Gallery – Baggage
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – Mar 29 @ 4:00 pm


Our first exhibition of 2018 in the Upper Gallery is entitled “Baggage” and produced by a group of artists who call themselves #SEVEN. This exhibition will see a guest artist joining them as well.



#SEVEN (hashtag7) are a group of colleagues who met working at Newcastle under Lyme College rediscovering their own way of working through collaboration. “After many years in education working with students we find we are all rekindling and redeveloping our individual work and linking it to each other.  Our new theme for this exhibition at the Foxlowe Gallery is ‘Baggage’ and we will be looking at our own interpretation and working through our own individual mediums using painting, drawing, photography, weave, embroidery, felt-making and ceramics“


 “An artist doesn’t produce a piece of work that stands completely by itself, many of the artist’s previous experiences and recollections go towards the new pieces of work. No-one is without their own personal baggage in this respect we will be selecting a range of colours and textures that we particularly enjoy, based on our own baggage to make a new range of work.”



The artists taking part are Heather Hancock, Joyce Iwaszko, Jeanette Fanthome, Sara Penny, Ruth Rowland, Sharon Porteous and Hazel Higham, their guest artist is Paul Gosling.



Preview Evening 7.00-9.00pm, Friday 16th February 2018.  Exhibition concludes Thursday 29th March 2018. 

The Foxlowe Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday: 10am-4pm and the first Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm.


For further information please contact Gallery co-ordinator

Jane Leigh – jane.elizabeth1106@gmail.com 07941548512


The Death of Stalin (15)
Mar 20 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Armando Iannucci has produced a brilliantly sulphurous black comedy about the backstairs Kremlin intrigue in the days following the Russian leader’s stroke in 1952. In an acerbic satire, adapted from the French graphic novel series by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, an all-star cast, including Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs and Olga Kurylenko, play the remaining members of the Secretariat of the Communist Party vying for power and control. Some very strong language.

France/UK  2017 107 mins    (with some subtitles)


Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.

Licensed bar, hot drinks available from 7 pm.

Advance tickets available from Foxlowe Gallery or online.

Tickets normally also available on the door.


BBFC Classification guidelines

The Bridestones Legacy?
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm

The Bridestones Legacy? 

Kevin Kilburn.

Since it was first suggested in the mid-1950s, an idea has persisted that Leek’s double sunset perhaps implied a prehistoric legacy for the site of St. Edward’s church. Accurate measurements during the midsummer sunset in 1999 provided data allowing the alignment to be compared with those from other prehistoric sites elsewhere in the Moorlands, not only at the time of summer solstice but at the more important winter solstice which, to our late Neolithic and early Bronze Age ancestors, would have marked a turning point in the seasons.

Bridestones, is on the southern end of Bosley Cloud; the same hill whose northern end gave rise to the double sunset. Bridestones  is the biggest megalithic monument in Cheshire, dating to the end of the Neolithic period. Circumstantial evidence suggests that Bridestones and other prehistoric sites nearby in the bordering moorlands of Staffordshire and Cheshire held solsticial importance over four thousand years ago for a community influenced by similar astronomical alignments elsewhere in Britain. 

Is Leek’s double sunset the Bridestones Legacy?  I leave it to the listener to decide.

The lecturers in this programme ‘gift’ their talks to the Foxlowe, for which we thank them. Admission is free, with a Bucket Collection, also for the Foxlowe, for which we thank you.

Kevin Dempsey – postponed
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm

Upstairs in the Rainbow Room – unplugged!

Due to injury, this gig has had to be postponed.  The new date is 12th July.


Doors 7.30pm for 8.00pm.


Presented by the Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club.


Wille and the Bandits
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm

Having toured their unique brand of roots rock with the likes of Deep Purple, Joe Bonamassa, The John Butler Trio and Status Quo, Wille and the Bandits are now proudly touring their brand new, critically acclaimed album ‘Breakfree’.
The band are famous for creating an astonishingly huge sound, incorporating eclectic grooves from World music to Heavy Rock, using bizarre instrumentation such as Tongue Drum, Djembe, Lap steel guitar and Double bass they push the boundaries of what is expected of a modern three piece.

Although difficult to pigeon hole, Wille and the Bandits are taking roots rock music to a new level.

Wille and the Bandits are renowned for their diverse songwriting and often likened to the greats of the 70’s such as Led Zeppelin, Santana and Pink Floyd, this comparison, although bold, only scrapes the surface of the Bands influences and sound.
Wille and the Bandits are on a journey which has so far been miraculous. All achieved through hard work and a true passion for making music. Playing over 200 shows a year these guys are really tight. So please do not miss the opportunity to see one of the most impressive live acts of this generation.
£12.00 + £1.20 Booking fee = £13.20
48 tickets available
14 and over

7.30pm doors

8.00pm start.

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG)
Mar 27 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Goodbye Christopher Robin tells the story of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the beloved ‘Winnie the Pooh’ stories inspired by his son Christopher Robin Milne. Domhnall Gleeson stars as A.A. Milne, whose life changes when the magical world of Winnie the Pooh takes the world by storm. My Week With Marilyn director, Simon Curtis, presents a new biopic, celebrating the books that brought hope and comfort to England after the First World War and revealing the familial consequences of literary success.

“Reveals the sadness behind Winnie the Pooh.” The Telegraph.

UK 2017 107 mins


Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.

Licensed bar, hot drinks available from 7 pm.

Advance tickets available from Foxlowe Gallery or online.

Tickets normally also available on the door.


BBFC Classification guidelines

Bob Log III
Mar 28 @ 7:45 pm

Bob Log III, Fat Possum recording artist and one man band crown prince of punk blues from Tuscon, Arizona. Witnessing Bob Log live is an unmissable and unforgettable experience. By rights he should be a punk blues stadium super star. He takes to the stage with his face masked in a crash helmet with a black visor and a telephone wired in it for a mic and wearing a blue jump suit. Bob then unleashes a torrent of hardcore Mississippi Delta blues, hip hop beats and punk rock. The crash helmet telephone distorts the vocals and his hands, arms, legs and feet become a blur of jump suit clad limbs as he plays slide, triggers drum machines and drums with his feet simultaneously. Bob then adds extra ingredients to this punk blues bouillabaisse with his unique version of audience participation. More often them not he’ll bounce a couple of audience members on his knees while playing, and then bring on the infamous Boob Scotch. The audience are invited to literally stick their boob in his scotch which he then drinks. If Bob feels satisfied he will then launch into his anthem Boob Scotch!

Bob Log’s identity and history is shrouded in mystery and rumour, probably helped by his stage get up and also when his record company Fat Possum put out an early press release claiming Log had a monkey’s paw grafted on to his wrist after a boating accident as a child. Here’s an excerpt…..”When Bob Log III was a child, he lost his left hand in a boating accident. It was soon replaced with a monkey paw, and a new guitar style was born. ‘It’s my own personal style, see,’ Log says, ‘the paw moves much quicker than a normal hand, so my real hand has to flop around a lot to compensate.'” When asked to explain Fat Possum’s insistence that his right hand is a monkey’s paw, Log replied to an interviewer that, “My hand is just hairy. Very, very hairy. It is NOT a PAW. Fat Possum was drunk.” Log further clarified the monkey paw myth in an interview with Bizarre Magazine: “I’ve got all my limbs. It’s just that when I’m playing my guitar my hand moves so fast it looks like a monkey paw, a hairy paw. My hand moves really fast. Faster than a normal human hand”

In fact Bob Log III was born in Tucson, Arizona and is a virtuoso slide player who plays with extremely thick strings tuned very loose that gives him his unique “floppy” sound. Growing up, Log listened to artists such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and AC/DC, later commenting that “That’s what rock’n’roll is to me. You take a guitar, turn it up and have a good time…everyone else can go listen to Pearl Jam if they want to.” Bob Log got his first guitar at the age of 11, and by the age of 16 he had become smitten with Delta Blues, modelling his slide guitar style on that of Mississippi Fred McDowell. Log began his music career recording with Mondo Guano, a four-piece metal-blues band based in Arizona. Upon leaving Mondo Guano, Log went on to perform as one-half of seminal early Delta punk blues duo Doo Rag. Bob Log III was born when Bob was in the middle of a US tour with Doo Rag and his drummer quit. With necessity , ever the mother of invention, Bob donned a helmet he had picked up in a thrift store, took to the stage and kicked his guitar case for percussion and thus the legend of Bob Log was born. Bob Log eventually found his spiritual home on maverick Mississippi blues label Fat Possum in 1998 and released a trio of classic records: School Bus, Trike and Log Bomb.

In this current world of homogenised and mass marketed music, we need true mavericks like Bob Log III more than ever.

Tickets: £12.50

Doors: 7.00pm


Dub Pistols
Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm

DUB PISTOLS + support – “by arrangement with Primary Talent International…..” one of the hardest working bands in showbusiness, Barry Ashworth and his motley crew have added a much-needed swagger to the UK dance scene in recent years and new album ‘Crazy Diamonds’ finds the band at their uncontrollable, bass-driven best.

A rampant mix of dub, reggae, ska, punk, breaks, beats and drum ‘n’ bass, the album is a full-on dub-quaking extravaganza, built for big fields and summer sound systems. It also happens to feature some of the biggest names in the game including Dancehall dons Beenie Man and Cutty Ranks, reggae singer Earl Sixteen, hip-hop act Too Many T’s, seminal MCs Navigator and the Ragga Twins, and long-time collaborator Lindy Layton.

Tracks like killer new single ‘Crazy Diamonds’ (ft. Too Many T’s) or summer-anthem-in-making, ‘Rise Up’ (ft. Earl Sixteen and Navigator), prove that the Pistols are one of the best around at rockin’ the joint. This is futuristic skank, complete with blazing horns, brazen brass and epic drums and bass.

Proudly working class as a band, the Dub Pistols have been tearing up venues and festivals throughout their career. Inspired by the Second Summer of Love, the band were founded by ubiquitous Londoner Barry Ashworth in 1996 and have been at the forefront of beats culture ever since.

Known for their rhythmical blend of bass, turntables and horns, their genre-mashing abilities has seen them work with some of their biggest heroes including The Specials, Horace Andy, Madness and Gregory Isaacs. They’ve also seen band members come and go, not to mention squander thousands on various capers that have now become legendary and that has taken them from the brink of multi-million-dollar international success to the edge of destruction and back again.

“The band’s reputation as an explosive live act has seen them turn into super-tight festival regulars, with the Dub Pistols headlining some of the biggest festivals in Europe including Glastonbury, Bestival and Beat-Herder. Their bass-driven live machine has seen them win numerous plaudits along the way and recent live guests have included vocalists Rodney P, The Specials’ Terry Hall and Neville Staple, rap wünderkid T.K., Sugardaddy horn-blower Tim Hutton & scratch maestro, DJ Stix.”

The Dub Pistols have also turned their hand to the world of remixing and have remixed the likes of Ian Brown, Moby, Limp Bizkit, Korn and Bono and worked with hiphop legend Busta Rhymes. The band’s music has been used by Playstation and major Hollywood films.

Ashworth is also a much sought-after DJ which has won him many fans around the globe over the last 15 years. Known for his eclectic sets, he was one of the first resident DJs at the influential club, Fabric, in London and has performed high-octane primetime sets internationally in such countries as Australia, Singapore, Serbia, Dubai, Thailand, Germany, Croatia, Italy and France, to name but a few. Additionally, he is founder of Westway Records, a London breakbeat and hip-hop label that’s put out releases from many currently-emerging artists from the UK dance music underground.

He is currently working on a warts ‘n’ all documentary about the band’s career; a mix of archive and new footage that charts the Dub Pistols’ strange journey from chancers to hot property to epic f**k-ups to unlikely triumph.

Tickets: £15.00

Doors: 7.00pm


Apr 4 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Climate is changing but this film (formerly Demain) is about the search for solutions to the crisis humanity faces. It is a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film, exploring creative solutions in the fields of food, energy, transport, economics and education.  It visits permaculture farms, urban agriculture projects, community-owned renewable projects, local currencies, creative schools and ambitious recycling projects. It has given a huge boost to community-led projects and is the perfect antidote to the current sense of global despondency. Now in English.

France 2015  118 min 


Free entry – donations welcome.

Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.

Licensed bar, hot drinks available from 7 pm.

There will be a Fairtrade stall in the bar before the start of the film.


Funhouse Comedy Club
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm

With Leek’s Secret Comedy Club April Show.  A welcome return to the fab Jamie Sutherland ,who always puts in a stellar set in Leek
supper from Karen Bayley…..

Lukas Kirkby
Phil Carr
Compere Phil Ellis

doors 7.30pm

starts 8.30 pm