Robb Johnson is now widely recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today. “An English original”,(Robin Denselow, the Guardian) … “one of our best singer-songwriters ever” (Mike Harding)… a “renowned folk-punk”(Time Out). His songs feature in the repertoires of a wide variety of musicians, from folk legend Roy Bailey to cabaret chanteuse Barb Jungr, and he enjoys a similarly diverse spectrum of critical acclaim – “a modern-day Dostoyevsky” said the US’s Dirty Linen, Mojo made the double CD Gentle Men, a song suite family history of the First World War and its consequences, Album Of The Month, while The Daily Telegraph made it their Folk Album Of 1998. A revised version was recorded in 2013 to coincide with the centenary of the First World War featuring Roy Bailey Barb Jungr, and was again greeted with widespread critical acclaim. Tony Benn said Johnson’s “Winter Turns To Spring” is his favourite song, while Jeremy Corbyn’s favourite is “Bob Crow”.
Alice Jones is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer from Ripponden in West Yorkshire. Her background is deeply rooted in the English folk tradition and the music that she makes instantly reflects this strong influence. Alice sings mostly traditional songs accompanying herself on the piano or harmonium and sometimes only with foot percussion. The sensitive and intuitive arrangements of each song allow the stories to take centre stage and, inspired by her beginnings as a percussive dancer, they are loaded with a rhythm and energy that portrays her dancer’s heartbeat. Her distinctive voice and innovative style lends a fresh, modern perspective to traditional material and brings new life to old songs.
“Alice Jones is a seriously impressive singer of traditional songs” fRoots (270)
If you’ve not seen him before this quote gives you a good summary of what to expect: –
“Pete has a compelling stage presence and approachable style that delivers a mix of Humanism, politics, love, social commentary and humour… all wrapping its way around the folk tradition.”
The Leen Valley Band bring authentic roots Americana, honky-tonk classics,
rip roaring hoe-down banjo and fiddle tunes, heartrending soulful ballads and
bluesy country folk and gospel. An all acoustic quartet with traditional
instruments, they have a reputation for memorable evenings of great
We plan to start having live singers’ nights again at the Gladstone with effect from Wednesday 1 September 2021. All singers and musicians are welcome and we will have our first guest night of 2021 on Wednesday 29 September 2021: this will be with the Leen Valley Band.
Kimber’s Men are the best four-man harmony group in England. Apart from regular festival appearances all over Europe, they recently starred in the BBC production of Sea Songs with Gareth Malone. John Bromley is probably the finest bass singer on the British folk scene today, and Neil Kimber, Gareth Scott and Steve Smith add accomplished guitars as well as spine-tingling harmonies.
Jez Lowe is a singer-songwriter who was born and raised in County Durham. In over 30 years he has recorded more than 20 CDs, either solo or with his group The Bad Pennies. He plays guitar and cittern and has been a contributor to the Radio Ballads and the Ballads of Child Migration.
He has performed at our club in 2013 and 2015 and we’ve been lucky that he could fit in some solo gigs following his farewell tour with the Pitmen Poets.
He has also just published his second novel, “The Corly Crows” which will be on sale at the club along with a selection of his CDs.
Doug Eunson (voice, melodeon) and Sarah Matthews (voice, fiddle, viola) use their natural, expressive musicality to craft their arrangements with style and intuitive elegance. As well as drawing on some of the finest English folk song repertoire to sing in breathtaking harmony, they play English and European dance music in outstanding instrumentals and beautifully flowing tune sets.
Doug and Sarah invite you to join them in a delightful evening of winter wassails and Christmas charm. Share a special evening singing, swaying and sipping cider (or whatever your favourite tipple is) to put you right in the festive mood. Their new album “CHIMES” is sure to be the perfect Christmas gift!