NC Lawlor is a one-man blues band extravaganza. He has been animating the city of Dublin with bellowing guitar and real deal blues as a street performer for the past fifteen years. He has touched the hearts of blues lovers from around the world.
Nial was recently on the Late Late Show stealing the steel with Shane McGowan. Tom Johnston from The Doobie Brothers recorded a live video of the Law man doing his thing on Grafton street which has reached a worldwide audience of blues lovers alike. He brought down the house performing with the God father of “Outlaw Country” Billy joe Shaver while being filmed for a Texas Roadhouse live episode at the legendary Luckenbach, Texas. NC has made appearances in Southern California, Oregon and most recently Vermont and has played Willie Nelsons infamous festival twice.
Gaelforce are a 4 piece Celtic Folk Rock band with fiddle, electric guitars, bass, electronic drum kit & vocals. They play rocked up jigs n reels, original & trad folk songs.
“Fantastic night. Gaelforce were amazing…could have listened to them all night.”
Poet, broadcaster & comedian Ian McMillan and Olympic composer Luke Carver Goss present a hilarious night of words, music & breath-taking comedy, featuring songs, stories and a musical created out of thin air!
Bard of Barnsley Ian McMillan hosts weekly hit radio show The Verb. He’s Poet-in-Residence for Barnsley FC, The Academy of Urbanism and, until recently, English National Opera. He’s a regular on BBC Breakfast, Pointless Celebrities, Coast, Countryfile, Pick of the Week, Last Word and The Yorkshire Dales and The Lakes (C4). He was featured on The South Bank Show and cast away on Desert Island Discs. His rip-roaring poetry shows are legendary. Cats make him sneeze.
Luke Carver Goss has recorded & performed with his own group, the acclaimed Carver Trio, as well as The Ian McMillan Orchestra. Recent works with Ian include Snappy Opera The Magical Music Tree for Mahogany Opera Group, Looking for a Stable for Scunthorpe Rotary and local choirs, Tiger Tales for Holmfirth Arts Festival, a new carol A Single Snowflake Falls for Chester Music Society.
‘One of the best evenings of entertainment I have ever experienced’ Clwyd Theatr Cymru
‘A triumph. Ian and Luke were superb, a great night all round’ Westhead Village Hall
Luke talks about his work with the Black Dyke Band
The fabulous Jon Palmer Acoustic Band return to the mill on Saturday 17 July 2021. The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band is a high energy 6-piece folk, roots and rock-n-roll combo (based in-and-around the musically vibrant West Yorkshire market town of Otley) and best described as “a cross between The Pogues and The Oyster Band, with a bit of The Waterboys, The Saw Doctors and the Bruce Springsteen Seeger Sessions Band thrown in”.
The band’s latest album “One Fine Day” has received great reviews – “folk-rock at it’s finest, with insightful song-writing and top-class musicianship” – and live, the band have been described as “one of Yorkshire’s great live acts.”
If you have seen the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band at the mill before you will know how good they are. If not, come along on the 17th of June – you will be in for a treat.
“The best upbeat folk band around”: Yorkshire Gig Guide.
We are very pleased to have been asked to host the first ever Queensbury Calling Craft Beer and Artisan Gin Festival. Organised by the very local (and very excellent) Darkland Brewery the festival runs from Friday 30 July to Saturday 31 July 2021.
The festival starts on Friday night with a session that starts at 7.00pm and ends at 11.00pm. On Saturday there will be two sessions. The afternoon session runs from 1.00pm to 5.00pm and the evening session starts at 7.00pm and finishes at 11.00pm.
Food will be available throughout and live music comes from Northern Epidemic who will be playing a diverse selection of top tunes.
Tickets cost £10 and include entry, a festival pint glass and your first drink.
Tickets are available direct from the brewery and can be bought via their website: www.darklandbrewey.com.
New York City based band The Slambovian Circus of Dreams are returning to the UK and we are delighted that they will be returning to the Black Dyke Mill Heritage Venue on Wednesday 18 August 2021.
Starting off as the almost heavy metal Ancestors in the 90’s the band have taken all that is good in folk, country and Americana with a twist of Pink Floyd flavouring. The Slambovians have melded their own unique sound that is at once familiar yet almost impossible to pigeon hole. The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have such an eclectic live stage presence that once seen, always hooked. Rubbing regular shoulders with some of the icons of American music the band have got some serious endorsees. Garth Hudson of The Band is a committed Slambovian disciple and fan describing frontman Joziah Longo as “An awesome songwriter”.
Well known as a touring band throughout the North Eastern States, the popularity of The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have earned them a virtual residency at many of the larger folk festivals.
As those who saw them at the mill last year will testify this a great evening of the best music around and not to be missed!
Change your heart, look around you
Change your heart, it will astound you
We are delighted to welcome worldwide chart topping legends The Korgis to the mill for a special show on Saturday 04 September 2021.
The Korgis burst onto the scene from the remnants of Stackridge in 1979 with the hit song ‘If I Had You’. This was followed in 1980 by the worldwide classic ‘Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime’. There have been over 150 versions, including dance mixes, and even a version by Beck that appeared in the multi award-winning film, ‘The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’. The classics carry on with ‘Dumb Waiters,’ ‘If It’s Alright With You Baby’, ‘All the Love in the World’ and many more. Returning back to where it all started in Bath all those years ago, The Korgis are celebrating 40 years of quirky hits, catchy melodies and hi-jinx!
They are led by original singer James Warren and include vocalist John Baker and guitarist Al Steele from the 1990’s Korgis touring band. Keyboard ace Glenn Nigel Hart and powerhouse drummer Paul Smith make up the rhythm section and ‘Born to Win’ provide brilliant backing vocals and bring a vibrant energy to each performance.
James and the band have worked hard at creating a show that is both musically and visually exciting.
Going back to the earliest Stackridge material, through all the Korgis hits and favourites plus excellent new songs, the 2020 show has elicited comments such as ‘flawless musicianship’ and ‘breath-taking musicality’.
Come along and witness The Korgis at their finest, with an outstanding 8-piece band, and a Poptastic show not to be missed!
Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing.
Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” for breeding so many world champion rodeo cowboys, Oakdale is still Willy’s home and the setting for many of his songs.
Willy calls John Hartford, Roscoe Holcomb, Bob Dylan, KISS, Weird Al Yankovic and Willie Nelson his biggest influences, but is always quick to advocate for his favourite contemporary songwriters which include Tom Vandenavond, Nathan Moore, and his Good Luck partner in crime, Chris Doud.
We are delighted to welcome back to the mill singer-songwriter and guitarist Katie Spencer. Katie is from Yorkshire and writes songs imbued with the Northern landscapes of her home. Originally from Hull, East Yorkshire, the grainy imagery of the industrial docks and sea-fronts seep into her deeply personal songs of nostalgia, loss and love.
The music, and most notably her guitar playing stems from a time when the steel-stringed instrument was truly finding its voice. Artists like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and perhaps most evidently John Martyn, flow into her sound, carrying with them the warmth and idealism of the early 70’s folk and songwriter movements.
The release of her debut album Weather Beaten (2019) made it clear to the world that the music is a sound of her own, and a sound that speaks of the present. Voices from the press praised the LP for its unique song-craft and spell-binding musicianship, as she brought together fans of music from all backgrounds and all walks of life.
“Katie’s guitar playing has echoes of my dear friend the late great Bert Jansch. Like a musical weaver she threads her poetic lyrics through the guitar’s strings and produces little tapestries of song” – Ralph McTell
“The way Katie plays is never contrived, showy or imitative; it sounds true … a world-class folk guitarist” – fRoots
British Blues Rock musician Keith Thompson, solo and with his band have been consistently performing in mainland Europe now for over 30 years! This year Keith completed his 12th album, “Transcendence” to much critical acclaim in the music press.
Keith and the band have repeatedly toured in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, USA & UK and appeared at several major festivals in Croatia including Baska International Guitar Festival, Umag and Kastav Blues Festivals.
Keith has shared the stage with, The Groundhogs, “Ten Years After”, “Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes”, Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac), Mike D’Abo, Steve Winwood, Ruby Turner, Larry Burton, Dave Markee and Henry Spinetti (Eric Clapton Band and Tina Turner) Greg Ridley of Humble Pie, Robbie Blunt, (Robert Plant) Luther Grosvenor of Mott The Hoople, Gino Washington, and countless others.
Liam Ó Maonlaí is one of the most talented, charismatic and soulful performers of Irish traditional music today. But his musical prowess goes beyond his own cultural roots with his amazing vocals and an array of instrumental mastery from piano to flute, harmonica to bodhran.
On Sunday 03 October 2021 Liam will visit the mill for a special afternoon show starting at 4.00pm.
Since first bursting onto the scene in the 1980’s with his band Hothouse Flowers, Liam has captured the attention of audiences, critics and musicians alike. According to Rolling Stone Magazine Bono noted the ensemble were the “best unsigned band on the planet.” It is no wonder that Liam remains a “musician’s musician” and no surprise he has performed alongside the best of them. As a solo performer as well as frontman of Hothouse Flowers, Liam continues to wow audiences worldwide reinventing himself with each performance. A true gaelic speaker and singer the material will draw on traditional Irish folk, gospel, blues and rock.