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 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.
Friday 14th September
Flossie Malavialle Tickets £10.00
Flossie really needs no introduction. She is a popular performer wherever she goes, and has been to the club twice, but not since 2015, so it’s about time she came back.
Flossie Malavialle is a French-born singer who has been based in the North East of England since 2002.
Several years on, her profile has gone from strength to strength, and she plays throughout the UK and far beyond. Her collection of twelve albums (so far) is a reminder of how much work and dedication she has put into he music career.
She sings and plays a wide variety of songs in French, English and Spanish, interspersed with a touch of humorous Geordie-French banter which gives her performances a a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’… in any case, fun and emotion guaranteed.
From well-established folk songs to jazz standards, from blues numbers to Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel’s classics, her wide repertoire appeals to all.
Flossie’s powerful yet sensitive rendition of songs combine with her quaint northern twang and humorous banter will no doubt entertain and leave you with a smile.
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.
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).
South Lakes Music Partnership