Monday 25 February:  Jacob & Drinkwater + Katherine Priddy
The Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Leicester LE1 5FQ
Doors 7.15pm, music starts 8.00pm
Tickets £11 available from The Guildhall ( 0116 253 2569) or wegottickets


Making a welcome return to Leicester after their amazing gig at the Guildhall in January 2017, Tobias Ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater are "innovative and thrilling" (R2 magazine) and stand-out new folk (BBC6 Music). Lukas has played with 3 Daft Monkeys, Tankus the Henge, Seth Lakeman, Emily Barker and many more while Tobias was a member of The Roots Union with Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin and also has an acclaimed solo career. Their first full studio album, This Old River, will be released to coincide with the tour.


This is a lovely version of A Polyphonic Life.


Named by Richard Thompson in Mojo as his favourite new folk artists of 2018, rising Midland star Katherine Priddy will provide excellent support. Come and see what the fuss is all about!


Jacob & Drinkwater website

Katherine Priddy website


Greenbird Promotions

Thursday 7 March:  Merry Hell Acoustic + Paul McClure
The Musician, Clyde Street, Leicester LE1 2DE
Doors 8.00pm, music starts 8.30pm
Tickets £11 available from ticketweb, wegottickets or The Musician


"In your face folk music delivered with plenty of aggression. Rousing, joyeous, uplifting and totally infectious, you'll leave with a big grin on your face!. There really is no better description of the band than this one from Fatea. They won't have drums but everything else will be present and correct.


Here's Stand Down as a taster.


Support comes from the Rutland Troubadour Paul McClure opening the night with his trademark blend of dry with and fine songs.  As Mojo says "Remarkable songwriter... we should all work on helping make him the star he deserves to be."

Merry Hell website

Paul McClure website


Monday 21 January:  Chris Smither + The Suitcase Junket
The Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Leicester LE1 5FQ
Doors 7.15pm, music starts 8.00pm
Tickets £15 available from The Guildhall ( 0116 253 2569) or wegottickets


Chris Smither is one of the finest acoustic guitarists currently playing and a deft and original songwriter. Described as "dazzling" by The Guardian and "an elder statesman of folk-blues" by the Boston Globe he returns to Leicester (though it's his first time at the Guildhall) to support his newest record, CALL ME LUCKY, his first set of new originals in six years. 

Joining Chris will be The Suitcase Junket (Matt Lorenz) who also played on CALL ME LUCKY. A young American songwriter and musician, The Suitcase Junket will play a short opener set of his music that is rooted in the salvaged sounds of mountain ballads, blues manifestos, American juke joints and back porches.


This is Chris's take on Sittin' On Top Of The World from CALL ME LUCKY.


 Chris Smither website

The Suitcase Junket website


Friday 12 April:  Peter Knight's Gigspanner
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


Making a welcome return to the Guildhall is Peter Knight's Gigspanner.

Best known for his time with folk-rock legends Steeleye Span, Peter's trio Gigspanner blends his own open-minded approach to modern technology, with a deep understanding and love for the tradition, to bring new life to older tunes, and his own compositions, which range across folk, Celtic, traditional, rock and more modern ambient sounds.

Peter received the ‘Best Musician’ award in the inaugural folking.com Awards in 2016 and Gigspanner's 2015 album "Layers of Ages" featured on Album of the Year listings for The Telegraph, R2 magazine and BBC Radio. Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on percussion, both of whom are outstanding musicians in their own right.


Here's an amazing version of She Moved Through The Fairas a taster


Peter Knight's Gigspanner website