Singing the success of Folk in Hillsborough

Hillsborough Folk Club has run successfully for well over a year now at the Burton Street Foundation.

Gaining eminence as a quality gig venue on the folk music circuit, many great performers have visited the club; Jon Boden, Gilmore and Roberts, Toein’ in the Dark, Tattie Jam, Jez Lowe, Scuppered, Go Beo, and much more.

Upcoming Events at the Hillsborough Folk Club:

  • March 30th Ewan McLennan (a very fine musician and singer in the Scottish style).
  • April 6th the Heathen Kings (a superb, newly formed traditional folk group from West Yorkshire).
  • April 13th Hannah James and Sam Sweeney (Hannah and James have recently released a CD together ‘Catches and Glees’ to rave reviews, were short listed at this year’s Folk Awards and are perhaps most universally known as two of the members of the very highly rated folk group KERFUFFLE).
  • April 20th Scuppered (a very well known and highly regarded regionally based folk band).

Organiser Pete Shaw told North West Sheffield News more about the club, and about the Burton Street Foundation:

The spring and early summer season has many surprises in store. This is the time of year when the club puts on a series of extra special guest nights, which this year starts on Tuesday March 30th with UK festival favourite Ewan McLennan followed by series of weekly guest evenings continuing right though into July.

The admission policy is extremely flexible; catering for people with varying ‘means’. In fact many nights are by voluntary collection during the interval with an indication how much to ‘donate’ being indicated.

Bar service and real ale is available and doors open at 8pm for bar service and tuning. The evenings get under way no later than 8.30pm, usually in the private bar area, occasionally in the adjoining concert room, starting with some excellent club singers and musicians with the first guest spot at just after 9pm.

Burton Street is best approached via Bamforth street, which runs between Langsett Road and Penistone Road then turning on Bilston Street. The Bamforth Street Supertram stop is close by. Bamforth Street is across from Monty’s Island and the Lexus showroom.

The club began in January of 2009 after I was approached by Mike Steel of Burton Street and asked to run the club on behalf of the Burton Street Foundation. I had no hesitation at all in accepting the offer as I have a very high regard for the Burton Street Foundation’s organisation and know only too well the fantastic community service it gives. Burton Street provides support and facilities for a very wide range of people from the regional community and is currently being completely refurbished to a very high standard.

I am very keen to start up a beginners and intermediate musicians session this year. Anyone interested in joining or supporting this type of event should get in touch with me on 07703 298164.

Facilities and services also on offer at the Foundation include a fitness studio, gymnasium, rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, a beauty salon, a monthly restaurant service, a hairdressing salon, drum tuition, boxing, office space and much more.

Activities at Burton Street are very wide ranging with children’s and adult’s dance, folk dance, brass band, clog dance, string instrument support, choral work and much more.

www.myspace.com/hillsboroughfolk

57 Burton Street
Sheffield S6 2HH
www.burtonstreet.co.uk

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