Not a bad start to 2018

Well, it's been a pretty decent way to kick off the year with two sold-out concerts, first in February and then again a few days ago when Other Roads were the headliners.

What can you say about Other Roads? They are superb. I'd heard a lot about them before the gig but had never seen them live. It always worries me when I've not personally seen an artist before. I very rarely book someone without seeing them first.

But any concerns I had disappeared within 30 seconds of their first song.

They were terrific - superb songwriters, brilliant delivery of the songs (stunning harmonies) ... and the fact they also possess a world-class fiddle player (wearing a rather impressive kilt, complete with a sparkling brand new sporran) is rather handy too.

Wonderful stuff and we hope to have them back soon.

The month before, in February, Phil Cockerham made his debut in St Annes. The Leeds-based singer-songwriter was fantastic. The number of fine songs he has written is mind-blowing and I'd implore you to go and check out tunes like 'Bones' or 'Half-English', a couple of stand-outs from his set.

With another fine Yorkshire songwriter up next in Roger Davies, followed by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Ninebarrow in May, there's plenty to look forward to.

Long may the music continue - and as always, huge huge thanks to all those that continue to turn up each month, pay the admission fee, and keep the club alive.


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