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 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

Saturday 7 October:  Leveret
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

Leveret features three of England's finest folk musicians .  Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists.  Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. 

Fiddler Sam Sweeney is the current BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 'Musician of the Year', thanks to his work in Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy's Wayward Band, The Full English and his own Made In The Great War project.   Melodeon genius Andy Cutting is a two-time winner of that award, and as well as his new trio with Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr currently performs with Blowzabella, Topette, and June Tabor.  Concertina wizard Rob Harbron is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014), Emma Reid, Fay Hield, Jon Boden and others.

"You won't find English folk music played better than this” R2


This is The Good Old Way from their second album In The Round.


​Leveret website

Wednesday 8 November:  The Stray Birds
The Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Leicester LE1 5FQ
Doors 7.15pm, music starts 8.00pm
Tickets £12 advance available from The Guildhall ( 0116 253 2569) or wegottickets

It's a privilege and an honour to host The Stray Birds first visit to Leicester.  Since they started out in 2010 Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charlie Muench have released three outstanding albums, taken the UK festival scene by storm with their appearances at the likes of Celtic Connections and the Cambridge Folk Festival attracting rave reviews and ecstatic audience reactions, garnered a slew of awards including Band of the Year and Album Of the Year on Americana-UK. and performed sold out shows across the country.  Their powerful songs, great harmonies and superlative playing make them a must see.


This is the wonderfulShining In The Distance.


The Stray Birds website

Tuesday 19 September:  James Delarre & Saul Rose + Siobhan Wilson
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


James Delarre and Saul Rose combine thrilling fiddle performances with some of the finest melodeon playing in a new duo harnessing all the subtleties of traditional music while producing an exciting and energetic display of musicianship. Together they produce flowing melodies, rich harmony and considered vocal delivery. The firm friends’ joy in playing music together is hypnotic, captivating and addictive.


James Delarre  has worked with Jim Moray, Mawkin (a band formed with his brother) and Topette.  He has also appeared playing on the BBC’s ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘London’s Calling’ and has performed on two forthcoming feature films with BBC, Fox Searchlight and Ruby Films.   Saul Rose is one of the leading melodeon players in the country. He's best known for his work with the Kings of Calicutt and Waterson:Carthy and has also played in Whapweasel, the Jim Moray band and Faustus as well as in duos with Eliza Carthy and  Maclaine Colston. 


Here's a taster from  a couple of years back.

In support Siobhan Wilson makes a werlcome and overdue return to Leicester.  Her new album will be out ahead of the gig and will showcase her beautiful, haunting vocals and deft songwriting.


This is J'Attendrai.

 

James & Saul  website

Siobhan Wilson website