THE ART OF SIMON – Saturday 14 March 2020

Here is your chance to lose yourself in nostalgia as Bryan Thomson and Jeremy Woodhead (who have appeared at the Mill before as Jester B) perform the classic hits of Simon and Garfunkel. The Art of Simon faithfully recreate Paul Simon’s songs from Mrs Robinson through Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall to Homeward Bound.

If you are a lover of contemporary music this is one show you should not miss. An evening of joy and memories.

Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door.

Advance tickets are on sale via Skiddle.

Doors open at 7pm

Stage times:
7.30pm The Art of Simon (2 x 45 sets with interval)

Here is a short video previewing the show:

GREG HANCOCK, ALEX SEEL & HENRY PARKER – Saturday 28 March 2020

As part of a UK-wide tour, top UK singer-songwriters and guitarists Greg Hancock and Alex Seel will join forces with the widely acclaimed West Yorkshire musician Henry Parker to present a SONGWRITERS CIRCLE concert in this popular venue. The three artists will take the stage together and then, in turn, perform selections of their compositions. This is a perfect format to compare and contrast styles and techniques, and there will be plenty of interaction – both musical and verbal between the performers!

Greg Hancock only began performing a few years ago after many years living overseas but has quickly built up a solid reputation as one of the UK’s most original songwriters and skillful guitarists. He makes observations on the human condition that can be serious, but are always imbued with a wry sense of humour and an unexpected turn of phrase. There are echoes of influences such as Nic Jones, John Martyn and Joni Mitchell in his work… but the overall sound is completely his own.

“A master guitarist, exquisite songwriter and beautiful arranger of music… one of the finest songwriters in the UK and should be heard by as many music lovers as possible!” – Blues and Roots

Alex Seel’s songs go right to the heart of the matter. Whether he’s exploring themes of love, life or modern society, he weaves his deceptively gentle lyrics around subtle and sophisticated melodies and song structures. More Americana and blues influenced than Greg, his virtuoso guitar playing ranges from the sweetly melodic to a crisp punchy rhythmic style that is entirely unique.

“His voice is a thing comprised of equal parts comfort and mystery, and it perfectly suits the songs, which are intimate but at the same time just a little bit untamed.” – folkradio

A devoted guitarist from the West Yorkshire town of Bingley, Henry Parker plays with an intricate finger-picking style that brings to mind the late 60’s folk, psych and progressive rock scenes, with influence drawn from the likes of Bert Jansch, Nick Drake, Pentangle and Fairport Convention. His songwriting lyrically entwines landscapes, people and politics with roots that run deep into the traditional folk songs of England.

“Channelling the ghosts of Jansch and Renbourn through his fingertips, the fluid playing and emotive singing of Yorkshire-born Henry Parker evokes the spirit of the early-60’s folk revival as if it were yesterday.”

Tickets are £8 in Advance and £10 Door on the door.

Advance tickets are available via Skiddle.

Doors open at 7pm

Stage Times:

7.30pm: A Songwriters Circle – The show lasts for around 2 hours with an interval.

Here is Greg Hancock performing Mr Mackenzie

IAN McMILLAN + LUKE CARVER GOSS – BETWEEN YOU AND ME – Friday 03 April 2020

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

Tickets are £15 Advance and £17 Door

Advance tickets are available via Skiddle.

Doors open at 7pm with a show time of 7.30. Please not there will be theatre style seating for this performance and all seats are unreserved.

Here is Luke talking about about his work with the Black Dyke Band

CHURCHFITTERS – Sunday 19 April 2020

On Sunday 19 April 2020 we are delighted to welcome the English/French musical alliance that is Churchfitters to the Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue.

Why “Churchfitters”? Nobody knows! They’re not fitters and have absolutely nothing to do with churches. The name’s origin is lost in the mists of time but there is one aspect that suits them perfectly – its quirkiness. When your array of instruments includes a motorcycle petrol tank, a musical saw and a Mercedes Benzouki made from hubcaps there’s little point worrying if the name makes sense! Saucepan dulcimer, glass harp, Bing-Bong machine and magic boots all join some more conventional instruments (fiddle, banjo, sax and whistle to name a few) to back Rosie Short’s sublime voice.

These three flamboyant characters present their uplifting and entertaining show with a unique dynamism and describe their music as “Folk Unlimited”. Mike Harding calls it “Brilliant and beautiful” while Dave Pegg says they are “The most musically inventive group I’ve seen in decades”.

Tickets £10 Advance, £12 Door

Advance tickets are available via Skiddle.

Doors open at 7pm

Stage Times:
7.30pm Churchfitters (2 x sets with an interval)

REBECCA LOEBE – Saturday 25 April 2020

Join Rebecca Loebe at the Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue as she celebrates the 10-year 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…” – Rolling Stone

Tickets: Advance £9, Door £11

Advance tickets are available via Skiddle.

Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 7.30pm

Here is Rebecca singing Popular