We are delighted to welcome back My Darling Clementine to the mill for a special St Valentine’s day concert on Thursday 14 February 2019.
For what began as something of a side project in 2011 for husband and wife Michael Weston King & Lou Dalgleish, My Darling Clementine is now very much centre stage with 3 albums, over 400 shows across Europe and N. America, some ingenious musical collaborations, accolades and awards, and an ever growing fan base with a genuine love of their music.
Their last album Still Testifying received rave reviews. Bob Harris called it “a triumph” whilst UnCut Magazine described it as “where gospel, country and Southern soul happily collide. Terrific.
Now, the King and Queen of UK country are returning to the Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue on Thursday 14 February 2019 for what promises to be another unforgettable night.
Tickets are £13 in advance and £15 on the door. As usual we will have an array of hot food on sale as well as hot drinks. Doors open at 7.15 with advance tickets available from our ticketing page.
Here are My Darling Clementine performing Yours Is The Cross I Still Bear:
These remarkable songs – stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual
Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line.
With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving over 400 concerts to well over 100,000 people.
Included in the concert are Cohen’s well known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah alongside his rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Also included are Keith’s dramatic and absorbing performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence.
‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent
It only takes hearing Cheley Tackett once to understand why she is one of Nashville’s most celebrated emerging artists. Cheley’s blend of lyrical intensity and melodic craftsmanship have earned her recognition and respect in a town where being a stand-out is a rare achievement.
Acclaimed as much for her songwriting as for her artistry, Cheley has won Merlefest’s Chris Austin Songwriting contest, the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk competition, Just Plain Folks’ Song of the Year, Country Album of the Year, & Country Song of the Year, as well as being a finalist in the Independent Acoustic Music Awards’ Country Song & Female Vocal Peformance categories, and a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition’s Rock category.
We are delighted to welcome Cheley to the mill as part of her UK tour. We are equally delighted to announce that support will come from special guest Serious Sam Barrett. A fantastic night of music guaranteed.
Tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the door. Please visit our tickets page to book.
We are delighted to welcome BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 ‘Best Duo’ nominees, O’Hooley and Tidow to the mill for a special concert on Saturday 23 March 2019.
With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, five star reviews and a feature in The Guardian, the songwriting, voice and piano partnership of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow is regarded as ‘One of British folk music’s mightiest combinations’ (MOJO).
Belinda and Heidi’s boundless songwriting has been described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional’ and The Independent as ‘defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political folk music for the times we live in.’ From an emotionally charged song about an elephant orphanage in Nairobi, to a joyous celebration of the Leeds cycling champion Beryl Burton, they explore, consider and connect subjects and stories in a distinctive, inventive and memorable way.
Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, 6 Music’s Tom Robinson says ‘They sing together in the way families do. Normally, you only get that closeness in the voices with family bands like The Coppers or The Watersons.’
Tickets are £14 on the door and £12 in advance. To book please visit our tickets page
Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of THE most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today.
Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!
This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty.
Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door. Please visit our ticket page for more details.
Here are The Hut People performing ‘Happy One Step’.
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.”
Steve Sheldon Folk Icons
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.
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.
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.