Thursday 17 May:  Ben Savage & Hannah Sanders + Jack Harris
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


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 Giddens 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


Support takes the form of rising young duo Rainy Day Woman, last seen in Leicester in 2017.  Their debut album, Gallows Green, will be out in May and their fine harmonies and expressive singing and playing mark them out a ones to watch.  Get there early to catch their set!


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 15 June:  The Lucy Ward Band
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


Making her first visit to Leicester in three years and with a brand new album in tow, Lucy Ward is an impressive, original songwriter whose unique delivery and breath-taking voice has enchanted audiences the world over. Her music never fails to get to the heart of the human condition with her expressive, unflinching writing style and warm personality that radiates from the stage.

Having come up through the folk tradition, Ward’s music has a sense of rooted belonging. She is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner and the youngest person ever to be nominated for the prestigious BBC Folk Singer of the Year. 

Named "Brit-folks most forthright new young talent" by MOJO and "inspiring" by Billy Bragg, it’s easy to see why this young singer-songwriter is in such demand. 


This is a lovely live version of Adelphi Has To Fly


Lucy Ward 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


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.


Wednesday 8 August:  Darlingside
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


It's a delight to welcome Darlingside back to Leicester. Their last gig here was sold out and this one is sure to go the same way. Their new album Extralife (the follow-up to the wonderful Birds Say) has been receiving rave reviews ("a beautiful record" - Popmatters, "glorious harmonies" - Independent, "gorgeous and confident" - American Songwriter) and their live shows are joyous, uplifting and life-affirming. Great music, great songs, great performance, this quartet have it all making this a show not to be missed.


This is Eschaton from Extralife


Darlingside website



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