Artist Profiles

11th January 2019 – Frank Carline

To kick start our new year we have a local flavour in Doncaster singer-songwriter and local blues legend, Frank Carline. Frank has been playing professionally for over 30 years and has his own take on all things roots and blues. For many years, a Yorkshire Artist in Residence, he has forged a unique and personal style, with his vintage Framus guitars, playing slide, using open tunings and soulful harmonica playing. Frank will play a selection of tracks from his five albums, which includes ‘Promise and Betrayal’ released last year. We’re looking forward to this one!






18th January 2019 – Gren Bartley

Gren Bartley is a prolific and exceptional songwriter. His last album released in 2015 built further on his growing reputation, showcasing his “phenomenal” guitar playing and poetry driven lyrics. Gren is truly the future of folk songwriting, using his influences from folk and world music traditions to bring something unique to this modern day troubadour. He is an artist not to be missed.

“spine tinglingly beautiful” Bright Young Folk

“A quiet triumph” fRoots

“will provide the breakthrough Bartley deserves” Acoustic Magazine



25 January 2019 – Alden, Patterson & Dashwood

Norwich based folk trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. The music on their independently-released debut album ‘Call Me Home’, takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.

1st February 2019 – The Barsteward Sons of Val Doonican

A welcome return for the band who caused a riot the last time they visited us! Hailing from Barnsley, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are t’North’s hardest working comedy band. Instantly recognisable for their immaculate hair and their stylish dress-sense, they are the UK festival scene’s undisputed Kings of Parody. You will be entertained and you will laugh, oh yes, you will laugh – a lot!

8th February 2019 – The Tannahill Weavers

A very warm welcome back for the band as they approach their 50th anniversary, the Tannahill Weavers remain one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant and humorous performances.


15th February 2019 – Kate Griffin & Ford Collier

Kate Griffin and Ford Collier are an exciting new arrival on the folk scene playing a mix of tunes and songs. Kate (previously from ‘Unsung Roots’) plays clawhammer, a banjo style deeply rooted in American old time music, and brings crystal clear vocals that tap directly into your primal emotions. Ford (The Drystones) on Guitar, Low D Whistle, and Tabla drums brings a blend of skills and styles that marry Celtic drive, and harmonies with Indian rhythmic language. Together the duo delight in exploring the boundaries of the contemporary folk genre with influences from contemporary Celtic, Eastern European folk, Bluegrass, and Indian classical, broadening the frontiers of the style, and infusing their joy into the audience as they go.