Joni Talks – Songs from the Stage and Screen
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm

We welcome Joni Talks back to the Foxlowe with her show:


“I grew up in the small town of Leek in Staffordshire attending The Marilyn Jones Dance Centre from a young age, studying Ballet, Tap and Jazz. It was within this nurturing environment that I was able to explore other aspects of performance, discovering that I had a real talent for singing! From here on I would sing at any given opportunity, joining various local operatic societies. I moved to London at 18 when I received a full scholarship to train at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating with Honours. I then continued my training at RADA taking part in their Musical Theatre courses, studying privately with their singing coordinator, the wonderful and inspiring Jane Streeton, co-author of Singing On Stage: An Actor’s Guide.

During my professional career, I have been involved in a very diverse range of work. From Shakespeare to Music Hall legend Marie Lloyd, Gothic Musical Theatre and Golden Era Musicals, with many and varied experiences between!

A life changing opportunity came when I auditioned to play Belle in ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, directed by Fraser Grant. This was a six month tour of Italy performing in some of the most stunning theatres I have ever seen. Not only did I have a fantastic time working on the show, but it was also a wonderful opportunity to explore a beautiful country…In six months there wasn’t a corner that we didn’t cover!

My main passion is for singing and I have been fortunate enough to perform in cabarets and theatre shows across London with highly skilled pianists and vocalists.

In 2009 I became a part of the theatre company at The Brick Lane Music Hall, London, taking the leading lady role in many of their shows. I have appeared on BBC’s The One Show as part of their Children In Need appeal and Inside Out (presented by Matthew Wright) as part of the Brick Lane cast too. Since the start of their Autumn season in 2012 I have been involved with devising and creating the shows, having had great success with such shows as ‘St George’, ‘Broadway’, ‘Divas’ and ‘There’ll Always Be An England’ throughout 2013. I remained a part of the creative team whilst also taking on the role of leading lady until I had to say a temporary farewell when I had my daughter, Ruby. I have thoroughly enjoyed appearing as a guest artist in their traditional Music Hall shows over the last couple of years as I’ve adapted to my new role of working mum.

2011, I began entertaining onboard The London Showboat, performing a variety of show songs as part of an evening cruise on The River Thames. This saw me through the eventful Jubilee and Olympic Games year of 2012 and continued until 2017 when I relocated back to Staffordshire in anticipation of my second baby, Charlie.

I am now enjoying a freelance career as a vocalist which fits around my family duties. I have found some really special venues around Staffordshire where I have the privilege to appear regularly.

Aside from performing, I also have a real interest in educating and coaching children within the field of performing arts. These opportunities have fortunately been frequent and under very different circumstances. I had the great privilege of being a part of The Italia Conti Associates faculty in the Barbican for four years, teaching my own classes in acting, ballet and musical theatre. I have also worked in a number of primary and secondary schools, sharing my expertise in an environment where the children have not necessarily taken part in any kind of performing arts situation before. Since moving to Staffordshire I have enjoyed lecturing on the Performing Arts course at Newcastle and Stafford college group. It doesn’t matter what the environment is, I have a genuine pleasure in sharing my knowledge and advising/ coaching under the performing arts umbrella because I strongly believe these skills are transferable to every day life, and will stand an individual in good stead no matter what career path they take.”

Tickets are £7.50

Starts 7pm

Doors 6.15pm


UNE Mark Radcliffe and electro boffin, remixer and DJ Paul Langley
Nov 21 @ 7:45 pm

UNE is BBC radio broadcaster, writer and musician Mark Radcliffe and electro boffin, remixer and DJ Paul Langley.

UNE comes from a shared love of electronic music, graphic design and the poetry of lyrics and has created what Radcliffe and Langley like to think of as ‘a cerebral soundtrack of elegant electro dream pop’.

The result is their debut album ‘Lost’, which has been mixed and mastered by Jim Spencer who has worked with New Order, Johnny Marr, The Charlatans and Doves.
UNE is electronic music spanning many styles with a plaintive lonely voice at its heart. A happy accidental collision of man and machines. These UNE songs are inspired by words from other languages that have no literal translation into English: Boketto, Waldeinkamseit, Saudade, Komorebi. The music and lyrics have therefore tried to convey the feelings those words invoke.
UNE is two people working on a single concept.

21 st nov £10 DOORS 7.45 -8.00PM

support from LEEKS OWN Dobbys knobs ……..with his analogue genius …
Duncan HansellI making beautiful dance sounds from….

Cubase 8 with Spectrosonic’s Omnisphere and a collection of hardware synths including an Access Virus B, Korg MS20 and Eurorack modular system.



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.

support from Stephen Wilson Jnr

doors 7.15pm starts 8.00pm

tickets £24.50

Nibs van der Spuy (+ Helen Walford)
Nov 30 @ 8:00 pm

An Evening with Nibs van der Spuy + support by Helen Walford.

Leek Blues & Americana are delighted to partner with our friends from Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek to offer an innovative and intimate evening of world acoustic music and song, accompanied by pintxos, a type of tapas presented on a wooden skewer, commonly served in the bars of Northern Spain (included in the price for Advance Ticket sales only). Those of us who were lucky enough to attend last year’s event with Nibs and Helen will remember what a magical evening it was, in the fabulous setting of the Georgian Drawing Room.
Nibs is one of the most extraordinary and exciting world acoustic guitarists to come out of South Africa. Raised in Kwazulu-Natal, growing up listening to The Beatles and learning first hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi guitarists, he quickly soaked up a rich tapestry of his close surroundings and has formulated a truly consummate and original sound.  After playing the local folk scene around South Africa for years, and gathering up a loyal following, his big stage break came when supporting Crosby, Stills and Nash on their 1996 South African tour. After that he was signed to the SHEER label (South African World Music label) where he has released over 10 albums.  His third solo release, BEAUTIFUL FEET received highly acclaimed accolades around the world, where it was album of the month in four German publications and RADIO FRANCE FIP pick of the week. Nibs continues to spread his musical beauty around the world, where he has shared stages with the likes of Ben Harper, Bonnie Rait, Taj Mahal, Gito Baloi, Kelly Joe Phelps, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin and Shawn Phillips, as well as recording the critically acclaimed, ‘In the shade of the wild fig’, with long-time friend and collaborator, Guy Buttery.  Nibs’ new solo album, NATALIA, was recorded with world renowned producer Mark Tucker (Portishead, PJ Harvey, Jethro Tull), and is available now.
Born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, but now residing in Leek, Staffordshire, Helen describes herself as
‘An American girl with a guitar, sometimes alone, better with friends’ her influences include Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, Bobbie Gentry, Cyndi Lauper, PJ Harvey, Cat Power and Jeff Buckley.
Saturday 30th November Doors 7.30pm for 8.00pm Start
£15 Advance (includes pintxos – Spanish tapas)
£12 On the Door (no food included)


Laurence Jones Band
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm


The Laurence Jones band

Laurence Jones is back and is ready to tear up Europe with new self titled album Laurence Jones Band. The accomplished new album recorded in Miami and produced by Gregory Elias is set for release on Friday 27th Sept 2019 on USA label Top Stop Music.

Laurence Jones has been writing songs and performing on stage for over half his age, the Blues Rock troubadour has been fine-tuning his sound playing to packed house across Europe, leading the way for the new generation of blues performers.

The Laurence Jones band is
Laurence Jones – Vocals and Guitar / Phil Wilson – Drums / Bennett Holland – Keys / Greg Smith – Bass

Award winning guitarist, Laurence Jones says: ” I’m really proud to bring you this new album, two years of hard work have gone into the planning and recording of it. I will let the music do the talking though and see you on the road at a show ! ”


plus support from   Matt Pearce & The Mutiny




doors 7.00pm starts 7.30 pm £16.00 in advance £18.00 on the door .

Leek Ska Festival – A Christmas Skank
Dec 28 @ 7:30 pm


Formed in 1999 The Skalinskis play a fusion of upbeat dub and ska with a hint of eastern european folk in the mix. In 2019 the band are currently a 6 piece eclectic combo with a tidy beat and a heavy brass section. With 3 albums and years of touring under their belt, the band has honed a live show full of energy that is sure to get you dancing. Their material features driving lyrics, drunken vignettes and adaptations of classic ska/reggae. Guaranteed to Skank up the Dance!

Roots to Nowhere, a 4-piece ska/punk/reggae band from Crewe, Cheshire established in 2009 after the split of former band Empty Pockets. Roots’ songs depict the struggles of the working class and looking at society as a whole, with hard hitting relatable lyrics and music that makes you want to move.

Broken 3 Ways, a 4-piece ska-punk outfit from the north west, a dynamic band whom always Brings massive Energy into any Dance. They come at Ska with Contemporary Drive. Well seasoned on the Road, with many festival appearances these Boys are just coming into their own. “They blow the roof of every single time and you are never EVER disappointed” – Liverpool Live.

mummyfunk – Happy tunes to make you smile, brought to you with vinyl style. Classic selection.Doors open 7pm; 7.30pm start.

Tickets £7.00; £10.00 on the door.


Limehouse Lizzy
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm

Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute into their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo artist) Gary Moore.
From various T.V. appearances to actually being recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy.
DOORS 7.30 £15 in advance £17.50 on the door

Desperado – Eagles Greatest Hits Tour 2020
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm

The Eagles’ Greatest Hits collection (Vol. I) gained the position of being the best selling album of the 20th Century and recently overtook Thriller as the best selling album of all time.

From an era when country-tinged rock and fine harmonies spoke to a nation still reeling from unrest through a silent 14 year vacation and award winning comeback tour to present day as the band continue to perform their amazing catalogue of material on an international basis to sell out audiences.

Desperado tap into this incredible legacy and faithfully recreate a superb two hour plus good humoured homage to all your favourite Eagles tracks with the precision that Eagles fans deserve and Desperado consistently deliver. As more than one fan has said “If you close your eyes you would believe the Eagles themselves are on stage”

doors 7.30pm

£15 in advance £17 on the door