The Jigantics can be best described as a musical roots stew combining the world’s finest ingredients. Take the whole wide world of music, throw it in a blender, throw in some seasoning and add a dance beat and you have the Jigantics unique and original sound.
The band are made up of Keith Thompson on vocals, guitar and bass guitar, Sarah Kelly who adds vocals, ukulele and bass guitar, Mark Cole on vocals, squeezebox, harmonica, mandolin, guitar and holding it all together, Martin Fitzgibbon on percussion, drums and vocals. Individually they are fantastic musicians in their own right but together they form one of the most exciting and enjoyable bands around.
“A fabulous fusion of blues, rock, folk and Americana that blew the socks off our audience. Absolute class.”
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Tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the door. Please visit our tickets page for more details.
Jess’s appearance at the mill in 2018 is fondly remembered by all who were there and was one of the highlights of the year. We are delighted to welcome back Jess Klein to the Mill as part of her 2019 UK Tour with support from Mike June.
Over a career that spans more than a decade and a half and has won her a devoted worldwide fan base, Jess Klein—who possesses what Mojo magazine calls “one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to” has pursued a remarkable creative evolution that’s seen her dig ever deeper for resonant emotional insights, while continuing to refine her eloquently melodic, effortlessly accessible songcraft. Jon Pareles of The New York Times calls her “a songwriter with a voice of unblinking tenacity…who finds parables in the everyday and also finds humanity behind the archetypal.”
The Rochester, NY native who now calls Hillsborough, NC her home began writing songs as a college student in Kingston, Jamaica, and is known for staking out brave lyrical and musical territory with such albums as Wishes Well Disguised (1998), Draw Them Near (2000), Strawberry Lover (2005), City Garden (2006), Bound to Love (2009), Behind A Veil (2012) and Learning Faith (2014) which Folk Radio UK calls “Unquestionably the finest album of her impressive career.” Before moving to North Carolina, Jess spent eight years soaking up the live music culture of Austin, TX. Bootleg (2015) Jess’s live, full band album captures the dynamism of Jess onstage, backed by some of Austin’s top players. Jess was named a 2015 Finalist in the highly regarded Kerrville New Folk Competition.
Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 at the door. Please visit our tickets page for details.
Saturday 04 May sees us welcome the mythical world of Son of Town Hall to the Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue. Son of Town Hall are the unusual union of Ben Parker of London, England, and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Son of Town Hall was born when the two found themselves side by side aboard a junk raft (“The Son of Town Hall”) crossing the mighty Atlantic in search of new lands, new inspiration, and to recover squandered fortune. The two have sailed their ship back a century or so, and their song and story cycle follows the pair across the open waters and from town to town as they travel the frontier bouncing primarily from one failed endeavour to another. Though they fall for temptation and countless false promises, their belief in humanity and each other never flags.
“Nothing short of stunning” – Lisa Schwartz, Director Philadelphia Folk Festival
Tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the door. Please visit our tickets page for details.
Bradford born Bella Gaffney is no stranger to the mill and we are delighted to welcome her back. Bella is a Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner. She writes folk inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements of traditional pieces.
York-based Polly Bolton (mandolin, banjo, vocals) first picked up the mandolin as a child and has been touring internationally in various line ups since her early teens. She has performed at festivals including Wilderness, Boomtown Fair, Deer Shed, Festa do Avante! (Portugal), Beverley Folk Festival, Musicport, Towersey and Broadstairs Folk Week.
Polly & Bella first jammed backstage after a show in York in the autumn of 2017 and the project grew from there. A great musical friendship, they work collaboratively, arranging material led by powerful vocals and glittering instrumental collaboration.
The pair begun working with acclaimed cellist Sarah Smout (Michael Chapman, Medieval Baebes, Bridget St John, Jess Morgan) in the spring and recently welcomed fourth band member Holly Brandon on fiddle.
The project has been exceptionally well received so far, and over the past few months they have performed at Cambridge Folk Festival, main stage at Wickham Festival, Towersey Festival, Deer Shed Festival, Grassington and many more. They released their debut EP at a sold out show at The Great Yorkshire Fringe in July and they are recording an album with the full quartet, set for release in 2019.
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“A natural chemistry… all three voices blend and harmonise beautifully… the mix of styles offers so much promise.”
Folk Radio UK
A songwriter’s circle is a concert format that has become very popular in the USA and is increasingly catching on in the UK too. Three solo performers take the stage at the same time. They then take it in turns to introduce and perform their songs. Interaction between the performers can often be interesting, and comments from the audience are also welcomed which makes the concert more interactive.
It provides a showcase for more than one artist, which is entertaining for the audience as it offers greater variety and the opportunity to compare and contrast styles.
The artists too will often adapt their choice of songs to respond to the choices of the others, so more spontaneity is achieved. The artists will often collaborate on one or two songs too.
The concert will be in 2 halves of 1 hour each, with an interval.
GREG HANCOCK www.greghancockmusic.com
Greg Hancock is a singer songwriter from Devon who only started performing at the age of 50, although he has been writing and composing all his life. He quickly built up a reputation as a top class guitarist and a writer of unusual, intelligent, lyric-led songs that reflect on the quirkier aspects of modern life.
His early infuences were from the UK folk and singersongwriter world of the 70’s and 80s, later discovering Joni Mitchell and incorporating part of her approach to composition into his own.
In 2017, he released his first full length album, “A303” to wide acclaim:
“**** a delightful collection” RnR MAGAZINE
“..one of the finest albums of the year.” FOLKCAST
“the finest folk album I have listened to for years” BLUES & ROOTS
ALEX SEEL www.alexseel.com
Alex is a solo singer-songwriter and virtuoso finger-picking guitarist with roots in folk and blues
From Devon to London, Ireland and back to London he has picked up a style reminiscent of the 70’s contemporary folk troubadours. He combines this with lyrics relevant for today’s world. He has released several collections of songs, the most recent being an 8 track EP, “Circles”
“..one of Britains finer songwriters..and a gifted guitarist.” RnR MAGAZINE
“Perfectly crafted and full of warmth” FATEA
“A small, bright gem of a record.” FOLK RADIO UK
IONA LANE www.ionalane.com
Iona Lane is a young, upcoming folk singer and musician who is currently studying for a BA Hons (Folk) degree, with a scholarship, at Leeds College of Music under the tuition of Jim Moray, Nancy Kerr and Bryony Griffith. Performing a mix of traditional and original folk songs, Iona has been praised throughout the scene for her delicate yet powerful vocals, which have been captivating audiences up and down the country.
A real rising star… FATEA
An utter treat! DOWNEND club
Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door. Please visit our ticket page for more details.
Joe Dunwell and his elder brother Dave grew up in a musical household and fondly recall flipping through their dad’s Bob Dylan and Beatles records, as well as hearing their mum singing along to Motown.
The Dunwells’ songwriting has grown over the years since school, enriched by extensive US and UK touring in support of the band’s 2013 debut, Blind Sighted Faith. “There were so many euphoric moments on tour, and we’ve tried to capture those feelings in the our songs,” says Dave. Those memorable moments included an appearance on Late Night With Jay Leno and performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Fest and the Bonnaroo Festival, as well as sold out shows across the UK.
Joe and Dave will be performing their acclaimed ‘Brother Duo’ show at the mill on Saturday 15 June. This is a rare chance to see one of the finest acts around in a unique and intimate setting.
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New York City based band The Slambovian Circus of Dreams are touring the UK in the first 2 weeks of July 2019 and we are delighted that they will be visiting the Black Dyke Mill Heritage Venue on Thursday 4th July 2019.
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.
Support comes from The Hayes Sisters whose intuitive harmonies and songwriting are not to be missed.
A great evening of the best music around in our unique venue.