Hi-Vis Press (run by Sophie, Jim and Ben) have a reputation for putting on great shindigs, because they do. Always a featured mix of left-field makers: photography, spoken word, music, art, zines, and very probably some dancing too. Beth and Dean will be performing (not a Kootch set) but a mash-up of music and spoken word, based around Dean’s novel Billy and the Devil, published with character and care by the Hi-Vis team.
Saturday 6th July BREAKFAST WITH KOOTCH (Methodist Church Hall - 9.30am)
Saturday 6th July SET (Masonic Dining Hall - 2.30pm)
Saturday 6th July UNPLUGGED SET (Blend Cafe Bar - 6.00pm)
Saturday 6th July SET (Masonic Dining Hall - 7.45pm)
Sunday 7th July UNPLUGGED SET (Blend Cafe Bar - 1.00pm)
Cleckheaton folk festival is back! Be prepared for sessions, dancing, puppets, grotesques handing out flowers… and that’s just us! There is LOADS to see and do over the weekend at Cleckheaton, it’s well worth popping down, even if just for the day! We hope to see some of you there!
Having being located at the Banner Cross, the Burney folk club is now held at The Gardener’s Rest in Sheffield. The fantastic (and fair) organisation of the club by Charlie, coupled with the fantastic venue of the Gardener’s Rest, is sure to be a hit! So make sure you bring your instruments, as there is sure to be plenty of floor spots in this lovely venue. Can’t wait to see you there!
KOOTCH Featured Guest
We have had the honour of being asked to be the featured guest at the renowned Grove Folk Club in Leeds. Known to be one of the oldest folk clubs around, we can’t wait yo get back to our Yorkshire roots! (Apart from Dean who is Derbyshire… But we can’t all be great).
Join us again for another fantastic night at The Croppers Folk club. It is our absolute honour and pleasure to be playing not just one, but two 40 minute sets at this gig. Wow. So if you want a dose of Kootch that can last you a life time, come on down!
With songs from Eric Johnson and Dave Everett, the night is set to be a great night (we hope there is cake?!)
See you all there!
FESTIVAL - Bird Table Stage
Folk Forest is back! After Tramlines has moved to Hillsborough, they found the trees had deep roots, and the forest stayed in Sheffield.
We will be kicking off the festival at 6pm on the Saturday, on The Bird Table Stage. We would love to see your friendly faces.
If your faces aren't so friendly... Pop along anyway, we'll try show you how it's done :)
***Bird Table Stage***
7.00 Special Guests
5.00 Thomas and The Empty Orchestra
4.00 Death and the Dancer an uptempo riposte to the absurdity of life
3.00 Bell Hagg Orkestar
2.00 Toki Trio
1.00 The Silver Darlings
12.00 The Mother of Crows
Other Acts TBC
Join us, Kootch (in case you forgot) at the Gardeners Rest in Kelham Island, Sheffield. WIth Kieran as MC (Ichabod) and other performers TBC it's set to be a kooky beautiful night full of kooky beautiful people.
Are you kooky?
Are you beautiful?
Are you neither?
There is a charity memorial event taking play in Chesterfield on Saturday 23rd June. This is to commemorate the anniversary of the death of a lovely lady (and the labour MP for where I grew up!)
She was passionate in her beliefs and a genuinely nice person. Taken away from her husband and two children far too soon.
The day will start at 2:30pm and will feature various different acts, from music to spoken word. It is the very least that this kind lady deserves.
We will be plaing from 7:30 - 8:00pm, We hope to see you all there.
Sign of a Teaspoon Support
Come on down to this beautiful Norman Church of St.Nicholas. It is in the middle of NOWHERE, so when your SatNav tells you there to turn down the mile long cul-de-sac, it really is a mile long cul-de-sac. Tickets can be pre-booked for £8 firstname.lastname@example.org or £10 on the door.
Bring yer own butt cushions!
Press release from Littleborough Unplugged:
LITTLEBOROUGH UNPLUGGED are acoustic music concerts featuring the best of national and international performers. These are held, from April to September, in the tiny Norman Church of St. Nicholas, Littleborough (DN22 0HD); an acoustically and aesthetically excellent intimate venue. The concert proceeds support Britain’s historic architectural heritage via the Churches Conservation Trust.
There’s a fantastic start to the 2018 season with Kootch & Sign of a Teaspoon appearing at Littleborough Unplugged at 8pm on Saturday 28-Apr (email email@example.com info); take a look at “Kootch - If I Were a Blackbird” and “Sign of a Teaspoon - Blue Monday” on YouTube.
KOOTCH – Derbyshire based duo combining the angelic voice of Beth Aveyard and the deft guitar skills of Dean Lilleyman, Kootch play a range of contemporary and traditional folk songs, and even throw in their own material from time to time. The name Kootch derives from the Welsh 'cwtch', meaning the warm, safe place created by the embrace of a loved one and Kootch hope to recreate this feeling with their music.
“Playing beautiful folk music, with lovely harmonies, they will have you alternating between laughter and tears, but always watching in stunned amazement.” (Banner Cross)
SIGN OF A TEASPOON – If you enjoyed teenage years at any time through the 1980s, Sign of a Teaspoon will play your record collection on three ukuleles. They have deconstructed many of your synth-pop favourites, and a few other classics, and rearranged them for three part ukulele and vocal harmonies. Come and listen, sing along, tap your feet or dance, they will send you home with an ear-worm or two.
“Added Uke-tasticness from Sign of a Teaspoon.” (Scott Doonican, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican)
Help preserve beautiful historic churches by spending an evening listening to great music.
Other artists: Soapstone Dragon, Paul Mason, Nigel Parsons, Blackwater, Morleyfolk.
Another fabtastic opportunity to raise money in memory of the man, the top dog, the big cheese, Pete Aveyard. All money raised in memory of Pete will go to Cancer Research UK, lung cancer. Join us and a host of performers at the Morley United Services Club for:
'a night the likes the world has never seen, truly, it's gunna be yuge, I'm telling you, bigly, I'm serious.' - Donald Elizabeth Trump
Eric Johnson headlining
Join Eric and friends for a free concert at The Star, Roberttown. Free entry, but there will be a raffle and a collection. All proceeds go to Cancer Research UK, Lung Cancer. All in memory of the funniest, warmest, kindest mentor in the history of the world, Pete Aveyard (Beth's dad).
Eric will be joined by us, Blackwater, Gifford Rolfe, Joan Foye, David Lindsay and Stuart Douglas.
No headliners here. Just a warm, friendly, sing-around.
All musicians (and listeners) welcome!
Ossett folk club is held every Thursday at Ossett Cricket Club. This Burns night special is very different in two ways.
1. There will be a raffle and collection for the late, great, Pete Aveyard.
2. A bearded Scottish man (and resident MC for the folk club) Tom McDonald, will be dressed to the nines to deliver the Burns night poem and traditional cutting of the haggis. The first time we heard the poem, we thought it was another language... Turns out, it's just very broad Scottish.
It is a night not to be missed and a place that even newcomers can feel like the best of friends.
Sign of a Teaspoon headlining.
Pop down to the Banner Cross Folk Club, Sheffield. We will be singing a couple of songs, but mostly supporting the AMAZING Sign of a Teaspoon. Floor spots are available for all those brave enough (first come first served, so no being fashionably late you fashionistas!)
Hope to see you there.