Category Archives: Guests

Next guest: Damien Barber on 17th April

Raised in Norfolk and heavily influenced by such earlier Norfolk singers as Walter Pardon and Peter Bellamy, Damien is a stylish and distinctive singer, either a Capella or accompanied on guitar or English concertina. Though he has lived in West Yorkshire for over 20 years he retains a strong East Anglian identity.
Damien was 5 years old he was first taken to The Orchard Garden’s Folk Club in North Walsham, Norfolk where his family lived and where he began to absorb the styles and sounds of local singers such as Tony Hall, Peter Bellamy and most notable of all Walter Pardon. Walter was one of the last great Traditional singers of the region and, along with his weekly visits to the folk club, Damien was fortunate to listen to, and play with, Walter a number of times at his home before his passing in 1996.

Admission is £10 but only £8 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

Damien’s YouTube channel is at
Damien is also one of Breaking Tradition, the people behind the brilliant Lock In dance shows: worth catching next time they come round:

It’s £10 in cash for membership for the rest of the year until Christmas, which gives free entry to singers’ and musicians’ nights every Wednesday at 8.15.

We have guests booked for the following dates in 2024:
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
19 June – Richard Grainger & Chris Parkinson
17 July – Morris & Watson

See you any Wednesday in our comfy redecorated room upstairs at the Gladstone.

Brothers Gillespie with frame drum

The Brothers Gillespie

Wednesday, March 20th

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.

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) £12/£10 members

Carrington Triangle Folk Club meets every Wednesday for singarounds, with guests once a month