Saturday, 18 March 2017

St Patrick’s Night Concert with Comharsa

OSCA Centre, Owen Street, Atherstone CV9 1DG

7:30pm start – Bring your own drinks and food. Toe-tapping encouraged!

Tickets £7.00


comharsa_1Comharsa are becoming an established part of the folk scene having been formed in 2012.  Neighbours in Polesworth, Mick Stanley and Mick McGrath, talking after one too many Guinness, decided it would be good idea to have a jamming session at Mick Stanley’s house. They included their daughters, Alison and Emma Stanley and Megan McGrath, and decided on the name Comharsa which was Gaelic for neighbour.

With Jimmy Cook on Cajon, and just 3 numbers in their repertoire, they went along to a local open mic night. When they were asked to play more, they knew then that they would need to practice more songs and eventually perform as a band.

Megan eventually left to study music at Liverpool but still joins in when time allows, so Mick Stanley’s brother Tom joined the band on guitar.

The bands performances were halted briefly when lead singer Mick Stanley was hit by a car outside Nuneaton Folk Club in November 2014 and he sustained serious leg injuries, but the group are performing again, better than ever.

Group members are multi talented, playing several instruments to bring different sounds to the performance.

Although all the band members are English, they are all of Irish decent and try to keep to the true flavour of irish folk music. Songs made famous by bands such as the Clancey Brothers and The Dubliners, with renditions of Irish Rover, Whiskey in the Jar, Tell Me Ma, Holy Ground, etc, along with ballads such as Spancil Hill and Fields of Athenry and others, makes for a good Irish night.

Comharsa – The Band

Comharsa will be supported on the night by …

Finger In The Jar

fitjFormed especially as the host group for Atherstone Folk Club in June 2013, Finger In The Jar are Anne & Steve Beeson and Phil Benson.

The collective name was arrived at as a gentle dig at traditional folk tunes, with a slightly deeper meaning explained in the words penned by Steve!

Anne played guitar and sang in folk clubs in the 60s and 70s.  She ran a school recorder consort and still teaches guitar to primary school children.

Her claim to fame is that she once borrowed Al Stewart’s capo!

Steve played and sang in the same folk group with Anne and others in the 60s and 70s.  He continues to play and sing regularly and is a prolific song writer.

Phil has been involved in folk since the 60s, albeit with a 20-year break from active involvement.  In the early 70s, he was part of an electric folk group, Alderley Edge, with Malc Gurnham and David Parr, performing all over the Midlands area.

He also got together with David Parr in a more traditional folk trio with John Meechan.  Coolin, as they were known, perfomed even further afield; they even managed to get to Pontefract one memorable evening!

When Nuneaton Arts Centre was being set up, Phil got involved, so it was no surprise that Coolin were the hosts of the folk club that opened there.

Finger In The Jar perform as a group, as duos and as solo artists, depending on the songs being sung.

Tickets will be available at the club meetings at The Rose Inn, Baxterley, or …

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