Leeks Art Centre

Mel Hill & his Fine & Dandy Jazz Band

In the second lead in performance to this year’s Leek Arts Festival. ‘The Foxlowe Sessions’ are presenting :-

Mel Hill and his ‘Fine and Dandy Jazz Band’
Foxlowe Arts Centre
Friday 8th March 2013
Tickets £6 form Foxlowe Arts Centre or Colloco in Sheepmarket or online at www.foxloweartscentre.org.uk/tickets

There will be a range of Jazz styles including a journey through the Great American Songbook

Mel Hill is well-known as a trumpeter, broadcaster and jazz music writer – an all-round expert whose career spanned education, network radio and his long-running local radio jazz show.

Mel retired from his jazz show on September 5th, 2007 after 19 years continuous service to jazz radio. What began as a regional specialist music show more recently developed into a cult worldwide hit much appreciated by a whole new audience thanks to the world wide web. Indeed, you made Mel Hill’s Jazz the most popular Listen Again show produced by BBC Local Radio with around 20,000 hits each month. A wonderful selection of music, plus Mel’s vast knowledge and relaxed presentation style proved a winning combination.

Flossie Malavialle – Live Foxlowe Sessions, Friday Feb 8th

This Friday, Feb 8th sees the debut of French folk singer Flossie Malavialle at Foxlowe Arts Centre.
Tickets are only £8 from Foxlowe Arts Centre, Colloco or online

Here’s a video – have a listen

But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what other people say about Flossie:

“Flossie has a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark, with a pureness of quality to stop you in your tracks in the forest of a song”
Colum Sands

“A truly impressive voice and excellent stage presence”
Tanglefoot, Canada

“Flossie’s great! She came over from France and wowed everybody with her sensational voice, her gutsy guitar style, eclectic repertoire and franglais patter”
Vin Garbutt

“To have a song covered by a voice with the beauty, clarity and passion of Flossie is a pleasure that should be enjoyed by all songwriters”
Kieran Halpin

“Flossie is inspiring! She sings every song with such skill and commitment. She even sings my songs better than me! It’s great to have her on our scene”
Allan Taylor

“Here’s a sensational performer. She intrigues listeners with her quaint French-Geordie accent and charms them with her stories and ready laughter. Yet it’s her singing that bowls them over. An artist’s artist, a people’s artist, here’s a mammoth talent emphatically radiating that magical X-factor. A veritable show stopper!”
Wheaton Aston Festival

Original Songs & Words by Buxton Open Mic Performers


Date for your diary – Thursday December 6th.

Buxton open mic performers will be performing at Foxlowe arts centre.

On the bill are the fantastic:

  • Jack Regan : master word contortionist and killer rhymer.
  • Hilary Iredale : songs to have you smiling one minute and in tears the next.
  • Susannah Thompson : colourful poet who speaks from the heart.
  • Johnny Dysfunctional : sweet melodies and dark and witty laments.
  • Julian Cohen : compere and performance poet.
It’s a free event but if you’d like you can make a donation to support Foxlowe arts centre.


The Smears playing at Foxlowe arts centre

Playing in the New Year – January 4th, more details soon in the meantime have a look at this great video

Small Town Jones Video

Described as ‘Annoyingly Good’ by Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2 and playing live on November 22nd at Foxlowe arts centre.
Tickets and more info is here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/187735 and here’s Small Town Jones website: http://www.jimjones.co.uk/.

In the meantime have a look at this great video:

Small Town Jones – “Red”from Another Lazy Sunday on Vimeo.

Robert Vincent playing at Foxlowe arts centre

Photo’s of Robert Vincent, Liverpool based singer-songwriter, playing at Foxlowe arts centre, September 28th. Robert is booked to return in February and also in May to play Leek art’s festival – we’ll keep you updated when we have more news.

Albert Lee at Leek Arts Festival

Albert Lee played at Foxlowe Arts Centre on May 9th as part of Leek Arts Festival.

Here’s a small gallery courtesy of Leek Arts Festival of the evening.

Heritage Rooms Now Open

This gallery contains 15 photos.

The Heritage rooms at Foxlowe arts centre were opened on Friday, April 20th with two exhibitions organised by Cathryn Walton, Secretary of Leek & District Historical Society and Heritage coordinator at Foxlowe arts centre.

The two exhibitions feature a history of Leek’s textile mills and the many companies that were established in Leek and an overview of Leek’s rich heritage, including information on The Foxlowe and the Cruso family.

Leek Arts Festival

Foxlowe arts centre is hosting 14 events during May as part of Leek Arts Festival. Some of these events have been moved from the Swan after it closed in April and many of the events are selling out fast.

To see the full list of Leek Arts Festival events at the Foxlowe arts centre please go to our what’s on calendar. You can filter by category to just see the arts festival events or view our full calendar including exhibitions.

Foxlowe Talks Programme

After the initial sell out success of Cath Walton’s Foxlowe and her families Foxlowe arts centre are pleased to announce the next Foxlowe Talks.

Wednesday 21st March – Geoff Browne: Headlines & Deadlines. The inside story of how newspapers became what they are and why they do what they do. Includes local history as seen through the Post & Times and silly headlines that don’t mean what the writers wanted them to mean.Geoff’s regular column in the Post & Times informs and entertains readers week by week with a professional style and a unique blend of humour and insight.

Wednesday 25th April – Carol Phillipson: Through The Eye Of A Needle. The talk will show how a hobby developed into an, at times, almost full-time occupation, from running a small cross-stitch business to being asked to lecture at the largest international patchwork show in the world. Retired teacher and author of seven books on cross-stitch and patchwork, Carol will offer an entertaining insight into the highs and lows of her “extra” life as a needlework and patchwork designer.

Wednesday 2nd May, To Be Confirmed – Talk on Castro’s Cuba. Details pending from university of Nottingham’s Forum for Cuban Studies staff.

Tickets will be available soon from Colloco (Sheepmarket, Leek) and Boardman’s Newsagents (Broad  Street, Leek). £5 with all proceeds for Foxlowe arts centre