Thursday 7 June:  Kyle Carey + support
The Musician, Clyde Street, Leicester LE1 2DE
Doors 8.00 pm, music starts 8.30 pm
Tickets £10 advance available from The Musician or ticketweb


Making a long overdue return to Leicester is Gaelic Americana singer-songwriter Kyle Carey.  Her latest album, The Art Of Forgetting, featured the likes of Rhiannon Giddins and John McCusker and is attracting rave reviews.  Her live shows are intimate and emotional, whether she's singing traditional Gaelic songs or her own compositions,and each one is a night to treasure and remember.


"A voice to die for" - Mike Harding


This is The Art Of Forgetting


Kyle Carey website


Tuesday 8 May:  Rosie Hood & Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne + Goodnight Crow
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


Rosie Hood makes a welcome return to Leicester while Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is here for the first time.  Cohen is one of the finest young musicians on the folk scene and is best known as a member of Young Folk Award nominees Granny's Attic but has also played with many ceilidh bands and has a burgeoning solo career.  Rosie  is a superb singer and boasts four star reviews from R2, EFDSS and the Guardian (and five from fRoots!).   Nominated for the Horizon aware at the 2016 Folk Awards her beautiful and evocative voice  is a joy to listen to as is her new album The Beautiful And The Actual.  The is a rare opportunity to see two young stars on the stage togather.,


This is Rosie's Adrift Adrift.


Support comes from Goodnight Crow, the new venture from Kate Waterfield, late of acclaimed trio The Kittiwakes and Dan Forbes, who bring an excellent blend of original and traditional folk tales to the stage.


This is their take onBlack Miner & Tarry Trousers


Rosie Hood website

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne 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



Tuesday 22 May:  Clive Gregson & Liz Simcock + Dan Hartland
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


From the mid-Eighties to the early Nineties Clive Gregson & Christine Colister were probably the finest acoustic duo in the country, allying Clives' world class songwriting and great guitar playing to Christine's fantastic voice.


In 2015 Clive revisited those classic songs touring with Liz.. The tour was a resounding success and they subsequently recorded an album of brand new songs, Underwater Dancing.   They're now on the road again to play more Gregson & Collister classics as well as Underwater Dancing tracks.


This is the beautiful Me And You from Underwater Dancing.


Support comes from rising Midlands singer-songwriter Dan Hartland, whose latest album  Great Novels, was rightly described by Americana-UK as "delicately lovely".  Get there early to catch his set!


This is his wonderful  Loved & Lonely.


Clive Gregson website

Dan Hartland website


Friday 22 June:  Narthen
The Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Leicester LE1 5FQ
Doors 7.15pm, music starts 8.00pm
Tickets £14 available from The Guildhall ( 0116 253 2569) or wegottickets


Narthen are Barry Coope and Lester Simpson of Coope Boyes and Simpson, Jo Freya of Blowzabella/Moirai and Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/ Polka Works.  This is a quartet previously known under their own names for Christmas shows and as part of shows with the author Michael Morpurgo.  They have decided to become an all year group featuring songs that will touch your heart, engage your intellect and wow your ears. They are known for four part harmony, but they are all also instrumentalists and augment some of the repertoire with accompaniment. They play, piano, accordion, fiddle, soprano sax, ukulele and whistles.


It's a delight to welcome them to Leicester for one of their first gigs.  Every time the individual members have been here previously it's been a wonderful evening and this will be no different.


Greenbird Promotions

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

Tuesday 29 May:  The Dan Walsh Trio + Elie Rees
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


Nominated for best musician at the BBC Folk Awards, banjo maestro Dan Walsh combines "virtuoso playing and winning songwriting" (Morning Star). This exciting new trio sees him team up with award winning fiddler Ciaran Algar and long time collaborator Nic Zuppardi on mandolin. At the heart of the trio's sound is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is sure to be a truly memorable live show featuring three of the most in demand musicians on the folk scene today.


"Absolutely terrific" - Mark Radcliffe.


This the seriously fast and furious Late Night Drive.


In support is Elie Rees, making her first visit to Leicester.  A upcoming acoustic singer-songwriter with a bit of a punk edge  her debut EP Welcome to Wonderland is out now.  Catch her here before she moves on to bigger things.


Dan Walsh website

Elie Rees 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 Harris is "a natural and captivating songwriting talent" - Telegraph. His last album, The Wide Afternoon, was one of my favorites of 2017 and it's a delight to welcome him back to Leicester.


This is the lovely Vanished Birds from The Wide Afternoon.


Ben Savage & Hannah Sanders website

Jack Harris website


Tuesday 20 March:  The Young 'Uns present: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff
The Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Leicester LE1 5FQ
Doors 7.15pm, music starts 8.00pm
Tickets £16 available from The Guildhall ( 0116 253 2569) or wegottickets


Twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners the Young ’Uns present a timely tale of a boy who walked out of poverty, a teenager who stood up to racism, a soldier who fought fascism and an old man who inspired a new generation.


From the shadow of the Teesside shipyards to the banks of the Thames.  From Cable Street to the  Spanish Civil War.  Johnny Longstaff bore witness to some of the most defining moments of the  early 20th century.  Before he died, he recorded his story in words which were harrowing, hilarious, poignant, proud and ultimately uplifting.  With their trademark harmony and humour the Teesside trio present an urgent suite of songs interwoven with Johnny’s own voice and rare images to tell an amazing story.


“This Teesside trio have captured hearts- and awards - with a magic combination of lusty singing, memorable tunes and heart-on-sleeve songwriting. They are modern day troubadours of working people – it’s a role they play with absolute commitment and huge skill” ★★★★ Songlines


Young 'Uns website