Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble
May 23 @ 8:00 pm

Another group requiring no introduction to Leek Arts Festival Fans. Always colourful and energetic, the Folk Ensemble are one of the highlights of the programme. Led by folk music legend Joe Broughhton, this group of more than 50 young and desperately enthusiastic musicians never fail to turn the Foxlowe into a boiling cauldron of sound and excitement. This is another gig that will sell out fast.

Doors open 8pm, Event starts 8.30pm

Foxlowe Arts Centre, Market Place, Leek, ST13 6AD

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Sample the Folk Ensemble’s energy here:

Chris Bevington Organisation + the Emma Jonson Trio
May 25 @ 7:30 pm

Chris Bevington Organisation + the Emma Jonson Trio

In 2014 Chris Bevington realised a lifetime’s ambition to record a Blues based album drawing on influences such as Robert Cray, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout, Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa.   After months of hard work, the first album ‘Chris Bevington and Friends’ was released to critical acclaim here in the UK, USA and globally. The album charted in the UK Blues charts on 4 occasions during 2014, 2015 & 2016 and in the USA Blues charts in 2015.

Album 2 followed in 2016 and the band included a host of Guest Musicians, Manfred Mann’s vocalist Robert Hart, 2017 Blues UK Award winning vocalist Rebecca  Downes, Chris Aldridge from The Climax Blues Band, Steve Overland from UK rock band FM and 10cc drummer Paul Burgess. Album 2 also charted in the UK Blues Charts 5 times and added to the 2016 Top 40 Playlist and also Airplay by Paul Jones –BBC Radio2.

The current line-up of this highly popular nine-piece outfit features Jim Kirkpatrick from FM, plus the fabulous duo Vocals of Kate Robertson and Sarah Miller from Nearly Dan and the Vocal and Guitar talents of Scott Ralph.  In addition to local girl, Sarah, the band will also feature the prodigious guitar talents of Leek’s own Jordan Swann, certainly someone to look out for in the coming years.

2018 saw the release of the fantastic new Album “Cut and Run” featuring 12 original tracks written and produced by Scott Ralph and Jim Kirkpatrick as played on the Paul Jones Show on BBC Radio2. The Album hit the IBBA UK chart for 5 months running, No 1 in May and June. The track ‘Got to Know’ has also hit the European Top 100 Chart.

The band will be supported by award-winning singer songwriter Emma Jonson. Emma has supported some of the UKs top acts on tour including Jamie Cullum, Heather Small, King King and Roy Wood. Her unique performance combines sophisticated original songs with energetic rhythm and blues.


Saturday May 25th 2019

7.30pm doors

8.00pm start

£10 admission (tickets from Foxlowe Arts Centre and online)

Cara Dillon
May 30 @ 8:00 pm

Cara has risen to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world. She has a rare and unique voice that has been lauded since her very beginnings, winning the All Ireland singing trophy in 1989 – aged only 14. She’s won countless awards and accolades including “Album Of The Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Meteor Music Award for “Best Irish Female”, and Tatler’s “Woman Of The Year in Music” and has appeared in prestigious concert halls and at festivals the world over.

Doors 8pm, Event Start at 8:30 pm.

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Jun 8 @ 7:30 pm

After a near sell-out first show, U2UK return to The Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek. Make sure you get your tickets for this one early as the band have a fast growing reputation in the region for their awesome live performances!

U2UK perform the U2 show. the ‘best of U2’, featuring a mesmerising, charismatic and energetic performance from the band that is rapidly gaining a reputation for producing one of the best live shows in the country. The show features all of the greatest U2 songs from their greatest ever albums and live shows, packed into a stunning 2 hour show encapsulated by spectacular projected visual imagery and lighting effects that will rock you to the soles of your feet! If you love U2, are looking for a great night out, or just love live music, and want to feel part of an amazing show then this is the show for you. It might just be you Bono pulls out of the crowd!!!

Saturday, 8 June 2019, from 8.00pm

Doors  7.30pm

Tickets £11 in advance.

The Great Get Together
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday 22nd June – 10.00 to 5.00pm – a Garden Party & Picnic with music and songs in honour of Jo Cox.


Folk, Blues, Americana, Folk Punk and maybe even Brass and Classical.

The Peace Through Folk Choir, with Lester Simpson.

13 year old triplet girl folk punk band Black Death!

Rick Ford and Friends – including The BirdScarers,  Esther Brennan and Ian Buchanan, Phoebe Rees, Reg Meuross

Plus creative artists and craftspeople.


It’s going to be a Great Free Family Event celebrating all that unites us.

Organised by Peace Through Folk with The Foxlowe Arts Centre.

Bring a rug or chair to sit on the lawn (maybe!).

Bucket collection. Free admission.

As your ‘entry ticket’ please bring along an ‘in date’ food item (package or can ) each.



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Peace through Folk is a not for profit trust that exists to celebrate Peace, Friendship and Reconciliation, through music and the performing arts.

email or phone 0780 552 9492




POSTPONED TO JUNE 28TH – Both Sides Now – The Joni Mitchell Celebration Concert
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm


Three decades of music, one night of Joni. Both Sides Now play classics including Edith and the Kingpin, Wild Things Run Fast and Carey.

The music of Joni Mitchell is celebrated in this performance of some of her best-loved songs. As Joni reaches her landmark 75th year, these concerts are also by way of an extended celebration of her life and work.

The Joni Mitchell Songbook draws on a three-decade journey of incredible creativity, from folk singer to mainstream rock artist, as well as an abiding love affair with jazz.

Featuring Big Yellow Taxi (her most covered song), River and A Case of You (both from the breakthrough album Blue), the radio hits of Help Me and Free Man In Paris (from double-platinum Court and Spark) and the jazz-infused stylings of In France They Kiss On Main St (The Hissing of Summer Lawns) and Coyote (Hejira).

Both Sides Now is a five-piece band showcasing the outstanding voice of Sarah Miller. During its debut year of 2018, the band played at some of the UK’s leading music venues. The musicians’ CVs include such notable names as Don Felder of the Eagles, Badly Drawn Boy, Ruby Turner and Corinne Bailey Rae.

This is not your usual tribute – it’s a group of Joni superfans dedicated to keeping her music in the live arena.

Doors 7.30pm


Third Quadrant (Inventive Progressive Rock) with Support from High Spy
Aug 3 @ 7:45 pm

Third Quadrant are a progressive rock band first formed in the early 80’s reactivated in 2012.

Since 2012 Third Quadrant have played the prestigious HRH prog festival twice, supported Focus (yes, THE Focus) and played numerous independent gigs and festivals. They play big songs with symphonic sounds described by Prog magazine as ‘tuneful and inventive’.

Support from HIGH SPY.




Martin Harley
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm

Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.

The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ was released in February 2017, it was produced by Martin & Daniel Kimbro and recorded in Nashville. It follows the critically acclaimed ‘Live At Southern Ground. A ‘Spellbinding 50 minutes’ as The Observer put it. It is Martin’s 7th album to date and the 2nd to feature Daniel Kimbro as well as 14 time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes). The album was tracked live at Wow & Flutter Studios in East Nashville over four days. Engineered and mixed by analogue guru Joe V McMahan making use of every corner of the space. The drums sounded great in the kitchen and if you listen carefully you can hear the freight trains rolling past.

The two musicians met through a mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack’s music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal, the two took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground studios. Their live shows seek to bring aspects of blues, Americana and folk to the table. Martin plays a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), Daniel plucks beats, scratches and bows his double bass to create and an unexpected array of textures and sounds.

Recently Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville, performed on the Cayamo Cruise with Chris Stapleton, toured coast to coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron & Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others. His music has features on hit TV shows such as the Vampire Diaries, Banshee, America best Bars and VH1’s Morning Buzz. Last summer in Canada he and Daniel played Winnipeg, Vancouver, Canmore and Calgary Folk Music Festivals as well as shows in the Caribbean, the US and Europe.

Daniel has played the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Tennessee Theatre, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Hardly Strictly, Bluegrass, StordFest, The Kate Wolf Folk Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Chateau St. Michelle, Jammin at Hippie Jacks (Jack’s) and many more.

“Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” – *Guitarist Magazine***

“Martin is arguably the best Weissenborn player in the UK and has been for many years.” – *Weissenborn Exchange**

“No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” – *Roots Magazine***

“Awesome” – *Johnnie Walker, BBC Radio 2***

“Quite simply a great live act” – *Time Out London*

Graham Parker
Nov 22 @ 7:15 pm

Regarded as one of the UK’s most distinguished and original songwriters Graham Parker is perhaps best known as lead singer of Graham & The Rumour who preceded the arrival of punk rock and new wave, his career has spanned over 40 years and was recently reinvigorated when acclaimed US film producer and director Judd Apatow cast Parker in his hit film ‘This Is 40’, featuring a performance by GP & The Rumour that signalled the band to reform to play a series of now legendary come back concerts.

Expect songs from early albums with the Rumour, his solo career and the present day with tunes from recent Rumour reunion albums.

doors 7.15pm starts 8.00pm

tickets £24.50