Live & Local: Kelly Oliver

Kelly Oliver is a superlative, sweet voiced singer-songwriter, guitarist and ‘pretty damn fine’ harmonicist steeped in the folk traditions of Ireland. Her award-winning albums have seen her hailed as ‘a vital voice in British folk music’ (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2), and as an international rising star she has collaborated with industry stalwarts such as Phil Beer (Show of Hands).

Oliver’s distinctive vocals, harmonica mastery and sparkling pop sensibility consistently wows audiences; her brand of old/ new folk is a force with which to be reckoned.

– She hails from rural Hertfordshire; however, it was not until she returned to her Grandmother’s hometown of Tralee, Ireland that she discovered her deep affinity with the traditions of folk music and what would become her signature sound.

– Oliver’s work straddles both the old and the new; she collaborated with industry stalwarts like Phil Beer (Show of Hands) on her second album ‘Botany Bay’, while her sparkling pop sensibility brings a fresh new take to traditional material.

– Her distinctive vocals and mastery of the harmonica consistently wow audiences, as does the inclusion of the delightfully titled ‘stomp box’ in live shows.

– Deemed a ‘fantastic new talent’ by Chris Hawkins at BBC 6 Music, she’s also toured internationally and been included in ‘The Sunday Times Essential New Releases’.

– Oliver is an award-winning artist, receiving both the ‘Best Female Solo Artist’ and ‘Breakout Artist’ in the 2015/ 2016 NMG Awards, as well as ‘Best Female Artist 2016’ in the FATEA Awards.

‘Quite an amazing young songwriter.’ Mike Harding

‘Crystal voice… confident harmonica… intricate guitar.’ Folk Radio UK

Jaywalkers: Live and Local

One of the most exciting and entertaining young bands on the folk scene, Jaywalkers bring exhilarating three-part harmony and exceptional musicianship to blistering, up-tempo traditional
American bluegrass, western swing and working-class Lancashire folk-song. A joy to watch, with great stage presence, Jaywalkers are the real deal.
Since starting out back in 2008, Jaywalkers have cemented their reputation for creating music that is innovative, rooted deeply in tradition and exhilarating.
With their exceptional musicianship, virtuosic instrumentals, three-part harmony, impressive slap bass, and great good humour, they are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
At All Hallows Halls on Sunday 23rd February at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm).
Tickets from Richard Farr on 0115 9821710 or 07973 286720
Adults £10, under 18s £5.
Refreshments on sale at the interval, raffle, bring a bottle.
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ROALD DAHL TALES: 7th-9th Feb 2020

Feturing stage adaptations of Roald Dahl’s revolting retelling of classic stories such as Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Roald Dahl Tales will be performed at All Hallows Church Hall on Pierrepont Road, Lady Bay on Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th of February 2020 at 7:30pm, or catch the matinee performance at 2pm on Sunday the 9th. Tickets are just £5 for adults and £3 for children, available from Kathy and Tony Wykes on 0115 9140689.

The Black Feathers

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Critically acclaimed husband and wife duo Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler are undeniable talents – two gorgeous, perfectly paired voices, one outstanding guitar and great self-penned songs. Likened to the classic pairing of Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, they play bold, striking, harmony-fuelled Americana music (with an English folk sensibility).
Their intimate performances positively sparkle with energy and joy, radiant onstage chemistry, disarming humour, powerful tunes and sumptuous harmonies, drawing the listener in.

Tickets from Richard Farr: 01159821710 or

Harp &a Monkey The Importance of Digging Holes: The Great War and More


7.30pm (Doors Open 7pm)

Fronted by an easy-going raconteur and BBC ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ historian, this acclaimed Lancashire folk-storytelling trio matches an excellent first world war folk set with humorous and melodic northern life short stories. Lively, inventive folk delivered in a down-to-earth manner.

Songs about cuckolded mole catchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims… we can only be talking about the folk experimentalists Harp and a Monkey.

The harp ‘n’ banjo driven electro-folk-storytelling of Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboards), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar and programming) is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.

The outfit, who have been friends for more than 20 years, channel the ghosts of summers spent in municipal parks and winters walking on the moors. Ask them about their influences and they are as likely to cite Ordnance Survey maps and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as they are Bert Jansch, Bjork or Bellowhead.

Formed in 2008, Harp and a Monkey have been building up a loyal following via the old-fashioned practice of relentless gigging and modern practice of social network sites.

Tickets can be reserved at 01159 821710 or email:

Tickets are £10 Adults £5 Under 18’s.

Venue:    All Hallows Halls

Pierrepont Road,

Lady Bay, West Bridgford,

Nottingham.  NG2 5BP.

Suitable For:
Adults/Family (8+)


Wes Finch combines lovely songs – drawing on the works of Shakespeare, Yeats, Blake, Larkin, Masefield and more – subtle folk-classical music, poetry recitation, joyous skits, and maybe some loose middle ages jigs, into a live show full of fun.

In this delightful gem of a concert, The Rude Mechanicals Band, led by the exceptional song-smith Wes Finch, and galvanised by their love of literature, draw on the words of Shakespeare, WB Yeats, William Blake, Phillip Larkin, John Masefield and more for their witty, erudite, and achingly lovely songs.

With a blast of originality and fantastic energy, they combine bittersweet acoustic ballads, subtle folk-classical music, jazz, chanson and enchanting poetry recitation into a live show of infectious goodwill and sense of occasion.

Tickets can be reserved at 01159 821710 or email:

Tickets are £10 Adults £5 Under 18’s.

Venue:             All Hallows Halls

                        Pierrepont Road,

                        Lady Bay, West Bridgford,

                        Nottingham.  NG2 5BP.

Suitable For:
Adults/Family (8+)

The Rude Mechanicals – All Hallows Halls