Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Moorgate, John Harper on Robert Gillow's Folk Bill

Local ceildh band Moorgate

Three more live folk events have just been announced at the Robert Gillow, a pub still in search of a new landlord. Here's the details, which include an appearances by ace local ceildh band Moorgate and the ever-wonderful John Harper...

Thursday 1s December: Moorgate 
Moorgate comprises Simon Booth playing melodeon and harmonica; Richard Robinson playing clarinet; and Tony Cooke on guitar. All three have been playing folk dance music for years (with The Ran Tan Band, Free Reed Band, Shake A Leg, One Foot In The Gutter, Slur et al.) so this is one belting-good ceilidh band! The music comes from all over Great Britain and other parts of Europe and has strong melodies, subtle harmonies and traditional dance rhythms.
• More about Moorgate at www.moorgateband.co.uk

Thursday 8th December: John Harper 
Another welcome visit from this exceptionally talented guitarist and singer. John Harper is a regular Lancaster entertainer who always dazzles everyone with his powerful renditions of British and American contemporary songs, his own compositions and traditional folksong. Music to make you sing and reaffirm that the best live music is to be heard here!
• More about John Harper at www.johnharpermusic.co.uk

Thursday 15th December: Final Session 
To end the year the Gillow's folk night team  are inviting all local folk musicians to join them for a session. "The last time this happened at the Gillow was in August, when Pat Simmons led us in celebration of his 65th birthday," we're told. "on the 15th, we'll just play because we enjoy it - and celebrate traditional folk tunes.

"Please bring an instrument and join in. Happy Christmas. Happy New Year. Keep music live!"

• The Robert Gillow is at 64 Market Street, Lancaster, LA1 1HP. Tel: 01524 36092. Official web site: www.pubfoodlancaster.co.uk

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