Welcome to our November Newsletter

"There is music in the meadows, in the air -- Autumn is here" -  William Stanley Braithwaite, Lyric of Autumn 

The Celtic year began around now and it was a time of deliberate misrule and contrariness, rather like the Roman Saturnalia. At Samhain cattle were brought in for the winter, and in Ireland the warrior elite, the Fianna, gave up war until Beltain. It was a sacred time, whose peace was normally broken only by the ritualized battle of board games such as fidchell.

The Christians took over the Celtic festival and turned it into All Saints Day. Even the modern English celebration of Guy Fawkes Day has echoes of the ancient fire festival.

One thing is for sure - as the days get short and the temperature falls we all need things to cheer us up. So now the pumpkins have turned to soup and the fireworks are just a memory why not come visit us on Friday 10th at the Library Theatre for a great evening with award winning folk duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.


At a glance

November 2017
Friday 10th

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

December 2017
Friday 8th

Granny's Attic

January 2018
Friday 12th

Sally Barker


Friday 10th November 2017

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Tickets £12

We are proud to welcome a duo that have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

Twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 folk award for best duo – 2016 & 2013 – the couple's intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as songwriters.   Their greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale. 

Building upward from their last two highly praised albums 'Tomorrow Will Follow Today' and 'Hidden People', fans of folk and acoustic music can only wonder where this leading couple will choose to turn next.

With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, The Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.


Friday 8th December 2017

Granny's Attic

Tickets £12

We are delighted to have arranged a visit from these three amazing young musicians!

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve and energy in their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions.

Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.

Friday 12th January 2018

Sally Barker

Tickets £12

The finalist from "The Voice" returns to Chesterfield!

Sally was last with us in February 2015 and what a great concert she gave us!

As a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Sally has had a long and varied career in music. Labelled a folk artist for much of her successful career, Sally's appeal stretches across many more musical genres. A much respected solo artist with half a dozen solo albums to her name, Sally is also celebrated for fronting all-female folk supergroup, The Poozies.

We are delighted to have her back at our club.




The Three Merry Lads, Cutthorpe is currently closed

There will not be a session there this month. Watch this space for news of other sessions supported by the club. Hopefully the Three Merry Lads will be open again soon and we will be back.