Sunday, 31 July 2016

Guest Night Monday 1st August: Steve Turner!

Monday 4th July we welcomed Geoff Higginbottom back to the club.  It proved to be a wonderful evening from Geoff (as always!) who entertained the  well attended gathering with his wealth of traditional songs and music presented in his own inimitable style. The audience responded by joining in the great choruses and jovial banter!  Thank you Geoff.

Our guest for 1st August, Steve Turner, is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song
accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one
of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.
After a thirteen year break, building up an internationally known stringed instrument business, he made a welcome return to performing in folk clubs and festivals in 2005.
Steve’s 5th album, his first for 22 years "The Whirligig of Time" was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008. His 6th album "Rim of the Wheel" was released in spring 2012 and received rave reviews – David Kidman in N.E. Folk Roundabout called it “sheer genius a sure contender for one of my folk albums of 2012” This was backed up by many festival bookings and re-plays on the radio on the Mike Harding Show Radio 2 and Late Junction Radio 3 and a full page article in F/Roots in July 2012.
Steve’s new 7th album “Spirit of the Game” was released in January 2016.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


It has been a tradition of long standing that we hold a Shanty Night on the last Monday in June in memory of John Collinge.

John was a stalwart of the club for many years, and enjoyed nothing better than a good Shanty sing-a-long and songs of the sea.

Here's a wee sample, from a Shanty Night a few years ago (I've tried to find one of Feet In Mouths doing the Club's unofficial anthem, 'The Little Pot Stove', but without success.) All the same, here are a few more Club stalwarts raising the rafters in style.

So come to the Club on Monday and help do the same!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016


Due to unfortunate circumstances REDMAYNE are unable to appear at the club next Monday 6th June and our thoughts are with Dave Pollard.

At very short notice STANLEY ACCRINGTON has agreed very kindly to step in the breach and will be our guest. Look forward to seeing you all to support the amazing Stanley!

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

April 4th: Stanley Accrington

Our third guest night of 2016 will be this Monday, featuring the great Stanley Accrington!

"Stanley emerged from the dark days of the late 1970's and has been terrorising the cultural world ever since.

He has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast rake of subjects. There are old-style songs on current happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and possibly anything.

Apart from the silly and very silly material, Stanley has always been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further.

Stanley has been performing all over UK and occasionally beyond at a wide variety of locations and events. The pigeon-hole to put this stuff in is 'miscellaneous-ish'."

Here's a little sample:

Saturday, 5 March 2016

March 7th: Dai Thomas

Our second guest night of 2016 is nearly upon us, starring the legendary Dai Thomas!

The King of the Salford Bluesmen, Dai has a truly awe-inspiring repertoire of classic Mississippi Delta Blues classics, featuring tracks by Skip James, Charley Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Papa Charlie Jackson, Charlie Poole, Clarence Ashley, Henry Thomas and many, many more.

If you love the blues, a night with Dai is a must. Here's a little sample of what the man can do.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

February 1st: John Brindley

Our first Guest Night of 2016 has been confirmed. Our guest will be Jon Brindley!

"My fiddle was handed down from my Grandma and I could well play you one or two of my compositions. I was inspired to take it busking all round Europe after reading Laurie Lee. I’ve explored music through many forms. Celtic melodies, blues, contemporary folk, country, rock, popular songs and traditional ballads can all be picked out of my repertoire and it’s usually my own interpretations. Expect the unexpected!"

Jon will be playing Swinton Folk Club on Monday 1st February 2016.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

December 7th: Feet In Mouths at Swinton Folk Club

On Monday 7th December 2015 - our last Guest Night of the year - the guests will be FEET IN MOUTHS - the members of which are well known to all at Swinton and beyond (John Cartain, Steve Chatterly, Ged Todd and Dave Wynn, the latter crossing our northern border to be with us again).  It promises to be a lively and entertaining evening as always when the lads get together and the followers of the band, new and old, will be served up a night of laughter and quality music.

Feet In Mouths always provide a fantastic night out, so you won't want to miss this.