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.
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.
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
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”.
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
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.
American Country Magazine suggests Cheley’s song “Play the One I Like” “…might be the best song that I’ve heard this year so far” while Roughstock.com describes her as “…a remarkable vocalist….Imagine Allison Moorer’s blissfully soulful voice and you’ve got yourself a good comparison for Cheley.” Maverick, the UK’s leading independent country music magazine has this to say about Cheley: “One of the most powerful, soulful singers in the business, she writes with the deep confidence and total abandon that only a true artist is capable of. She draws her listeners in with comfortable ease and offers each and every one an original and deep personal experience.”
Tickets are £10 advance and £12 at the door.
Here is Cheley performing Magic Still happens from her 2017 album Buckeye.
Liz Simcock makes a very welcome return to the mill on Saturday 16 May 2020. 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”Acoustic Routes
Michelle Lewis is a Boston singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles. Michelle writes joyful songs that make you cry, and sad songs that leave you smiling. Her music is rich with melody, her lyrics find beauty in sadness. As a storyteller, she writes intensely visual songs that explore the defining moments in burgeoning and breaking relationships.
More polished than folk and more personal than pop, Michelle’s songwriting is uniquely intimate.
Michelle performed at the Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue last year and delighted all who attended. We are thrilled to welcome her back.
Her single, Run Run Run, found huge popularity among Boston Marathon runners and was featured on the national cable broadcast of the race. The song’s music video amassed more than 100,000 views in its first month and has more than 350,000 to date.
Michelle is a graduate of the world-renowned Berklee College of Music. She tours frequently across the United States and Europe. Her first release, This Time Around, arrived in 2004. She has been a longtime collaborator with producer Anthony J. Resta (Elton John, Duran Duran, Shawn Mullins), spanning their work on her Eps Broken (2009) and Paris (2011), and her second full-length album, The Parts Of Us That Still Remain (2014). Her latest studio album All That’s Left was released to critical acclaim earlier this year.
We are delighted to welcome Clive Gregson back to the mill as part of his 2020 Farewell Tour. Don’t miss this opportunity to bid a fond farewell to one of the UK’s finest singer-songwriters prior to his retirement from solo touring.
Born and raised in Manchester, England, Clive is an accomplished singer, musician and record producer. He led cult band Any Trouble. The group toured extensively in support of five critically acclaimed albums and a number of singles that became radio hits before disbanding at the end of 1984. Fondly remembered and greatly missed, the band have occasionally reformed since 2007, recording two brand new albums: “Life In Reverse” (2007) and “Present Tense” (2015). The band toured to support these releases and the three CD box set of “The Complete Stiff Recordings 1980-1981” (2013). Grown men cried!
In 1985, Clive released his first solo album and he has maintained a solo profile ever since. His solo recordings and tours have been one of the main outlets for his prolific songwriting and a solo “Best Of…” compilation was released in April 2009. Clive’s solo albums feature an eclectic mix of pop and folk styles, ranging from a stripped down one man and his acoustic intimacy to a full on electric
band approach. Clive’s live shows are usually solo performances and the guitar skills that prompted Guitar to include him in their “1,000 Great Guitarists” are always well in evidence.
Along the road from pop frontman to singer-songwriter, Clive has followed many musical diversions. Between 1985 and 1992, he formed a partnership with Christine Collister that
Rolling Stone called “the state of the art in British folk-rock”. They released five albums and toured the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Christine’s distinctive voice allied to Clive’s songs, instrumental and production skills created something truly special and their
decision to call it a day left a huge gap in the roots music scene. The entire Gregson & Collister catalogue plus a “Best Of…” compilation were re-issued in 2009.
“Gregson is as fine a singer-songwriter as anyone has the right to expect…he does it all”The Independent
We are delighted to welcome worldwide chart topping legends The Korgis to the mill for a special show on Saturday 18 July 2020.
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!