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 2018
Fri 12th Jan 2018:     Highest scoring acts from Jan. 2017 Hiring Fair
Break a Leg,      Play Folk, Jazz and Blues with Voice, Clarinet and Guitar
Phil Maddocks,      Sees success as getting the next song written and played in public.
Fri 9th Feb 2018:     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 9th Mar 2018:     Bob and Gill Berry
CANCELLED Because our club room has suffered some structural damage as a result of the recent spell of bad weather.
We look forward to welcoming Bob and Gill Berry at a later date.
Fri 13th Apr 2018:     Steve Turner
Known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English Concertina song accompaniments. Also accompanies himself on Cittern and plays Mandolin and Banjo.
Fri 11th May 2018:     Paul Walker and Karen Pfeiffer   http://www.paulwalkermusic.co.uk
A local Anglo-German duo, Karen adds Alto Recorder, Tin Whistle and percussion to Paul's Guitar playing. They perform self penned songs along with a selection of contemporary classics in a likeable humorous style.
Fri 8th June 2018:     Robb Johnson
A musician and songwriter who has been called 'one of the last genuine political songwriters'. Known for his mix of political satire and wit.
Fri 13th July 2018:    SUMMER Club Closed
Fri 10th Aug 2018:    SUMMER Club Closed
Fri 14th Sept 2018:     Jim Mageean
"Shanty Jim", specialises in Sea Shanties, Traditional Maritime music and Geordie songs from his traditional North East England.
Fri 12th Oct 2018:     Kevin Dempsey
A master performer on the guitar,an arranger, singer and top quality live entertainer. Has played and recorded with many of the most famous names in acoustic and Folk Music,.he takes his audience on a varied and wonderful musical journey.
Fri 9th Nov 2018:     Moirai
Three women (Jo Freya, Sarah Matthews, Mel Biggs) who manage to create an orchestra and a choir of sound. They will take you on a roller-coaster ride through traditional tunes, haunting and buoyant compositions and songs that will pluck at your heartstrings or have you bursting with laughter. In addition you get accordion,flute, fiddle, viola, guitar, whistles soprano and tenor sax,clarinet and bass clarinet!
Fri 14th Dec 2018:     Narthen
"Hark Hark" Christmas show
Narthen are Barry Coope, Lester Simpson, Jo Freya, and Fi Fraser. They play, piano, accordion, fiddle, soprano sax,ukulele and whistles. "Hark Hark" is the Christmas show, a seasonal mix of songs and tunes that reflect the whole of Christmas and the winter season. The four part Yorkshire carols are mixed with songs showing the less reverential and more humorous side of Christmas.
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.
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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