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Sheffield: Isembard’s Wheel

February 25, 2016 at Crookes Folk Club in Sheffield.

Isembard’s Wheel a folk band based in Sheffield, comprising an eclectic cast of wayfarers, bohemians and scoundrels collected in the years since the band was begun in 2013 by mad westcountryman and dog-whisperer, Alexander Isembard. They’ve taken in festival stages, released an EP called Autumn in Eden, and aim to take our act ever further afield with fleet-footed hoofing, soaring choruses and a mighty big attitude.

Salutations, then, from Isembard’s Wheel, which is:-

Edward Young on mandolin, vocals, percussion;

Toby Morris on banjo, vocals;

Lucy Brookfield on cello;

Rebekah Foard on violin, vocals;

Steve McCarthy on cajon, vocals; and,

Alexander Isembard, who wishes it to be known that he’s on guitar, vocals, and a glass of whatever you’re having, thanks for asking, cheers.

“Pure folk, and brilliantly done!” – BBC Introducing, Sheffield, ‘15.

“Energetic and always affable, Isembard’s Wheel are certain to charm you with their heartfelt harmonies” – Hayfest, ‘14.

“Best Musical Act in show!” – Platform Festival, ‘14.

“If you were on X-Factor, I would vote for you” – Connor, age 10.

Doors open 8:15

Singers and musicians of all standards and styles are welcome to come along and do a short floor spot.

Free entry: Collection & raffle for guest.

Address: The Princess Royal, 43 Slinn Street, Crookes, Sheffield

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Sheffield: Stanley Accrington

February 11, 2016 at Crookes Folk Club in Sheffield.

Stanley emerged from full obscurity to almost total obscurity in the last dark days of the 1970’s.

After a decade of secretly writing songs that even he doesn’t want to hear, he finally plucked up the dutch courage to perform in front of real people in August 1979 at the Buffet Bar at Stalybridge Station, a local live music venue. No one heckled and some applauded, so he knew he was on the right lines, as it were.

Visits to other local folk clubs and sessions produced a realisation that humorous songs have an immediate impact. Out went the earnest 16-verse introspective ballads, and in came a raft of silliness and a rake of sarcastic and satirical songs. Not to mention hats and other props.

In December 1979, he got his first paid booking, at the Ring O’Bells at Middleton (north Manchester), a folk club run by Ken and Mags Whiting. The following day, he was playing live on local radio where the presenter, Harry Ogden, decided that Stanley’s medley of songs about disgraced politician Jeremy Thorpe might lead to legal attention. Two gigs in, and banned already!

Stanley realised that he would have to put in a lot of work to build up a performing career, so he set about it. The song writing came easily – a conveyor belt of songs inspired by current events or the style of artists he encountered on his travels. He therefore embarked on a series of visits to folk music venues in nearby West Yorkshire and built up a bedrock of bookings and a growing reputation as an oddball performer.

The hard work paid off and in 1982 he got his first Folk Festival booking, at Wath (the prize for winning the Festival Singers competition the previous year). No matter they spelled his name wrongly in the programme, he had arrived. While still supporting local clubs (notably the Directors in Castleton, the Waggon at Milnrow, the Gallows also at Milnrow, and the Star at Salford), Stanley was in increasing demand beyond North West England. (At this time he also did a lot of work on the local PTA circuit and other non-Folk venues.)

The song writing and playing was taking over Stanley’s life. This was only possible owing to his lack of domestic responsibilities (how sad) except for a patient dog called Pheido (how sad) and a day-job with the late (usually) British Rail that allowed flexibility and some free travel.

In summer 1982, a promotional job-seeking tour of the Midlands brought Stanley to a small club near Kidderminster. The guest for the evening happened to be Folk Agent Alan Smith (Highway Agency). He snapped up Stanley and the work mushroomed. Gigs and Festival appearances all over the UK followed.

In May 1983 it nearly all ended. After a tiring week of bookings all over England culminating in a Festival weekend, Stanley drove over 200 miles in an evening to join some friends for a holiday in South Wales. Still tired, he was driving next day when he fell asleep at the wheel and met a wall. Despite hospitalisation and RTA injuries that included a bitten-off tongue, he recovered after a few weeks and even played his first gig back (at Whitehaven) with his arm still in plaster.

In 1984 Stanley made his only Sidmouth Folk Festival appearance, doing well with audiences but falling foul of the booking policies of subsequent directors. However, chance meetings there led to breakthroughs into the international world. In the mid and late 1980’s he added the USA to his area of work with some brief tours, and in 1988 and 1992 was invited to the Hong Kong Folk Festival. (The Channel Islands, Scotland and Wales were also briefly attacked)

At around 120 bookings a year, this “hobby” was now getting out of control and in 1988, coinciding with a planned mid-life crisis, he found an excuse to ditch the day job.

Without ever making a breakthrough to other levels (or having much ambition to do that) Stanley maintained his Folk Club, Festival and other acoustic venue work throughout the 1990’s. By now he had become a regular performer at 2 of England’s finest Festivals, the Whitby Folk Week and Fylde Festival, playing both every year since 1985)

In 1991, Stanley married Julie (coincidentally the sister of a Folk Club organiser and owner of a Martin guitar). Twins Sam and Joe popped out in 1995, and Sally arrived in 2000. The only unfortunate side-effect was the inevitable return of the day-job in 1992.

At the time of the setting up of the long-overdue web-site, Stanley had done over 1500 gigs including over 200 Folk Festivals, and many radio appearances. He had performed at weddings, a black-pudding cookery demonstration, an anti-motorway demonstration, a theme night on “bees”, and a moorland restaurant’s Septic Tank Opening Night, to name but a few of the odd places he ends up in.

He continues to write material in a range of styles. Some of his songs have been picked up and sung, and recorded, by other artists. What keeps him going is the compulsive urge to write songs, to incorporate new styles and, mainly, to have fun.

Doors open 8:15

Singers and musicians of all standards and styles are welcome to come along and do a short floor spot.

Free entry: Collection & raffle for guest.

Address: The Princess Royal, 43 Slinn Street, Crookes, Sheffield
Stanley Accrington

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Sheffield: Sheffield – Mosborough Miners Welfare

March 04, 2016 at Mosborough Miners Club in Sheffield.

Evening of Mediumship at Mosborough Miners Welfare Club
8 PM – 10:00 PM 4th March

Tickets £8 Online http://bookeo.com/garethlewismedium
And can be bought from the club.
Tickets £10 on the night (subject to availability)

Enjoy a night of mediumship as part of Gareth’s ’20th Anniversary’ Tour

Enjoy an Evening of Mediumship with Gareth Lewis. This is a chance to join again with your friends in the spirit world, share in their memories and love. For more information about this event please contact us

Sheffield - Mosborough Miners Welfare

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Sheffield: Showroom Film Quiz

January 12, 2016 at Showroom Cinema in Sheffield.

Specialist round for Jan – TARANTINO

Join us each month at the Showroom Cinema for our great film quiz.
Do you know your Chaplin from your Carrey?
Your James Franco from your James Bond?
Film clips, film music, picture rounds to test your movie hungry brains. Get your teams ready for a great night at the Showroom!

It’s always free to enter with some cracking prizes, dvds, soundtracks, film tickets and free meals all up for grabs

Do you feel lucky!?

Address: Showroom & Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield
Showroom Film Quiz

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Sheffield: Leonore Piano Trio

March 04, 2016 at Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.


Violin Sonata in A Op.12 No.2

Cello Sonata in A Op.69

Violin Sonata in C minor Op.30 No.2 Eroica

Piano Trio in E flat Op.70 No.2

Benjamin Nabarro, Gemma Rosefield and Tim Horton have assembled a powerful and compelling group of pieces for their second concert in the Beethoven series.

Beethoven’s Opus 69 Cello Sonata has been described as one of the composer’s most intricate and beautiful chamber music compositions. The surviving autographed score of the first movement gives a typical image of how Beethoven composed: revisions suggest changes were constantly being made right up until performance and publication. And of the Opus 70 Piano Trios, composed in the same year, the Beethoven scholar Lewis Lockwood writes “they raise the genre to a level from which the later piano trio literature could move forward – witness above all the trios of Schumann and Brahms.”

*A transaction fee of £1.50 (£1 online) applies to all bookings (excluding cash) for events at Sheffield Theatres.

Address: 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield
Leonore Piano Trio

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Sheffield: Hope Works Presents A Made Up Sound (Extended Set)

January 30, 2016 at Hope Works in Sheffield.

A Made Up Sound is an artist who has walked a very singular path, and we love that about him. His productions are idiosyncratic and sometimes challenging but never boring. We are bringing him here to play an extended set alongside Lo Shea and Linnemann who will represent Hope Works for the night.
Expect forward strands of techno and loads of weird twists and turns.
This intimate event is in Little Mesters only, not the Hope Works Wareouse.
Hope Works.

Address: Unit 1 A Hope Works,Sussex Road, Sheffield
Hope Works Presents A Made Up Sound (Extended Set)

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Sheffield: Beach Party – mid January! Why not? :-)

January 22, 2016 at Dove and Rainbow in Sheffield.

It’s the middle of January in Sheffield, and we know you like any excuse for a party, so we thought why not!

We’ll have the heating on, exotic cocktails available at the bar, and icecreams chilling in the fridge. We’ve even got some sunglasses. And we’re sure Jason can find us a tune or three to suit the occasion.

Some people might think we’re a bit mad, but we know you lot are too! Put the date in your diary – you wouldn’t want to miss it now would you…

Address: Hartshead Square, Sheffield
Beach Party - mid January! Why not? :-)

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Sheffield: Jacks Rake

March 03, 2016 at Crookes Folk Club in Sheffield.

The band was formed by four climbing friends who had travelled up to Langdale to climb on Raven Crag, but got rained off so did a quick scramble up Pavey Ark and spent the rest of the day in the Sticklebarn Tavern where the local folk festival was taking place.

At around 11pm the four, in the true spirit of punk rock, and drunkenness, decided that they could do this and Jack’s Rake was born.

Over the next decade the band grew in experience and ability and several line up changes, most of them amicable, took place leading to the Jack’s Rake of today which features Mark Pugh, Catherine Pugh, Paul Hartley, Becky Ball, Ella Sprung and Rebekah Foard with regular appearances from Hannah Smalley and Sarah Drake when they’re back from University and occasional appearances from various former members.

Between them, the band members play guitars in various tunings, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, flute, piccolo, various whistles, BC and DG melodeon, piano accordion, English concertina, bodhran, saxophone, nyckelharpa and violins; lots of violins.

Playing mostly traditional songs & tunes plus original compositions from Mark Pugh and Rob Whale with a few covers thrown in, they are regulars at local festivals and much sought after to play weddings and other private parties but their main passions are bringing folk music to people who wouldn’t normally seek it out and demonstrating the excitement & energy of a good folk tune, and snapping up any chance that comes along to play unplugged to an appreciative audience!

Jacks Rake had the place screaming for more by the time they had finished. They couldn’t suppress the smiles on their faces, and played the deserved encore. One of Sheffield’s favourites, with good reason. Loads of energy and crazy fiddles.” – Robb Frost, Revival Leeds reviews

“Just a quick note on behalf of Mike, the staff, myself and the regulars at the Royal Oak to say thank you for a wonderful performance on Saturday night. Mike and myself in various guises over the years have both booked a lot of bands and acts for various events and without doubt this is one of the best nights I have been involved with in a long time. I am concerned you have set such a high standard that the bands booked for the Easter beer festival will struggle to follow!” – David Jones from the Royal Oak, Barlborough – Email

“Great sounds good relaxed sympathetic playing you get the sense that you are all enjoying it and it comes across as such. Lets have more of your own tunes as they are great:-)” – Pete from The Big I Am, Reverbnation

“One of the liveliest and most loved folk bands around.” – Pete Shaw / South Yorkshire Folk, EventSheffield.com

“Both I and the audience were highly delighted by a display of fine musicianship and a very entertaining range of superbly arranged material. ” – Gerry Bates, The Folk Train Newsletter

“Then pure heaven, The great “big” sound of Jack’s Rake. Jack’s Rake have performed at Acoustic Rotherham on three occasions over the years and have never failed to entertain, but this performance was excellence beyond the call of duty and simply outstanding … Even our Leader, non Folkie Steve could be seen dancing around the Gallery, and the crowd they pulled in from outside was proof positive of the popularity of their sound. ” – The Rawmarsh Masher!, Acoustic Rotherham blog

“High octane folk delivered with gusto, this band have a good reputation for putting on a really good show and they don’t disappoint us tonight with their fair selection of covers. It’s not the entire band tonight and they are unplugged but what a performance, they are to put it simply very entertaining and well worth booking, I am I admit a fan of the band. But with very good reason, they are always a good live act. Go and see them if you have not had a chance yet, as they are well worth seeing! ” – David Paskell, Acoustic Rotherham 6 Review

“Jack’s Rake made our garden party successful and memorable. Although the weather deterred some from coming, all those who braved the summer rain had a great time! It would not have been so successful without you and we would like to send our sincere thanks” – The Walkinshaws, Wadworth

Doors open 8:15

Singers and musicians of all standards and styles are welcome to come along and do a short floor spot.

Free entry: Collection & raffle for guest.

Address: The Princess Royal, 43 Slinn Street, Crookes, Sheffield
Jacks Rake

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Sheffield: Steel City Rhythm Album Launch, With: SMILING IVY, DUBCENTRAL & SIMMERDOWN!!

February 05, 2016 at Riverside – Sheffield in Sheffield.


The long wait is over, Steel City Rhythm’s debut album ‘FREE LOVE & FIGHTING’ is finally ready and to celebrate we’re putting on this awesome night at one of Sheffield‘s best music venues, with a double dose of LIVE party bands as well as some of the cities finest Selectors. DID WE MENTION IT’S FREE??! What you waiting for? Get down and get involved!!

Steel City Rhythm:Sheffield‘s 8 piece massive are back for their first show of 2015 celebrating the launch of their first full length album with their trademark mix of high-octane Reggae, Dub and Fusion music. Expect to hear old favourites and brand new grooves as we kick 2016 off with a bang!

Plus special guests:

Smiling Ivy: Celebrating their tenth year of bringing their hard-hitting, crowd pleasing Ska, Punk & Dub to venues across the UK, Sheffield‘s finest are back in action getting the night started with a killer set of 100% pure party!! We’re so excited to have these guys on the bill!!

DUBCENTRAL DJ’s: What can be said that’s not allready been said about the legendary Dubcentral?! Sheffield‘s finest purveyors of Dub and Roots music have been playing the hottest, most concious music for over the 16 years. Having played with some of the biggest names in the business its our special honour to have these guys on board for this awesome show!!

Simmerdown DJ’s: Spinning the hottest, most upful selections of Ska, Funk, Reggae, Afrobeat and beyond, Simmerown are a force to be reckoned with and no strangers to putting on some of Sheffield‘s best nights!! Can’t wait for these guys to tear it up!!

Address: B6074 , Sheffield
Steel City Rhythm Album Launch, With: SMILING IVY, DUBCENTRAL & SIMMERDOWN!!

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Sheffield: Ghost Elusive Combat Seminar – Phil Norman

February 20, 2016 at Excel Martial Arts in Sheffield.

WOW! This is going to be just one of the amazing events we have lined up this year – only £25 for 3hrs of training.
This will take your sparring to another level!

What is Ghost?

The Ghost System is an elusive combat system designed for all forms of sport martial art, where the rules allow you to stand and strike. What makes this system stand out from others is that it takes an unorthodox approach which will enable you to match a fighter, who has better physical attributes and a higher skill set in the more regular styles of stand up! This is great news, for example, if you have spent years working on your ground game and want to get a good stand up game going quickly. It is also a massive asset to have in your arsenal when you come up against a fighter who is beating you and you need to switch to plan B!

This unique system has been developed over a decade of study, research and competition fighting at the highest level.
Why Ghost?

Do you like getting punched in the face? Ghost focuses on developing dynamic elusive movement first and striking second! This is because the shapes made from this unorthodox style mean the usual hitting techniques have to give way to new and unusual striking angles! The Ghost principle of constant movement also makes sure that your will develop a much higher level of fitness, so even if fighting not your game the health benefits from Ghost training are HUGE!

Address: 39a, Longacre Close, Holbrook Industrial Estate, Sheffield
Ghost Elusive Combat Seminar - Phil Norman

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