecca Clare Douglas and Richard Moss, met whilst performing with Mike Harding and discovered a shared musical connection that blossomed into a unique artistic partnership. Support- Penistone Folk Ensemble **** new listing 2nd week ****

30/5 Gig: The Greatest Endangered Thing at Samuel Worth Chapel, General Cemetery. The band, originally formed in 2016 by Samuel James Taylor and Rebecca Van Cleave, began it’s journey under the name of Ophelia… The duo took a hiatus, retreating into the English countryside to regroup and found solace in the stillness of the natural world that surrounded them. **** New listing ****

30/5 Folk Club:  The Rye Sisters at Crookes Folk Club, The Princess Royal, Slinn Street, Crookes Doors 8.15, starts 8.30. Floor spots before the guest artist. Entry by donation (cash only please).


June

Saturday 1st June

1/6 Gig: Chesaba at The Leadmill. South African cellist Abel Selaocoe is redefining the parameters of the cello. He moves seamlessly across genres and styles and combines virtuosic performance with improvisation, singing and body percussion. Abel is devoted to composing works and curating programmes that highlight the links between Western and non-Western musical traditions, broadening the horizons of classical music to reach a more diverse audience. **** New listing 2nd week ****

Friday 7th June

7/6 Dance: 8-11PM Ceilidh Soc Ceilidh at High Tor, The Edge.34 Endcliffe Cres, Sheffield, S10 3ED. Lively ceilidhs, all are welcome. Mainly students but many older folk also attend. There is usually a dance display by a Sheffield Morris side in the interval. £5 pay on the door.

Saturday 8th June

8/6 Gig: Charm of Finches at The Greystones. Australian sister duo Charm of Finches delivers intricate folk-pop that is simultaneously graceful and darkly bewitching. Their seamless blood harmonies traverse melancholy and wonder in equal measure.


Friday 14th to Saturday 22nd June

Migration Matters Festival ‘Britain’s largest festival about Sanctuary and refugees in the country’ (The New Internationalist, 2017) returns to Sheffield in a festival that creates a platform to champion the voices of people who are so often muted, pigeon-holed into labels and rarely genuinely offered a chance to shape in the cultural and artistic landscape of the cities they live in. Please see website for the full listing- I’ve included some of the music and dance events have been in the guide. **** New listing ****


Friday 14th June

14/6 Gig: Toby Hay and Aidan Thorne at Bishop’s House. In 2021, guitarist Toby Hay and bassist Aidan Thorne (Duski) headed to the studio to make an album of new music, the inspiration being the things they missed most due to the restrictions of the pandemic. They focussed on improvisation and the timbre of acoustic instruments in real spaces. **** New listing ****


Saturday 15th June

15/6 Germa AdanBorderlines and Bloodlines at Yellow Arch Studios Germa Adan, a talented musician, draws inspiration from her Haitian roots, crafting music that transcends borders. Her journey from Haiti to the US and now the UK shapes her art with a strong sense of identity. Known for her storytelling and social consciousness, Germa blends vocal and stringed harmonies with influences from various folk traditions. Part of the Migration Matters Festival **** New listing ****


Sunday 16th June

Hamsaz Ensemble – Echoes of Earth – Tales and Tunes from the Iranian Folkloric Land + ManasamitraMeltwater at Firth Hall. Traditional Iranian folk music, skillfully performed by talented musicians featuring authentic instruments like the Setar, Santur, and Daf mixed with the western instruments. Immerse yourself in powerful storytelling segments, depicting tales of resilience, adaptation, and hope amidst climate adversity. + MELTWATER is an immersive a 60-minute music and performance event which looks at ‘water’ as an environmental disruptor. Migration Matters Festival **** New listing ****


Monday 17th June

17/6 CROWN- Company Scheherazade at Montgomery Theatre. CROWN/تاج is the UK’s first touring production combining classical Persian dance, contemporary dance, and Sufi movement to tell a story of displacement, identity, and body sovereignty to an original soundtrack of live classical music and electronica. Migration Matters Festival **** New listing ****


Tuesday 18th June

18/6 Songs from the Tin Tabernacle: A Roots Romance at Crucible Theatre A first public sharing as a work-in-progress performance, music-video screening & Q&A. Featuring musicians-songwriters Cerys Hafana (harp/vocals), Bryony Griffith (fiddle/vocals), Cath Carr (steelpans), Kadialy Kouyate (kora) & Tony Francis Bowring (bass), with filmmaker Joao Paulo Simoes (video). Part of the Migration Matters Festival **** New listing ****


Wednesday 19th June

19/6 Dance: Topette!! Bal at Crookes Social Club The “Balfolk” style of dancing is easy to pick up, relaxed and lots of fun, but if you don’t fancy dancing, just sit and enjoy the top quality musicianship from this unique quintet.


Thursday 20th June

20/6 Song and Spoken word: Bob Fox, Julie Matthews and Jez Lowe- In The Footsteps of Ewan MacColl at St Andrew’s Church, Psalter Lane. A selection of songs from the 2006 new Radio Ballads in a concert performance.


Saturday 22nd June

22/6: Africa Calling at Tudor Square/Winter Garden. 3.30PM The city centre will be filled with the sound of authentic drum rhythms from West and Southern Africa – and people will see how drum and dance connects as our dancers perform and share some of their dance movements with the crowd. There will be artists from Gambia, Zimbabwe and enthusiasts from South Yorkshire who are learning the drumming culture and are eager to share what they have been taught. Two 30-minute performances and a dance workshop. Migration Matters Festival **** New listing ****


Friday 28th June

28/6 Gig: Dave Bainbridge and Sally Minnear at the Lantern Theatre. An Evening of Iona Music & More…Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Dave Bainbridge joins forces with Lord of The Dance vocalist and instrumentalist Sally Minnear to bring a spellbinding evening of music that will, in equal measure, have you jigging in (or out of!) your seat or bring a tear to your eye.


Sunday 30th June

30/6 Family Concert: Bella Hardy- Concerteenies Family Concert at the Greystones 10.30 and 11.45AM For under 5s and their grown-ups.

July

Friday 5th July

5/7 Dance: Powerhouse Ceilidh at Crookes Social Club Two 75-minute Ceilidh sets of high-octane folk/rock/metal/general nerdery, sandwiched around a Morris interval spot


Sunday 7th July

7/7 Workshop: O blythely spin my bonny wheel: Exploring work songs with Debbie Armour (Burd Ellen) at Millenium Galleries Join traditional singer and song leader Debbie Armour for a day of group singing with a focus on work song. We will explore what work song is, what it does and why it is so important as a practice, and as a living history of social change. **** New listing ****


Tuesday 9th July

9/7 Gig: The Spooky Men’s Chorale at The Leadmill The Spooky Men’s Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad behemoth, seemingly accidentally capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment.


Friday 12th July

12/7 Gig: Sam Baxter with support Seb Stone at Bishop’s House. Sam Baxter is an interpreter, arranger, and performer of traditional song. With a skilful blend of guitars, drones and more. **** New listing ****

Wednesday 17th July

17/7 Gig: Kirsty Bromley Live at Sam’s She is returning to the UK once again this summer and I am so excited and grateful that she has agreed to do this one off gig to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary. She will be joined by a few special guests on the night too it’s going to be very special.


August

Wednesday 14th August

14/8 Gig: The Magpie Arc at Yellow Arch Studio The UK’s folk/rock supergroup featuring Nancy Kerr, Martin Simpson, Findlay Napier, Tom Wright and Alex Hunter. **** New listing 2nd week ****


Sunday 25th August

25/8 Gig: Donovylan at Oughtibridge Sports Club Guitar, harmonica and voice – playing covers from the Dylan, Donovan, Neil Young songbook and beyond.


Monday 26th August

26/8 Festival: Chapfest 11AM-11PM at The Commercial, Chapeltown. Free entrance- see below for details

October

Friday 4th October

4/10 Gig: Chris While and Julie Matthews at The Wesley Centre, Maltby Chris While (vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, bodhran and percussion) & Julie Matthews (vocals, piano, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki) are stunning singers, songwriters, musicians and performers whose energy and commitment to their craft and their audience is boundless. **** New listing 2nd week ****

Friday 11th October


11/10 Gig: Blackbeard’s Tea Party at The Greystones Sea-shanties will be given a bombastic rock edge, and folk instrumentals will become late-night floor-fillers when this raucous bunch of reprobates hit the stage. They have dirt under their fingernails and a twinkle in their eyes, and you can expect fantastic musicianship, playful choreography and an unstoppable urge to move your body.


Friday 15th October

15/10 Gig: Fairport Convention at Crookes Social Club Fairport Convention have been entertaining music lovers for over half a century, with 2024 being their 57th anniversary! During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes, but one thing has remained the same – Fairport’s passion for performance. **** New listing ****

Saturday 19th October

19/10 Gig: Kerr, Fagan and Van Eyken at Live at Sam’s **** New listing ****

Wednesday 30th October

30/10 Gig: Gigspanner Big Band at Firth Hall Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental


November

Friday 8th November

8/11 Gig: John Tams at Saint Andrews Church, Psalter Lane described by Mojo as ‘one of the ultimate British songwriters’ has had a career spanning four decades in every medium.


Saturday 16th November

16/11 Bellowhead at Sheffield City Hall Celebrating 20 years of Bellowhead support- The Longest Johns


Wednesday 20th November

20/11 Oysterband at Memorial Hall, Sheffield City Hall.  A Long Goodbye (The Final Tour) **** New listing ****

December

Sunday 15th December

15/12 Gig: Kate Rusby at Sheffield City Hall Full of warmth, sparkles and her unique festive music featuring songs from her latest charting Christmas album ‘Light Years’ 2023 and her ever-popular previous six Christmas albums.