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Jun
15
Wed
2022
LocTup Together @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Jun 15 @ 19:30 – 22:30

LocTup Together

Chris Lock and Ian Tupling first met 27 years ago and have been on one long musical adventure ever since.

Their musical career started by singing together casually in local folk clubs and they’ve not stopped singing since!

Interest in their vocal style and sense of fun resulted in appearances at numerous festivals throughout the UK from 1993 to the present day.

In 2003 they joined forces with two friends from the North East of England which saw the formation of the close harmony acapella group “Four ‘n’ Aft. The result of this union led to appearances at festivals throughout mainland Europe both as LocTup Together and as part of the larger group.

LocTup Together’s repertoire is quite varied and encompasses both traditional and contemporary songs, some self-penned and a few humorous ones thrown in for good measure, however, over the years they have developed a deep interest in and love of maritime songs in the broader sense, This has taken the form of mainly sea songs that tell stories, with the odd shanty thrown in.

It is this interest in maritime-themed songs that has taken them to festivals all over Europe.  They have performed in Poland, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Ireland, the Channel Islands, Norway and the Åland Islands (Finland) plus festivals in the UK.

LocTup Together’s concert sets are delivered with powerful voices working in close harmony, sometimes with subtle guitar accompaniment. Although they take their music seriously their zany, self-deprecating, sense of humour is never far away. Their aim is always to make the audience feel as though they are in a friendly comfortable atmosphere.


With support on the night by

Stephen Boyer

Singer song-writer with a lot of listening miles on the clock.

Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

wes_hall_150Wes Hall

A local favourite, Wes is a regular at all three north Warwickshire clubs, and Folk at The Lion sessions.

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.

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

Jul
20
Wed
2022
Odette Michell @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Jul 20 @ 19:30 – 22:30

Odette Michell is an award-winning British folk singer-songwriter, guitarist and bouzouki player with a bold new take on the acoustic tradition and a voice capable of demonstrating the finer points of both folk and traditional song with genuine craftsmanship.

Since releasing her acclaimed debut album ‘The Wildest Rose’ in 2019, Odette has headlined two of her own UK tours, performed alongside Show of Hands and Seth Lakeman, and has opened for the likes of Martin Carthy, Reg Meuross, Phil Beer, Boo Hewerdine, Ninebarrow and BBC R2 Folk Award winner Sam Carter amongst others.

In January 2020, Odette won Female Artist Of The Year at the 2019 FATEA Awards, following in the footsteps of previous winners Kitty Macfarlane and Cara Dillon, respectively; and in May 2020, Odette was nominated for a Rising Star Award at the 2020 Folking Awards. In January 2021 Odette was invited to perform at Celtic Connections as part of the legendary Danny Kyle Open Stage.

Odette plays both guitar and bouzouki, touring both solo and as part of her trio, and is set to release her second album in 2022.

www.odettemichell.com/



Supported by

Brian Phillips

Brian is a 70-something with a 40-something attitude.  Having performed for many years both solo and with numerous others in numerous combinations, his artistry is something to behold.

A regular performer on the folk music scene in the Midlands and the West Country, he gives all he has, whether it be a floor spot at a club night, or as the principal artist on the main stage at a festival.

He has a unique aptitude for knowing what the audience wants; be it playing of instrumentals such as ‘Angie’ or by singing gentle ballads and love songs.   He can have you in awe one minute and in tears of laughter the next with his quirky comments and introductions.

Brian’s recent appendage to his ‘Act’ is the occasional airing of self-penned and extremely witty poetry.  This is not to be missed for it is believed that he could be the next Poet Loreat.

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Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

LA

LA are a male and female duo who have been performing together at open mics, pubs, village fairs, small music festivals, etc. since 2018. They play popular covers in a simple acoustic style and their repertoire covers a number of different genres, from Rock and Roll, Country, Indie Rock, Soul – whatever takes their fancy, from the 1950s to the present day.

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

… and there is still a floor-spot available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Aug
17
Wed
2022
Summer Sing 2022 @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Aug 17 @ 19:30 – 22:30

Our annual August Singers Night!

The recipe will remain the same, just get in touch to be included. Lots of 10 minute spots available.

No PA; this is an acoustic session.

Please contact Phil Benson if you want to perform, but spots may still be available on the night, subject to the time available, of course.

phil[at]atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

… and there are still floor-spots available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Sep
21
Wed
2022
Looma @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Sep 21 @ 19:30 – 22:30

Three parts English, one part Orkney, Looma plays acoustic roots and folk music from the swamps of Louisiana to the Swedish midnight sun, and everywhere in between.

Bringing together folk, blues, Cajun, bluegrass and country traditions, as well as original songs, Looma mix driving energy with strong vocals and foot-tapping tunes.

Looma are:

Liz Logie  Piano Accordion and percussion
Mark Theobald  Harmonica, Ukelele, Vocals
Bob Gilmour-Evans  Guitar, Vocals
Tim Garland Cittern  Fiddle, Vocals

Liz is an Orcadian who has played the accordion since she was ten, being inspired to play by her father, who was a well-known Orkney accordion player.
Mark was a National Harmonica League ‘Player of the Year’ in 2013 and 2014, playing Irish and blues music.

Bob has been performing and writing songs since his youth but feels he is now moving into his prime years. He has recorded several albums and many other artists have covered his songs.

Tim has been performing traditional and self-penned material for over thirty years, both as a founder member of Midlands-based radical folk group Fieldwork and with Kasutima Ceilidh band, playing nationally at clubs, festivals and on national and local radio. He has also performed regularly as a solo artist and in a duo with Indian percussionist Nitin Odedra. He has made five albums with Fieldwork and two solo albums.

Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

… and there are still floor-spots available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Oct
19
Wed
2022
Red Shoes @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Oct 19 @ 19:30 – 22:30

Soaring, passionate vocals, chiming acoustic guitars and a superb catalogue of original songs in the Folk/Roots/Americana vein written by Carolyn and Mark Evans lie at the heart of the Red Shoes success story. They have become a live favourite on the Folk Club, Theatre and Festival circuit.

Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention/Jethro Tull) produced the album “Ring Around the Land” and went on to record his version of Carolyn and Mark’s song “Celtic Moon” for Fairport Convention’s “Festival Bell” CD.

Red Shoes follow up, “All The Good Friends” produced by Mick Dolan (Show of Hands, Traffic, Fisherman’s Friends) gained 5 star reviews in the music press.

“It Isn’t Over Yet” their third release was awarded “Band Album of 2017” by FolkWords and hailed as “A Classic!” by FATEA Magazine

Currently touring as a guitar based trio, they have shared stages with The Strawbs; Fotheringay; Iain Matthews; Pentangle; Show of Hands, Richard Digance, Steve Knightley, Fairport Convention, Los Pacaminos.

Sandy Denny-era Fairports and the contemporary American country-folk of Lucinda Williams sewn together neatly in these well crafted songs – SHINDIG

The Angels want to hear these Red Shoes – Maverick

Many years ago I had the good fortune to see Sandy Denny fronting Fairport Convention on several occasions. Red Shoes front-woman Carolyn Evans has the same kind of strong but fragile voice – Blues Matters

Acoustic gems with splashes of rocking country fire. The trio of Red Shoes make a comfortable, timeless sound and open a window into small town nostalgia, regret and real lives lived – Northern Sky

www.redshoes-music.com

 

Nov
16
Wed
2022
Comharsa @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Nov 16 @ 19:30 – 22:30

Irish Band Comharsa, based in Polesworth and Tamworth, is becoming an established part of the local music scene since being formed in 2012. Playing locally and in Birmingham and Coventry and the surrounding area. The band decided on the name Comharsa ( Pronounced Corsa), which in Gaelic means neighbour.

Since then they have gone from strength to strength performing in large and small venues. The band are of Irish descent and play an array of instruments The Band have 6 members with Mick Stanley his daughters Alison and Emma and his brother, Tom, along with Mick McGrath and Brian Wilson.

Together they create the unique Irish sound that was produced by bands such as The Dubliners, the Clancey Brothers, and the Pogues. The band will play music that you can’t help but clap and dance along to, with a good mixture of Irish, contemporary and Folk music.

Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

… and there are still floor-spots available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Dec
21
Wed
2022
Keith Donnelly @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Dec 21 @ 19:30 – 22:30

Keith Donnelly

Stand-up comic, fall-down comedian, surreal snigger-songwriter, guitar-hero, performance-artist, [tall] story-teller, philosopher, scriptwriter, [none can] compere, man-of-mystery, inner-childminder, actor, stuntman, metaphysical-poet, human ping-pong ball, life and soul of the [kids] party, world-class athlete, leading socialite, raconteur, business tycoon, wit, author, half-wit, secret[sh!]-agent, [vauxhall] astral-traveller, shamen, geordie-cultural-attache, word-juggler, snake-charmer, underline-dancer, unexpected clairvoyant, dream-weaver, daydream believer, psycho-linguist, shark-wrangler, mile sculptor, [compulsive] lying-tamer, Great-British eccentric, [alleged] international-jewel-thief, hot-dog-skier, alien-abductee, zen grand-master, champion tiddly-winker, sand-dancer, friend to the pantomime horse, erstwhile slice of bacon, and all-round good egg.

‘I have the best job in the world, I get to reminisce with people I don’t know, about things that never even happened!’ (Keith Donnelly)

keithdonnelly.weebly.com

Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

… and there are still floor-spots available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Jan
18
Wed
2023
New Year Sing 2023 @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Jan 18 @ 19:30 – 22:30


Get rid of that post-Christmas feeling. Come and sing! No guests, just you.

Just get in touch to be included. Lots of 10 minute spots available.  No PA; this is an acoustic session.

Please contact Phil Benson if you want to perform, but spots may still be available on the night, subject to the time available, of course.

Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

… and there are still floor-spots available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Feb
15
Wed
2023
Brian Phillips @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Feb 15 @ 19:30 – 22:30

Brian is a 60-something with a 40-something attitude. Having performed for many years both solo and with numerous others in numerous combinations, his artistry is something to behold.

A regular performer on the folk music scene in the Midlands and the West Country, he gives all he has, whether it be a floor spot at a club night, or as the principal artist on the main stage at a festival.

He has a unique aptitude for knowing what the audience wants; be it playing of instrumentals such as ‘Angie’ or by singing gentle ballads and love songs. He can have you in awe one minute and in tears of laughter the next with his quirky comments and introductions.

Brian’s recent appendage to his ‘Act’ is the occasional airing of self-penned and extremely witty poetry. This is not to be missed for it is believed that he could be the next Poet Loreat.  His very-well-received book of witty “stuff” was published in 2020 and sold out in short order.

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Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

… and there are still floor-spots available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Mar
15
Wed
2023
Kim Lowings @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Mar 15 @ 19:30 – 22:30

British Folk singer and songwriter Kim Lowings currently lives in Gloucestershire. Born and raised in the West Midlands, Kim has built up a national reputation with its roots at the centre of the country.

She is perhaps best known for her work with The Greenwood and ‘folk supergroup’ The Company Of Players. Using the piano, guitar and trademark mountain dulcimer, she sings songs of love, loss and rebellion; tales old and new. Each with a modern twist and a purpose.

Described as “beautiful and enchanting” by Living Tradition and “Absolutely captivating” R2 Magazine.

 

 

kimlowings.com/solo

Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

… and there are still floor-spots available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Apr
19
Wed
2023
Scarecrow @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Apr 19 @ 20:00 – 23:00

Put together three talented & creative musicians – one from a classical background, one from a folk background, and one from a jazz and blues background, and you would expect to get something a bit special. (When it happens, the members of Scarecrow will be at the front of the queue to book tickets to see the first gig!)

David is the natural leader of the band and has all the characteristics needed for the job – he’s got a car that the PA fits in, and he’s bigger than the other two. He is probably one of the best whistle players in the area – if you get a chance to chat with him during the evening, he will be happy to confirm this. He also plays flute, bagpipes, bodhran and other percussion. David brings the folk influence to the band, which means “let’s go to the fourth bar” has a slightly different meaning to him.

Rey is the theorist of the band. He plays bass guitar and flute, sings, talks about flattened fifths and mixolydian minors, and reprimands the other members of the band during practices. He brings a classical influence to the band, or in other words, he doesn’t use his thumb when he plays the guitar. Rey has an uncanny ability to detect when a note is even slightly sharp or flat. His cat has an even more uncanny ability to be able to get out of the house before the end of the second bar of any tune.

Gordon is the guitarist and brings the jazz/blues side to the band, which means he does use his thumb when he’s playing the guitar, and can claim that any mistake he makes is actually an obscure jazz chord. He’s been playing the guitar since a string broke on his bass and he couldn’t work out how to replace it. Having been a bass guitarist for many years, he is very sensitive about tempos, and strongly believes that if a song speeds up or slows down, it is always somebody else’s fault.

www.scarecrowband.co.uk/band/

Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

May
17
Wed
2023
The John Richards Band @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
May 17 @ 19:30 – 22:30

John Richards has been writing, and people have covered his songs, for nearly fifty years now. Robin Dransfield, Paul Downes and Phil Beer, Fairport Convention, Show of Hands, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, and Mike Silver have all recorded John’s songs over the years. He released a new CD not long before lockdown and finally has the chance to share some of the new songs.

This lineup has the wonderful vocals of John’s daughter Emma, the excellent fiddle and vocals of Emily Sanders and the outstanding musicianship of Jim Sutton on Double Bass and Keyboards with a collection of John’s songs old and new that you will probably be humming for days after the gig.

Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

… and there are still floor-spots available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Jun
21
Wed
2023
Belzebub @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Jun 21 @ 17:30 – 22:30

This meeting will be our 100th, and we have put together a fabulous package of entertainment.

 

Belzebub is a group of talented and experienced musicians, who specialise in the music of England, Scotland, Ireland and America. The band members have been performing folk songs and dance tunes for over 30 years and have a wealth of experience, which they put into practice at folk clubs and ceilidhs.

Most of the band’s engagements are barn dances but it is a very versatile outfit and can also be booked for folk clubs, ceilidhs, Burns’ Night, St Patrick’s Night or square dances. In addition the band enjoys playing for medieval banquets and other theme nights.

Belzebub also play barn dances and ceilidhs under the names of Reel Easy and The Shire Band.

“A great, fun band and they do like their music very much indeed. Marvellous”
Mick Peat, BBC Radio Folkwav

belzebubfolkband.org


Vere Foster plays the fiddle, mandolin and guitar. He has studied Scottish, Irish and American fiddle music, and recorded his first album with Farmstead in the Yorkshire Dales. Vere also played with the folk/rock band Morris Convertible before joining Ray and Ian in The Plumtree Band.

Ian Wilson plays accordion, concertina, octave mandolin and cittern. Ian’s driving rhythms and strong vocals are a key feature of many of the band’s album tracks. Ian also plays with the well-respected Peeping Tom ceilidh band.

Joan Smith plays the keyboard. Before joining, Joan performed solo in folk clubs, accompanying her rich, warm voice with the guitar. She also sang with an unaccompanied harmony group named The Oddfellows, after the name of the pub, where they were residents.

Ray Jane is a fine singer, who also plays bass, guitar, flute and whistles. Ray played in a duo called The King’s Shilling before joining The Plumtree Country Dance Band, which was the forerunner of BELZEBUB. Ray is also the band’s caller.


Support on this very special night will be provided by Daisybell …

 

Since forming in 2016, Daisybell have been making waves on the local and national folk scene, delivering performances of passion, wit and raw emotion at clubs from Minehead to Gateshead, Worcester to Sheffield, releasing an EP and a video, fitting in a couple of live radio appearances and drawing acclaim for their “Sing Like A Daisybell” vocal workshops.

To date, the trio have appeared at festivals in Warwick, Broadstairs, Moira, Lichfield, Bromyard, Alcester, Bedworth and more.

Lauded for their song-writing, harmonies and engaging stage presence, now is a great time to check out their gigs, recordings and social media banter.

katherinefear.co.uk


… and Brian Phillips

Brian is a 70-something with a 40-something attitude.  Having performed for many years both solo and with numerous others in numerous combinations, his artistry is something to behold.

A regular performer on the folk music scene in the Midlands and the West Country, he gives all he has, whether it be a floor spot at a club night, or as the principal artist on the main stage at a festival.

He has a unique aptitude for knowing what the audience wants; be it playing of instrumentals such as ‘Angie’ or by singing gentle ballads and love songs.   He can have you in awe one minute and in tears of laughter the next with his quirky comments and introductions.

Brian’s recent appendage to his ‘Act’ is the occasional airing of self-penned and extremely witty poetry.  This is not to be missed for it is believed that he could be the next Poet Loreat.

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And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

Jul
19
Wed
2023
TBA @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Jul 19 @ 19:30 – 22:30

TBA

Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

… and there are still floor-spots available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Aug
16
Wed
2023
Summer Sing 2023 @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Aug 16 @ 19:30 – 22:30

Our annual August Singers Night!

The recipe will remain the same, just get in touch to be included. Lots of 10 minute spots available.

No PA; this is an acoustic session.

Please contact Phil Benson if you want to perform, but spots may still be available on the night, subject to the time available, of course.

phil[at]atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

… and there are still floor-spots available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Sep
20
Wed
2023
The Redhills @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Sep 20 @ 19:30 – 22:30

The Redhills

the_redhills_900Playing traditional music from around the British Isles (and the occasional dispatch from one of the colonies!) out loud and proud, The Redhills bring you anything from a morris tune to an Irish slip jig coupled with a border ballad or rip roaring sea song to the gentle strains of a rock rhythm section.  They might also “folk up ” the odd rock standard, just to keep you on your toes!

Based in rural Warwickshire near Stratford-on-Avon, they have fiddle , electric and acoustic guitars, bass and myriad percussive and shakey things (which can be piled around a drum kit or a cahon, depending on stage size) as well as male and female vocals.

http://www.theredhills.uk/

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Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger In The Jar

Formed especially as the resident 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.

… and there are still floor-spots available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Oct
18
Wed
2023
Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Oct 18 @ 19:30 – 22:30

Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter

Sally is a singer-songwriter based in Medway, writing and performing with Brian Carter, her long suffering husband, guitarist, and musical director. Their aim is to entertain, with songs that make you laugh, or cry, or just think – and make a connection with listeners and audiences.

They tend to get categorised as folk musicians – I guess because what they do tends to be stripped down, unplugged, story based.  Let’s not get into a debate about what folk music is, suffice to say that what they do is contemporary, with a nod to traditional themes. And they often sing stuff that people like to join in with.

Brian has worked as a professional and semi-professional musician all of his adult life. Over the years he has developed a style which fuses jazz, folk & Latin to produce a unique mix of melody and bass rhythms. Sally only really found her wings since they met in the 1990s – although she always loved to sing, and strummed guitar to accompany herself, it was Brian who promised to ‘put Sally’s name up in chalk’.

Over the years they have written commissions for BBC documentaries and Broadstairs Folk Week, and have been supporting artists for Belshazzar’s Feast, Barbara Dickson, Jacqui McShee, Chris Wood & Jez Lowe. They also won the Milkmaid Folk Club Folk Song competition in 2016.

Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter


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Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

… and there are still floor-spots available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Nov
15
Wed
2023
Paul Walker and Karen Pfeiffer @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Nov 15 @ 20:00 – 23:00

“I’ve never seen our audience so spellbound!” (Malc Gurnham, Bedworth Folk Club)

So, what is it that makes this internationally touring Anglo-German duo so irresistible?
Whilst Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer are acclaimed for their image provoking songwriting, expressive vocals and authentic musicianship, they are frequently recalled for their warmth, humour and their remarkable ability to engage with their audience. Karen’s natural theatricality and life affirming playful energy compliments charmingly with Paul’s calm geniality and combined they magically turn a great performance into a real event.

“With two grand voices – individually and in harmony” (Folker-German Folk Magazine), Paul & Karen offer a versatile miscellany of self-penned and imaginatively arranged songs, delivered with guitar, woodwind instrumentation and occasional percussion.

The duo has toured its shows extensively taking in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Ireland and most corners of the UK, wooing audiences with Karen’s southern German accent tinged with an ‘oatcake induced’ North Staffordshire dialect from Paul’s heritage.

Poised to record a new album in Germany just when the pandemic halted things, the past 16 months have seen them focusing their attention on writing, home recording and most importantly, developing their online presence. Their weekly live stream ‘Afternoon Tea with Paul & Karen’ is now in excess of 80 shows and attracts a dedicated international following.

paulwalkermusic.co.uk

Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

… and there are still floor-spots available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

Dec
20
Wed
2023
Stanley Accrington @ Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Dec 20 @ 19:30 – 22:30

Stanley Accrington

Stanley emerged from the dark days of the late 1970’s and has been terrorising the cultural world ever since.

He has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast rake of subjects. There are old-style songs on current happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and possibly anything.

Apart from the silly and very silly material, Stanley has always been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further. He has performed hundreds of times at a wide range of events all over UK and occasionally beyond.

Stanley has been performing all over UK and occasionally beyond at a wide variety of locations and events. He always tries to be both relevant and entertaining. (The pigeon-hole to put this stuff in is “miscellaneous-ish”)

stanleyaccrington.blogspot.com


Support TBA

Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …

TBA

And your hosts, of course, are

Finger 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.

… and there are still floor-spots available!

Just email Phil and ask.

phil @ atherstonefolkclub.org.uk