Kiss the Blarney
The band is led by the singing of John and Arthur, supported  by John's  bass and guitar, ornamented by Arthur's fiddle, melodeon, mandolin, flute, accordion and sax and driven mightily along by Robbie’s guitar and banjo.  Oddly enough, we don't actually play all these instruments at the same time - a certain amount of pic'n'mix goes on which adds even more variety to the show! As well as the songs, dance tunes and airs drop in and out of the set - the band has a history of playing for ceilidhs and barn dances as well as shows where the songs predominate. 
Belfast-born John was with Murphy's Marbles for 4  years, playing Tramore and Dungarvan Irish music festivals and the  famous Cheltenham Irish Week in the "Guinness Village" at the race  course for 3 years running. He played in the backing band for Sean Cannon of the  Dubliners when on tour. Both he and Arthur worked with the Cheshire ceilidh band Peak Folk for several years providing the music for ceilidhs and barn dances  where Arthur, as well as playing melodeon, called the dances in his own inimitable style.
Robbie plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and various other instruments with strings. This may lead to the occasional surprise, to the rest of the band as well as to the audience, but we savour creativity in all its forms..


Fiona McConnell JOHN  LIAM MURPHY on stage


aka Fiona McConnell, Liam Murphy and John Murphy


FIONA McCONNELL, a beautiful singer, Flute and Keyboard player has joined JOHN MURPHY who sings and plays Uilean pipes, Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar to form a brand new duo from the sad demise of Ildanach of which they were both founder members.

Both of them fine singers, they are delighted to continue their partnership with JOHN not only a vocal and instrumental soloist himself but also providing multi-instrumental and harmony support to, as he puts it,  FIONA'S golden voice.

17 - OCTOBER - 2015


8.00 pm SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER 2015

Internationally famous Singer Songwriter -


Allan writes many traveller's songs about his journey, real, fictitious or metaphorical and again and again the expression 'on the road' crops up. His songs and the voice are like the red wine that keeps getting mentioned and they are of astonishing maturity. 

Allan Taylor always delivers masterpieces of song writing. Many other famous artists obviously think so and his songs have been recorded by such as Jez Lowe, Tom McConville, The Clancys, The Fureys, Barbara Dickson, Max Boyce, Alex Campbell, The Poozies, De Dannan, John Wright, Flossie and to cap it all Don Williams and Nana Mouskouri took It's good To See You Platinum Discs in the USA and Worldwide. It doesn't get any better then that.

And Allan did all that and more in a sublime evening which started with us marvelling at his singing and guitar work but ended with us revelling in his amazing songwriting, brilliantly observed, incredibly creative and beautifully crafted. With the exception of Banjo Man and It's Good To See You, the old favourites took a back seat and we were treated to his more recent work and it was true to say that this man gets better and better. Roll on the day when he returns to Sale Folk Club. 


PETE KING - singer songwriter


Pete is a singer/songwriter from Manchester England who has worked with a number of bands as a guitar player and/or songwriter, and later as a Producer/Writer with Lee Monteverde (LMC). He has also worked with Billy Ocean both in the UK and in the Far East and later with Boney M, Gloria Gaynor the Thompson Twins and even had a brief time working with Kylie Minogue and Bananarama. In 1999 he worked with Sister Sway who appeared on Top Of The Pops performing one of his songs reaching the last 3 of the UK’s choice for Eurovision. The song was called Until You Saved My Life, check it out on You Tube, and he also wrote a song called Open Your Eyes, which later become known as Eyeopener, which was a Dance record that appeared on a number of Compilation Cd’s, one of which went to No1, this is on YouTube too. Recently there has been some fresh and exciting interest in this song, as it has appeared in a new form on the latest Jason Derulo album Future History under the title Pick Up The Pieces. It just goes to show that once a record is “out there” it can take on a new life of its own and you can never predict what may happen! Currently he is recording an album of his own songs in the Folk Idiom. Can't wait to hear them. 




In Folk he is known as the "MAN"

Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act" Award 2001

Vin’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance.

“Vin cuts through the bull, grasping those he meets firmly by the hand and shaking them up with a dose of laughter and tears. It’s a true gift to be able to make us laugh and squirm at the same time, but Vin does both. He should be prescribed on the National Health.” English Folk Dance & Song Society.

“Every budding singer-songwriter please take note: attending a Vin Garbutt concert is now            mandatory before your first public performance. Garbutt is the undisputed master of communicating with an audience.” - Penguin Eggs magazine. Canada

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nominee for "Best Folk Singer" and "Best Live Act"  
Awards 2001 Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act"
Award 2001 Honorary Degree of Master of Arts awarded to Vin by Teesside University in 2001 for his music and his services to the arts and culture of the area of the North East of England.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nominee for "Best Live Act" Award 2007


SATURDAY - 16 MAY 2015

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“A stirring, lilting grace” The Telegraph

       ‘Absolutely, totally and completely, brilliant.’  - Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

‘Haunting and unforgettable’ - «««« The Sunday Express 

Now touring with her third album ‘Veritas’ English singer, composer and musician Louise Jordan combines award winning acoustic song writing with a classical sensibility to create original works, musical settings of literature and unique arrangements of traditional folk songs.


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