The Three Peaks Folk Club - In the Heart of the Yorkshire Dales
2018
20th January - Guests Bandersnatch
24th March - Guest Stuart Douglas
21st April - Guests Rebekah Findley & Lee Huck
23rd June - Guests Errol & Lesley Kirkpatrick
21st July - Guests Plumhall
22nd September - Guest Marie Little
20th October - Guest TBC
22nd December - Guests: Ian & Elaine Wood

2017
20th to 22nd October - Trafalgar W/E - Guest -  GEOFF HIGGINBOTTOM
18th November - Singers & Musicians
23rd December - Christmas Special - Guests -  STRID MILLER TRIO
                                                       with the HOLBECK MOOR MUMMERS

CLUB NEWS 2017

SEPTEMBER
Another good "Sally Day" this year with a fair number turning out for the customary ramble and whisky toast on Attermire Scar and then a first class concert from the brilliant ANNA SHANNON and her long suffering Roadie, ROY PIPER.
Everyone there had a cracking evening and we look forward to having Anna back in the not too distant!

JULY
A fine Audience turnout for this months Special Guest, Peter Ivatts, who gave a very commendable concert performance full of skill, wit and thought provoking material.
Some well talented Floor Supports included, Alan Holmes, Andy Cochrane, Barry Smith, The Kirkpatricks, Harvey Lomas, Greg Smith, Stuart Douglas and Paul "2 Bogs" Morris.
It was also Errol & Leslie's 22nd Wedding Anniversary, but they kept that quiet so we've put their photo at the top of this months sequence!
Unfortunately, a recent bout of pneumonia has left poor Lizz Cook feeling still off colour which means she still isn't singing out just yet! Hopefully, there being no Club in August, she should be back to normal by September and singing with us once again?
Have a look at the Photo's page for a record of the evening.

JUNE
A well attended evening for the Club this month, all there being royally entertained by our Special Guests, ONE-A-CHORD!
A fine turnout of floor singers as well made for a fun packed show with a stand-in Master of ceremonies to boot to keep everyone in line. Thanks to Queenie for doing that duty!
Next month we have our very own "Larry Olivier" in the form of Peter Ivatts, Thespian (still practicing), Singer, Songwriter and Comedian. Don't miss it!

MAY
A fine turnout for this months Singers & Musicians night, with 20 Performers and a good cross section of Audience from as far afield as Glasgow, Sheffield and Gateshead.
Two Performers experienced their first evening with us as well and it was good to hear them!
The Guests for next month will be ONE -A-CHORD, a trio featuring vocals, whistles, pipes, accordian, melodian, harp & guitar so don't miss them?

APRIL
Great Audience last night for our Guest, Chris Milner, who gave a fantastic performance as usual and nobody left disappointed!
Tremendous Supports as well with a wonderful array of "On The Spot" numbers ranging from Folk through Country with a touch of Irish & Blues to boot.
We had a fair number of Visitors in addition to our Regulars and everyone agreed the evening was a resounding success.
Singers & Musicians night next month and the date for that one is 20th May starting 8.30pm 
Check out the piccies from this month on the Photos Page?

MARCH
A well attended evening this month to see, and join in with,our Special Guest 
Bill Adair from Stirling.
Bill gave a fine Concert and all present enjoyed the evening immensely and all the Support Acts also gave good accounts of themselves.
Next month we have a return to the Club of Chris Milner, a frequent visitor to us, and Chris is renowned for his songwriting and guitar playing skills. Never one to be missed this and it will start at 8.30pm on Saturday 22nd April. 

FEBRUARY
The first Singers & Musicians evening of the year was quiet but still very enjoyable for those in attendance. 
A fair number of our regulars were either overseas or down with the lurgy but numbers should be back up from March onwards!
Our Guest in March will be the Bard of Cumbernauld, BILL ADAIR making a welcome return to the Club after a couple of years away.
Saturday 18th March is the date for that one and it will start at 8.30pm. As usual, all welcome to contribute as Floor Singers/ Support Acts in either half to make the night go with a "rock & roll"!
Hope you can make it down?

JANUARY
So, after the chaos of the Festive Season, we were back to some semblance of sobriety on Saturday night for the first "Peaks" of the year.
Our Special Guests "CATFISH SKILLET" were absolutely brilliant and it was a pity that more people were not in attendance to witness their outstanding performance!
They will certainly be invited back again though, and this tiime during the busier months of the year, probably some time in 2019 though, because we're booked up 'til then!
Those who were present on Saturday though, all agreed it was a very good concert and the whole evening was very pleasant.
Hope to see you all next month?

CLUB NEWS 2016

DECEMBER
Wonderful Christmas Special on Saturday with a slight change of protocol brought about by the incapacitation of 50% of our Guests Errol & Lesley Kirkpatrick! Lesley had a chest infection so couldn't sing and they asked if they could do only a short spot?
No chance, so the newly formed Band, "One-A-Chord" stepped into the breach and the resulting symposium was well received by all present!
As for the long awaited Mummers Play by the Holbeck Moor Mummers: the usual brilliance delivered in perfectly choreographed chaos brought the house down and raised a fine total in contributions for St. Gemma's Hospice in Leeds!
The gallant Captain was played this year by Peter Coates, who accepted the role at the last minute because the usual Actor (Jim) had got the date wrong and got himself double booked. However, Coatesy gave a brilliant performance and has now been approached by RADA apparently who've offered him a scholarship!
(RADA in this case means the "Royal Academy of Drunks and Alcoholics")
The Gang will be back again next Christmas as usual.
We at the Peaks would like to thank everyone who's supported us throughout this year and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year.
See you in 2017.

NOVEMBER
A pretty quiet night this month owing to lousy weather & illness in the ranks but, notwithstanding, a very pleasant evening was enjoyed by all who attended.
A nice mix of tunes & songs with plenty of accompaniment opportunities for all to join in.
No grumbles from anyone and the Audience were well entertained throughout!
Thanks for coming over everybody, I had a ball.

OCTOBER
After a fierce battle on the 21st the British Fleet, under the overall command of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, along with Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood and 33 ships of the line, proved victorious against the combined fleets of the French & Spanish.
Master Bates from Gt. Ayton had failed to make his getaway from a brief French captivity before the battle concluded, but he will eventually make his way back to England according to signals received on the 22nd!
Seaman Stains proved his worth, however, fiddling and operating the horizontal capstan with great effort throughout the melee, and Roger the Cabin Boy was suitably exhausted by the end of the day, keeping the entire Ward Room occupants satisfied while they relaxed between surges!
CPO Barnes and the 1st Mate Clayton from HMS Lancashire acquitted themselves admirably despite being weighed down with disease and allowed at their stations only for brief periods by Sawbones Bolton.
The following day, despite the loss of their Leader (by then pickled in a barrel of brandy) at about 3 o-clock on the 21st, got to grips with rum rations and victuals in the flagship ward room and sang & danced the night away to the great delight of the money grabbing Mess Steward, Sub Lt. Cokell.
By Sunday morning, after a hearty breakfast aboard HMS Singing Kettle, survivors who were deemed fit enough, undertook a brief foray ashore to attack and pillage the French stores at Langcliffe Ladoc where, after filling their swag bags with much gold and other valuables, returned to the fleet for a survivors celebration through the afternoon and evening.
All in all, a great victory indeed, marred only by the loss of the Admiral but, notwithstanding, there will be a repeat battle next year, October 20th to 22nd where. with any luck, our great Hero, Nelson, will have been brought back to life and will, once again, put in an appearance with his Lady Hamilton and all the Officers & Men of the Mediterranean Fleet.
God Save The King!

SEPTEMBER
It was nice to be back in the Club after the August break and it was fitting that the 6th SALLY DAY enjoyed sunny and hot weather for the traditional walk, followed by a lovely Buffet prepared by the "Pressed Ladies of Hope" upon the walkers return!
The evening Concert with "Surprise Guests" Stuart Douglas & Jeff Wright (yes, co-founder of the Peaks) was presented as "An Audience With" in format and was well received by all those in attendance.
A fine range of support Acts made for a really enjoyable evening which was followed by a very late Whisky Club indeed.
Daughter, Ros Slawson staggered up the hill to Aggletree at 3am carrying her half full whisky glass, but made it safely back without incident apparently!
The rest of us just fell into bed shortly thereafter in our respective motorhomes behind the Club.
Trafalgar Weekend will be next months event to look forward to at The Peaks and the meal order e-mail will be sent out in good time.
For the first time at Trafalgar there will be a "Survivors Session" on the Sunday afternoon & evening for any who have the strength left after the riigours of battle?
Timings for the weekend to follow separately.


JULY
First class Concert from this months' Guest, JOHN CONOLLY from Grimsby.
A wide range of material, from ballads to ribticklers, were well received by the Audience and a good range of support Acts made the whole evening very enjoyable indeed.
Remember, there's no Club in August because most of us will be at Whitby still, so the next Club night will be on the 17th September which will mark the 6th "Sally Day" so wear something purple if you will?
For a change, the Guest will be male and will also be in collaboration with another male for part of the Concert. If you want to know who they are, get yourselves along for that!
The day will incorporate a moderate walk starting from Aggletree Cottage (BD24 9LA) at 11am, concluding at the Club around 4pm. 
A change of clothes and a bite to eat will get everyone ready to start the Music at 8pm. If you can make the whole day, so much the better?

JUNE
A very enjoyable evening by all accounts, even though a lot of the regulars were away on other events, the Charity Night was well attended and lots of money was raised for the Charity that Martin Francis collects for!
Don't miss our Special Guest next Month, 23rd July, who is the Last Surviving Deep Sea Librarian, JOHN CONOLLY from Grimsby!
8.30pm start, free parking, cheap beers, usual insults from the Club Steward, Tiger Cokell, and a good time guaranteed throughout!

MAY
Since we went to 8 Guest and  only 3 Singers & Musicians nights a year (no Club in August!) at the start of last year, the quality & attendance at the S&M nights has improved dramatically and last Saturday was no exception!
A fine mix of Music & Song, a lot of laughs and chat among the assembled Company and a good Audience, supplemented by TWO Club "Virgins" in the shape of Alice Stewart from Burnley and Dave Brown from Tosside (No not that one, there really ARE two Dave Browns in a little place like Tosside!), all went to make the night a real pleasure.
A well attended "Whisky Club" afterwards ensured a late finish once again but it was well worth it!
June 18th is a Charity Night Concert with Martin Francis who is bringing a Ceilidh Band with him, so there should be some dancing as well?
Make an effort to get along and support them for this worthy cause!

APRIL
Another belting night at The Peaks where our Guest this month was the guy with the voice "deeper than the Marianas Trench", MIKE NICHOLSON, from deepest, darkest Sussex!
Great concert from Mike and the Audience went away happy sometime after Midnight.
Supports from Alan Holmes, Stuart Douglas, Errol & Lesley Kirkpatrick, et al.
See you in May for a singers & musicians night?


MARCH
Stuart Douglas, our Guest this month, was suffering with a really bad cold but, notwithstanding, gave a first rate performance, using a number of alternative tunings on his guitar work and singing those lovely quiet ballads that he's famous for.
Andy Clayton in the Audience asked Stuart at one point if he could at least "make it look a bit harder than you do?" which was a testimony to his very fine and accomplished playing!
A good house in as well led to a fine range of Support Acts, including 3 Club "Virgins" and our thanks go to Arthur Owens, Lizz Cook, Harvey Lomas, Alan Holmes, Andy Clayton, Ian & Elaine Wood, Errol & Lesley Kirkpatrick, Peter Aveyard, Mel & Bill, Sue West & Dave Ryder and the rest of the Audience.
Next months Guest is the man with the voice like dark chocolate, MIKE NICHOLSON from Sussex. Not to be missed, especially if you like Stan Rogers songs!

FEBRUARY
Great first Singers &Musicians night of the year with everyone who attended having a fun and music filled evening!
Despite not getting the posters done this month, there was a fine turnout of Muso's and Audience which all made for a comfortable setting, lots of social Craic and some fabulous tunes & songs.
The after do party went on 'til 3 am so Sunday morning was somewhat of a subdued start! I wonder why?
See you all in March with Guest Stuart Douglas in the hot seat?

JANUARY
A very fine start to the new season, even though it was a Sunday! Our Guests, MORFRAN HEIGHTS, gave a good account of themselves and all the Support Artistes did a fine job as well.
We have now ensured that there will no longer be a risk of the penultimate Saturday nights being filched by other groups or events and all dates for this year and the next two years are now guaranteed for the penultimate Saturday each month.
February 20th is a "Come All Ye" open night for anyone who wishes to sing, play or be entertained for the evening. Hope to see you then?

CLUB NEWS 2015

DECEMBER
The Christmas Special was well named inasmuch as our Guest, 
Miriam Backhouse, gave a first rate Performance for the final gig of her UK tour and she was ably supported by the famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view?) Holbeck Moor Mummers.The whole evening was very Special indeed and the Audience went off to enjoy Christmas with some wonderful memories and songs ringing in their heads.
Mim will be back in 2018 and the Mummers will be back next Christmas as usual!
On behalf of the 3 Peaks Folk Club, we wish all our supporters a very Happy & Prosperous New Year and we look forward to seeing you all again throughout 2016?

Despite stating that this months' Club is a "One Off Sunday Night" in the last post, it has been discovered that the first meet in January has also been purloined by another group, resulting in yet another Sunday evening Club Night!
Apologies to MORFRAN HEIGHTS for this late change, but they have graciously accepted the change in date and will appear as agreed.
We have now ensured that this will not happen again, and the Saturday dates for 2017 have already been submitted to the Social Club and will be entered on the calendar there! All other dates for 2016 will be on the penultimate Saturday as normal.

NOVEMBER
No matter the weather, and this month was a stinker, the Faithful still turned out to sing, play and be entertained! 
Many thanks to all who attended and particularly to Andy Clayton from the Blacko Club for standing in as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
Remember, the last Club meet of the year is the CHRISTMAS SPECIAL and will be a one off Sunday night Club on the 20th December. This is because the Club room has been booked by a Committee Member to hold his Wedding Reception on the Saturday night. The 3 Peaks Folk Club wish him and his new Bride all the very best for their future together.
See you all on the Sunday night then?


OCTOBER
Wonderful weekend of gunsmoke, booming guns, screams and shot, coupled with much revelry, music, song and strong drink all made for a successful Battle where the French/Spanish forces were, once again, defeated by the finest Navy in the World!
The Naval Chief Spymaster "Evil" GEOFF HIGGINBOTTOM  from HMS Manchester, acquitted himself admirably in the  post battle celebrations, giving a first rate Performance for the assembled Crews!
Rounding off once more with a foray into the French stores (abandoned after the defeat!) the entire Fleet came out without too much damage, save for Capt. Taylor, rigging problems led to his vessel being becalmed off Brest and rear Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood getting holed below the water line on Saturday night a few miles from Cadiz! Losses were minor and reinforcements are already in service ready for next years' Battle, 21st to 23rd October 2016.

SEPTEMBER
Great to be back after a month off in August.
The 5th Sally Day was well supported and our Special Guest, ANNA SHANNON, gave a first class Concert. All in attendance were well entertained by this imaginative & sensitive performer.
Funds raised on the night for Yorkshire Cancer Research will be published once we have a total.
Don't forget that next month it's a weekend of music, it being Trafalgar Weekend, and this will be from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October and the Special Guest on Saturday night is none other than the "Big Voice" himself, Geoff Higginbottom!
Kick off Friday with the Admirals' Dinner at 7 bells. Further details from rustichubby@live.co.uk if you fancy coming along but are not yet on his mailing list?

JULY
Enjoyable evening in the company of Guest NICK BROOKER this month. How to play a guitar without making it look difficult along with a fair number of self penned lovely songs, made for a well presented show indeed!
Many thanks to Supports: Liz Brook, Stuart Douglas, The Kirkpatrick's, John Slinger, Harvey Lomas, Maggie Coates and Peter Coates.
There will be NO CLUB next month. The September Club will be on the 19th of that month and incorporates the 5th "Sally Day" and Special Guest ANNA SHANNON. Don't miss it!

MAY
Several surprise Visitors dropped in to the Club this month and it was very nice to see them.A couple from Headingley in Leeds who hadn't been to the Club before had a whale of a time and were made to feel right at home! They'll be back soon, as will Phil Cockerham, who has not been up to Settle for quite some years, gave a first rate account of several of his self-penned songs to show his skill on strings and with the written word. He'll also be back soon for another get together.
Stuart Douglas, The Kirkpatricks, Arthur Owens, Lizz Cook, Paul Morris, Frank Wood and Hope Pastel along with the Audience, made for a very comfy and lighthearted evening indeed.

APRIL
There wasn't anyone in the Club last night who failed to be completely blown away with this month's Guests, PLUMHALL. They were absolutely brilliant and their material, enhanced throughout with the Bass skills of Ricky Silver, was slickly delivered in both sets. One of their numbers was graced with the talents of the Flautist Lesley Kirkpatrick, invited by Nick Hall to do the flute break previously done by the wonderful Maggie Boyle. Lesley made a first rate job of the task set her and, despite not knowing the piece in question, lent her quality ear to the song and performed with excellence! Supports from Bob Frazer, Ann Jackson, Maggie Coates, Alan Holmes, Paul Morris and Stuart Douglas, the evening was a great success for this wonderful Band & we look forward to seeing them back at the Peaks real soon.

MARCH
Wonderful evening's entertainment with Roger Knowles. Plenty in the Club and, along with the numerous Support Acts, everyone present had a very nice time. Our best wishes go to Michelle Plum for a speedy recovery and, if she isn't fit for the April date, we'll pull the May singers night forward and slot PLUMHALL into May! Watch this space for an update nearer the 18th April?
 
STOP PRESS!! 19th March  Michelle Plumb has got the dreaded lurgy and is unable to perform on Saturday 21st March! Therefore, April's Guest, the legendary Flatpicker & Crooner, ROGER KNOWLES has stepped into the breach for this month and he's swapped with PlumHall, who will now appear on April 18th.

FEBRUARY
Just when we thought it was going to be a quiet night with only 4 of us in at the start time, we had a fair number of visitors turn up by 9pm and it all made for a very enjoyable evening indeed. Some first timers at the Club as well as the usual ranks of regulars made for an eclectic mix of Music & Song! Thanks to Reuben, Ruth, John Wilson, Hope, Joe Clark, Carol, Lizz, Arthur, Dave Brown et al. Next month is a Guest night featuring PlumHall. Come early to get a good seat!

JANUARY
 A lot of complaints about being cold in the Club last night so we had a run around the room a few times and introduced two rounds of maniacal applause per Performer to warm hands up. That seemed to do the trick!
January is a notably bad month for attendances, but it was a very nice night indeed for those who DID attend. Much harmony singing and limited instruments available led to a plethora of good chorus songs delivered by an enthusiastic gang of singers.Hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did?


CLUB NEWS 2014 

DECEMBER
The magic & mayhem of the Season was to the fore on the last Club night of the year, with an excellent performance by our Guests, STRID, and the mini drama of the dragon slaying by the Holbeck Moor Mummers who were, as usual, masterful in their delivery! The fire alarm was activated (again) when the Doctor revived the evil Turk with his explosive device between the Turks legs, 60 sausage rolls and 3 dozen mince pies, as well as a gallon of mulled wine, were consumed by an enthusiastic Audience and the alternative carols were sung before wrapping the proceedings up (officially) at half past midnight. The customary "Whisky Club" was Hosted by the Coates's and this went on 'til 03.30 when most of those present were falling over!
Some piccies of the night will be added to the photo's page soon and it only remains for us to wish all Folkies everywhere a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year. See you in 2015 we hope?

NOVEMBER
What a very nice evening we all enjoyed at this penultimate Meet of the Year! A really good eclectic mix of music, song, styles and voices, all topped off with some really good craic. Even some of the Blues were cheerful!
Thanks to Brian, Arthur, Lizz, Alan, Stuart, Maggie, Pete, Carol, Harvey (looking like he's back in Moss Bros. window this morning!) and, of course, the Audience.
Next month is the Christmas Special. Mince Pies, Sausage Rolls and Mulled Wine, so don't miss it?
20th December and featuring Special Guests STRID and The HOLBECK MOOR MUMMERS for this festive knees up.


OCTOBER
The Trafalgar weekend was a  great success again this year with 36 seated at the Admiral’s Dinner on the Friday night to launch the event. This was followed by an open Singaround & session to include the usual Audience and visitors that weren’t at the dinner. Battle plans were drawn up over whiskies into the early hours of Saturday and the advance scouting party this year was led by Petty Officer Coates who returned with news that the Fleet was outnumbered 3:1 but we adjusted our plans to take this into account!
On the Saturday afternoon we had a surprise morale boosting visit from the last surviving deep sea Librarian, Capt. John Conolly, who’d sailed from Grimsby especially for the battle. He gave a good account of himself during the melee and was finally sunk on the Sunday lunchtime at 12 bells!
The First Lord of the Admiralty’s bit on the side, Lady Marie Little, was the Headline Guest after dark on Saturday, as the guns fell silent and we all hove to for a grand concert. All the ships of the line offered their finest singers and musicians as support and many French prisoners were taken once the rum ration kicked in and fears were set aside!
The remaining Fleet anchored off Langcliffe Bay on Sunday morning for a foray ashore to rifle the French stores in the Hoffman Kiln there. Once inside, a magnificent “Last Sing” was held and we all then made our escape back to our respective ships, arranging to sail again next year on the 23 to 25 October 2015.
Thanks are extended to all who attended the battle, especially Admiral Whatman Collingwood who was last seen sailing his crippled vessel toward Liverpool at a fair rate of knots, despite having only one mast functioning and his foresheets torn & tattered!

Three cheers for Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson: Hip-Hip etc.

SEPTEMBER
A wonderful day all round for the 4th "Sally Day" concert & walk, well attended for both segments of the day and a really tasty buffet before the evening's Concert, all to raise money for the Yorkshire Cancer Research Charity!
After expenses, we raised £215 and our thanks are extended to Errol & Lesley Kirkpatrick who Guested and to all who helped make the day a success.
Don't forget that next months Club is incorporated into the "Trafalgar Weekend" on the 17th to 19th October? Separate notifications for this will be sent out shortly.

AUGUST
Visitors to the website will notice the 2015 schedule is shown above in italics (until the New Year) and we are having a lot more Guests than we've had in recent years? Singers & Musicians nights will still be occurring occasionally throughout the year, but the Guest nights will be preceded by as many floor singers as we can get on before each Guest spot! We hope this meets with everyone's approval?

JULY
Great turnout this month, thanks in the main to a mail shot sent out by ANDY CLAYTON to all his contacts from that County that is to the West of Settle!! Thanks to all who turned up and made it such an enjoyable night. Hope to see you again in September? Don't forget, there's no Club next month 'cos most of us are on the way back from the Whitby Folk Week and will be in need of some respite!! 

JUNE
Had it on good authority that Martin Francis gave a rousing concert this month and raised a fair total for his chosen charities from the donations offered. Well done to him for that and thanks to all who contributed!

MAY
The 3rd Annual Ride 2 Stride Festival ended on Bank Holiday Monday (5th) with the final nights' music being held at the Club. The Musicians who supported the Festival over the 7 days were tremendous and their efforts and talents were much appreciated by those who attended the music sessions each evening.
A pdf copy of the Festival Report can be viewed here for the full Festival description including the Report or here for the Report only.
The Club night on the 24th was quiet by comparison but was still a good night with some more visitors from far afield.

APRIL
There we were, thinking this was going to be another easy night with not too many in, when we had the pleasure of a number of visitors from Otley, Bradford, Nottingham, Nelson and Gt. Ayton to fill out the room and give some great singing on what proved to be a very late night indeed!
Musicians and Singers from Blacko, South Cumbria and the locals all made a very nice sound together and everyone left with the music still ringing in their ears, for some for the second night in a row, because the Gamekeepers Special on the Friday night was a belter.

MARCH
The amazing guitar skills of NICK BROOKER had everyone in awe at this months' Concert. A wide range of eclectic styles and material made for a most enjoyable evening. If you haven't seen Nick play yet, make the effort to get along to one of his appearances and you won't be disappointed!

FEBRUARY
A quiet but very enjoyable evening with visitors from Worcester, Leeds and Halifax to complement the regulars, all making for much music & craic.


JANUARY
The late visit by the Holbeck Moor Mummers was a great success and, for a change, the weather didn't prevent a good crowd attending, although Santa was delayed on the A65 due to traffic diversions, but he made it in the end!



 
 
 

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