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Sat 8th June: Circulus & Saif Mode

Category: Previous Events Published on 30 March 2019 admin
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Here is a land where you will find minstralism, mushroom sound tracks and maidens locked away in castles in the left side of the brain…

From their tabards, lutes, Moogs and crumhorns, this is the sound of a band with one foot in the past and one in the future. CIRCULUS were the band that re-invented the folk revival of recent years, gaining critical acclaim, for their albums, simply put they are Britain’s number one medieval space rock folk outfit.

Support from Saif Mode
Divine electricity. Only love beauty. Devotional synthesizer improvisations.

Click here for tickets £10 adv via Eventbrite

Saturday 18th May: Fran and Flora – Eastern European folk music inspired violin and cello

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Fran & Flora are a contemporary violin and cello duo playing in the eastern-European folk music traditions. The release of their debut album, unfurl in February follows growing acclaim for their live and radio performances. The duo’s version of Transylvanian Doina was selected as ‘pick of the week’ on BBC Radio 3’s ‘World on 3’, they were invited to play at Latitude and have featured on BBC Radio 6.

Unfurl is the culmination of years of playing together and alongside established names such as Sam Lee and Talvin Singh. The album features personal interpretations and arrangements of music from across East Europe alongside the duo’s own more contemporary sounding compositions.

‘A string duo bound for glory’.. ‘Their calm and tranquil virtuosity blew us all away’ – Max Reinhart, BBC Radio 3, Late Junction

‘virtuoso string duo – That playing has the kind of quality that you couldn’t fake or acquire in a hurry – proper lived in playing’ – Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6 Music

Bishops’ House will be the perfect environment to experience this music, but space is limited and we recommend purchasing tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.



Doina i:

Mayn Rue Platz:

The Hollow Tree:

Doors open 7.30pm for 8.00pm start  Tickets £10 here


Monday 13th May: The Smelting Wilson Dynasty – A Talk By Penny Rea

Category: Previous Events Published on 29 March 2019 admin
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Penny Rea explores the Wilson Dynasty, which includes John Wycliffe Wilson, his brother HJ Wilson ,MP for Holmfirth and Cecil Wilson, MP for Attercliiffe for 28 years. Also Dr Helen Mary Wilson, President of Sheffield Women’s Suffrage Society. Meet lots of interesting characters.

Free - starts 7.30pm. Space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Sat 11th May: Hawthonn & Sharron Kraus

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Hawthonn’s music has elements of folk – both in the patterns that Layla Legard’s pure voice follows, and in the inspirations that the band cite – romantic poetry, the history of magic and witchcraft, folklore and the English landscape. The musical backdrop is far from traditional, with dark droning synthesisers, field recordings, loops and ambient electronic music all present. Hawthonn’s music may be experimental but the effect is of something haunting and dream-like, reaching far back in time.

Hawthonn released Red Goddess (of this men shall know nothing) in March 2018. You can listen to the album, which was acclaimed by The Quietus as their 18th favourite of 2018, here:

A wider view of Layla and Phil Legard’s output, including the just released (Feb 2019) A Leaf Must Fall (performing as Sulis Noctis with Gregg Janmann) can be found here:

Sharron Kraus has been heralded as one of the strongest voices in English contemporary folk, and is one of the musicians focussed on in Jeanette Leech’s Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid, Psych and Experimental Folk. She has released seven solo albums, the first of which, Beautiful Twisted, was named by Rolling Stone Magazine in their Critics’ Top Albums of 2002. Sharron has been featured in The Wire, fRoots, Uncut, The Sound Projector and Dirty Linen. She has appeared on Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’, Freakzone on Radio 6, and independent radio stations across the US.

Sharron’s latest album, Joy’s Reflection is Sorrow, is a collection of songs written in the midst of world-wide turmoil and personal loss. As a counterweight to the impending darkness, within and around, the songs themselves, while bearing Kraus’ unmistakable stamp, are more upbeat, melodic and life-affirming than her previous work. Listen and find out more here.

Tickets £8 here

Weds 8th May: C Joynes, Burnt Paw, and Henry Parker

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Doors open 7.30pm  Tickets available here


C Joynes
Over the last decade, C Joynes has ploughed a singular furrow through solo guitar, with a body of work incorporating English folk-tunes alongside North & West African music, and lifting proto-minimalist and improvised techniques from the European classical tradition. Shifting to solo electric guitar on his most recent releases, the ‘33 Chatsworth Rd’ EP on alt.vinyl (2015) and ‘Split Electric’ LP on Thread Recordings (2016), he’s currently exploiting the instrument’s potential for placing overdriven garage blues throw- downs alongside the brittle ringing tones of electric folk.

“As much Conlon Nancarrow and Ali Farka Toure as Blind Lemon Jefferson, the compositional mind at work here can take apparently disparate threads of modernism and ethnic tradition and treat them as though they were all archaic blues styles learnt from dusty 78s.” – BRUCE RUSSELL, THE WIRE

“An inheritor to Davy Graham; a lone operator prone to unexpected collaborations, with a repertoire that crosses continents and timezones with consummate ease.” THE WIRE

“His epigrammatic re-castings and re-readings of widely-travelled melodies and rhythms from a variety of traditions suggest shared memories that might be intensely universal while seeming strangely out of reach. ” DUSTED MAGAZINE

Burnt Paw
Burnt Paw is a songwriter and fingerstyle folk guitarist who lives beneath Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. His music is influenced by a wide range of alternative and experimental artists/styles from both sides of the Atlantic, including psychedelic folk, contemporary, new/dark folk, and whatever weird wonders he discovers on Bandcamp (that’s where you’ll find his music too). Burnt Paw’s songs unwind from oral histories, dream-fragments, myths, imaginary adventures and life-stories. He loves self-made art, occasionally publishes poetry, reads a lot of Walt Whitman and buys too many second hand books on Neolithic history.

Henry Parker
Influenced by the sounds of 1960’s folk guitar, progressive rock and modal jazz, Henry Parker creates a modern sound from these archaic influences, writing songs that lyrically entwine landscapes, people and politics. Traditional folk music contributes strongly to his sound, whilst a distinctive finger-picked guitar style calls to mind players as diverse as Bert Jansch and Bill Frisell.

Friday April 26th - Andy Whitehouse and Friends

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 Join Andy Whitehouse and some very special guests for an intimate and unique event.

Michael Walsh is recognised as one of the leading flute and whistle players of our times, and will shortly be releasing a stunning debut CD “A Quare Hawk”. The guests drawn to play with him are testimony to the respect in which he is held.

Ben Underwood started out as a classical guitarist but the dark forces of a rural youth have poured through and he is now a fine exponent of emotive and experimental electric guitar. His album, “A Field Where No One Sees” is a claustrophobic dream of adolescence in a quiet backwater. It is almost a musical equivalent of “The Cement Garden” in tone. It follows on from his beautiful EP “About Rain and Buildings”. Mick Dixon’s understated and thoughtful double bass playing is the exact mirror of his person, and has graced stages both in Europe and America.

Tickets are £8 and will be limited to 35 in number. All will be hand coloured. Please message or text 07835966810 if ordering.

Sunday 14th April - Alex Rex and Bobby Lee

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Heretics Folk Club presents:  Alex Rex and Bobby Lee
















7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Tickets here

Alex Rex is the solo project from Alex Neilson (Trembling Bells/ Bonnie “Prince” Billy) and friends. Singing songs of love, loss and loathing. This is their first UK tour promoting the new album OTTERBURN (Tin Angel Records). Misanthropy has never sounded so glorious.

Alex Rex is the moniker used by Alex Neilson of (now defunct) Trembling Bells. He has released one album under guise before, 2017’s Vermillion, but will be returning on March 29th with a follow up called Otterburn. It’s set to be a deep and heavy record, largely informed by the surprise and untimely passing of his brother in 2017.

Plus Bobby Lee – Music
Bobby Lee trades in a wide screen brand of cosmic country-folk, full of space and pawn shop guitars, sometimes high and lonesome, at others gently funky, occasionally reshaping itself into eyes-to-the-skies psychedelic forms. There are touches of JJ Cale’s analogue Americana, the swampy groove of Tony Joe White and Richard Thompson’s sinewy, modal guitar work with Fairport Convention. Amps hum in the warm afternoon sun, kids and dogs snooze on the grass and broken drum machines keep time with the universe…

10th April - Free history talk: How did a knight train for battle?

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7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

How did a knight train for battle? Where did he learn his skills? How do you put on a full suit of armour? Learn the answers to these questions and more about the training of a knight and the development of armour from the 11th to the 15th century.

Talk by Pete Lawton.  

Free.  Please arrive early to avoid disappointment as space is limited

Toffee Music & Mithril

Category: Previous Events Published on 16 March 2019 Nick Robinson
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Thursday 2nd May 2019

Retuning to the House by popular demand, Toffee Music is Mike Lydiat and Dave Markham. TOFFEE is an acronym for "Two Old Fellas For Evening Entertainment"! Dave has been 'entertaining the troops' for more than 40 years and Mike first 'trod the boards' in 1962. Between them they have a century of playing experience! This will be one of their final gigs, as they have nearly achieved their target of raising £50,000 for charity!

For more information, please visit their website. Here's a short video filmed during a previous appearance at Bishop's House!

Mithril are a trio of Nick on acoustic guitar and the twin vocals of Sami and Dave. They cover a variety of classic and modern songs, stripped waaay back, including tunes by the likes of the Foo Fighters, Carly Simon, Bon Jovi, Brian Adams, Del Amitri and many more.

Their Facebook page

Entry: £5 divided between Bishops House and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. So here's your chance to have a great night out and support two good causes at the same time!

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Mother Of Vinegar / Emily J Electric

Category: Previous Events Published on 17 January 2019 Nick Robinson
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Friday 8th February 2019

Mother of Vinegar is a collaborative spontaneous arrangement of sound featuring a core of three performers (Mark Hadman, Lyn Hodnet and Ashley Tuck) each with contrasting approaches to the practice of music. Mother of Vinegar is the loss of control on the margins of expectation. Mother of Vinegar is giddy heights built on a systematic foundation. Mother of Vinegar is the perverse succour of a corrupted teat. Mother of Vinegar is the yeast that ruins wine.

featuring guest Nick Robinson guitar/loops

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Emily J Electric
will play a unique electronic music show electrified with live acoustic and electric wind instruments. Building on a solid classical education in flute playing, she is now a professional, experienced performer with infectious energy and an impressive track record of international club and festival appearances. Shows include Shambala festival, playing with the Exploration Music DJs at Parisian venues such as Glaz'art and Batofar, and her residency at the 'Elektrisch' nights in Berlin. Expect high-energy fun and surprises!

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Ancient Armenian Music Fusion - Arsen Petrosyan and Jenny Bliss

Category: Previous Events Published on 20 December 2018 admin
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Sunday January 13th

Armenian duduk master Arsen Petrosyan joins singer and multi instrumentalist Jenny Bliss ('fantastic' Sean Rafferty, Radio 3) for a unique collaboration. The plaintive voice of the duduk is the iconic sound of Armenian music. Elizabethan lute songs, haunting Armenian melodies, virtuosic baroque sonatas for violin, evocative settings of Rumi poetry by Jenny Bliss, jazz and free improvisation will be woven together to create an unforgettable experience.

Doors open 7.30pm for 8.00pm start


Arsen Petrosya is a graduate of the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, where he studied under renowned duduk master Gevorg Dabaghyan (Shoghaken Ensemble, Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble). From Charentsavan in Armenia, Petrosyan has toured extensively internationally and is currently a soloist with the Armenian Traditional Music Ensemble (Yerevan) as well as having recently created his own group, the Arsen Petrosyan Trio. Petrosyan has participated as a soloist with the Naregatsi Ensemble. His debut album “Charentsavan: Music for Armenian Duduk” (Pomegranate Music) was released in November 2015.

Jenny Bliss studied at Purcell School of Music as a gifted young violinist and specialised in early music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Holland. Jenny has played with many of the UK leading period-instrument ensembles such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort and others. Jenny crosses musical divides easily and has played in the Jazz fusion Quartet Talinka, with the Medieval Baebes, and in a duo with with harpsichordist and jazz pianist David Gordon. She is a songwriter and composer, especially inspired by the nature, myths and legends of Glastonbury where she lives.


Antique Doll + Frank Birtwistle

Category: Previous Events Published on 20 December 2018 admin
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Saturday, 9th February

Local 'slightlydelic' folk duo Antique Doll describe their music as 'moth like nursery rhymes created in our front room'. They went down particularly well last Autumn and we are delighted to have them back.

Rarely playing live but featured on BBC6 Music's Stuart Maconie (Freakzone) Gideon Coe and selected by Tom Ravenscroft for his 6Music Recommends show. 


'Spooky lysergic-child-song folksters' (Dann Chinn,

'..haunting female/male vocal harmonies that recall eerie '70s kids TV shows like Children of the Stones and The Owl Service as much as they do Donovan, Vashti Bunyan or The Wicker Man soundtrack...' (Shindig Magazine)

Support from Frank Birtwistle - spacious and meditative instrumentals with sweet, melancholy chord progressions on classical fingerstyle guitar.


Doors open 7.30pm for 8.00pm start   Tickets:

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