Ulverston Live Music

Bringing the best of live folk, blues and acoustic music to the South Lakes    

Unless otherwise stated, events on this page will take place at Ulverston Sports Club, Priory Road, Ulverston LA12 9HT.

Doors are open from 7.45pm.


Friday 2nd March

Jon Palmer Band   Tickets £10.00 

The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band is a highly acclaimed 6-piece folk, roots and rock & roll combo based in and around the musically vibrant West Yorkshire market town of Otley. The line-up includes guitars, mandolin, whistle, double bass, violin, and drums. Everyone sings!

Describing the band as “a cross between The Pogues and Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Session Band –with a bit of Waterboys and Saw Doctors thrown in for good measure”, Leeds Music Scene said the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band left them “spellbound and desperate for more!” Jon is a former winner of the Grolsch UK Songwriter of the Year, and a published songwriter with Sony.


a cracking new album” – Mike Harding

Should there be any justice, ‘The Silences In Between’, will be the album that raises Jon Palmer Acoustic Band from Yorkshire’s ‘best kept secret’ to wider recognition.” – FolkWords.com

The bottom line is that this is a superb album of 21st century folk-rock. Go out and buy it in thousands and make the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band rich and famous.” – Folking.com

“I never tire of this band, soaring songs, sing-along choruses… and passion. Perfect! Do yourself a favour and acquire Live at Otley Courthouse. Do yourself a second favour: go see them at their live best” 5 Stars – R2 Magazine

A blur of hedonistic delight” – Fatea Showcases

Jon Palmer is a very fine songwriter… if the band were a heavy electric group they’d be The Levellers, but that would lose the subtlety of the acoustic performance.” – R2 Magazine (Rock n Reel)

Genuinely well written songs” – Maverick Magazine

they explode out of the same box as The Pogues, The Saw Doctors, and The Waterboys… a fantastic band” – The Troubadour Show

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Friday 6th April

Tannahill Weavers      Tickets £10.00 

As they approach their 50th anniversary, the Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands.  There diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs and original ballads and lullabies.  Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people.  These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant and humorous performances and outstanding efforts that seemingly can’t get better… yet continue to do just that.

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Friday 4th May

Johnny Campbell     Tickets £10.00 

''One of folk’s brightest rising stars'' Bright Young Folk.

''If you’re a fan of traditional folk music and folk singers like Christy Moore and Paul Brady then you will love this man’s music.'' London Celtic Punks

A fast, ruthless, uncompromising sound which lends its influences from far and wide. Johnny is also a humorous storyteller and recalls stories of touring from twenty countries and counting, where he's plied his trade. Embracing traditional music from Europe and sometimes frantic Bluegrass style picking, Johnny performs mostly self penned inspiring songs of protest, migration and debauchery.

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Friday 1st June

Skinner and T’Witch     Tickets £10.00 

Skinner (Steve) & T’witch (Sandra) are a Leeds based duo performing folk, flamenco and theatre style songs, with driving rhythms, intense harmonies and inspiring lyrics. 

Steve started as a sonwriter for travelling theatre shows and is still a prolific writer.  He started to learn Flamenco guitar about twelve years ago, and the influence is apparent  in much of his music.

Sandra is more folk orientated but also sings classical musical, proud to be a member of the Huddersfield Choral Society.  She has performed with many singers during her singing career.

The couple met at a folk club and discovered that their voices were compatible  back in 2010.  they have performed together ever since.

There is a wide variety of song styles in their repertoire, linked by T’Witch’s multi layered harmonies and Steve’s sensitive, accomplished songwriting and musicianship.

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Friday 6th July

Dave Gibb   Tickets £10.00 

We are pleased to have back Dave Gibb, one of the most requested and popular performers at the club.  This will be Dave’s sixth visit to the club, and we look forward to his shows immensely.

He is a consummate guitarist, singer and songwriter and all-round entertainer.  Over the years, Dave has released nine albums, including the acclaimed Avalon, Blood and Flame, Giggles and his latest, Motherload.

Hailing from Wanlockhead in Dumfries and Galloway, Dave describes himself as a left-handed, balding, middle-aged, song-writing folky from Scotland’s highest village.

Lyrically, Dave is a storyteller and troubadour, determined to maintain the art of storytelling through song. Musically, he draws on both traditional and contemporary sources, especially the finger picking styles of his heroes, and is one of the more accomplished guitarists on the folk circuit.  His not too serious songs reflect his somewhat cynical view of the world and its inhabitants.  As a result his songs have titles as diverse as The Leaving (about the Highland clearances) and Mentally Degoolified (about the neutering of his cat), and subjects that range from the death of John the Baptist (Caravaggio’s Eyes) to what life must have been like as a chamber-pot emptier living on the banks of the Yangtze River (Better Life Next Time).

Come along.  You’ll enjoy this performance.

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