Wednesday, 17 February 2016

SqueezEast Concertina Band Day 2016

Promoting concertina playing in East Anglia

SqueezEast Concertinas would like to announce that bookings for their Concertina Band Day on Sunday 5th June at Stamford Arts Centre are now open.
Full details can be found on their website -

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Full Fat #Funk at the Beehive, Peterborough.

Full Fat Funk at the Beehive, Peterborough.

Lauren Housley Live at Kirton Town Hall


7:00 PM

Adv Tickets: £12.00

from the OneStop store in the town. from 01652 649230

£14.00 on the door

The music
starts at approximately
7.40 pm
Venue:  Town Hall, Market Square, Kirton in Lindsey, N Lincs, DN21 4LZ
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performing at




support Skye


Saturday 27th 

February, 2016

A contender for the stand out up and coming act of 2015 has to be Lauren Housley.  Fresh from two compelling shows at the O2 Blues Festival, Lauren's unique blend of blues and soul marks her out as very much the one to watch for 2016 as evidenced on Live Nation and BBC Radio 2.
Lauren's debut album 'Sweet Surrender' is a killer, no filler affair with a number of tracks already play listed or on prime spot play on Radio 2 by the likes of Chris Evans, Terry Wogan , Jeremy Vine, Bob Harris and Robert Elms. all of whom know a good tune when they hear one.
Lauren sings a soulful blend and Americana and can be compared to the likes of Bonnie , Elkie Brooks and Dusty Springfield.  She is that good
Live, her voice is powerful or as subtle as you hear on record, if not more so.  Seeing her perform you really appreciate the fullness and texture of her voice, whilst being hypnotised by her commanding stage presence.  For her Town Hall Live concert she will perform with her band that consists of Thomas Dibb on guitars and keyboards, Chris Hillman on pedal steel and dobro, Mark Lewis on bass and Craig Hanson on drums.
Support will be by Skye who is making a welcome return to Kirton.  It is three years since this Leeds University music student last played THL as a 17 year old.
Advance tickets are priced at £12.00.  Tickets can be obtained from the One Stop store in the town, from Brian on 01652 649230 or from
They will be £14.00 on the door

and appearing next time at



on Saturday 19th March

Callaghan is back!  Although she will be playing bigger venues on this UK tour she wanted to come back yo play Town Hall Live after the wonderful reception she got when she played last April.
Callaghan's voice is unmistakable.  Her eclectic American pop sound stands out like a gem.  She is a truly talented performer and is a favourite of Bob Harris, Jeremy Vine and Alex Lester.
The week before her concert she will again play the C2C concert at Excel in London and is due to perform at Bob Harris's Under The Appletree Festival in Silverstone at the end of May.
As Bob says 'Callaghan is a wonderful artist, beautiful, warm and hugely talented'.   We know that to be true.
Advance Tickets for this concert will be £12.00, and can be obtained from the usual outlets.
Following the Callaghan concert it is Town Hall Lives' top concert band of 2015, THE MIGHTY DOONANS.  That is on Friday 8th April.  Tickets are on sale now.

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We would like as many people as possible to come and enjoy the concerts we put on. Why not ask your friends?
Any person buying 6 tickets up to one week before any concert will get £1 off the ticket price on all tickets purchased.
This offer is available only by ringing Brian on 01652 649230 or emailing him on

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Teenage Cancer Trust @ the Royal Albert Hall

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Monday, 15 February 2016

KING KING follow India with UK Arena Tour

KING KING follow India with UK Arena Tour

King King were a revelation at the Mahindra Blues Festival in Mumbai last night where organisers described their set as 'incendiary and absolutely killing it". Comments from the crowd included "a shredding Scotsman schooled me in the blues"
The band are pictured at the Press Call with Joss Stone, Keb Mo, Malina Moye and the Heritage Blues Orchestra.
The band head straight from the airport out on tour with Thunder this week - don't miss this fantastic bill of UK rock!
Tue 16th Bristol Colston Hall - Sold Out
Fri 19th Sheffield Arena
The band then head out on their own headline tour in May - don't miss!

Jamie Smith’s Mabon - Thursday 25 February 8pm @ Lincoln Drill Hall

Jamie Smith’s Mabon

Thursday 25 February 8pm @ Lincoln Drill Hall

Composed by frontman Jamie Smith, and brought to life by six highly accomplished musicians, Mabon’s music is a true exploration of forms and styles found in Celtic music and a forging into something bold and new.

“…a top band led by one hell of an accordion player and arranger” - Mike Harding (BBC Radio 2)

Tickets: £14 (£12 and £8 students) from 01522 873894

Thursday, 11 February 2016

#LincolnDrillHall Light Lunchtime Lecture - 12 Feb - Keith Luckey 'Play Me A Train Song'

#LincolnDrillHall Light Lunchtime Lecture - 12 Feb 12pm - Keith Luckey 'Play Me A Train Song'

#LincolnDrillHall Light Lunchtime Lecture - 12 Feb 12 pm - Keith Luckey 'Play Me A Train Song'

Former Drill Hall House Manager talks about the experience and lessons learned in a lifetime dominated by railways, music and politics. From living in rented rooms as a child through working on steam trains, playing in a 70's rock band, getting involved in politics to working in the arts and creative sector. Along the way he studied part time to get a degree with the Open University and became involved with charity work in Zimbabwe.

Keith is  now retired and likes to spend time busking and playing occasional solo gigs in pubs and the like.

Tickets £5.00 from 01522 873894 or on the door. The event will last for about an hour.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Two new titles in The Voice of the People series from Topic Records

It was mighty! It was great altogether!

On 18th March 2016 Topic will proudly release the latest volumes in the widely-acclaimed ongoing series of traditional music from these islands, The Voice of the People;  nearly 200 tracks of the most vital, dynamic music made by Irish immigrants in London over the last six decades make up two 3CD sets:
TSCD679T "It was mighty!"  There wasn't a corner of what was to become Greater London in the 1950s where there wasn't some Irish music to be heard, if you knew where to find it. This special collection of recordings presents and explores the fine examples of the music-making of those immigrants from rural Ireland who settled in London in the first couple of decades after the War.

TSCD680T "It was great altogether!"  This compilation explores the traditional Irish music which has continued to secure a place for itself in London throughout the last fifty years; demonstrating both the "old" music, completely untouched by the goings-on in Irish popular music, and the traditional music from the current scene led by second and third generation musicians.

 This year’s Record Store Day celebrations take place on Saturday 16th April. On the day, Topic will be releasing an exclusive 7” vinyl single by Martin Simpson and some of his musical friends.
A double A-side, the single features Martin with Andy Cutting and Tom A. Wright on a brilliant version of Booker T. and the MGs’ ‘Green Onions’, and, on the other side, with Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr on the classic ballad ‘Willie Taylor’.
Fledg’ling Records will also be taking part, with an exclusive reissue of a rare Shirley Collins 7” EP that originally came out on the Collector label in 1964, ‘English Songs volume 2’, in a replica flipback sleeve plus a new inner sleeve with rare photographs.

February special offers
This month we have four titles from Topic’s highly regarded World Series on offer at the very special price of only £6 each:


TSCD 918  PAPUA NEW GUINEA ~ Healing, Feasting & Magical Ritual
TSCD 923  GUMBOOT GUITAR ~ Zulu Street Guitar Music from South Africa
TSCD 925  THE KING’S MUSICIANS ~ Royalist Music of Buganda-Uganda

Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party have a fabulous new album Old Adam due in February.
Fay’s two albums for Topic are available this month for only £6 each:

TSCD 573  FAY HIELD ~ Looking Glass

Shirley Collins on Fledg’ling Records
 After splendid 80th birthday celebrations during 2015 and an upcoming book from the Secret Queen of England, our good friends at Fledg’ling Records are offering six of Shirley Collins’ beautiful albums for just £5 each. The perfect chance to fill gaps in your record library or introduce a friend to the delights of Shirley's singing:


FLED 3019  SHIRLEY & DOLLY COLLINS ~ For As Many As Will
FLED 3023  SHIRLEY COLLINS ~ Adieu To Old England
FLED 3028  SHIRLEY COLLINS ~ The Power of the True Love Knot
FLED 3029  SHIRLEY COLLINS ~ False True Lovers
FLED 3080  SHIRLEY COLLINS ~ Sweet England

 Tour News
Martin Carthy & John Kirkpatrick

Two of folk music’s greatest practitioners head out on tour together in February. Starting at the Marlowe Theatre on 12th February, the tour runs through until 28th February, finishing at Peterborough’s Key Theatre. Details of all tour dates can be found by clicking the following link:
John KIrkpatrick & Martin Carthy February 2016 tour

Martin Simpson

Martin continues his busy schedule of touring, with solo gigs and those with SimpsonŸCuttingŸKerr booked through to September. Details from his website by clicking here:
Martin Simpson tour dates
Best wishes from Topic

Three Great #Gigs Coming Up At #LincolnDrillHall

Three great gigs coming up this month @t Lincoln Drill Hall

Sunday 14 February 7.30 pm

Fairport Convention
Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene.

Tickets: £21 in advance (£23 on the day)

Saturday 20 February 8 pm

Howard Jones Supported by Elise Yuill
Howard Jones solo shows are an intimate trip through Howard’s 30 year music career. Many of his best known songs were composed on his favourite instrument; the piano. Howard shares behind the scenes stories and reveals the inspiration behind the songs in these rare acoustic shows.

Tickets: £25

Thursday 25 February 8pm

Jamie Smith’s Mabon
Composed by frontman Jamie Smith, and brought to life by six highly accomplished musicians, Mabon’s music is a true exploration of forms and styles found in Celtic music and a forging into something bold and new.
“…a top band led by one hell of an accordion player and arranger”
- Mike Harding (BBC Radio 2)

Tickets: £14 (£12 and £8 students)

Tickets for all events from Lincoln Drill Hall Box Office 01522 873894

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Monday, 1 February 2016

Blowzabella Friday, May 20th 2016 @ St. Mary In The Castle

Blowzabella Friday, May 20th 2016, 7.30pm
@ St. Mary In The Castle
£15 & £6
Blowzabella at St Mary in the Castle

Blowzabella is a genuinely unique band that makes an inimitable, driving, drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. They compose their own music which is influenced by English and European traditional dance music.

Check out some of the bands music here (  to get a taste of what you can expect on the night.

Tickets (£15 and £6) available here (

St Mary in the Castle Charitable Trust .
 St Mary in the Castle .
7 Pelham Crescent .
Hastings, East Sussex
TN34 3AF .
United Kingdom