Ulverston Live Music
Bringing the best of live folk, blues and acoustic music to the South Lakes
Unless otherwise stated, events on this page will take place at Ulverston Sports Club, Priory Road, Ulverston LA12 9HT.
Doors are open from 7.45pm.
Friday 5th May
Gerry Colvin Tickets £10.00
Gerry Colvin was born in Barrow-in-Furness.
In the 1970's Gerry joined pop band 'The Man Upstairs'. They released three singles and toured with 'The Smiths'.
In the early 1980's he co-founded and fronted the legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit 'Terry & Gerry'. This seminal band toured Europe and the USA and appeared on countless Radio and TV shows including "The Tube" and "The Old Grey Whistle Test". Their five singles and album all reached No.1 in the indie charts.
In the early 1990's Gerry worked in Nashville as a professional songwriter and back in the UK collaborated with Alison Moyet, co-writing on an album project. He also penned TV themes, musicals, film scores and wrote and presented for BBC Radio 2. His band 'Gerry Colvin's Inexperience', a fusion of Soul, R and B and Folk-Country, became a firm favourite on the College circuit.
In 1993 Gerry formed the folk-pop band 'The Atlantics': they toured extensively including a slot at Glastonbury Festival where Gerry was compere, and appeared on BBC's prestigious 'Pebble Mill at One'.
In 1995 Gerry co-founded the five piece folk band Colvinquarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. In 2010 they won the Hancock Award for 'Best Live Folk Act'. In May 2013 Gerry was invited by New York producer and Robert Plant song collaborator Dave Barratt to record 'Revolution' for the 'Beatles complete on ukulele' album and website.
In 2015 the original line-up of Terry and Gerry reformed and toured nationally with rock heroes Status Quo culminating with a concert at The Albert Hall!! Terry and Gerry also appeared at Glastonbury that year and released the 'Dear John' EP: a self penned tribute to the late John Peel. Cherry Red re-issued the greatest hits album too!!
In 2013 Gerry released a self-penned solo album 'Jazz Tales of Country Folk' . His new CD 'Six of One half a Dozen of the Other', a collection of ten brand new songs, is available now. And his novel 'The Rabbits of Zakynthos' will be published next year.
Friday 2nd June
My Darling Clementine Tickets £10.00
For what began life as something of a side project for Michael Weston King & Lou Dalgleish, a labour of love, a homage to the classic country duets of the 60’s and 70’s, My Darling Clementine is now very much part of the country and Americana landscape. 3 critically acclaimed albums, over 400 shows across Europe and N. America, numerous accolades and awards has placed the band at the forefront of the burgeoning Americana scene.
The debut album “How Do You Plead?” featured some of London’s finest musicians from the 70’s pub rock era. Players who understood ‘classic country’. Released in 2011, it was immediately acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic. Country Music People called it; “The greatest British country record ever made” while American Songwriter stated “this is as authentic as anything out of Nashville or Texas…A batch of superb C&W corkers.”
2013’s follow-up, “The Reconciliation,” only enhanced the band’s growing reputation and received a similar critical response. Uncut exclaimed; “The husband-and-wife duo serve up more countrified duet thrills…on this form, it’s a winning formula that looks set to run and run,” while in the States the New York Daily News choose it as album of the week while Popmatters put it in their Top 10 Country Albums of 2013.
The new album, Still Testifying, was recorded over the summer of 2016 and will be released in May 2017. Stylistically, it is a further shifting away from classic country to embrace gospel and country soul… ‘more Delaney & Bonnie than George & Tammy’.
But if the musical landscape has changed then the message and tone of the songs stay pretty constant. 2 adults, a man and woman, singing to each, about each other, for and against each other.
Thursday 29th June. At the Coronation Hall
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Sunjay Tickets £10.00
Sunjay's style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. There have been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award. He also made the final selection for the BBC's Young Folk Award in 2012, had three nominations at the Exposure Music Awards 2014 and was also recognised by the 2014 British Blues Awards.
It’s not every day you see a young guy in his twenties dissecting early twentieth century blues music. Even rarer is an artist tracing their exposure to the genre back to the age of five, but Sunjay is not your average performer. By exposing an incredible surplus of technical skill in working the whole length of his guitar from vigorous chord changes to expert picking, Sunjay reveals himself as a high class interpreter of folk blues drawing many plaudits from a variety of industry sources.
Sunjay continues to evolve as a performer in lavish assured portions, with a finely tuned wit added to the repertoire alongside the exquisite playing and developing vocals. The ear for picking a successful tune to interpret is acute, whether delving into the blues archives, sharing the songs of his peers or choosing something more contemporary.
Friday 14th July
Jackson Sloan & the Rhythmtones
At the Coronation Hall as part of the Retro Rendezvous weekend.
If you love to dance to jump blues, R n B, Rock n Roll, Boogie Woogie and Jive, then this is the time and place to be.
See the Coronation Hall page
Friday 8th September
Sean Taylor Tickets £10.00
Sean Taylor is a singer-songwriter from London who tours all over the world. He has released eight albums. His last four albums were recorded in Austin,Texas with producer Mark Hallman. The new album 'Flood & Burn' was released in February 2017 to excellent reviews
Sean tours regularly with double bass legend Danny Thompson who has appeared on Sean's last three albums.
Sean Taylor has toured throughout the UK and played Glastonbury festival four times, Cambridge Folk festival, Celtic Connections, Beautiful Days, Beverley Folk, Tolpuddle Martyrs, Chagstock, Secret Garden Party, Summertyne Americana Festival, Rhythms Of The World, Weyfest, St Ives Festival as well as hundreds of other shows in the UK & Europe.
He has played support slots for Robert Cray, Tony Joe White, Richard Thompson, John Fogerty, the Neville Brothers, George Benson, Tom Paxton, Eric Bibb, June Tabor, Band of Horses, Dick Gaughan and Martin Simpson.
He has also been to Ulverston a couple of times before. His smoky voice and terrific stage presence make him very popular. His songs are memorable and unique. Come and have a listen
Friday 6th October
Red Shoes Tickets £10.00
It’s over two years since red shoes last came to Ulverston Sports and leisure Club. In that time we have had many requests to get them back. So here they are.
Carolyn Evan’s passion for folk music, driven by her love of Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention songs, combined with husband Mark’s liking for American music played by such artists as Bob Dylan and John Fogerty, created a unique sound.
Contact with Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention, to see if he might be interested in their songs grew from a day’s studio time with a couple of songs, into a whole album with Peggy in the producers chair, along with Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and PJ Wright (Little Johnny England) guesting on tracks. This new adventure culminated in the release of the critically acclaimed Ring Around the Land in 2009.
With the release of their second album "All The Good Friends", Red Shoes continue to create emotionally charged music combined with thought provoking lyrics. This latest recording is bringing them new fans and gaining them more critical acclaim. Buy Tickets Music
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