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 5th October
Reg Meuross Tickets £10.00
Based in Somerset, Reg is at his happiest touring, whatever the venue, from small acoustic clubs to the Albert Hall and big festivals across the globe. He has toured UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Festival highlights have included Cropredy, Cambridge Folk Festival, Great British Folk Festival, Auckland Folk Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival and many more.
These shows are spellbinding and Reg Meuross captures the attention and the hearts of audiences of all sizes from festival stage to folk club floor with his beautiful tenor voice, captivating lyrics and mesmerising guitar playing.
Reg first emerged onto the acoustic music scene in the 1980s with The Panic Brothers and has, over the years of touring and playing solo as well as with many other acclaimed artists, developed a style that as Pete Townshend says “allows the listener to embrace the whole breadth of his work over many years without distraction… he sings in the neutral accent of an Englishman who travels the entirety of the British Isles, and tastes all its flavours, influenced by all its most profound national colours. In this he reminds one of Roy Harper or Ewan McColl, recent greats who went before him. Reg’s composing and performing is not bound or influenced by trends or fashion or the need to make a display. Reg will be a good man to listen to when the time comes to look at developing your own way to be your own singer-songwriter.”
Reg will be supported by Mike Turnbull.
Friday 2nd November
Alan and Lynne Hempton Tickets £5.00
Brother and sister duo Alan & Lynne Hempton from Lancashire are beginning to make a name for themselves on the folk club and festival circuit with their exciting blend of old time harmonies and original song writing.
Invoking a vintage quality with their single mic style and traditional instrumentation, their music rings with an acoustic resonance that only sibling voices can create.
Drawing on the twin traditions of American and English folk, their song writing transcends both genres to offer a sound as timeless as it is unique.
A showcase act at the 2017 Costa del Folk Festival in Portugal, their performances were praised for their originality and musicianship.
Alan and Lynne performed for us last year as a support act.
Many people said that they were better than the main act, so here they are. Headliners this time.
The ticket price is only £5.00 for this event. We want to get as many people in as possible because all the proceeds from this show will go to support two charities; North West Blood Bikers, and Furness Refugee Support. Both of these deserving local charities are worthy of our help and depend on donations.
Please come and support them.
Friday 9th November
Gerry Colvin Band Tickets £10.00
At the Laurel and Hardy Museum
Gerry Colvin was born in Barrow
In the 1970’s Gerry joined pop band ‘The Man Upstairs’. They released three singles and toured with ‘The Smiths’.
In the early 1980’s he co-founded and fronted the legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit ‘Terry & Gerry’. This seminal band toured Europe and the USA and appeared on countless radio and TV shows including ‘The Tube’ and ‘The Old Grey whistle Test’. Their five singles all reached No 1 in the indie charts.
In the early 1990’s Gerry worked in Nashville as a professional songwriter and back in the UK collaborated with Alison Moyet, co-writing on an album project. He also penned TV themes, musicals, and film scores and wrote and presented for BBC Radio 2. His band ‘Gerry Colvin Inexperience’, a fusion of soul, R & B and Folk-Country, became a firm favourite on the College circuit.
In 1993 Gerry formed the folk-pop band ‘The Atlantics’. They toured extensively including a slot at Glastonbury where Gerry was compère, and appeared on BBC’s prestigious ‘Pebble Mill at One’.
In 1995 Gerry co-founded the five piece folk band Colvinquarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the Fairport Convention Cropredy festival in 2009. In 2010 they won the Hancock Award for ‘Best Live Folk Act’. In May 2013 Gerry was invited by New York producer and Robert Plant collaborator Dave Barratt to record ‘Revolution’ for the ‘Beatles Complete on Ukulele’ album and website.
In 2015 the original line-up of Terry and Gerry reformed and toured nationally with rock heroes Status Quo, culminating with a concert at The Albert Hall! Terry and Gerry also appeared at Glastonbury that year and released the ‘Dear John’ EP, a self-penned tribute to the late John Peel. Cherry Red Records re-issued the greatest hits album too.
In 2013 Gerry released a self-penned solo album ‘Jazz Tales of Country Folk. His CD ’Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other’, a collection of ten brand new songs became available last year. His novel ’The Rabbits of Zakynthos’ will be published this year. A new album ‘Back and Forth’ has just been released.
Doors open at 20.00hrs for this one.
Saturday 10th November
Songs From a Potter’s Field Tickets £10.00
With Joe Solo and Rebekah Findlay
A special Remembrance Day Event
At the Laurel & Hardy Museum
Friday 7th December
John Otway Tickets £10.00
Rock and Roll’s greatest failure
John Otway’s first single was released in 1972, but didn’t trouble the charts. The Punk Rock era brought him to the public’s attention after an athletic appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test. His song ‘Really Free’ reached number 27 in the UK charts in 1977, and another single ‘DK50/80’ climbed to the not so dizzy heights of number 45. Despite poor record sales Otway has very loyal fans. He has used this fanbase to good effect. In 2002 he was asked what he wanted for his 50th birthday, and he said a second hit. His fans rallied round and the song “Bunsen Burner’ made the top ten in the charts. That enabled to add the ‘S’ to his ‘Greatest Hit’ cd, as he proudly says, at the right end of the word ‘hit’.
Since his last visit to the club back in November 2011, yes, it’s that long, John Otway has made a film, again with the help of his fans, to celebrate his 60th birthday. ‘Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie’ premiered at the Odeon, Leicester Square before being shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, and at Glastonbury the same year.
His latest album, Montserrat was released in May last year.
It will be an interesting evening and a fine finale to the year. Audience participation is expected (see music link).
Friday 1st February
Edwina Hayes Tickets £10.00
I first heard Edwina when she supported Fairport Convention at the Coro early in 2014. I'm sure that many of you were there. At the interval there was a bigger queue to buy her music that Fairport's. I was in that queue. Since then she performed at our club in 2015. I am a huge fan and can't wait to see her again.
Edwina’s beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. Edwina numbers Michael Parkinson and Mike Harding among her fans and the title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her 'the sweetest voice in England'.
Her cover of the Randy Newman song Feels Like Home was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister's Keeper and has since had over eight million plays on You Tube.
Edwina was born in Dublin and grew up in Preston, Lancashire before moving to the East coast of Yorkshire as a teenager, where she has been based ever since. Dividing her time between the UK and America, Edwina's second home is Nashville where she is much loved as a songwriter and artist.
Having signed with Warner Chappell Publishing and with an eclectic range of influences from Bob Dylan and Carole King to Van Morrison and Gillian Welch, Edwina released her debut album 'Out On My Own' on Warner Brothers to critical acclaim. Produced by Clive Gregson and Nick Drake producer John Wood, the record featured Dr Hook's Dennis Locorriere as a guest vocalist and became a favourite on Michael Parkinson's BBC Radio Show.
Edwina released her second album 'Pour Me A Drink' independently to great success. Much more stripped down and acoustic, Nanci Griffith covered the title track and Edwina's version of Feels Like Home was played in full in the major motion picture 'My Sister's Keeper' starring Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin. Edwina followed in the same style with her third release 'Good Things Happen Over Coffee' and touring constantly continues to attract wonderful reviews and fans worldwide.
In 2015 Edwina began songwriting and performing with Kate Bramley and Simon Haworth and together they formed the trio The Mile Roses. Their debut album was released in July 2017.
The Guardian - 'Edwina is a haunting honeyed solo songwriter'
Michael Parkinson - 'A very talented young lady'
Nanci Griffith - 'The sweetest voice in England. A wonderful young woman, so gifted and full of song'
Time Out - 'Sweet-voiced songwriter who has a fine line in gentle, country-tinged material'
Perez Hilton - 'Like a soft blanket'
South Lakes Music Partnership