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 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.

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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














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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).

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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 is often invited to guest on studio albums and support major artists on tour and as well as touring with Jools Holland, Van Morrison and Nanci Griffith, Edwina has also toured with artists ranging from Loudon Wainwright and Roger McGuinn to KT Tunstall and Gretchen Peters.

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'

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Friday 1st March

The Jon Palmer Band       Tickets £10.00 

Described 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", this eclectic line-up includes guitars, mandolin, whistle, double bass, violin, and drums, with everyone sharing vocal duties.

Frontman Jon is a former winner of the Grolsch UK Songwriter of the Year, and a published songwriter with Sony.

His band are known for their exciting live shows, and wearing their folk rock roots on their sleeves.

The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band are currently touring last summer's album, The Silences In Between, which was lauded in the national folk music press, including a five-star review in R2 Magazine.

They have recently re-entered the studio to work on a follow-up record, which is due to be released later this year.

The set-list for the show will be made up of old and new material, based around Jon's solo work.

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Friday 5th April


Merry Hell     Tickets £10.00 

Yes!  They are back!

Merry Hell, our all-time favourite folk-rock band are back.  We can promise you another lively evening with the Wigan musical wizards at Ulverston Sports and Social Club. 

Since we last saw them here they have won two awards at the prestigious Folking.com Awards—Best Band and Best Live Act.  If ever a band deserved them it is Merry Hell.

Those of you who have seen Merry Hell before will know all about them.  For those that haven’t yet had that pleasure, then you have a treat in store.

Just watch the video clip link below, and see if you don’t agree.


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