Tuesday 21 November:  Mawkin + Sam Walter
The Musician, Clyde Street, Leicester LE1 2DE
Doors 8.00 pm, music starts 8.30 pm
Tickets £11 advance available from The Musician or wegottickets


With a host of rebel rousing folk songs and instrumentals Mawkin modernise traditional folk material with their own touch and have since excited audiences with their artillery of loud, boisterous, foot stomping live sets. Critics of the album suggested that Mawkin might fill the ‘Bellowhead shaped hole’ so it seemed only natural to support them on their farewell tour of 2016 amongst a flurry of key festivals and UK tour dates. 

The band members have a wealth of other musical experience between them with brothers David and James’s involvement with Eliza Carthy and Norma Waterson, Jim Moray, Topette!, and the two providing stand-in support for members of Bellowhead. Nick Cooke is Kate Rusby and False Lights’ melodeon player, is a professional mastering engineer and has worked with some of the most iconic producers in our lifetime. Lee Richardson, who’s former background was in dance music, is an award winning producer of TV, advertising and trailer music.


The band's new album, Down Among The Dead Men will be out to coincide with the tour.


Here's their take on Shanghai Brown.


In support it's a delight to welcome Sam Walter back to Leicester.  A man with a big voice and songs of the sea, the Napoleonic wars and more, his performances are powerful and mesmerising.


Mawkin website

Sam Walter website

Friday 19 January:  Lukas Drinkwater & Tobias Ben Jacob
The Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Leicester LE1 5FQ
Doors 7.15pm, music starts 8.00pm
Tickets £10 available from The Guildhall ( 0116 253 2569) or wegottickets


Devon based duo Tobias Ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater have been called ‘stand out new Folk’ by BBC6 Music and ‘inventive and thrilling’ by R2 Magazine. Their November indie release ‘The Burning Low EP’ has garnered airplay and glowing reviews from such quarters as Radio 2’s Folk Show, BBC 6's Tom Robinson, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing, BBC Bristol, FRUK, Fatea, Spiral Earth, Louder Than War and ‘Whispering’ Bob TV.


Singer- songwriter Tobias ben Jacob first received wider acclaim as part of The Roots Union with BBC Folk Award winners Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin including playing live at Maida Vale Studios and recording in Nashville, Tennessee. After a few years out from music he returned with the 2014 release ’The St Sidwells Session’ and a run of summer festivals including Glastonbury and Larmer Tree.

 Lukas Drinkwater is rightly referred to as ‘one of busiest musicians in the UK.’ In demand as a performer and session player in the worlds of folk and jazz he has featured on many acclaimed albums. He has worked with Ange Hardy, 3 Daft Monkeys, Jim Causley, Lack of Afro, Lucy Ward, Tankus The Henge, Sam Kelly, The Little Unsaid and many more.


This is the fabulous Autosong, filmed earlier in 2017.


Lukas Drinkwater website

Tobias Ben Jacob website



Friday 9 March:  Peter Knight & John Spiers
The Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Leicester LE1 5FQ
Doors 7.15pm, music starts 8.00pm
Tickets £13 available from The Guildhall ( 0116 253 2569) or wegottickets


In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle layer Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special "one off" concert at that year's festival.

It ended up being a festival highlight, with no space to be found in the marquee and people standing five deep in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn't seem as though the audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say "I was there". It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option.

This then is the debut tour of two of the undoubted finest musicians in their respective fields. 

"Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow" Sir Terry Pratchett

"Elegant, rhythmic and virtuoso playing and easygoing folk club banter …a quiet triumph!” The Guardian

Here they are at FolkEast in 2017.


Peter Knight & John Spiers Facebook page



Saturday 10 February:  Jackie Oates
The Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Leicester LE1 5FQ
Doors 7.15pm, music starts 8.00pm
Tickets £12 available from The Guildhall ( 0116 253 2569) or wegottickets


Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, double Folk Award winner Jackie Oates has performed extensively at festivals and venues across the country and beyond, in a solo capacity and with her band. She was a founder member of Northumbrian group and Mercury nominated Rachel Unthank and the Winterset and is now a permanent member of the folk super-group The Imagined Village as well as touring in her own right.


This is the lovely Can't Be Sure from her last album, The Spyglass & the Herringbone.


Jackie Oates website



Thursday 1 February:  Songdog + Kevin Pearce
The Musician, Clyde Street, Leicester LE1 2DE
Doors 8.00 pm, music starts 8.30 pm
Tickets £10 advance available from The Musician or wegottickets


Songdog is a vehicle for the songs of Lyndon Morgans (from Blackwood in South Wales) with accompaniment from Karl Woodward (guitar/banjo/mandolin), Dave Paterson (drums/accordion) and Jasper Salmon (violin). Songdog's latest album "Joy Street" has four star reviews from Mojo, Maverick and the Mirror as well as a 9/10 from Americana UK amongst others. Best described as "folk noir" Songdog make powerful emotional music that cuts to the heart like no other band. "Dylan Thomas meets Ray Davies backed by The Waterboys" - Uncut.


This is the wonderful A Life Eroding (So Much Sorrow) as a taster.


In support,  and making his first visit to  Leicetser, is East Anglia singer-songwriter Kevin Pearce. A writer of "the finest songs" (Mojo) and a maker of "classic albums" (Bob Harris) his Leicester debut is not to be missed..


Songdog website

Kevin Pearce website

Greenbird Promotions

Wednesday 6 December:  Belshazzar's Feast
The Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Leicester LE1 5FQ
Doors 7.15pm, music starts 8.00pm
Tickets £14 advance available from The Guildhall ( 0116 253 2569) or wegottickets

For the Greenbird Christmas gig this year it's a delight to welcome back Belshazzar's Feast.     The duo offer a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional folk music and seasonal material added to their usual touch of classical and jazz, with a bit of pop and music hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour.  Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces.

Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2


This gives a great idea of what to expect.


Belshazzar's Feast website

Tuesday 20 March:  Rod Picott+ Paul McClure
The Musician, Clyde Street, Leicester LE1 2DE
Doors 8.00 pm, music starts 8.30 pm
Tickets £11 advance available from The Musician or wegottickets


Back in Leicester for the first time in five years, singer-songwriter Rod Picott ("mesmerising" - Rolling Stone, "seriously gifted" - No Depression) will have his new album, Out Past The Wires, available to coincide with this tour. One of the most talented Americana singer-songwriters out there, his raw, gritty and honest tales have been captivating audiences for almost two decades. Not to be missed.


This is Store Bought from the new album.


In support and making a welcome to Greenbird gigs is Paul McClure,  the gigging machine whose wit, humour , great songs and equally great shows have made him a favourite up and down the land.


This is Million Dollar Smile. as a taster.



Rod Picott website

Paul McClure website

Thursday 17 May:  Ben Savage & Hannah Sanders + Jack Pout
The Musician, Clyde Street, Leicester LE1 2DE
Doors 8.00 pm, music starts 8.30 pm
Tickets £12 advance available from The Musician or wegottickets


Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are a folk duo that look & sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique.   Their unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs’ emotion and narrative. 

"Spellbinding.  Hannah and Ben were born to play and sing togethe"’ fRoots.

Opening act Jack Pout is a BBC Folk award nominated singer/songwriter from Norwich. Inspired by the revivalist musicians of the 60's and 70's, Jack's music carries nuances of numerous influences such as John Martyn,Bob Dylan and Chris Smither.



Ben Savage & Hannah Sanders website

Jack Pout Facebook page