What’s On

On this page we will bring you details of the artists we have booked and links to buy tickets.

Doors open at 8pm and the music starts at 8.30.

Please note that for gigs at The Great Northern Railway Tavern, this is an upstairs pub room and not wheelchair accessible.

Rob Corcoran 

14 June

The Blinkin’ Buzzards

£15

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Dublin troubadour Rob is a solid favourite on the London/UK folk and Americana scene, with his songs covered by Irish folk legend Christy Moore. His lyrically compelling, beautifully observed songs are drenched in Celtic soul, drawing from the same deep wells as Van Morrison and Mike Scott. The heart-on-sleeve poetry of his North American influences (John Prine, Hank Williams, Leonard Cohen etc) runs through his songs. Rob’s 2017 album Inverse Alchemy has blown away reviewers at AmericanaUK, Fatea, Folding.com and many more. Rob’s live shows always leave his audiences asking for more.

Michael Roach

and

The Blinking’ Buzzards

12 July

£20

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Michael Roach, one of thirteen children born to Ted and Sadie Roach of Washington, D.C., USA, sings   and plays guitar in an East Coast style of blues that dates back to the 1920s. After spending several   years  learning directly from such well-known figures as John Jackson, John Cephas and Jerry Ricks,  Roach has developed his own style and is now an exceptional performer. He interacts with his  audience and entertains as he plays.

For the past 30 years, Michael has conducted numerous workshops throughout the USA and Europe. As   a cultural arts performer, Michael has promoted African-American culture through the use of blues   music. He has lectured for the Smithsonian Institute (USA), Oxford University (UK) and more recently at   the University of Metz (France).

Michael is the founder of the European Blues Association and currently serves as its Chair. He is the   Director, Guitar Instructor and Vocals Teacher for the annual Blues Week at Exeter University (2000/2004). Michael also presented ‘Deep Blue’, a three-part series on blues music featured on BBC Radio 4 in March 2003. It is Michael’s communication skills together with his musicianship that has enabled him to bring about a greater understanding of blues music and the Black experience.

               

Brooks Williams and Aaron Catlow

9 August

The Blinkin’ Buzzards

£20

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“Brooks Williams is one of those select few ‘how on earth does he do it?!’ artists.” (Fatea) 

Cambridge-based, US-born guitarist, singer and songwriter Brooks Williams has been a leading light on the acoustic music scene for three decades. “He was playing Americana before it had been given the name” (CMP). 

Brooks Williams’ guitar skills are evident as he effortlessly slides in and out of folk, blues and country. It comes as no surprise he is listed in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists

Born in Statesboro, Georgia, Williams moved to Boston at the height of that city’s burgeoning singer-songwriter scene. In the early 1990s, he did his apprenticeship in the bars and clubs of New York and New England and cut his teeth supporting artists like Shawn Colvin, Chris Smither, Rory Block, Leo Kottke, Odetta, Billy Bragg and Taj Mahal. His first album, North From Statesboro, caught the attention of The Washington Post and National Public Radio and in subsequent years, he has released a staggering 31 recordings.

On this occasion he is joined by fiddler Aaron Catlow. With two albums under their belt (Ghost Owl, short-listed 2021 Instrumental Album Of The Year, and Ready For The Times) and a third on the way, AmericanaUK says the duo is “live music at its best.”

Brooks Williams is “quite simply one of the most unassuming, natural performers on the circuit, and his easy, relaxed manner conceals the greatest level of true expertise.” (Fatea)

           

Robin and Bina Williamson   

13 September SOLD OUT

The Blinkin’ Buzzards

£25

Additional date 14 September BUY HERE

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Robin and Bina Williamson work together so well because they create a perfect balance of voices. They draw on a wide variety of original and traditional songs, stories and music from Celtic, English, Indian and Old Timey roots, celebrating the turning year and the mystery of being alive.

Robin is legendary worldwide as musician, storyteller and writer. He has forefronted many genres over his 50 year career. Bina is an inspired and gifted singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist in her own right with a hauntingly sweet, melodious voice. Their performances together feature their East West vocal harmonies with harp, bowed psaltery, dulcimer and diverse other instruments.

“An evening of enchanting entertainment.” Edi Stark, Radio Scotland, Celtic Connections.
“Enthralling musicianship.” Glasgow Herald
“Pure beauty through simplicity.” Robert Plant

Buy a copy of The Blinkin’ Buzzards’ new CD featuring 12 tracks!

“The best house band in the country” Wizz Jones.