Friday, March 18th 2016, 7.30pm
The Gamebirds sing in 3 or 4 part harmony within the folk music tradition and with an instrumental complement. Themes include ancient and mediaeval songs, songs about women’s issues through the ages and songs about bellringing - as one of our members is a bellringer. The Beekeepers chamber folk group play traditional tunes in harmony, with a mellow feel.
Admission £7 including free glass of wine or juice.
Sunday, February 14th 2016, 7pm
An evening of Tudor music (and more) from the Endcliffe Brass Ensemble and 16th Spanish songs of love and longing as well as Cuban songs from Sinsontes, a group of singers who perform in Spanish and Catalan. In support of the Syrian Refugee Crisis Appeal
Admission £6 including free glass of wine or juice.
Saturday 23rd January 2016 7.30
A night of songs, medieval tunes and improvisations from Sharron Kraus and Moogambo (Jennifer Bliss Bennett, Olly Parfitt, George Parfitt)
+ Rob Lee & Arianne Churchman performing psycho-botanical ballads, wassails and dirges.
£5 on the door
Wednesday, 2nd March 2016
THE COMING OF LIGHT
An evening of poems, paintings and wine
THE WORD TRAIN
Admission £5 including free glass of wine or juice.
Wednesday March 23rd 2016
This talk by David Templeman looks at how the ordinary man lived, worked and played in central Sheffield in the 16th and 17th centuries. Also the buildings that survive from this period. Finally a look at how the town developed its core industry – cutlery and laid the foundations for the great industrial revolution to follow.
Wednesday March 9th 2016 7.30pm
Having read about marks found in older buildings, that are thought to have been made to avert evil and promote good fortune, Andy Bentam was intrigued enough to see if he could find anything similar locally. This talk aims to show some of the interesting graffiti, marks and symbols found when getting up close to the fabric of buildings in and around the Peak District.
Wednesday February 3rd 2016 7.30pm
Suzanne Bingham talks about the history and content of local newspapers from 1767, and how some aspects of newspaper reporting, such as the fascination with crime and gruesome stories has changed very little.
Wednesday January 27th 2016
Neil Anderson ‘Sheffield in the 1970s’ talk and film. repeat of an earlier talk by popular request. You will be taken on a trip to 1970s Sheffield by way of a screening of ‘City On The Move’ and highlights from his best selling books.
You will need a free ticket for this event, please register at the following link and bring your ticket along on the night
Wednesday, January 13th 2016 7.30pm
Ann Beedham is giving a talk - ‘Monkey Man and Other Sheffield Notables’. Hear tales of legendary Sheffield characters from the past brought to life by our local author.
Friday 18th December 2015 at 19.30pm
Our final "new music" gig of the year. Sieben is the one-man, violin-looping work of Matt Howden. He beats, plucks, tickles and layers voice and violin. MJR Festival in Lithuania recently gave this rather nice description, saying Sieben is “bringing us driving rhythms, vocals as intense visions and charming landscapes, loop by loop building a shining starway over the Abyss, to our dreams.”
Under his own name Howden releases instrumental works of varied styles; as 7JK, electronica meets violin and vocals; with rasp, looped cello and violin combine seemlessly, mixing ambience, mood, and just a little drive.
Support is local artist frostlake, a female songstress/instrumentalist whose songs are distinctive soundscapes with haunting melodies, layered vocals and unusual percussive sounds. Her newly released CD White Moon, Black Moon (Discus) is described as "airy.. fragile.. beautiful.. atmospheric.. ethereal.. ghostly" by Achim Breiling, Babyblaue Seiten and "has a sense of cold, stillness and mystic beauty, like forest pond in midwinter" by Neil Nixon - author of 500 Albums You Won't Believe Until You Hear Them. frostlake is joined for this performance by trusty laptop and bassist Terry Todd.
A former member of Sheffield bands as diverse as Typhoon Saturday, Dig Vis Drill, They Must Be Russians and the Comsat Angels, Nick Robinson has for many years offered a range of soundscapes and other looping guitar pieces. Using just the guitar and a laptop, he takes you via the power of improvisation to distant planets. Nick is half of the "Lost Garden" duo, who have a CD "Cotyledon" out now.
Tickets cost £6 and are limited due to the size of the venue, so early booking is advised. Tickets available here
7.30pm Tuesday 27th October
An evening of folk music, wine and welsh medieval tales - and probably the first time a harp will have been heard in Bishops' House (with Harriet playing it is bound to sound brilliant!)
Sharron Kraus is a folk musician and singer whose solo work and collaborations offer a dark and subversive take on traditional music. Rolling Stone nominated her first album, Beautiful Twisted, as one of their critics’ top releases of 2002, and in the intervening period she has issued five albums under her own name and a number of collaborations with like-minded musicians.
Harriet Earis has won various accolades in the traditional music scene. She was "Harper of All Britain" twice in 2000 and 2002 and won a coveted Open Stage Award at the UK's biggest traditional music festival "Celtic Connections" in Glasgow in 2007 - chosen from over 82 acts competing for the title.
Sharron & Harriet will be performing songs from Sharron's new album, Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers, which is a collection of songs inspired by The Mabinogion - the Welsh medieval tales. The stories collected in the Four Branches of the Mabinogi were written in the 11th Century but contain themes that remain relevant today: love and hatred; battles for power; loss, displacement and migration of peoples; magic and wonder.
You can preview tracks from the album here
£5 entrance includes free glass of wine or juice.
Over the Christmas holidays Bishops' House is hosting an exhibition of children's artwork. There are prizes for each age group (0-7, 8- 11, 12-16) kindly donated by local art supplies shop, Artscene. This is more about taking part than winning anything though, with all children being given the opportunity for their work to be on display for the public to see at Bishops' House.