Described by Folk Radio UK as ‘weaving an especially compelling magic’, and ‘showing off British acoustic music in its best possible light’, Northumbrian duo The Brothers Gillespie sing songs of great lyrical power, animated by the sound of soaring sibling harmony, inspired guitar playing and a rich array of acoustic instruments. Their songs and performances have a rare, intimate energy that is both earthy and ethereal, romantic and radical.
James and Sam Gillespie found their sound growing up in the fells and valleys of Northumberland, their songs often describing relationships with wild places and the experience of finding oneself in a world alive with soul. The music comes to them most strongly when walking in the borderlands with their packs and instruments which remains a regular practice for them. Since that time, the brothers have travelled widely and sung their songs at campfires, concert halls, Parisian circuses, folk clubs and a host of UK festivals including Sidmouth and Cambridge Folk Fests. https://thebrothersgillespie.com/
Upstairs at The Gladstone, 45 Loscoe Road, Carrington, Nottingham, NG5 2AW Doors 7.45 for 8:15 start We don’t have advance tickets: just turn up and pay on the door (cash only) £10/£8 members
Carrington Triangle Folk Club meets every Wednesday for singarounds, with guests once a month
See you any Wednesday in our comfy redecorated room upstairs at the Gladstone, 45 Loscoe Road, Carrington, Nottingham, NG5 2AW Doors 7.45 for 8:15 start. We don’t have advance tickets: just turn up and pay on the door (cash only)
Carrington Triangle Folk Club also meets every Wednesday for singarounds, with guests once a month.
We have continued to increase our 2024 membership to 54. Remember it’s £10 in cash for the year until Christmas, free entry to singers and musicians’ nights every Wednesday at 8.15.
We have two guests who are new to the club on Wednesday 21 February, although both have been at the Gate to Southwell Festival in recent years. Lauren is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who has built up a reputation as one of Warwickshire’s finest folk musicians. Her honeyed vocals are backed by tenor guitar, fiddle or shruti box and Reg Meuross writes ‘Lauren’s voice has a distinctive and unique beauty that allows her to turn every word she sings into a kind of magic formula’. Becky Syson is a singer-songwriter from Farnsfield who ‘seems to radiate positivity’ (Left Lion) in her own first-rate songs and covers. Becky and Lauren will each perform solo for part of each set but also have interesting collaborations.
Admission is £7 but only £5 for current members. Please bring cash as we don’t have card facilities. Doors open at 7.45 pm for an 8.15pm start and we finish by 11pm.
We have guests booked for the following dates in 2024:
Wednesday 21 February – Lauren South & Becky Syson – young up-and-coming folk stars
Wednesday 20 March – The Brothers Gillespie – Northumbrian duo with ‘blood harmony’
Wednesday 17 April — Damien Barber – tradition from Norfolk and new Yorkshire songs
Wednesday 15 May — Virginia Kettle – vocalist/guitarist in Merry Hell: pleased to come to us
See you any Wednesday in our comfy redecorated room upstairs at the Gladstone.
Every 3 or 4 years we book Jez Lowe because he consistently gives us an entertaining night with self-penned material sung to guitar or cittern. His Durham roots come across in most of his songs and he’s received many nominations in both Sony Awards & BBC Folk Awards. There is a link to our last guest Johnny Campbell as Jez interviews him on Radio 4 ‘Open Country’ this week. Jez has just finished a tour with his group ‘The Bad Pennies’ and has also been touring with The Pitmen Poets. His other collaboration at Gate to Southwell Festival last summer was with Steve Tilston, but for us he’ll be solo and selling his latest CD ‘Crazy Pagan’.
Jez Lowe is one of our finest songwriters
BBC Radio 2
Annual membership of £10 is now due but will give free admission to all singers’ nights. It has been necessary to increase the annual subscription as we now have to pay the pub for use of the room which had previously been free. Once you have paid £10 to join you then come in for £6.00 which is the members’ rate. Anyone not wanting to join pays £10 that night. Please bring cash as we don’t have card facilities. Please note – Doors now open at 7.45 pm for an 8.15 pm start and we now finish at 11 pm. We’ll then have singers’ nights every Wednesday apart from the guest nights listed below.
Updated list of further guest nights: – Wednesday 15 February – Paul Carbuncle Wednesday 15 March – Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter Wednesday 29 March – Marc Block Wednesday 19 April – Jack Rutter Wednesday 17 May – Bella Gaffney
Every so often a young singer comes along with fire and ambition to prove that traditional and self-penned material sung to guitar can stir audiences. Johnny has been writing and delving deep into northern English folk song and story since 2015, releasing 3 albums and earning a formidable reputation, as you will see from the following quotes: –
The spirit of the folk clubs in their heyday runs in his veins.
I defy anyone not to be galvanised by the total integrity of his exceptional rendition of Ewan MacColl’s Moving on Song.
The Living Tradition
Like a modern-day Billy Bragg, he’s all about the fight.
Admission is £8.00 for non-members and £6.00 for members. Please bring cash as we don’t have card facilities. Doors open at 8.00 pm for an 8.30 pm start and we finish by 11.10 pm. We then have singers’ nights every Wednesday apart from the guest nights listed below and 28 December when the Club is closed.
Updated list of guest nights: – Wednesday 14 December—Johnny Campbell Wednesday 18 January – Jez Lowe Wednesday 15 February – Paul Carbuncle Wednesday 15 March – Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter Wednesday 29 March – Marc Block Wednesday 19 April – Jack Rutter
They are a duo from Sleaford in Lincolnshire who we last had 4 years ago with a very good performance. They have also been true friends of Gate to Southwell Festival appearing most years on most stages. They bring a sense of intimacy blending superb songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with hilarious humour and tales of life on the road.
Kip (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) “simply has a voice to die for” whilst Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar and banjo) is recognised as being in the top tier of British songwriters.
Admission is £10.00 for non-members and £8.00 for members. Please bring cash as we don’t have card facilities. Doors open at 8.00 pm for an 8.30 pm start and we finish by 11.10 pm. We then have singers’ nights every Wednesday apart from the guest nights listed below and 28 December as we’re closed, re-opening on Wednesday 4 Jannuary.
I’ve been asked by Phil Hind to let you know that Robin Hood Folk Club has just resumed on alternate Saturday nights from 5th November at The Mill & Brook 101 Derby Rd Long Eaton.
Updated list of Carrington guest nights: – Wednesday16 November—Winter Wilson Wednesday 14 December—Johnny Campbell Wednesday 18 January – Jez Lowe Wednesday 15 February – Paul Carbuncle Wednesday 15 March – Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter Wednesday 29 March – Marc Block Wednesday 19 April — Jack Rutter