Saturday Shenanigans

Sat 18 Apr 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: The Grahams - POSTPONED

Due to current government guidelines advising against attending public venues, this event is to be rescheduled to a later date.

If you have already bought a ticket, it will be valid for the rescheduled date. If you have any queries, please email us and we will endeavour to respond as soon as possible. Find our full statement here. 

The Grahams are New York grown, Nashville based couple Alyssa and Doug Graham. With stellar songwriting and bold arrangements, the new record is a love letter to the timeless pop albums Alyssa and Doug grew up with, harkening back to a time when Brian Wilson, Nancy Sinatra, Dusty Springfield, The Ronettes and Diana Ross & The Supremes ruled the airwaves.

The 2015 follow-up, Glory Bound, influenced by the couple’s train adventure all over America, was declared, “easily one of the best Americana albums of the year” - No Depression. Rattle the Hocks, a film directed by North Mississippi Allstars’ Cody Dickinson, chronicled the journey and became an international film-festival favorite.

With their new album, comes a new sound. Kids Like Us, is a love letter to timeless pop albums, harkening back to when Brian Wilson & Dusty Springfield ruled the airwaves. Written during a wild motorcycle ride along Route 66, at the height of the 2016 election season, the chaotic stimulus they witnessed was channeled into bold, aching melodies that grew out of motel-room whispers and studio experimentation. “Everything about Route 66 – the neon signs, motels, cars, the menus – are stuck in a different time,” Alyssa says. As a result, the music has moments of fantasy & the supernatural. It’s big, lush, ambitious & profoundly satisfying with its own unique alt pop sensibility.

Community event 8.00pm
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Sat 9 May 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: When Rivers Meet

Due to current government guidelines advising against attending public venues, we have currently suspended the ticketing system for this event until we know more on the situation.

As we await further advice from the government, please find our full statement here.

Tickets £6 adv/£8 OTD
Doors 8PM

Blues + Roots Rock duo When Rivers Meet bring their soulful vocals to The Globe at Hay, locking into harmony with a natural chemistry.

“The chemistry between their voices is palpable.” - Simon Redley, Music Republic Magazine 

Aaron’s bold, driven guitar is grounded by his solid kick drum, and Grace’s unique slide mandolin and fiddle combine to create a wall of sound. With the combination of well-crafted self-penned songs and reworked traditionals, performances are fearless. 

“..the performances are exemplary, the sound is magnificent, the songs are gorgeous. I love the drama. I love everything.” - Chris Kimsey, Rolling Stones Record Producer


Community event 8.00pm
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Sat 16 May 2020

Live Music: KINGMAKER + support from INCLINES - POSTPONED


Due to current government guidelines advising against attending public venues, our venue is currently closed therefore tickets for this event cannot be purchased from us.

If you have queries, please direct them to Eighteen Rabbit. As we await further advice from the government, please find our full statement here.

*First Welsh show in twenty-five years for nineties indie legends, Kingmaker!*

Tickets available online here OR tickets available from Eighteen Rabbit or the globe at hay - £10 CASH ONLY / Doors open 7:30pm

Legendary Hull hitmakers Kingmaker visit Hay-on-Wye, bringing top tunes aplenty. "Queen Jane," "Armchair Anarchist," "Really Scrape the Sky" and "Ten Years Asleep" are just some of the classic tracks you can expect to hear at this rare UK show. 

Support comes from local rock upstarts INCLINES, plus a pre-gig soundtrack of indie anthems to get you in the mood. 

Only 150 tickets available - this will be an unforgettable night which is sure to sell out!

Community event 7.30pm
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Sat 23 May 2020

Festival Party #2

During this year's festival period in May we will be bringing you FREE ENTRY gigs every night of the festival weekend 22nd - 25th May 

Festival Party #2 brings you:

Mica Jane 9pm - 10pm

Defined as a subtle mix of indie, folk and reggae with an upbeat and soulful vibe, Mica Jane has hit the ground running with her newly formed four-piece band touring the country. Aspiring to capture the poetic visceral power of Bob Marley’s lyrics combined with the fascinating and sweet melodies of the Staves, Mica Jane capture a fascinating sound complemented with a stunning vocal delivery. Their warm and witty storytelling is not to be missed.

ZYLA - 10pm - 11pm

Understated with plenty of groove and soul, this is ZYLA. With sounds reminiscent of Erykah Badu and Hiatus’s Nai Palm, ZYLA bring you their own blend of soul-infused funk with a splash of R&B.  Having made their mark in Bristol, ZYLA have recently released their first EP ‘Broken Lines’ which received praise from the record label True Thoughts Recordings.

Doors open 8pm - FREE ENTRY!

Community event 8.00pm
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Sun 24 May 2020

Festival Party #3

During this year's festival period in May we will be bringing you FREE ENTRY gigs every night of the festival weekend 22nd - 25th May 

Festival Party #3 brings you:


Doors open 8pm - FREE ENTRY!

Community event 8.00pm
Mon 25 May 2020

Festival Party #4

During this year's festival period in May we will be bringing you FREE ENTRY gigs every night of the festival weekend 22nd - 25th May 

Festival Party #4 brings you:

Sundown Jazz Society 9pm -10:30pm 

7 piece Jazz Band from Herefordshire. Formed in 2017 through a a passion for improvised music of all styles. With influences such as Fela Kuti, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Thelonius Monk and Weather Report they present a diverse array of sounds from Funk and Fusion to Afrobeat, Soul and much much more.
Their musical adventure has taken us to stages big and small. With the crowd up dancing every time, we’ve enjoyed warm reception performing & headlining venues such as The Globe in Hay, Bristol’s Gallimaufry, Echofest in Leominster, Upton Jazz Festival as well as an 8 week Spring 2019 residency in their home town venue, Hereford’s Speakeasy Bar. Currently they are working on their debut single recording for release Winter 2019, as well as composing more originals to hit 2020 live with a bold and exciting set of far out renditions and explorations as well as music never heard before!


Doors open 8pm - FREE ENTRY!

Community event 8.00pm
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Sat 6 Jun 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Young Garbo + support from Northern Ruins

Due to current government guidelines advising against attending public venues, we have currently suspended the ticketing system for this event until we know more on the situation. As we await further advice from the government, please find our full statement here.
Tickets £5 / Doors 8pm. 
Local heroes Young Garbo will be delivering a killer set full of punk-funk passion and energy to get you jumping up and down on this special episode of Saturday Shenanigans.
Forming in 2018, the band quickly caught the eye of industry powerhouse Alan McGee (Oasis, Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Teenage Fanclub) who quickly snatched the boys up and signed them to his bespoke 7” record label ‘Creation23’ - on which the band released two tracks - Faustus / Things D’Change.
It’s punk, it’s rock n’ roll and at times it’s disco!
Support comes from local rock band 'Northern Ruins', fronted by Adam Thorn who is also an accomplished solo act. Taking inspiration from the likes of Lewis Watson, Nick Mulvey and Lewis Capaldi, they deliver an entertaining show to be enjoyed by all and not soon to be forgotten!
Community event 8.00pm
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Sat 13 Jun 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Crinkle Cuts

Due to current government guidelines advising against attending public venues, we have currently suspended the ticketing system for this event until we know more on the situation. As we await further advice from the government, please find our full statement here.

Crinkle Cuts deliver you a blasting of tantric funk, smooth reggae and new-wave latin ska woven together with good vibes for an eccentric, exotic and eargasmic live performance. The Bristol 7-piece have brought their electric live show to stages across the UK and Europe and have built up a reputation for getting crowds dancing through the night, whilst they dance through the stage.

As well as their incredible live performances, Crinkle Cuts music has been well received with the BBC describing the Crinkle Cuts as “Amazing!” Bigger than Patrick, their new LP is out right now to stream on Soundcloud or to purchase on Bandcamp, iTunes and other major online stores.

Known for their tracks ‘Two Shoes’ and ‘Dan’s Song’, their debut album is underway, which includes the new hit ‘Slipped on a Banana' and is not one to be missed!

"The Pleasure is All Yours" is perhaps best imagined by thinking of a mix of early Chili's, and the Cat Empire by way of the Black Seeds. Album artwork designed by legendary urban artist Sweettoof.

The new singles "Whiskey Smile" and "Pick Up the Junk" are out NOW to stream or download on all platforms; watch this space as the only way is up for the UK's only self-proclaimed Tantric Funk band.

Community event 8.00pm
Sat 20 Jun 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Neil Younger

Due to current government guidelines advising against attending public venues, we have currently suspended the ticketing system for this event until we know more on the situation. As we await further advice from the government, please find our full statement here.

Tickets £6 adv/£8 OTD
Doors 8pm

A Tribute to the Legendary Music of Neil Young

Performing his best loved songs from across an extraordinary career spanning over five decades.  

We can’t wait to welcome back the U.K’s #1 Tribute Band to Neil Young,  Neil Younger.

Don’t miss your chance to hear this atmospheric set!

Community event 8.00pm
Sat 18 Jul 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Mica Jane

Tickets £6 adv / £8 OTD
Doors 8pm

Mica Jane: a fresh new sound defined as a subtle mix of indie, folk and reggae with an upbeat and soulful vibe.  Mica Jane's tropical Indie Folk warms the heart and makes it dance. Together with her band, these four uniquely phenomenal artists create music for lovers of Paul Simon, Bombay Bicycle Club, Mumford and Sons and The Skints. The four work together to capture a fascinating sound complemented with a stunning vocal delivery. Aspiring to capture the poetic visceral power of Bob Marley’s lyrics combined with the fascinating and sweet melodies of The Staves. Mica Jane's warm and witty storytelling is not to be missed. These fascinating beats and melodies, combined with such vibrance, is pure food for the soul.

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Sat 25 Jul 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: The Hawkmen

Tickets £8 adv/£10 OTD
Doors 8PM

Described by UK Rock'n'Roll Magazine as “upbeat, extremely danceable, and a ridiculously enjoyable sound that flows like sweet nectar", are The HawkmenBlending their influences of rhythm’n’blues, soul, and rock’n’roll, they cook up a classic, rootsy, hybrid storm. Following the early successes of Soul 45 and Craig Charles Favourite, 'Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover', a northern soul remix of Emma Beatson’s debut single Do It, The Hawkmen’s blazing Keep On Working EP was released yielding another 45 and played on repeat on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6. 

"From songwriting to production, it’s totally in the pocket” – Craig Charles BBC 6 Music

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Sat 22 Aug 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: FiddleBop

FREE ENTRY - donations being taken on the night to go to a charity (TBC)
Doors 8pm

Sparkling songs and tasty tunes are on the menu... daily-bread jazz from the 1920s (when "jazz was king"), chilli-hot swing and bop from later decades, plus jazzy-flavoured sides of classic pop and of songs written just yesterday. FiddleBop bring rich, instrumental pizzazz and tangy vocal harmonies, lightly seasoned with wit, repartee and banter. Music which, with its Gypsy jazz roots, can most definitely be hot unto cooking. 

The band will get those feet stomping and get that heart thumping (in a good way, of course) for the traditional Gypsy tune "Dark Eyes", and when searing though Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night In Tunisia". Their music can be sweet and chilled, too: as in the delicate instrumental explorations of John Coltrane's exquisite "Naima", and the tender and nostalgic close-harmony vocals of "Here, There, And Everywhere".

Community event 8.00pm
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Sat 5 Sep 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Solana

Tickets £6 adv. / £8 OTD
Doors 8pm

“Their music ranges boldly from klezmer melodies, tingling tango, exuberant Irish folk and swinging jazz to pumping reggae and lilting Latin […] thoroughly invigorating” — Songlines

With their poly-rhythmic fusion of world and folk styles, Solana have made quite a splash on the music and festival scene across the UK and in their adopted hometown of Bristol. Taking influence from such diverse greats as Tigran Hamasyan, Kíla, Vicente Amigo and Dhafer Youssef, Solana’s sound is rhythmically complex and harmonically rich. 

“A fervent and fertile form of world fusion” — Shire Folk

“They make my spice shelf look boring… an accomplished and colourful album” — Folk Radio UK

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Sat 12 Sep 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Calypso Moon

Tickets £6 advance / £8 OTD
Doors open 8pm

Calypso Moon are a collective of experienced and talented musicians fronted by the fantastically charismatic vocalist Eleanor Dattani. They play a cocktail of vintage swing and calypso that guarantees to put a smile on your face and get your toes tapping! Created by founding members of 'The Electric Swing Circus', Eleanor Dattani and Patrick Wreford, Calypso Moon celebrates the tropical side of the 1920s! The 2020s have been a little dark so far, so let's let the sunshine in and celebrate life and love through music! Gorgeous vocals, close harmonies, double bass, ukulele, cuatro, banjolele, clarinet, saxophone, flute, congas and drums will transport you to the sunny side of the 20s!

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Sat 26 Sep 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Jo Carley And The Old Dry Skulls

Tickets £7 advance / £9 OTD
Doors 8pm

Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls play a unique hybrid of early 20th Century music infused with dark imagery. Intense and compelling, they combine 1930’s voodoo sounds with a steamy broth of vaudeville, blues, skiffle, early ska, old-timey country and folk. Singer Jo Carley is smack in the middle of the mix, with a snarl and a twinkle as she uses her sweet melodies to tell of terrible things. This is made even more bewitching as she switches from fiddle to mandolin to washboard. The driving force is Tim Carley’s one-man-band set-up with guitar, kick-drum and foot tambourine (the rattlin’ shoe)! They are joined by multi-instrumentalist James Le Huray on double bass and banjo.

"A spooky slab of backwoods punk, mixed with medicine show huckster and old timey roots music. JCODS make deliciously devilish sounds. Something wicked coming this way. Highly recommended" - Folkcast

‘Shake Them Rattlin’ Bones’ is their second album and was recorded at East London’s Space Eko Studios. It features nine tales that lure you between the cracks of reality and take you downtown to the underworld, where the hobos and down and outs are up to no good, jug bands hustle for change on poor man’s corner, zombies walk the night and the Voodoo Priestess rules all...

Dedicated to the subversive, the world of Jo Carley and the Old Dry Skulls is dark, animated and unusual. A band that lives to perform, Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls seek to amuse and draw the audience into an underworld filled with wonder, the macabre and the imagination.

"Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls were a joy to behold. Rooted firmly in a bygone era when Voodoo and Black Magic were rife, the audience were all spellbound by the performance and its originality" - Adrian Blacklee - Blues Matters Magazine 

"London Junkyard Punk or Punk-yard London Junk?? Multi genre, non specific, absolutely great. It's brilliant!" - Punky Radio



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Sat 3 Oct 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Roving Crows

Tickets £10 adv/£12 OTD
Doors 8PM

“Genuinely the next big thing on the folk scene”  - Andy O’Hare, BBC

Over ten years and evolving incarnations, award-winning Roving Crows have cultivated an arresting, singular sound that pushes the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre playing with passion, energy and soul. Vital and vibrant, they are a must-see live act who showcase a mix of fiery, celtic-inspired fiddle, conscious, intelligent lyrics, backed by solid, thumping rhythms and driving, innovative bass.  

“Really individual Celtic folk rock group” Mike Harding, BBC

“The next folk super group in waiting”  - Nancy Dunham,

International Artist of the Year - Australian Celtic Music Awards 2017
Best Live Act - Spiral Earth Music Awards 2014
Best Folk Act - FATEA Music Awards 2014
Top Celtic Rock Band - Irish Music Awards 2012
Top Fiddle Player - Irish Music Awards 2012

Book earlybird tickets £10.00 8.00pm
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Sat 17 Oct 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Junior Bill

At first glance Junior Bill’s set is a joyous high-energy conga of skanking world music and new wave pop delivered with perfect exuberance by a terrific band. A guaranteed good time. On closer inspection though, frontman Rob Nichols’ songs about resentful mortgage payers, toothless care home dwellers, lost asylum seekers and clueless high street urchins actually tell sad stories about the worried state of the nation and it’s mistrustful inhabitants as we drift inevitably towards our post Brexit fate. 

Musically eclectic, they reference reggae, laced with snips of soul, hi life and hip hop as well as punk and indie. In their shows they build a cohesive backdrop from these disparate elements with carefully crafted setlists that frequently change the mood from shouty singalongs to soulful sadness and back.

Doors open 8pm. Tickets are £6 advance / £8 on the door 

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Sat 24 Oct 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Mark Harrison Band

There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. He is widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists currently operating in the UK.  His highly individual, all-original music goes down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him and his band (consisting of some of the UK’s top roots musicians) to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes. Recent appearances on BBC Radio 2, as guest on Cerys Matthews’s show and on Anneka Rice’s Pick Of The Week show, have further added to his growing reputation.    

 Described at BBC Radio 2 as ‘quirky’ and an artist who ‘makes you think afresh’, and by one eminent reviewer as ‘approaching national treasure status’, Mark is a totally original songwriter, a stunning guitarist, and a master storyteller. Mark’s live shows are well-known not only for the music but also for his introductions and explanations of the songs, and audiences frequently comment on how big a part these play in their enjoyment of the shows. Delivered in a manner often described as ‘wry’ and ‘dry’, these mark him out even more as a unique artist. 

Mark is a songster, and his songs cover all manner of non-standard subjects. With catchy tunes, lyrics than intrigue and engage, and striking rhythms, they make you smile, think and move. He takes elements of roots music, including folk, blues and gospel, to create something new that is very much his own genre. Each song is a snapshot of life or has a story to tell, like a 3-minute film or novel. 

A thrilling, rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style.  Mark tours extensively. He has appeared at top festivals such as Celtic Connections, Bearded Theory, The Great British Folk Festival, Lakefest and Jazz FM Love Supreme and at prestigious venues all over the UK. He has released six albums which have been unanimously acclaimed across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a very great deal of airplay and highly enthusiastic reviews in the UK, Europe and the US. 

"really excellent … he takes very real things, normal things that happen in life, and he writes about them in a way that makes you think afresh about them" (Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2)

"Mark Harrison keeps getting better" (Classic Rock Magazine)

"innovative …… if Top Of The Pops was still around, he might well be on it"  (Jazz FM)

"fresh as morning sunshine and as sharp as a well-honed razor'" (Folkwords)

"singular lyrics …an original take on song writing" (Blues in Britain)

Doors open 8pm. Tickets are £6 advance / £8 on the door  

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Sat 31 Oct 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Mr Tea and the Minions

Tickets £8 adv / £10 OTD
Doors 8PM

“The Minions seamlessly weave Balkan Beats with ska, dub and swing to create a bouncing set. It’s impossible not to get involved.” - The Independent

United by a love of tea, energetic dancing, cheeky riffs, silly hats, and cake, Mr Tea and the Minions unleash their colourful explosion of musical mayhem on unsuspecting audiences. Their highly anticipated new album ‘Mutiny’ is out now and is sure to catapult the band to new heights with it's mix of high energy, melodic and exciting original songs that the band are extremely excited about releasing to the world!

“Upbeat, playful and exciting.”  - 365 Bristol

Their raucous Ska Folk blended with full-fat Balkan beats and a squeeze of tangy Dub has made them party-starting festival favourites – and has inspired frenzied dancing all over the UK (and on a number of forays into continental Europe), with almost 100 festival appearances including Glastonbury, Boomtown, WOMAD, Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Belladrum, Wilderness, Nozstock, and Goulash Disko, to name just a few.

 “Mr Tea and the Minions played one of the best performances we have ever seen! Expect great things from these guys.”  - Swingamajig Festival

Book tickets £8.00 8.00pm
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Sat 7 Nov 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Cable Street Collective

Tickets £8 adv. / £10 OTD
Doors 8pm

2019 was the biggest year yet for Cable Street Collective. Building on the critical hype and radio play (on the likes of BBC Radio 6Music, Radio X and Amazing Radio, among others) generated by their second EP, Where Now From Here? they spent the summer touring extensively – playing at Glastonbury, Shambala Festival and a whole host of festivals and venues up and down the country. 

“Spicy indie pop with a tropical feel.”– CLASH Magazine

The band initially broke through onto the festival circuit with the release of their first EP, The Best of Times, in 2014, and have since built up a stellar reputation as a live act with back-to-back summers tearing up the likes of Boomtown, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, The Isle of Wight Festival, and the Lake of Stars Festival (Malawi), as well as those mentioned above. 

Their sound mixes African-influenced guitars and beats with soulful female vocals and western melodies, creating an idiosyncratic alt-pop sound that’s all their own. Live, the band are joined by a horn section, and their sets are guaranteed to get everyone to their feet. 

“Their music grooves like a b*stard.”– Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music & BBC Introducing) 



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Sat 28 Nov 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Monster Ceilidh Band

Tickets £8 Earlybird / £10 Advance / £12 OTD
Doors 8PM

Monster Ceilidh Band seamlessly blend electronic dance music with traditional folk music and will encourage diverse audiences from all over the world to get up and feel alive!

"An unbeatable live experience" - R2

They've been pioneering a mix of different styles with traditional and contemporary folk tunes which has been endorsed by outstanding live performances at award-winning festivals such as Boom Town, Greenman, and Bestival alongside more familiar folk offerings at folk festivals in Sidmouth and Cambridge.

"A leap into the future" - fRoots

"Monster Ceilidh Band hurls tradition into the 21st century"  Driftwood Magazine

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Sat 5 Dec 2020

Saturday Shenanigans: Sam Brookes (Trio)

London based songsmith and former Sunday Times ‘Breaking Act’ Sam Brookes is still one of the UK alt-folk’s best kept secrets.

Inspired by the folk revivalists of the 60s, a sixteen-year-old Sam Brookes began to write and perform while training as a gilder in his late father’s workshop. By his mid-twenties, Brookes had begun to receive serious critical recognition and his sophomore album, Kairos, was acclaimed by The Independent as one of the stand-out records of the year, tipped for a Mercury Prize nomination and received support from the likes of Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2. With over 5 million plays on Spotify, it is fair to say that those who know his music, love his music… and those who don’t, are about to.

Brookes is reminiscent of Tim Buckley as he glides between the lower and upper registers of his four-octave range. His pure voice, evocative lyrics and soaring melodies have made him a rising figure in the alt-folk scene. Nowin demand as a vocalist and collaborator, the long list of artists Brookes has worked with includes Scott Matthews, Lucy Rose, Newton Faulkner and Basement Jaxx.

“He excels at propulsive, narratively rich folk, delivered in a soaring, clear-as-a-bell singing voice” – The Sunday Times

“There are vast emotional reserves at work” – The Independent

Doors open 8pm.

Tickets are £8 advance / £10 on the door.

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