evening - doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm
EVENING CONCERT - Tickets:
Full £12.00 U18 £6.00
A short biography from
the age of three until nearly teatime.
Les Barker writes strange
poems and comes from originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh.
He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He's written
85 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't
quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number
of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife
Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two.
Les began his career
as assistant to Mrs Ackroyd, a small hairy mongrel who lay around in
folk clubs, bit people and became famous. Mrs Ackroyd was the only dog
ever to own her own record label. Since her sad demise, Les is mainly
a solo performer, though he has taken to working with humans from time
to time. The Mrs Ackroyd Band gradually evolved from an ever-changing
who's who of the folk scene into a tightly knit, well-rehearsed group.
The band are now playing as a trio, without Mr Barker, and will be far
more tightly knit and well-rehearsed. Mr Barker's Welsh songs are occasionally
performed by a trio of Welsh musicians who have had the good sense to
keep him out of the band.
Les has several solo
albums to his credit: 'Dogologues', An Infinite Number of Occasional
Tables', 'A Cardi and Bloke', 'Up the creek without a poodle', 'Arovertherapy',
'The War on Terrier' and 'Daydream Retriever'. He has travelled the
length, breadth and height of Great Britain, as well as Hong Kong, Australia,
New Zealand, and - both solo and with the band - the United States and
Canada, and has more recently won prizes for his Welsh poetry, including
5 small chairs, a big one and a stool, and has now completed a DVD of
his Welsh poetry with photos and musical accompaniment.
Glymjack is an English
folk act led by acclaimed singer-songwriter Greg McDonald..
The term “Glymjack”
is Victorian criminal underworld slang for a street child who led strangers
through the streets of London at night with a lantern.
Throughout 2018, Glymjack
toured as an acoustic trio with Greg. Here they will be Greg on guitar,
fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner, melodeon master - and bassist Dickon Collinson,
delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals,
English folk songs and fiddle tunes.
songs have previously been called “genius” (Rolling Stone),
“captivating” (Q magazine), and “enough to remind
you why you got into music in the first place” (Tom Robinson,
BBC 6music), while Gemma’s virtuosic skill has seen her celebrated
as a “powerhouse instrumentalist” (fRoots) and “a
force to be reckoned with” (Maverick).
'Light the Evening Fire’s'
acoustic-roots sound belies the album’s unflinching vision of
Brexit Britain, as it takes aim at social issues from immigration to
homelessness. Set against that darkening landscape, closing epic Bright
Sparks draw inspiration from fourteenth century revolutionary John Ball
and suffragette Emily Davison, folk heroes who, for McDonald, personify
“an alternative, progressive, radical English tradition”.s
inspiration from fourteenth century revolutionary John Ball and suffragette
Emily Davison, folk heroes who, for McDonald, personify “an alternative,
progressive, radical English tradition”.
Sunday evening there will be cakes on sale as usual!