Pipefest 2017 – 10th ANNIVERSAY SPECIAL!

Saturday 16th September 2017

Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre

Doors open 10.45am

Start 11am

Finish approx 11pm


Our special 10th event with Martyn Joseph and his guests Tom Robinson, Maz O’Connor and Cole Moreton!

Inclusive ticket £57.50


Online ticket subject to £2.50 booking fee to cover Paypal and postage charges.Fully inclusive ticket for all sessions, buffet lunch, afternoon cakes, evening meal and coffee/tea with all meals.


Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music.


Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”

“Stunning, heartfelt music”

Bob Harris BBC Radio 2,

“Intelligent and enlightened songs are both energising and provocative…from subtle tenderness to growly indignation. A Welsh national treasure” MOJO

“A superb album, open yet textured; complex yet immediately listenable: insightful and often hard hitting“” R2 – 5 stars

“heartfelt and ultimately optimistic songs”  Songlines


Tom Robinson is a British songwriter and broadcaster born in 1950. His music career began in London with the acoustic trio Café Society, whose eponymous 1975 album was produced by Ray Davies of The Kinks and sold less than 500 copies. He then formed the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. Unusually for the time, Tom was also a prominent advocate for LGBT equality.

TRB enjoyed chart success in the UK with 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Don’t Take No For An Answer and Up Against The Wall and a BBC ban for their song Glad To Be Gay. The band’s debut album Power In The Darkness – produced by Chris Thomas – went gold in the UK and Japan but the follow-up, TRB TWO (produced by Todd Rundgren), was less successful and the band broke up in 1979.

Tom subsequently wrote co-songs with Elton John for his albums 21 At 33 and The Fox while forming his third band, Sector 27 whose eponymous debut album was produced by Steve Lillywhite in 1980. While enjoying only modest success in the UK, the band achieved cult status in New York. In 1981 they played Madison Square Garden with The Police and toured the US extensively before splitting later that year.

As a solo artist, Robinson had further UK Top 40 hits in 1983 with the singles War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio (which Tom co-wrote with Peter Gabriel). In 1987 his album Still Loving You was a hit in Italy, resulting in an appearance at the San Remo Festival and the same year he also made his debut as a music radio DJ on the BBC World Service. During this period Tom co-wrote several songs with Dan Hartman and also with Manu Katché for his album It’s About Time.

Between 1992-1996 Robinson released a trilogy of albums on the acclaimed UK folk/roots label Cooking Vinyl. The last of these, Having It Both Ways, reflected the fact that he had married his female partner in 1990 and now identified as bisexual. Around the same time his career as radio broadcaster began to take off: Robinson went on to host programmes on all eight of the BBC‘s national radio stations and win two gold Sony Academy Radio Awards.

He was on the founding team for alternative music station BBC Radio 6 Music when it launched in 2002 and figured prominently in the campaign to save the station when it was threatened with closure in 2010. Tom currently hosts three shows a week at BBC Radio 6 Music where he has become known as a champion of new emerging artists via BBC Introducing.

In 2002 he collaborated with Martyn and Steve Knightley in the Faith Folk and Anarchy project, releasing an album and touring the UK, and in 2004 they released a live album and played their final show together. The trio will be reuniting in August this year for a hotly anticipated set at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

In 2015 Robinson released Only The Now – his first new studio album in almost 20 years – recorded with violinist and award-winning record producer Gerry Diver. The album includes guest appearances by Nitin Sawhney, John Grant, Lisa Knapp, Swami Baracus, Colin Firth, Martin Carthy, Nadine Shah, Billy Bragg, TV Smith and Sir Ian McKellen.


Maz O’Connor is one of the most exciting young voices in British folk, and is quickly establishing herself as a bold and compelling songwriteHer new album The Longing Kind explores the tensions and conflicts of a young woman living in London, yearning for an undefined elsewhere. Her songs turn intimate and true tales into poignant examinations of our relationship to others, to home and the notion of identity.

Having studied at the same Cambridge College as author Nick Hornby and Alexis Taylor from the band Hot Chip, one wonders if a combination of her working class background (she grew up in Barrow-in-Furness, the blue-collar capital of England) and a literary education is what gives her music its distinctive character. In her final year at uni (where she had tutorials in Coleridge’s former bedroom) she studied the early writing of Bob Dylan, and that insight left its mark on the way she structures songs. Similarly schooled in the work of Jackson C. Frank and Paul Simon, she is enamoured by the simple power of “one person standing on stage with a guitar and making a whole world.”

The Longing Kind is her first album of entirely original material, having temporarily put aside the traditional ballads that featured on her acclaimed previous album This Willowed Light.  These songs are unflinchingly personal and resolutely youthful.

“I’m not going to pretend not to be young,” Maz explains. “For this album I didn’t want to hide behind historical disasters and mythological beasts at the expense of my own experience.”

In 2015 Maz was nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and in the same year she researched and wrote songs for Sweet Liberties with Martyn, a touring project commissioned by the Houses of Parliament (in partnership with EFDSS and Folk by the Oak) to celebrate key moments of democracy in the 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta. Prior to that she performed extensively in support of her previous album, ‘This Willowed Light’ including an appearance at WOMAD festival that was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2013 she took part in a new production of As You Like It by the RSC, singing songs written for the play by Laura Marling.

Maz is a precise and considered lyricist and a composer of heart-tugging melodies that conjure some of the 1960s’ most revered American balladeers, whilst being undoubtedly English, youthful and now.

‘Maz O’Connor’s ace, apart from her remarkable songwriting talent, is her captivating voice – Q Magazine

‘Shadows, light and a touch of Joni Mitchell…Classy  – The Guardian

‘Painterly brushstrokes on a sophisticated canvas…There is an inquiring intelligence as well as an emotional sensibility at work here. She plays and sings beautifully – Songlines


Cole Moreton is a writer and broadcaster exploring who we are and what we believe in. He was named Interviewer of the Year at the Press Awards.

His innovative documentary series The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away for Radio 4 was awarded Audio Moment of the Year at the Radio Academy’s Arias awards in October 2016, the British radio industry’s equivalent of an Oscar.

The winning portfolio of interviews for Event, the magazine of the Mail on Sunday, includes encounters with Anne Robinson (“I must be worth £50 million …”) Anthony Horowitz (“Idris Elba is too street to play Bond …”) and the late Brian Sewell (“My friends are stealing from me …”).

Cole has also covered many of the major news stories of our time: from 9/11 to the London Olympics and the death of Nelson Mandela. He was executive editor of The Independent on Sunday and chief feature writer of The Sunday Telegraph, where he pioneered new forms of multi-media storytelling. Now working as a freelance, his features and analysis have appeared in The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Times, among others.

An experienced broadcaster, Cole has presented Sunday for Radio 4 as well as The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away on the same station. Other radio and television appearances include The Moral Maze and The Big Questions.

The first of his three books Hungry for Home about Ireland and America was shortlisted for the prestigious John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. His latest Is God Still An Englishman? explores the huge recent changes in British spirituality, culture and national identity and speaks up for the millions of us who believe but don’t belong.

He joined us at Pipefest 2015 to share his wit, wisdom and unique view of the world, and is back this year by popular demand.


Accommodation will once again be available again on campus.

They can offer single en-suite and the price is usually approx £45 per night, this includes accommodation, breakfast, a towel, tea and coffee pack, toiletry pack, and a car parking permit.(Web based discounts may be available)

Twin en-suite rooms are aporox £60 per room per night, on a bed & breakfast basis. Go to http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/sleep or call 01524 592899 or email sleep@lancaster.ac.uk

Other accommodation is available nearby if you would rather stay in a hotel or B and B and information can be found at http://www.visitlancashire.com/explore/lancaster/stay-in-lancaster