State of the Union: Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams

Date: Sunday 15th October 2017
Doors 7.30  Show 8pm
Venue: Ellel Village Hall, Main Road, Galgate, Lancaster, LA2 0LQ
Tel 01524 840539 or available on the door from7.30pm
Tickets £14

Combining the mercurial talents of English songwriting legend Boo Hewerdine and acclaimed American Blues guitarist and songwriter Brooks Williams, State of the Union create a magical, stripped back and enthralling musical atmosphere, their performances consistently brilliant, equal parts emotive and entertaining.

The original songs Hewerdine and Williams play are infused by a multitude of influences, from Willie Nelson to Johnny Cash, from the wide open Fenlands to the frenetic buzz of the city. Their recordings are made quickly, in most instances first take, live in the studio, but the sound this amazing acoustic duo capture is rich and expertly executed.

Boo Hewerdine is perhaps best known from his years fronting much loved English rock band The Bible but he has since enjoyed a solo career spanning over two decades and written thousands of published songs including those for Eddi Reader, Sia, Chris Difford, Kris Drever and KD Lang. His most recent album “Swimming In Mercury” is due out in February 2017 on Reveal Records.

Brooks Williams got his start in the clubs and bars in Boston USA (the same music scene that years earlier sparked the careers of Bonnie Raitt and Chris Smither) and from there he has toured in ever-widening circles for nearly three decades. In 2013 Williams was nominated best male vocalist by the UK’s foremost roots-music mavens, Spiral Earth. AmericanaUK says, “he has a beautiful voice that you just melt into.” He’s also ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists. Over the years he has picked alongside Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Paul Jones, Little Feat, Maria Muldaur, Shawn Colvin and Leo Kottke, to name but a few.


Steve Knightley : No Secrets – Songs and Stories

Date: Thursday 18th January 2018
Doors 7pm  Show 7.30pm
Venue: Chaplaincy Centre, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4YW
Tel 01524 840539 or purchase online
Tickets £18 (plus £1.80 online booking fee and P & P)

From floor spots in East Devon folk clubs to selling out the Royal Albert Hall Steve takes you on a musical journey featuring the songs and artists that kick started his writing. Expect ‘Show of Hands’ classics like ‘Cousin Jack’ ‘Country life’ and ‘AIG’ as well as material from the likes of Dylan, Carthy, Bowie, Springsteen, Radiohead and Tull that inspired him along his way.


Phil Beer – String Theory tour 2018

Date: Friday 23rd February 2018
Doors 7.30  Show 8pm
Venue: Ellel Village Hall, Main Road, Galgate, Lancaster, LA2 0LQ
Tel 01524 840539 or purchase online
Tickets £15 (plus £1.50 online booking fee and P & P)

Making  a welcome return to Lancaster after last years stunning show!

Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, Beer is equally as in demand for his solo shows. In early 2018 Phil sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.



Edgelarks: Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

Date: Friday 9th March 2018
Doors 7.30pm  Show 8pm
Venue: Ellel Village Hall, Main Road, Galgate, Lancaster, LA2 0LQ
Tel 01524 840539 or purchase online
Tickets £14 (plus £1.40 online booking fee and P & P)

Edgelarks is the new name for BBC award-winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Together they fuse a range of styles from traditional musics of the British Isles, to Indian classical slide guitar, via the stomping roots party of Phil’s beatbox harmonica.

Following in the footsteps of the ancient troubadour tradition, Phillip and Hannah began their musical journey travelling together, picking up tunes, songs and stories along the way. Spotted busking on the seafront by roots legend Steve Knightley, they soon found themselves touring nationally, supporting the likes of Show Of Hands and Seth Lakeman, eventually winning ‘Best Duo’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014.

Edgelarks, which is both their new band name and their fourth studio album, talks about places and people of transition and change. From borders to crossroads, travellers to refugees; there is more that unites than divides us, and their music conveys this message with power, originality and grace.

“Extraordinary… I was absolutely blown away” ~ Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music