Leyland Nights at Fox Lane Club

Find out more about each night…

 

Becky Mills

Fox Lane Club, Leyland

Thursday 4th February 2021

Tickets £12.00 in advance available from the Friends of Folk shop at www.fofshop.org.uk or send a cheque payable to ‘Friends of Folk’ to me at 56 Victoria Park Avenue, Leyland, PR25 1UG – Friends of Folk still loves payment by cheque!

Becky Mills is a former member of the critically
acclaimed band “Waking The Witch”, co-writing two successful albums and playing gigs and festivals up and down the country.
As a solo artist Becky released two early albums “Lazy Girl” and “Ladder to the Sun” and later she recorded the very successful “Dandelion” album. Her last appearance in Leyland was at the launch of her then new album “Tall Tales & Home Truths” and following the success of that night it is great to invite Becky back to Leyland.

Becky sang guest vocals on the “Copper, Russet and Gold” album with Ashley Hutchings & Ken Nicol. She has also toured extensively with Ashley & Ken. Most recently she is working with Ashley Hutchings touring with a gig to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fairport Convention.
Friends of Folk organiser, Leyland based Jim Minall said “I can 100% promise a great evening from a very talented artist who has gained the respect of many including Ashley Hutchings, the founder of Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span.”

Chris Bannister

Fox Lane Club, Leyland

Thursday 6th May 2021

Tickets £12.00 in advance available from the Friends of Folk shop at www.fofshop.org.uk or send a cheque payable to ‘Friends of Folk’ to me at 56 Victoria Park Avenue, Leyland, PR25 1UG – Friends of Folk still loves payment by cheque!
Chris Bannister

An evening with Chris Bannister is an evening of rare quality. This evening will include his acclaimed self-penned collection of songs, his covers of much-loved classics or undiscovered folk songs and a stunning tribute to the music of John Denver.

His debut album ‘Only Human’ was released in 1992. The album which combined country, folk and rock elements immediately caught the attention of legendary broadcaster, Bob Harris who added the album to his radio playlist. The single ‘We Were Children’ was released in 1993, and having been included on the BBC radio 2 playlist, brought Chris’s work to a wider audience.

Chris worked with John Denver’s legendary lead guitar player Steve Weisberg, who played on hits like ‘Annie’s Song’ ‘Back Home Again’ and ‘Grandma’s Feather Bed’. Steve sadly passed away last year and, in recognition of Chris’s exceptional talent and for his work in honouring the music of John Denver, Steve bequeathed his 1937 Epiphone guitar to Chris in his Will.

As well as continuing to write, record and perform his own music, Chris has recorded several John Denver radio specials for the BBC and toured the show extensively for the last six years. In 2015 Chris released his fifth album. Featuring Chris Nole on piano (John Denver’s keyboard player until the singers untimely death in 1997), the album entitled “The Unicorn and Other Stories” is a collection of Nova Scotian folk songs with entirely new arrangements and melodies which has delighted Chris’s existing fans and served to introduce Chris to a new audience who enjoy and appreciate his talent.

Find out more about Chris Bannister at http://www.chrisbannistermusic.com/

Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer

Fox Lane Club, Leyland

7:30pm – Thursday 3rd June 2021

Tickets £12.00 in advance available from the Friends of Folk shop at www.fofshop.org.uk or send a cheque payable to ‘Friends of Folk’ to me at 56 Victoria Park Avenue, Leyland, PR25 1UG – Friends of Folk still loves payment by cheque!

Paul and Karen’s music is not only multifaceted but they also deliver it perfectly on the same wavelength, and these waves carry great energy towards the audience. Through countless live performances and three carefully composed albums the Anglo-German duo have conquered the hearts of their numerous fans. Their repertoire combines handpicked folk favourites and their own handcrafted songs. “Great show!” praised Graham Norton heartily.

Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer tour internationally and have collected enthusiastic reviews along the way. Their secret of success? As soon as the native of Stuttgart and the Englishman from Staffordshire appear on stage they entertain – and then seem to turn, note by note, into their music. Short anecdotes, melody and rhythm: two clear, full voices and a guitar, occasionally subtly accompanied by flute and recorder sounds are sufficient to create the unmistakable Walker-Pfeiffer presence. Thus, the two merge harmoniously into an authentic and versatile unity, which either rhythmically grooves or gently poetically touches, which tells colourful stories – and releases grand emotions that linger long after the concert has ended.

Avondale

Fox Lane Club, Leyland

7:30pm – Thursday 2nd September 2021

Tickets £12.00 in advance available from the Friends of Folk shop at www.fofshop.org.uk or send a cheque payable to ‘Friends of Folk’ to me at 56 Victoria Park Avenue, Leyland, PR25 1UG – Friends of Folk still loves payment by cheque!

Avondale – a true story, told in song and narration
A few words from the writer Len Pentin:
“A writer is lucky if once in a lifetime a true-life story drops into his or her lap, that not only is fantastic in its detail but has not already been claimed and written up by someone else.

AVONDALE is such a story. Beyond a casual mention on a local history site, the full extended story of Kate Fitzpatrick, a mysterious inmate of Ormskirk Workhouse, has never seen the light of day on any stage or any page – that in itself is remarkable, never mind the events of the story themselves!
The story involves the last tragic voyage of The Lusitania, a dramatic search for a lost relative and much more besides. As soon as I came across this story, I knew I had to write it up. Yes it’s a local story but its themes, like any great story, are universal. Set in both the UK (Ormskirk) and the USA (Illinois and New York), it’s a story that connects two continents and two women whose paths would normally, under other circumstances, most likely never have crossed.

If the story around these two women was fiction, it would never be believed – it would be deemed fantastical – but, nonetheless, the remarkable events depicted in AVONDALE really did occur. While some crucial information around the story remains lost to time, what remains manifests into a tale that demands to be told and remembered for all sorts of reasons.”

AVONDALE is performed by Len Pentin, Chris Nelson, Siobhan Nelson, Mike Huddart and Don Palmer. It is a two act performance of narration and 18 original songs.

A Celebration of The Music of Simon & Garfunkel with Tim Chu & Ian Bailey

Fox Lane Club, Leyland

7:30pm – Thursday 7th October 2021

Tickets £12.00 in advance available from the Friends of Folk shop at www.fofshop.org.uk or send a cheque payable to ‘Friends of Folk’ to me at 56 Victoria Park Avenue, Leyland, PR25 1UG – Friends of Folk still loves payment by cheque!

Tim Chu and Ian Bailey are two talented professional singer-songwriters from the North West of England. They have grown up listening to Simon & Garfunkel’s music with both the composition and vocal blend having a strong influence on their respective professional careers. After years of busy individual touring schedules both Tim and Ian have now found the time to concentrate on this venture delivering the music of Simon and Garfunkel in their own unique way that also honours the original recordings, without falling into the regular tribute act category. There are no costumes, wigs or make up! Just two great musicians producing an ambient collection of some of Simon & Garfunkel’s much loved hits.

Brian McNeill

Fox Lane Club, Leyland

7:30pm – Thursday 4th November 2021

Tickets £12.00 in advance available from the Friends of Folk shop at www.fofshop.org.uk or send a cheque payable to ‘Friends of Folk’ to me at 56 Victoria Park Avenue, Leyland, PR25 1UG – Friends of Folk still loves payment by cheque!

Brian McNeill’s career spans over 50 years and his music over that period has established him as one of the most acclaimed forces in Scottish music. Brian was born in 1950 in Falkirk and has been described as ‘Scotland’s most meaningful contemporary songwriter’ (The Scotsman). Add to that his work and influence as performer, composer, producer, teacher, musical director, band leader, novelist and interpreter of Scotland’s past, present and future and you have a man who has never stood still.

He has performed around the globe, both as a soloist and with some of the era’s most influential bands, including Battlefield Band, which he founded in 1969, Clan Alba and as a core member of the UK fiddle phenomenon, Feast of Fiddles. Brian performs and teaches regularly at many of the world’s major festivals and is the longest running booked artist at Cambridge Folk Festival.

Brian is a multi-instrumentalist – chiefly fiddle, bouzouki, mandocello, guitars and concertina – and the importance of his songwriting has long been recognised with such songs as The Yew Tree, The Lads O’ The Fair, The Snows of France and Holland, Strong Women Rule Us All With Their Tears, Any Mick’ll Do and No Gods and Precious Few Heroes. Many of his songs have been performed and recorded by artists worldwide.

Over the years Brian has become a true friend of Friends of Folk and one of the artists it is always a pleasure to invite to perform. It is a guaranteed evening of musical enjoyment from an artist who is not just talented, but also someone who relates closely with his audience. His rendition of ‘Bring The Lassie Hame’ and the story that goes with it will alone be worth the price of the ticket!

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Fox Lane Club, Leyland

7:30pm – Thursday 2nd December 2021

Tickets £12.00 in advance available from the Friends of Folk shop at www.fofshop.org.uk or send a cheque payable to ‘Friends of Folk’ to me at 56 Victoria Park Avenue, Leyland, PR25 1UG – Friends of Folk still loves payment by cheque!

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer have developed a strong reputation for delivering great performances time and time again. Once known mainly for their instrumental skills with Scottish smallpipes, accordion and Swedish nyckelharpa, they are now being accepted as impressive song arrangers and writers.  Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst equally creating original self-penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition.  Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh.

Vicki Swan – nyckelharpa, vocals, flute, assorted bagpipes

Vicki studied at the Royal College of Music on the double bass.  She also plays the various types of bagpipes, flute, recorder, piano and nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed
-fiddle).  On leaving music college Vicki started down the long path of folk music and was only seen on rare glimpses back in classical orchestras. You’ll find Vicki now inhabiting the troll ridden forests playing her Swedish bagpipes, bagging tunes for new books.

Jonny Dyer – guitars, accordion, cowhorn, harpsichords

Composer and competition-winning guitar player; Jonny’s outstanding technical ability, coupled with a wide-ranging musical taste has made him a tireless and forceful musical innovator. Jonny has been singing and playing choral music, soul, jazz and folk for as long as he can remember.

For more about Vicki & Jonny go to http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk/

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