21 December 2016

bauble_900_partyCome along and enjoy a really good pint, wonderful company, and a cavalcade of seasonal music (some of it will be vaguely folk-ish) superbly performed by a plethora of local talent.

all topped off by our Very Special Guests


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


Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

pete_mcparland_150Pete McParland

Pete performs regularly, and with acclaim, at numerous folk clubs in the Midlands.  Songs from the 60s and 70s are his forte, but he wanders into other areas, too, with great success.

wendy_freer_150Wendy Freer

Wendy started singing to audiences at primary schools and got interested in folk music as a teenager when folk was all the rage; she was a big fan of Ewan McColl and Joan Baez. Wendy was a member of a folk group at college and before moving to Ashby was a regular at Maidenhead Folk Club for many years. She plays guitar and long arm banjo but most of all enjoys singing, especially unaccompanied.

thrupnny_bits_150Thrup’nny Bits

Thrup’nny Bits (Des Patalong, and Gareth and Barbara Wyatt) is a three voice unaccompanied harmony group singing traditional and contemporary folk songs with some Early Music and humourous songs for good measure.

They like to feel their performances have light and shade.

sue_sanders_150Sue Sanders

Hailing from Halifax, music teacher Sue has been involved in folk music for “a little while”.  Currently living in Nuneaton with husband Phil, she plays fiddle, and sings.

A regular at folk clubs and festivals, she is bound to add joy to any evening.

malc_gurnham_150Malc Gurnham

Malc is an excellent singer, plays quite a variety of instruments (most of them with strings!) and is a highly regarded solo performer. He also can be found running singarounds and acting as an MC at many festivals throughout the country.

As well as performing, Malc promotes many folk events, including the jewel in the crown, Bedworth Folk Festival.

gill_gilsennan_150Gill Gilsenan

Gill started singing at The Corner House Folk Club in the 70s (run at the time by Malc) with her partner, and later to be husband, Bryan Sunderland. After Bryan’s death in the 90s, she formed a musical and personal partnership with Ace guitarist Dave Bennett.

She now performs with Malc Gurnham as Malc and Gill, and is involved with Bedworth Folk Festival.

john_meechan_150John Meechan

John has been on the folk scene for 40-odd years.  Hailing from Yorkshire, many of his songs are rooted there.

His passion for folk songs has resulted in a wide-ranging repertoire, always particularly well-presented.

elaine_meechan_150Elaine Meechan

Elaine, keyboard and accordion player in many an ensemble, has that rare talent that true musicians possess; the ability to empathise with those she performs with.  She is an important part of a number of folk-related bands in the area.

fitj_150Finger In The Jar

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

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

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