The Potteries Folk Club traces its origins back to 1962. As the longest established folk club in the area, it has been organizing folk song, music and dance events in North Staffordshire for fifty plus years.
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Our program for 2019
Fri 11th Jan 2019:     Esther Brennan & Ian Buchanan
Singer songwriter Esther Brennan accompanied by Ian Buchanan on dobro and mandolin perform an eclectic selection of original material. Simplicity in writing, innovative melodies and strong instrumentation have audiences captivated.
Fri 8th Feb 2019:     Token Women
Jo Freya, Heather Vigar, Alice Kinloch, Jackie Allan, Fi Fraser and Jo May are Token Women. Multi instrumentalists with an exuberant, jazzy and utterly infectious sound. The tunes are are sometimes traditional, sometimes self composed but always coming from a deep knowledge of European traditions.
Fri 8th Mar 2019:     Tom Lewis
Celebrating 75 years in 75 minutes
Widely acknowledged as North America's finest exponent of contemporary nautical songs. Now residing back in the U.K. Tom is re-incarnated as a musical ex-sailor, bringing (in a welcome second visit) wry humour, button accordion,ukulele and a great voice.
Fri 12th Apr 2019:     Bob and Gill Berry
Principal organisers of the Chippenham Folk Festival, their performance shows a great musical bond. Their repertoire ranges from unaccompanied close harmony to instrumentally backed contemporary songs. A welcome return.
Fri 10th May 2019:     Pete Morton
Pete Morton is a singer songwriter with a wealth of great songs and a remarkable singing voice. His songs have been described as an unruly mix of humour, politics, love and social comment. His performances are a joy.
Fri 14th June 2019:     Ian Bruce
One of the best known faces on the Scottish folk scene. A wonderful ambassador for the Scottish singer songwriter genre. His voice has strength and accuracy, his guitar playing is excellent and his songs beautifully crafted, very much a performer to be reckoned with.
Fri 12th July 2019:    SUMMER Club Closed
Fri 9th Aug 2019:    SUMMER Club Closed
Fri 13th Sept 2019:     Bob Fox
Born in Seaham, County Durham, the son of a miner, Bob possesses one of the best folk singing voices in England. He evokes the world of miners and songs of the North East with power and clarity and has recently been performing as 'The Song Man' in the touring version of War Horse.
Fri 11th Oct 2019:     Ken Wilson (Solo)
Born in Billingham, Teeside, one of eight siblings (five brothers and three sisters, has been involved in Folk music for the past 40 years with his siblings "The Wilson Family", frequenting Folk clubs and Festivals throughout Great Britain and Europe, producing several albums along the way.
Fri 8th Nov 2019:    David Campbell
Son of Ian Campbell, Grandson of Dave and Betty Campbell is the only member of Birmingham's most celebrated singing family still active in traditional music. Primarily an unaccompanied singer, also accompanies himself on banjo or ukulele. He sings what he fancies !
Fri 13th Dec 2019:     Cosmotheka    Admission charge £12
The magic memorable music hall act featuring Dave and the late Al Sealy is back! Dave has returned to the stage with his son Dan and Adam Barry to perform the songs of Cosmotheka.
Our program for 2020
Fri 10th Jan 2020:    Tom McConville
The Newcastle Fiddler. Britain's foremost geordie fiddle player, singer and raconteur.
Fri 14th Feb 2020:     Dick Miles
Born in Blackheath, London, Dick is a singer and English concertina player, turning professionsl in 1976. He plays a variety of songs including more traditional material, showing the range of the English concertina. Now residing in Ireland he ours regularly in England and Holland.
Fri 13th Mar 2020:     John Kirkpatrick    Admission charge £12
Born in Chiswick, W. London, John plays the melodeon, button accordion and anglo concertina, he has become one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene. Establishing an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician.
Fri 10th Apr 2020:     Judy Cook
Coming from the USA,Judy lifts the spirit and entertains with splendid traditional ballads and songs from a large and varied Anglo-American repertoire. Her clear and unaccompanied presentation combines with her joy of singing to delight all listeners.
Fri 8th May 2020:    Brian Peters
A passionate Singer able to tackle big songs. A multi instrumentalist, acknowledged as a leading exponent of the Anglo concertina and Melodeon as well as being a skilled guitarist
Fri 12th June 2020:     Martin Carthy    Admission charge £12
Widely regarded as one of the finest singers and interpreters of traditional British folk music and a highly influential guitarist.
New simplified admission charges!
ADMISSION £10£1 off for concessions (unemployed, over-60s, students, disabled etc.)
£1 off for members (Membership fee for 2014 is £5)
Floor Singers and Musicians are always welcome. Either book a spot in advance by phoning Jason (01782) 813401 or turn up at the club by 8.30 pm at the latest.
MEMBERSHIP:You don't have to be a member to attend our events, but if you are a member you pay a reduced admission charge. Join now. Just send £5 to Jason Hill, 54 Price St, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 4EN
Please make your cheque payable to Potteries Folk Song Club and enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
North Staffs Folk Diary
The North Staffs Folk Diary is published quarterly and lists all folk song and music events in the area. To receive a regular copy, send five stamps for the next four issues to:
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