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

with special guest Kirsty Merryn

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.


Kirsty Merryn – Special guest

Kirsty  is a London-based singer-songwriter whose music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition, with influence from contemporary folk artists like Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby, as well as genre-defying musicians like Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush.  She recently opened for Show of Hands on their Cathedral Tour and received a fantastic response.

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 0L
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


Chris While and Julie Matthews

Date: Friday 11th May 2018
Doors 7.30pm  Show 8pm
Venue: Ellel Village Hall, Main Road, Galgate, Lancaster, LA2 0L
Tel 01524 840539 or purchase online
Tickets £15 (plus £1.50 online booking fee and P & P)

Winners in the Best Duo category at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and nine times nominated since 2001 in the Best Duo, Best Song & Best Live Act categories.

Chris While and Julie Matthews’ musical partnership began in 1993 when they were key members of the legendary folk super-group The Albion Band. In 1997 they left the band to concentrate on their work as a duo which has seen them tour throughout the world and gain an ever growing devoted fan-base. Their songs have been covered by a range of artists including Mary Black, Barbara Dickson, Christine Collister and Fairport Convention.

Both multi-instrumentalists, Julie plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica and accordion while Chris plays guitar, bodhran, banjo, dulcimer and percussion. Their musical careers have produced successful solo albums and a variety of projects away from the duo including the Christmas band ‘St Agnes Fountain’ with David Hughes and Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie.

Eight studio and two live albums later their partnership flourishes…

“They are two of my favourite singer songwriters in the whole wide world” – Beth Nielsen Chapman




COMING UP later in 2018…

Lucy Ward in June and Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar in September…