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Wes Finch & Amit Dattani


Wes Finch & Amit Dattani

Songwriter and guitarist Wes Finch’s musical style feels rooted in folk but has the ambition and sophistication of pop. His live shows are engaging, energetic and intimate and over the last few years he’s shared stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson and Lucy Ward at various venues, folk clubs and festivals.

Recently relocating to Yorkshire, Wes continues to play throughout the country in between recording new material both as himself and with the poetry-inspired The Rude Mechanicals Band.

Hear songs from the two bands as well as some well chosen covers of classic pop and rock songs in a solo performance in this unique and intimate setting.

"...a welcome and singular addition to the list of newbloods reinvigorating British folk music...Non-trad acoustic roots delivered with an edgy, risk-taking sonic boldness" (Nigel Williamson in Uncut) 

Amit Dattani is a singer songwriter known for his unique brand of roots-driven guitar and striking lyrical originality. Behind his raconteur spirit lies superb musicianship, nimble finger-picking and a versatility which has garnered a strong reputation on the live circuit, with over ten years performing across the UK and Europe under his belt. 

Amit has supported the likes of Charlie Parr, John Smith, Blind Boy Paxton, Willy Vlautin, Kathryn Williams and Mark Morris

​"Echoes of John Fahey and Leo Kottke" - Roots and Branches

"A fantastic picker!" - Charlie Parr

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Ben Crosland Quartet


Bassist Crosland presents his long-established quartet, featuring master saxophonist Rod Mason, in an evening of mature and energetic performance in which there are no conflicting egos, only a desire to enjoy each other’s company, play good music and entertain.

The band's repertoire consists of Crosland originals and compositions by contemporary musicians such as Michael Brecker and Keith Jarrett.

Dale Storr


Dale Storr

'If there is a better New Orleans-style pianist in the UK than the outrageously talented Dale Storr, please point me in his or her direction because he or she must be very, very special'
- Lionel Ross, Blues in Britain

'A Tour-de-force of Rockin' New Orleans Piano' - Blues Matters Magazine

'Dale is the best New Orleans player I've ever heard' - Richard Hawley

'I've seen Dr.John's shadow' - David Barard (bass player for Dr.John)

'Dale Storr's musical journey has taken him from his rural Lincolnshire upbringing to his own musical mecca, New Orleans. Dale's early musical interests were inspired by his parents' record collection of early rock'n'roll and country music. His interest grew deeper when he began playing the piano at the age of six cocking an ear to the piano-based music of Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino. The slip-note piano of stylist Floyd Cramer was also another influence that had entered Dale's musical sub-consciousness. As a young boy, his emerging talent led to him winning numerous school and county music competitions as a solo instrumentalist. He also started performing live in local venues at the age of ten, playing organ. His ability eventually took him away from home to the city of Sheffield. Here he performed with a series of local bands most notably, Sheffield's own rock'n'blues legend, Frank White.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Magic Beans


A welcome return from this delightful trio, specializing in clever jazz-inflected takes on unlikely source material.

'The Magic Beans trade in transformation;  they distill the essence of choice pop songs with just a supple string bass, lyrical acoustic guitar and the  voice of Zoe Kyoti, magical in its smoothness, nuance and tenderness'.

No Soap No Radio


No Soap No Radio

No Soap No Radio offers a considerable and kaleidoscopic catalogue of great songs and dynamic, accessible music, boasting great rhythmic command and heart-stopping refrains. Their latest release, While You Were Gone, is a compelling album demonstrating everything that makes No Soap No Radio distinctive and memorable.

Built on the songs of guitarist/vocalist Mark Wilson, No Soap No Radio's sound spans musical genres – from classic rock and pop to the complex jazz-influence of Steely Dan’s fusion or Etta James’ blues – whilst firmly asserting its own stamp.  Combining grace, substance and edge, with spacious melodies and subtle arrangements, the songs are both immediate and complex.  The lyrics are cerebral, wry and dry, with movingly poetic, sometimes dramatic, visual metaphors firmly rooted in vignettes of the everyday – situations, journeys, satire and affection. 

Wilson’s heartfelt vocal delivery is intimate and passionate conversational and intense, always pushing the emotional depth of his lyrics.  Bassist Tim Appleby’s classical and jazz roots give the songs depth and direction, perfectly complemented by drummer Paul Taylor’s dynamic and sensitive approach, fusing jazz delicacy with driving rock and Latin punch. Lead guitarist Steve McCormick has the rare ability to move seamlessly from background to foreground, through subtle orchestration and chord work with syncopated rhythms to visceral and searing lead guitar solos. With a sonic palette spanning heavy metal and country, Steve moves fluidly between melodic, inventive finesse and brilliant, abrasive attack.

Based in the north of England, No Soap No Radio have built a loyal following over a number of years. Their new album, While You Were Gone, will be released on June 17th and will be available to buy direct from the band’s website (www.nsnr.co.uk) and digital platforms.

Matt Anderson Quartet


Returning to Zeffirelli’s with the prestigious 2017 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition added to his impressive CV,  saxophonist Anderson leads his band through repertoire from his newly released album ‘Ramblings’.

Elaine Davidson


Elaine Davidson

Elaine Davidson is one of the most gifted singers and songwriters I have ever worked with. Elaine has the unique ability to write a beautiful melody, an incredibly honest lyric and deliver it with true depth and passion. Listening to Elaine’s music recalls a time of mastery in songwriting and story telling and you will get lost in the uncluttered, unfiltered true beauty of it. She is a one of a kind true English Folk Singer with a beautiful voice as well as an accomplished acoustic guitarist, see her live whenever you can, it will be a truly magical experience.'
                                                     Warren Huart (Aerosmith, James Blunt, The Fray) record producer, Los Angeles

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Quay Change


Perfect for a relaxed evening, Quay Change appeals to audiences of all ages. An exciting and sophisticated ensemble known for  their dynamic repertoire ranging from latin to swing, ballads to blues. Performing with wit and inspired spontaneity, they deliver great vocal-led versions of classic 20th century jazz standards played with a 21st century spin.

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