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As a result of our switching from Friday nights to Thursday nights, our performances are on the Thursday before the first Friday of every month. This means that most of the time it really is the first Thursday of the month, but sometimes it is the last Thursday of the preceding month. Sorry to be difficult!


Grace Petrie: Thursday 6th April 2017


Grace Petrie is a folk singer, songwriter, and activist from Leicester. She first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain. Since then, she has written, recorded and toured relentlessly. Her unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered have won over audiences everywhere, and she has quietly become one of the most respected and prolific songwriters working in the UK today.

Grace’s young career boasts four studio albums, a dedicated fan base and national tours supporting Emmy the Great, Billy Bragg and comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, as well as a string of festival appearances including regular visits to Latitude and Glastonbury. She has collaborated with some of the most respected names in folk, including Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey and Peggy Seeger. And of course you may recently have seen her on ITV's quiz show "The Chase"!


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Grace Petrie


"Performs two-fisted folk songs in the tradition of Billy Bragg ... a powerful new songwriting voice" - Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian


"Exceptional songwriting skills" - Ian Sinclair, The Morning Star



Steve White & the Protest Family are East London's favourite folk punk political sing-along band. They may not be safe enough for the major labels, but they've definitely got something to say, and they're going to say it, with wit, a certain brash charm, guitars, banjos, mandolins and, dare we say it, moments of four-part harmony. Theirs is a revolution that'll have you tapping your foot and smiling from ear-to-ear. Thinking too, if they have their way.

Led by Steve, whose unplugged sessions have become something of a feature of the Tolpuddle Festival in recent years, the band features Funky Lol Ross on mandolin and electric guitar, and veteran of the East London music scene, Doug E. Harper on bass. Meanwhile banjo duties fall to award-winning player and co-ordinator of the renowned Walthamstow Folk Club, Russ Chandler.

Folk who've heard them make comparisons with Billy Bragg, Ian Dury and even The Clash. Be sure not to miss this one!

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Steve White & the Protest Family

"Steve White and the Protest Family play with a passion that is accessible, engaging, inspiring but most of all fun. This is not po-faced politics but real, honest class storytelling that you can dance to, sing along with and will leave you revitalised for the struggles ahead" - The Morning Star

"This is punk folk protest music at its best. Full of rebel spirit and excellent musicianship. Great stuff" – Acoustic Review


MAGGIE HOLLAND: Thursday 1st June 2017


Two of singer/songwriter Maggie Holland's songs - "A Proper Sort of Gardener" and "A Place Called England" - have assured her a place in the folk pantheon. There is so much more than just those two, though!

She made her first forays into folk music in the late '60s before finally turning pro as half of the folk-blues duo Hot Vultures, where she played bass and sang. Maggie started performing solo in 1980, accompanying herself on guitar and banjo. Later she formed the band Maggie's Farm before taking up bass duties with Robb Johnson. In the early 1990s she moved to Scotland, and we are fortunate to have the chance to hear her down on the south coast.

"A Place Called England" won a folk award as best original song, and her material has been recorded by a number of well-known artists, from Martin Carthy to June Tabor.

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Maggie Holland

"The proof that outstanding contemporary songs are still being written" - Colin Irwin, fRoots

DAN WALSH: Thursday 6th July 2017


Dan Walsh was nominated for best musician at this year's BBC Folk Awards and touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist. As well as many tours of the UK, he also has recent successful trips to USA, Canada, Germany, India, Norway and New Zealand to his credit. Having made his name with duo Walsh and Pound, and now a member of the award winning Urban Folk Quartet, as well as guest appearances with Joss Stone, the Levellers and Seth Lakeman, this unique and eclectic musician has stunned audiences across the world.

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Dan Walsh

"The real deal, a demon picker" - Uncut

"Absolutely terrific" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

"Eclectically inspired and consistently brilliant" - Froots

JOE SOLO: Thursday 5th October 2017


Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right.

In October 2016 he was awarded the "Outstanding Songwriting" prize at Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Music Awards for his work on the album "Never Be Defeated" telling the stories of the men and women of Hatfield during the 1984-85 Miner’s Strike.

Live, Solo has a growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being both thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath. He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.

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Joe Solo

"….constantly sets a new bar for passion in performance." – The Morning Star

"The perfect protest singer." – R2 Magazine

"I heard this noise coming off the stage, I went WOW, whoever that is I've got to go and check him out and there was just this one man on the stage blowing up a storm with an acoustic guitar!" – Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music