Every 4th Sunday: Michelle's Music Nights. Starts about 8 pm.

A broad-ranging evening of folk-based music and words named in memory of

Michelle Holding, who hosted the sessions with Bonz Barnes from their
resumption after Covid to the end of 2023. Come along to sing, share
and listen to traditional, contemporary and instrumental folk, plus
poetry, blues and country.in a singaround format. Contact Bonz at:

External link opens in new tab or windowbonz1@btinternet.com for enquiries, or to add your name to the mailing list.


Note that it is not the last Sunday. Often it's the same thing but not always.

The next one will be on March 24.


 

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Saturday March 9

Celtic (Welsh/Irish) Night

7.30 pm

Once again, we are celebrating St David’s Day and St Patrick’s Day together on one night. You can call it Welsh/Irish Night or Celtic Night as you prefer.

Tunes, songs, poems, stories, or whatever you want to bring along – from or about Wales (in English or Welsh) or Ireland. Word sheets will be available to help you join in the choruses. You can also download them from the Music page.

There will be a taste of Welsh and Irish food too.

 Admission is free; we will ask for donations to cover the cost of the food.


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Saturday March 23

The Last Shift

Presented by Graham Pirt

8 pm

Tickets £8 for advance booking

A multi-media presentation  - stories, songs and images that bring to life the history of coal mining and its people, and the death of the industry.

Graham is a Newcastle-born singer descended from generations of coal miners. He has a wealth of stories, including those of his own relatives, one killed in a pit disaster, and another becoming a miners’ union leader in the USA, and illustrates his talk with pictures, engravings and videos of the events.

Graham’s skill as a singer was recognised at an early age when he was asked to join the residents at the legendary Bridge Folk Club in Newcastle, who included famous names such as Johnny Handle and Lou Killen. He later performed in a duo with concertina virtuoso Alistair Anderson, and was for many years a key member of vocal harmony group Cockersdale.

Originally created to support the Miners’ Strike in 1984, ‘The Last Shift’ has been updated, and Graham has performed it many times since at Folk Festivals around the UK.

The Morning Star wrote: ‘Graham’s presentation delves back into the history of the industry right up to the tumultuous industrial struggles of the 20th century and the final demise of coal mining.  It’s a touring show and well worth seeing.’

Tickets are available from the Club and from George Street Bookshop. Also online from External link opens in new tab or windowwegottickets


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Wednesday 27th March

Still the Enemy Within - film screening, Q&A  and Discussion

Part of our regular series of monthly Political and Social Wednesday Discussions we will be screening this documentary followed by a Q&A and discussion led by one of the film's producers.
Still the Enemy Within is a unique insight into one of history’s most dramatic events: the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike. No experts. No politicians. Thirty years on, this is the raw first-hand experience of those who lived through Britain’s longest strike. Follow the highs and lows of that life-changing year.
Using interviews and a wealth of rare and never before seen archive, Still the Enemy Within draws together personal experiences – whether they’re tragic, funny or terrifying – to take the audience on an emotionally powerful journey through the dramatic events of that year.

We are levying a small charge (£5 standard, £2 low/unwaged, £10 Solidarity) to support the film-makers, and cover expenses, and would like to encourage advance booking via External link opens in new tab or windowwegottickets   though tickets may be available on the door.




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Thursday 28 March

Glossop Folk Train



Train leaves Manchester Piccadilly at 18.33, returning at 21.19 from Glossop.

If you're coming direct to the Club, it's best to get there by 7 pm to get a seat.


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