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

July

Saturday 20th July

20/7 Gig: Sairie at Bishop’s House. An evening of sumptuous psych-folk. Sairie are a three piece band based in East Sussex comprising: Emma Morton (vocals, autoharp), Jon Griffin (vocals, guitar) and Andy Thomas (bass). Our music has been described as sparse and delicate, The Wire said that it retains the English folk tradition nurtured by Anne Briggs and Shirley Collins.


Sunday 21st July

21/7 Gig: The Silver Reserve at Cafe #9


Tuesday 23rd July

23/7 Folk Club: Loctup Together at Kiveton Park Folk Club, Kiveton Park Colliery Cricket Club, 8PM We are a close harmony duo in the folk music genre. We are heavily into maritime themed songs. Also perform as part of Four ‘n’ Aft

23/7 Gig: Chris Murphy at Dorothy Pax- Recording of a Live album. 7PM FREE Violinist Chris Murphy…creates and performs in a multitude of musical worlds with ease. As he searches for new ways to communicate through music, fusing styles and techniques from across the globe.


Thursday 25th July

25/7 Folk Club:   Stanley Accrington 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 26th July

26/7 Darlingside at The Greystones The band has long been praised for their harmonies and intelligent songwriting, described by NPR as “exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop,” and their dynamic presence (crowded tightly together onstage) have made them a live-performance favourite.

26/7 Tramlines Fringe: Maskareen At The Sheaf View


Sunday 28th July

28/7 Tramlines Fringe: The Midsommars At Sheaf View, 7PM

Wednesday 31st July

31/7 Folk Club: 8PM The Bombadils at Nether Edge Folk Cub at Nether Edge Bowling Club. There are a few floor spots before the guest artist. The Bombadils, Sarah Frank and Luke Fraser, hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and offer stirring and intimate lyrics with intertwining string-band arrangements, and tinges of bluegrass.

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.

August

Thursday 1st August

1/8 Folk Club:  Carl Jessop 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).


Fri 2nd to Sun 4th August: Underneath The Stars Festival at Cinderhill Farm, Cawthorne near Barnsley. Headline acts include Kate Rusby, The Feeling, Bill Bailey.


Thursday 8th August

8/8 Folk Club:   Ivan & the Devil 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).


Saturday 10th August

10/8 Celtic Social Club at The Greystones. Taking the Buena Vista Social Club concept as inspiration the band have grown in to a loose ish collective that take the music of the Celtic nations to create a contemporary, irresistible fusion of traditional Celtic tunes and reggae, blues, hip hop, punk, folk and pop. It’s a celebratory mash up without borders, faithful to it’s Celtic roots but open to new adventures. ** New listing **


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.


Thursday 15th August

15/8 Folk Club:   Andrew Hardy 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).


Sat 17th to Fri 23rd Whitby Folk Week A significant proportion of the Sheffield folk scene are at Whitby every year. Loads of workshops and social dances. Artists include Melrose Quartet, John Tams, The Hunch, Reg Mueross, 


Wednesday 21st August

21/8 Family Fun Day- Rosie Hood and Nicola Beazley at Sheffield Winter Gardens 10AM to 4PM Rosie and Nicola will be performing at regular intervals throughout the day – come and say hello! FREE


Thursday 22nd August

22/8 Family Fun Day- Rosie Hood and Nicola Beazley at Sheffield Winter Gardens 10AM to 4PM Rosie and Nicola will be performing at regular intervals throughout the day – come and say hello! FREE

22/8 Folk Club:  Paul McGladdery 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).


Sunday 25th August

25/8 Outdoor concert: Sons of Rodger + Domino Effect at Whirlow Brook Park, 3-5PM Admission free but suggested donation £5 to support the work of Friends of Whirlow Brook Park. Bring chair/ rug and a picnic. The Sons of Rodger are a Sheffield-based prog-folk/acoustic band. Domino EffectDave and Elaine Markham perform a mix of originals and covers with fun thrown in!

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


Tuesday 27th August

Folk Club: Jill & Bernard Blackwell at Kiveton Park Folk Club, Kiveton Park Colliery Cricket Club, 8PM


Thursday 29th August

29/8 Folk Club:  Jon Cocker 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).

September

Sunday 8th September

8/9 Alvorada at Cafe #9. Alvorada are an award-winning quintet playing Brazilian instrumental music inspired by the choro tradition. From their original compositions to classics of the genre, Alvorada’s shows are filled with lively and expressive melodies combined with infectious Brazilian grooves and playful interaction.


Wednesday 11th September

11/9 Lunatraktors at Cafe #9 ‘Broken folk’ duo rework Anglo-Celtic traditional music with influences from post-punk, trip-hop and queer cabaret. Lunatraktors strip folk down to the bare bones, mixing tonal percussion, tapdance and harmonic singing with whistles, accordion and analogue synth.


Friday 13th September

13/9 Gig: Lizzy Hardingham at Cafe #9. Folk infused singer songwriter Lizzy Hardingham performs songs that “drive straight to the heart, giving audiences a chance for genuine connection and empathy”. She will be bookended by roots legend Katriona Gilmore on fiddle and mandolin and improv hero Jonny Wickham on the double bass. 


Sunday 15th September

15/9 Sarah McQuaid at Live as Sam’s House Concert Sarah McQuaid’s lush, chocolatey voice combines with her engaging personality, “subtle mastery onstage” (Huffington Post) and “brilliant musicianship” (fRoots) on acoustic and electric guitars, piano and (occasionally) drum to create a truly immersive experience.


Monday 16th September

16/9 Gig: Lovell + Rhiannon Scutt + Wolf Peaches at Cafe #9

Tuesday 17th September

16/9 Gig: Lovell + Rhiannon Scutt + Wolf Peaches at Cafe #9

Thursday 19th September

19/9 Harp & a Monkey at The Samuel Worth Chapel The work of Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboards), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar and programming) is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spookyvignettes of life, love and remembrance. From original compositions to traditional songs, their approach is rooted in integrity.

Saturday 21st September

21/9 The English Fiddle Ensemble at St Andrew’s Church, Psalter Lane. …made up of 4  of England’s finest traditional fiddle players, Bryony Griffith, Jim Boyle, Ross Grant and Rosie Butler-Hall. They make a truly wonderful sound and in the Church this will be even more special, purely acoustic in a building designed for this.


Sunday 22nd September

22/9 Gig: Me Lost Me / Rosie Brownhill at Bishops’ House. Award-winning folk-inspired experimental electronic artist plus hotly tipped folk guitarist / whistle player ** New listing **

Friday 27th September

27/9 Edwina Hayes at Courtyard cafe/bar The absolutely delightful singer/songwriter/musician Edwina Hayes, returns to the Courtyard Cafe in Sheffield for an evening of laughter and song.


Saturday 28th September

28/9 Gig: Ciderhouse Rebellion at Bamford Institute. The duo brings together master accordionist Murray Grainger and fiddle player Adam Summerhayes.


Sunday 29th September

29/9 Outdoor concert: Treebeard + Bungalow Bliss at Whirlow Brook Park, 3-5PM Admission free but suggested donation £5 to support the work of Friends of Whirlow Brook Park. Bring chair/ rug and a picnic. Treebeard- lively Celtic folk rock; traditional, original & contemporary songs & tunes on a variety of acoustic instruments

October

Tuesday 1st October

1/10 Folk Club: George Sansome and Matt Quinn at Kiveton Park Folk Club, Kiveton Park Colliery Cricket Club, 8PM George Sansome (Granny’s Attic) and Matt Quinn (Dovetail Trio) sing folk songs from the British Isles, both unaccompanied and with guitar and mandolin. Their well-blended voices create a warm, enthralling sound and their instrumental styles complement each other perfectly.


Wednesday 3rd October

3/10 Gig: Sam Carter with Rowan Rheingans at The Greystones Out promoting his stunning new album Silver Horizon Sam will be joined for this very special one off show by Rowan Rheingans (Lady Maisery, The Rheingans Sisters) whose rich backing vocals added a soulful depth to the new album.

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.


Thursday 10th October

10/10 Song/ story : 3 Acres and a Cow at Upper Chapel A history of land rights and protest in folk song and story, the show connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like the housing crisis, reparations, climate breakdown and food sovereignty via the Enclosures, English Civil War and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of England in folk song, stories and poems. **** New listing ****


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.


Saturday 12th October

12/10 Colour of Light at The Lantern Theatre. Leeds-based acoustic band performing across Yorkshire with songs of protest, dreams and celebration. Playing a mixture of guitars, banjo, double bass, harmonica and ensemble vocals, they blend folk, blues, Americana/bluegrass and classical influences into their own unique sound. support- Mike Simms


Sunday 13th October

13/10 Moonrakers – Folk Orchestra Day Workshop at Yellow Arch Studios  10:00 to 16:00. For intermediate/ advanced players of all instruments. Music with video sent two weeks in advance for those who book. £40  (£50 including the evening concert). Tickets/information:  call 01865 769206  or 07914 79 5823 or email MoonrakersCelticMusic@gmail.com   **** New listing ****

13/10 Gig: Moonrakers at Yellow Arch Studios 4-piece Moonrakers perform sparkling and unique arrangements of traditional British folk songs and tunes as well as their own compositions. Their multi-instrumental show comprises harp, cello, fretted instruments, whistles, and female/male vocals. **** New listing ****

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.


Friday 18th October

18/10 Gig: Jennifer Reid + Jim Ghedi at Samuel Worth Chapel, General Cemetery. The working classes made music as a provocation and this is a tradition that Jennifer Reid continues, performing 19thC Lancashire dialect work songs, Manchester broadside ballads and clog steps. Jim hails from Sheffield and although clearly well versed in the history of folk music, he stands out as a potential torch bearer for a new generation of respectful yet experimental performers. ** New listing **


Saturday 19th October

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

19/10 Gig: Witty Ditties at Bamford Institute Chris Green (piano, guitar, accordion) and Sophie Matthews (early woodwinds, flute, saxophone) bring us four centuries of chromatic comedy, ranging from bawdy Restoration ballads to stinging Sixties satire. Featuring songs by Noël Coward, Tom Lehrer, Flanders & Swann and a host of other lesser-known songwriters, this fun and fast-moving revue will have us rolling in the aisles!

19/10 Gig: Hannah Scott at Samuel Worth Chapel, General Cemetery. The best stories elicit profound personal reactions and in the 15 years she has been writing and performing, Hannah Scott has become a consummate storyteller. Her music is shaped by human stories, with family, in all its chaos and glory, sitting at the heart of her work. ** New listing **


Friday 25th October

25/10 Gig: The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican at The Lantern Theatre. The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are on a mission! Far from being your typical folk ensemble, this cult-like collective of like-minded knit-wear enthusiasts are determined to follow in their spiritual father’s immortal footsteps and keep his legacy alive.


Sunday 27th October

27/10 Frankie Archer at The Greystones Frankie Archer has exploded onto the electrofolk scene with music that transcends stereotypes using a combination of manipulated samples, synths, drum tracks and earthy Northumbrian fiddle and voice to capture her audience. **** New listing ****

27/10 Ellie Gowers at Cafe #9 Emerging onto the UK folk scene with her debut album, ‘Dwelling by the Weir’ (2022), Ellie explored folklore and stories of her hometown, Warwick, through ecological, sociological, and personal themes (‘Full of delicacy, precision, and gentle delight’, The Guardian). It connected with wider audiences and secured her a place on the UK touring circuit. **** 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

Saturday 2nd November

 Culverake at Royal Traditions, The Village Hall, Dungworth The evening includes a tunes session, house songs and song session. Book a ticket to ensure a seat, you will be able to pay on the door but you might have to stand. Culverake are an acapella harmony trio, comprised of Matt Quinn, Lizzy Hardingham and Seb Stone

Sunday 3rd November

3/11 Show: Ghosts, Werewolves and Countryfolk- the Songs and Stories of Sabine Baring-Gould at The Samuel Worth Chapel. Six-time BBC Folk Award nominee Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes of Award-winning Show of Hands and Daphne’s Flight, join John Palmer to celebrate the centenary of Victorian superstar Sabine Baring-Gould, interweaving songs with stories from Jim’s best-selling books about Ghosts, Werewolves; Norse Myths and Countryfolk.


Thursday 7th November

7/11 Gig: Ranagri at Cubley Hall, Penistone Ranagri is an award winning folk band from Ireland and England. With a unique blend of instruments that includes voices, guitar, bouzouki, flutes, whistles, harp/electric harp, and bodhrán/drums, they create a sound that is both mesmerising and unforgettable.


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 9th November

9/11 Kris Drever at The Greystones Kris Drever is a Scottish folk singer songwriter, who has won multiple awards including an incredible 7 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, two shortlist nominations for Scottish Album of The Year (with his trio Lau) and much acclaim for his solo recordings and concerts including glowing reviews from The Herald, The Guardian, Mojo and Q Magazine.


Monday 11th November

11/11 Calan at The Greystones CALAN are a multi award-winning Welsh folk band comprising of five virtuoso musicians formed after they met at a folk music course in Sweden. **** New listing ****

Tuesday 12th November

12/11 Folk Club: The Wilsons at Kiveton Park Folk Club, Kiveton Park Colliery Cricket Club, 8PM


Saturday 16th November

16/11 Bellowhead at Sheffield City Hall Celebrating 20 years of Bellowhead support- The Longest Johns, Sold out- try City Hall Website for returns or Twickets for resales

16/11 Gig: Lindisfarne at The Octagon Centre. Legendary 70’s Tyneside folk-rock pioneers Lindisfarne present a classic five-piece line-up of long-time members fronted by founder-member Rod Clements on vocals, mandolin, fiddle and slide guitar. ** New listing **


Wednesday 20th November

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


Friday 22nd November

22/11 Martin Simpson– Live at Sam’s sold out

22/11 Steve Knightley at The Greystones Steve Knightley is a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter and musician, best known as a founding member of the folk/acoustic band “Show of Hands”. **** New listing ****


Saturday 23rd November

23/11 Gig: Henry Parker & David Ian Roberts at Bishop’s House. An evening of folk-guitar music and lyrical songwriting

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November

23&24/11 Sheffield Folk Celebration Weekend at Crookes Social Club: Sam Hindley, An incredible weekend of top-drawer live folk music, sessions, a rare folk vinyl auction and Sheffield carols, all under one roof. Saturday 23rd Nov: Martin Simpson, Melrose Quartet, Underground Sun, Pete Smith, Alec Thompson, Sheffield City Morris. Sunday 24th Nov: Tim Van Eyken, Rosie Hood Band, Culverake. ** New listing **


Monday 25th November

25/11 Bella Hardy at The Greystones With her mesmerising voice and ability to conjure stories that call straight to the heart, Bella has beguiled audiences from Canada to Japan, from folk clubs to national concert halls.


Thursday 28th November

Roswell at Cafe No9 Zoë Wren and Jasmine Watkiss launched Folk-ish Americana duo Roswell after an impromptu open mic night in Cambridgeshire.


December

Sunday 1st December

1/12 Gig: The Furrow Collective at Walkley Community Centre, Fir Street. In 2024, award-winning English/Scottish group The Furrow Collective will celebrate 10 years since the release of their first album and will perform a selection of songs from their decade of collaboration.

Tuesday 10th December

10/12 Folk Club: Jess and Richard Arrowsmith at Kiveton Park Folk Club, Kiveton Park Colliery Cricket Club, 8PM traditional musicians and singers who specialise in English music and song. They perform as a duo using voices, melodeon and fiddle

Saturday 14th December

14/12 Gig: Grace Petrie at The Foundry, Uni of Sheffield Forged from the political disillusionment of a generation of Tory rule, folk-rock cult hero and queer icon Grace Petrie returns to UK venues this year with the protest song firmly back in her heart. 

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.

2025

13th April

13/4/25 Duo Niepold Cutting at The Greystones. Andy Cutting & Anne Niepold a playful meeting of 2 diatonic accordionists After a rather long hiatus, we are delighted to be presenting two fantastic musicians and friends, Andy Cutting (Blowzabella, Martin Simpson, Leveret, 3 x winner of BBC Folk Musician Of The Year) and the amazing, Anne Niepold from Belgium. **** New listing ****