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We are delighted to welcome back to the club John Kirkpatrick after the postponement of his appearance in January. John enthralled us with his wonderful Christmas show a few years ago. A master of the button accordion, Anglo concertina, and melodeon, John performs traditional songs and tunes, as well as his own brilliant compositions, with amazing verve and energy. With a thorough understanding of folk traditions and a virtuosic mastery as an instrumentalist, he has risen to the top echelon of British folk music. That’s why John was appointed MBE in 2021.

‘The inventiveness and dynamism of John's playing are just as top-notch as one has come to expect of such a perfectionist’ (Mike Greenwood, Taplas)

‘Kirkpatrick’s buoyant presence and lust for this music sounds more rampant than ever’ (Colin Irwin, fRoots Magazine)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £12.00 (£10.00 members,  £6.00 under 18s and students)


Admired by both listeners and fellow musicians alike, Brooks Williams and Dan Walsh combine talents for an extraordinary collaboration of British and Americana roots music. Brooks plays guitar with ‘melodic virtuosity’ (Irish News), effortlessly combining old-time fingerpicking, country flat picking and bluesy backbeats. Dan’s ‘virtuoso playing’ (Morning Star) features a unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo, helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument. Both bring buckets of charisma and talent to the stage. Add to that poignant songs and lively humour and the result is a truly remarkable duet.

Absolutely terrific’ (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2)

‘Everyone at the concert also wondered why these two had never teamed up before. An excellent, uplifting and cheering experience!’ (Simon Nicol, Fairport Convention)

 ‘Brooks and Dan were amazing, such fabulous musicians and entertainers, blew the place away!’ (Johnny Fewing, Whitstable Sessions)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £12.00 (£10.00 members,  £6.00 under 18s and students)




We are delighted to welcome back for our Christmas party this excellent five-piece band who are now in their 30th year of performing! Magpie Lane hail from Oxford and specialise in traditional English songs and tunes. They combine powerful vocals with vigorous tunes, performing a wide selection of Christmas carols, wassails and dance tunes, many of them quite unusual. Between them the band plays concertina, melodeon, bouzouki, cello, fiddle and guitar and all of them sing; when they burst into five part harmony it is a joy to hear. (Mulled cider and mince pie included as usual for our Christmas special!) 

‘A wonderful programme of songs and tunes suitable for winter and the Christmas season. Every member of the band gets a chance to sing and the instrumental arrangements are thoughtfully crafted and entirely appropriate to each song.’ (Barry Goodman, Shire Folk)

‘A quintessential expression of Englishness and musical and vocal excellence…’ (David Kidman, Living Tradition)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £12.00 (£10.00 members,  £6.00 under 18s and students)

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