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Fleece Inn
The Cross
Bretforton
Nr Evesham
Worcester
WR11 7JE 

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  • Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle Sorry, currently sold out

    Saturday 16th Feb, 8pm, £15

    Folk music’s legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and John McCusker are out on the road again. As winter turns to spring Mike, John & John will wrap up their stint on Transatlantic Sessions for another year and bring you their own blend of top class folk songs, tunes and charming bonhomie. Fingers crossed for better weather this year!
    With their recently released album, ‘The Wishing Tree’ this will be an evening to remember. Described as the masters of flute, fiddle, song and guitar they have worked with the biggest and brightest and bring you a night of beautifully crafted music. Having shared stages and recording studios with everyone from Bob Dylan to Mark Knopfler to Paul Weller, Joan Baez and Linda Thompson Mike, John & John are a rare musical treat you’ll savour for a very long time.

  • Knight & Spiers

    Fleecey Folk: Knight & Spiers
    Tuesday 26th Feb, 8:00pm
    Tickets £15
    Peter Knight & John Spiers sees the pairing of legendary fiddle player Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire
    Spiers (ex-Bellowhead). Peter’s presence has enriched the British music scene for more than four decades and John is one of the leading squeezebox players of his generation.

  • My Darling Clementine

    Sun 3 Mar, 8pm, £12

    “Why don’t we form a band?” said the husband.
    “Why don’t you empty the dishwasher?” said the wife.
     
    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.
    Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish continue to tour with their incredible new album Still Testifying – which Uncut magazine described as “where gospel, country and southern soul happily collide. It’s terrific”
    Since they shook up the world of country and Americana with their much lauded 2013 debut “How Do You Plead?” they have continued to push the boundaries of country music, this time adopting a more soulful and gospel approach. Like it’s predecessors it has been greatly hailed both in Europe, and in N.America too, where they now tour regularly.
    3 albums, some ingenious musical collaborations, including “The Other Half” – a stage play/audio book with crime writer Mark Billingham, along with 100’s of shows has led to various awards and an ever growing fan base with a genuinely heartfelt love of their music.
    All of which is testimony to their match-made-in-heaven harmonies and a gift for songwriting of the very highest order.
    In concert they always deliver. Wry, witty, sharp funny, and at times incredibly poignant. MDC run their audience through the full gamut of emotions. It really is a show not to be missed.

  • Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton's Symbiosis

    Sunday 10th Mar, 8pm, £14

    After much anticipation and encouragement from fellow musicians and fans alike, two of Scotland’s foremost musicians joined forces in 2016 to form one of the most formidable duos in recent Scottish music history.

    Following on from the success of their debut album ‘Symbiosis’, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton released their second album ‘Symbiosis II’ in spring 2018 to huge critical acclaim. Winners of the best duo category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2017 and nominees for the same award in 2018, Ross and Ali have been working hard on creating a repertoire full of new and original material.

    With panoramic soundscapes, the full 4-piece touring band revolves around skilfully played guitar, cittern, whistles and bagpipes, which are the bedrock of the award-winning duo’s sound, as well as musical arrangements that include strings, the extensive use of synthesisers, drum kit and bodhran –all resulting in a much bigger touring sound as they continue to build adventurous and epic arrangements.

    Ross and Ali have a long history of mutual musical roots, both being founding members of the award-winning powerhouse Treacherous Orchestra. The duo also started their musical careers with the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band at a very young age and are both protegees of the late great Gordon Duncan, whose influence is evident throughout their musical collaborations – arguably some of which have now surpassed that which even he could have seen in them. Gordon instilled a great passion in them for playing pipes with other instruments and they have gone on to play in many leading Scottish bands including Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty and Capercaillie.

    Ross and Ali’s live performances deliver music with an energy and passion that can only come with a shared and rich musical history – the music they create is both exciting and beguiling with an undeniable synergy that can only be forged from a lifetime of friendship.

     

  • Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

    Thu 4 April, 8.30pm, £12

    Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their unique ability to make old songs seem relevant and new songs sound ancient has brought them widespread critical acclaim.
     
    ‘To be a great folk singer, you have to be a great storyteller, as Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are clearly aware. The duo are both fine singers and multi-instrumentalists’
    Robin Denselow, The Guardian

  • Salthouse

    Friday 12th Apr, 8pm
    Tickets £15 - or included in Sing in the Spring weekend tickets

    “A gentle, lulling delight.” – The Guardian
     
    Salt House is Jenny Sturgeon, Ewan MacPherson and Lauren MacColl. Their album Undersong has been praised by folk bible fRoots for bringing “startling freshness” to the British song tradition.
     
     Songs are central to Salt House. New songs that sound as if they’ve always been here. Ancient ballads woken up. Poems given the tunes they’ve long deserved. Songs about place, politics, landscape and birds.
     
    Singer, guitarist and harmonium player Jenny has a PHD in seabirds. Described by R2 Magazine as “a singer-songwriter who brings together the old and new with a rare skill.” Her songs are earthy and wise; she sings them with beauty and power.
     
    Singer and guitarist Ewan brings to Salt House a wealth of understanding and experience gained with the highly respected Fribo and Shooglenifty. His songs are poetic and layered; his voice plaintive and from the heart.
     
    Fiddler, viola player and vocalist Lauren’s arrangements hold a rich, deep, darkness flecked with gold. You can hear the Highlands in Lauren’s elegant bowing, honed while performing with the quartet RANT, The Rachel Newton Band and as a prolific and award-winning soloist. She plays with warmth, wisdom and soul.
     
    “Wonderful… a trio of exceptional talent.” – Folk Radio UK

  • Skerryvore Sorry, currently sold out

    Mon 15 April, 8pm, £20

    Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award (2016 & 2011), SKERRYVORE have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree on to International tours that have included performances in Central Park NYC, The Ryder Cup Louisville and the Shanghai Expo, China.
    SKERRYVORE create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the 8 band members who hail from different regions of Scotland.

  • Fleecey Folk: Flook

    Sunday 28th Apr, 08:00pm

    Tickets £16 

    The flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly weave and spin traditionally rooted tunes into the breathtaking sound of the groundbreaking band Flook. This group possesses a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.
     
    Though their first release, Flook! Live! (1997), was already heralded as “the ultimate modern flute album” by The Irish Times, Flook only properly burst onto the international music scene with the release of their debut studio album, “Flatfish”, in 1999. This album introduced master bodhran player John Joe Kelly to Flook’s line up of flutists Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen and guitarist Ed Boyd. Flatfish was hailed as “stunning”, “remarkable” and “little short of miraculous”, but it was Flook’s live performances that really captured the hearts of those who watched and listened; the rapport between these four musicians, the sheer enjoyment they developed in playing together, was commented on by audiences and critics alike. “Rubai”, released in 2002 and nominated for BBC Folk Album of the Year, was universally applauded by both journalists and fellow musicians and cemented Flook’s reputation as one of the most exciting and innovative bands to emerge from the English/Irish folk scene, and they went on to win the coveted award for Best Group at BBC Folk Awards 2006.
     
    There is no shortage of virtuosity amongst the members of Flook, but the unique impact of this band stems from the wholly intuitive, almost symbiotic, exchange between the various flutes, frets and skins.
     
    Flook announced that they were taking a prolonged pause from live performance at the end of 2008, but, due to overwhelming popular demand, they are now back together and playing some carefully selected concerts around Europe and further afield. Catch these rare shows while you can!

  • Gordon Giltrap 2019

    Friday 3rd May, 7:30pm
    Tickets £15 (limited availability)
    Gordon Giltrap returns to The Fleece Inn once again this spring to raise money for the Tracy Sollis Leukemia Trust, celebrating 25 years on fundraising.
     
    Giltrap is a brilliant folk artist with a timeless sound.
     
    His live gigs sell out every time and once again this will be a very special evening.
     
    Visit http://giltrap.co.uk/

  • Your Bard

    Sunday 12th May, 8pm, £10

    Did Will Shakespeare write his plays?
     
    William Shakespeare: the greatest playwright the world has ever seen? Or just a front man? A player – a poet – or fraud? Now’s your chance to meet Will in person. In the pub. An informal audience with the man himself. His childhood, adventures at the Globe and what it’s like on tour. And whether he wrote all those plays…He’ll play a few of the greatest hits, perhaps write a sonnet – maybe teach you to dance the Volta.
     
    Spend a rip-roaring hour in the pub with the man himself! He’ll tell you all about his family, what it’s like on tour and the glory days at the Globe.
     
    There’s no fourth wall here – we’re all in this together!
     
    Ladies and gentlemen raise your glasses – Your Bard!
     
    Supported by Live and Local / Shindig

  • Fleecey Folk: Cig

    Sunday 19th May, 8pm, £12

    Nova Scotia’s powerhouse Còig has cemented its status as one of today’s most exciting new North American Celtic groups. With a combined total of over 30 group and solo awards and nominations, the four members of the band are already recognized as major stars of the Celtic world.
     
    Rove is the group’s third album, after 2014’s award-winning Five, and 2015 seasonal favourite Carols.
     
    Còig is like no other, thanks to the unique mix of four different talents. They all have traditional roots, but each brings something more. Fiddler Chrissy Crowley has touches of world and contemporary music. Pianist Jason Roach has a jazz degree, Darren McMullen (guitar, banjo, mandolin, etc.) has worked everywhere from Irish to rock groups, and fiddler Rachel Davis is the most Cape Breton trad, but with folk flavours as well.
     
    The energy is off the scale, with audiences from New England theatres to European festivals “hootin’ and hollerin’ and clappin’ and stompin’ and goin’ on,” according to McMullen. They’re also falling for the group’s vocal numbers, including Rove’s standout, a Celticized version of Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill.”
     
    The best in trad music, in a non-traditional way. That’s Còig.

  • Cheltenham Preview 2019 Sorry, currently sold out

    Cheltenham Preview 2019
    Sun 10 March, 7pm, £15


    We're delighted to welcome back to the panel for this year:
    Phil Smith - Retired BHA Head of Handicapping
    Lee Mottershead - Racing Post Journalist
    Richard Phillips - Trainer
    Sam Twiston-Davies - Jockey
    Andy Smith - Bookmaker, Punter & Betting Expert

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