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 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:     Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham     Admission charge £10
(We are sorry that John Kirkpatrick is unable to appear as originally advertised, as he is unwell.) Keith and Sylvia sing a wide variety of English traditional and traditionally influenced contemporary songs, specialising but, not exclusively, in maritime songs and sea shanties. Their strong voices produce a striking acapella harmony sound, and they also play concertina.
Fri 10th Apr 2020:     Judy Cook CANCELLED
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 CANCELLED
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 CANCELLED    Admission charge £12
Widely regarded as one of the finest singers and interpreters of traditional British folk music and a highly influential guitarist.
Fri 12th July 2020:     Club closed
Fri 14th August 2020:     Club closed
Fri 11th September 2020:     Chris Foster CANCELLED    Admission charge £10
Chris Foster merits legend status, one of the very best in the second wave of the British folk revival, as important as Martin Carthy, Dick Gaughan and Nic Jones in the way he has modernised and invested traditional songs with inventive guitar arrangements and potent vocal delivery
Fri 9th October 2020:     Quicksilver CANCELLED   Admission charge £10
Quicksilver are Hilary Spencer (of the top trio Artisan) and Grant Baynham (well known for his performances on BBC1's That's Life). Hilary has one of the most staggering voices in British acoustic music, while Grant is a formidable songwriter and talented guitarist as well as being hilariously funny.
Fri 13th November 2020:     Dave Webber & Anni Fentimen CANCELLED   Admission charge £10
Anni has developed a specialist repertoire of songs originating from her native North East, and Dave has been writing songs in traditional vein since 1982 many of these are widely sung and have become part of the general song repertoire of singers all over the world. 2018 has seen publication of Dave's first novel, A Secret Harvest, see albums
Fri 11th December 2020:     Robb Johnson CANCELLED   Admission charge £12
Robb Johnson is now widely recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today. "His songs are incisive, clever and witty and you can sing them on your way to work." His performance ranges from touching love songs to sharp political material, and he appears at the Tolpuddle Festival each year.
Fri 10th September 2021:     Enda Kenny   Admission charge £10
Enda Kenny is an Irish-born Australian folk-singer and songwriter: he was born in Dublin, and migrated to Melbourne in 1987. Sydney Morning Herald music reviewer Bruce Elder described Kenny as "the best folk singer-songwriter working in Australia".
New simplified admission charges!
ADMISSION £10 with the odd exception see program£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
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