Due to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus we have postponed Ian and Luke’s. We hope to announce a new date shortly.
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. @IMcMillan
Luke Carver Goss has recorded & performed with his own group, the acclaimed Carver Trio, as well as The Ian McMillan Orchestra, the Balkan singer Tea Hodzic jazz singer Tina May and story-teller Daniel Morden in the group The Devil’s Violin. 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 and soon a new piece for Chapel-en-le-Frith Male Voice Choir’s Centenary. ‘Luke Carver Goss is a composer who creates big worlds of sound… British music at its most ingenious’ John L Walters, The Guardian His Last Train to Elvet for Durham Brass Festival & Tredegar Town Band – ‘a journey rich in emotional range pulled off with the most delicate and intricately woven touch’ Colin Robson, Durham County Arts Officer – follows Pure Gold: a 4X4 relay for the Cultural Olympiad, Homing In for The Sage Gateshead and compositions for Black Dyke Brass Band, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
‘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
Liz Simcock makes a very welcome return to the mill on Saturday 27 March 2021. Liz has performed at the mill twice before – both times as a duo with Clive Gregson. We are delighted she has chosen to return to us with her solo show.
Liz Simcock is one of the country’s finest female singer songwriters. Her songs – often autobiographical and highly personal – are immediately accessible to audiences and injected with poetry, emotion and splashes of humour. In 1999 she featured on the Playpen Album of New Acoustic Music alongside Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Eddi Reader and Kathryn Williams. Since then she has trodden an independent path, gaining a growing reputation as a performer and songwriter. Liz counts Richard Thompson, Clive Gregson, Boo Hewerdine and Joni Mitchell amongst her songwriting influences. Liz has made five albums. Friday Night Train Home, released in 2013, featured the virtuoso backing of Dave Ellis and Boo Howard. In 2015 and 2017 Liz toured with Clive Gregson performing songs from the Gregson & Collister back catalogue and promoting an album of brand new Gregson songs. As always though, Liz’s main focus is on her own songwriting and live performances. 2020 brings the release of her fifth album Winter Hill, a pared down acoustic album featuring one voice, one guitar and a handful of beautifully crafted and previously unreleased songs.
“Liz Simcock is one of the finest singer/songwriters around. With a strong, expressive voice and high quality songs her music is fresh, original and very entertaining.”
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 24 April 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!
Join Rebecca Loebe at the Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue as she celebrates the 11th anniversary of her breakthrough album “Mystery Prize.” On this intimate, acoustic concert tour she’ll re-visit songs and stories from the album that spent ten weeks on the Americana Top 40 chart and launched her international touring career with a European record deal and an invitation to appear on the first season of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Over the past decade, Rebecca has built a fervent, grass-roots following performing an average of 150 concerts per year in over 40 states of the US and 15 countries. Along the way, she’s released three more full-length studio albums which feature many collaborators and themes that can be traced back to her early work on Mystery Prize. As a writer, Rebecca has taken top honors in some of the songwriting world’s most prestigious competitions including the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting contest. Come learn why Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, and NPR’s Mountain Stage have all recently raved about Rebecca.
“Mixing resilience, empowerment and just a bit of pissed-off punch…”
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!