ONE HAND CLAPPING CONCERT

This the first of our 3 fundraisers for next year's FREE music festival at the Alison Arms in June.  It should be a great night with the lively One Hand Clapping supported by the magical singing of Kim and Wayne.    We are always grateful for your support.

FESTIVAL 2017 REVIEW

THURSDAY

We had 13 helpers to put the tent up.  Thank you to the team and all your hard work.

 

 

 

FRIDAY NIGHT

The Henry Priestman and Les Glover and friends set was an great start to our Festival with brilliant off the cuff humour and original songs.  They bounced off each other all night and we loved it.  There was much hilarity and laughing and the ‘Talc Attack’  refrain originating from two young lads running through the tent throwing talcum powder at each other, was visited often during the set.

 

 

 SATURDAY AFTERNOON

 This was Ken Scally's extravaganza and that it was.  Pete Southworth gave us a lovely rendition of his own compositions.  Ken Scally delivered a wonderful selection of music hall/ Lancashire songs and poems.  Jan Hough sang and played a varied set which demonstrated her fab voice and versatility using ukulele, bodhran and guitar.  Jan was followed by 10 members of the Ormskirk Ukulele Band.  They were colourful and fun and sang many favourites from the 60's and 70's.  This was indeed a terrific afternoon of live music.  All brilliant local talent and enjoyed by a large audience. Thanks Ken.

 

 

 SATURDAY NIGHT

 Saturday night opened with Chris Rogan with his delightful laid back and pleasant patter. His  self-penned songs and a few covers were delivered with clever guitar accompaniment.  We enjoyed this first set.  

 Then it was the turn of Drop the Floor.  This was the highlight of a very full on day of live music. They just blew us away.  That combination of guitar, banjo, fiddle and Uillean pipes played by virtuoso musicians was pure magic.  Richard Moss interspersed this Irish dance music with some lovely Irish and Blackburn songs and got us to join in.  It was a perfect set and was not only the highlight of today but of many festival gigs we have had.  Well done lads.  You are all so talented.  Thanks to Westminster Sound and Bill for providing great sound.

 

 

 SATURDAY AFTERNOON

 This was the open mic event.  We had a least 21 performers either singing, playing or saying poetry.    It was a showcase of local and visiting talent and with the sun shining, was most enjoyable.

 

 

 SUNDAY NIGHT

 Tonight we had the pleasure of two cracking groups.  Vision Thing with our own Shelly set the pace with a mixture of their own material and covers and a lovely version of Cooleys reel.  ‘The Ould Triangle’ was one of the many songs where the audience joined in and the atmosphere was wonderful.  This group are on the up and deserve to make it big. They were fantastic.  

 They were followed by the Mather/Robinson. Band from Manchester.  Their sound was amazing.  They were lively, funny, musical and different.  Their songs, mostly their own, covered history, politics and current affairs, and were cleverly written.  It's a pity that so many had to leave early.  The audience that remained stayed because they loved them.  

 

 

 THANK YOU

 Thank you to all the artists who entertained us so well all weekend.  Thanks to Bill Sproson who provided magnificent sound.  Thanks to Mavis and Ron and the team for working so hard and providing the venue and beverages.  Thanks to our Coppull folk team especially Ken Scally, Kevin Brady and Phil Regan.  Thanks to the sun for coming out and to all the people who came to make this weekend another special festival.

 

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INFORMATION ABOUT ARTISTS

 

FRIDAY NIGHT 

LES GLOVER AND HENRY PRIESTMAN DUO

 

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Les hails from Liverpool and has  a great stage presence and is an excellent guitarist.   He has a wonderful repertoire of songs  and  we look forward to him opening up our Festival this year.  “Loved up Les, one man, a guitar, and a pile of great songs” – James Watt (BBC Radio Presenter)  ‘Men of a certain Age’, “one of many enjoyable numbers on his debut album” – R2 Magazine.

Henry Priestman has been entertaining us by either penning great songs  (‘Ideal World’ and ‘Words’ are but two), during his time in the Christians or, since 2007 as a solo artist.  His two albums ‘Settle Down’ and ‘The Last Mad Surge of Youth’  have got great  reviews. “…. he is a fine songwriter with an acerbic wit when it comes to his take on relationships, work, life and how some of us are getting slightly older but not quite ready for it yet…” Maverick.

“Henry and Les have great chemistry” – Graham Gouldman (10cc)  Together they produce a great music sound on various instruments  and with Henry’s wit,  promise to give us a great first night.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

KEN SCALLY'S EXTRAVAGANZA

 

KEN SCALLY

Ken has been a stalwart promoter of the festival for 6 years and is a very talented musician and all round folk singer. He specialises in traditional Lancashire songs, poems and stories, bringing them to life in his own inimitable way. Saturday afternoon is his spot where, not on does he do a great set, but he invites guests to grace the stage with a different theme each year. There is so much untapped talent in the Wigan area. Saturday afternoon will be as enjoyable as ever.

 PETE SOUTHWORTH

 

 

 

 Pete is  one of our regulars at the  weekly singaround at the Alison  Arms, and pens many thoughtful topical songs  about life and places.  He is still in the process of making his CD which will contain many of his interesting songs.   Steeped in the 60's protest singer style, his songs sometimes take on an older old time country feel with a lovely laid back style.  He has a very clever way with words.

 JAN HOUGH

Jan is another prolific singer/songwriter.  She is highly entertaining and very talented versatile musician featuring guitar, ukulele and bodhran.  She believes in magic and loves the moon and stars and wild animals, plants, flowers, bees, etc and is always looking on the bright side of life and nature.  So watch out for some unusual humorous songs and our only female performer this year.

THE ORMSKIRK UKELELE BAND

 

 

 

 

This band are a lot of fun.  They love dressing up for the big occasions and entertain with a wide repertoire.  They are well received wherever they go  and should end the Saturday afternoon concert with some tunes for us to sing along to.  This is their first visit to the festival and we look forward to them very much.

 

SATURDAY NIGHT

CHRIS ROGAN

 

 

 Sounds of Folk's Ali O'Brien describes Chris as "the kind of voice you could just listen to for hours" whilst Folk North West said "a master songwriter and performer". His songs tell the story of the people and things around him in a very easy, touching style. After a gap of several years, Chris has returned to the folk circuit.  He has an engaging stage presence and will have you singing along in no time. His Two cds WHERE FANTASY FLIES and  SET MY DREAMS FREE have had great reviews and his third CD is about to be released. 

 DROP THE FLOOR

DTF are a four piece vocal and instrumental group based in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Firmly routed in the traditional music and songs of Ireland but also taking from Scotland and Lancashire, the band features Steven Johnston on Uilleann Pipes, Martin Baptie on Fiddle, Richard Moss on Guitar and Vocals and Daniel Burke on Tenor Banjo.  All musicians are virtuso in their own right and Richard Moss (who also does solo gigs) blends his vocals to their vibrant musical set.  Be prepared  to be wowed by this music.

SUNDAY NIGHT

 

 VISON THING

 "Vision Thing", a five-piece hailing from the North West, produce harmonious and beautiful music many of which are their own compositions.  Pete Cunliffe - Vocals and acoustic guitar - is a prolific songwriter.  Cherlene (Shelly) Walmsley - Vocals.   Shelly is  popular member of our own Coppull Folk Club, and  has a powerful and distinctive voice.  Paul Cunliffe - Ukelele bass and electric bass - Paul is a veteran of many bands, and is  an accomplished music engineer, and produces albums at his studio in Southport.  David Windsor - Violin - David plays a 100 year old violin through a variety of effects producing "a tone and texture to die for"   Ian Cripps, FATEA magazine February 2017.  Jon Ormrod -  Percussion - Jon adds the beat on djembe and cajon percussion, making for a portable and effective rhythm unit.

MATHER/ROBINSON BAND

 

 

Be warned The Mather Robinson Band get in your face right from the very first note. It's a fair bet subtlety isn't a word the band is familiar with, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Their music is solid, their songs often politically motivated and their lyrics scythe like. Many will remember that sort of thing from when a lot of folk had an edge which so often seems dulled of late.  The band from Manchester, seem to have come out of the shadows where they have be lurking for some time. There is something wonderfully loose about their music it almost seems like when they are playing they want to get on, get it done and get to the bar.  Anthony Quinn, Dave Mather, Pete Robinson and Chris Mather give you thoughtful,  witty , lively music.  They should provide a  rousing  end  to the festival 2017.

And, all entertainment is FREE.  Mavis and Ron kindly provide the bar facilities and venue.   All we ask is that you support Mavis and Ron by buying your drink from them, and contribute to the odd raffle that provides funds to host the Festival.  Coppull Folk invite you to come over to the Alison Arms anytime over the weekend and enjoy  this wonderful  friendly venue, for great music.

 

 

 

THE HOUGHTON WEAVERS FUNDRAISER CONCERT

 

Festival line-up on Festival Page.  Click on FREE FESTIVAL  at top of the page.

 

 

 

 

REVIEW OF GARY AND VERA ASPEY CONCERT 24 FEBRUARY 2017

 

 Thank you Gary and Vera for a very enjoyable set - plenty of story telling and singing, and much laughter.  Entertainment is their game and they do it well.   The first half of the night was just as good with Ken Scally, Pete Southworth, Grandad Dave, John Morgan-Thompson, and Mervyn Rimmer. Their sets were worthy of a concert in their own right.  We are lucky to have such talented Coppull Folk.    

 

Thanks to Mervyn who provided excellent sound for the entertainers.  Thanks to Kevin Brady for all his help and support in the background, and to Ronnie, Lawrence Hoy, Phyllis and Eileen for raffle donations.  Finally,  thanks to our great audience who made it another special night of live music and helped us raise funds for our next free music festival on 2-4 June 2017.

 

The next fund raiser is on 12 May 2017, featuring the Houghton Weavers supported by Rare Auld Times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GARY AND VERA FUNDRAISER 24 FEBRUARY 2017

 

A Happy New Year to you all.  

 

 

We are delighted to announce that Gary and Vera will headline our second Fundraiser for our Free Music Festival on 2, 3 and 4 June 2017.

 

 

 

 

 Date 24  February 2017

 

 Venue - Unity Club, Cross St, Standish,WN6 0HQ

 

 Time 8 pm        TICKETS £7

 

Contacts:

 

Phil    001772432691

 

Kevin 01257400650

 

Ken   01942732728

 

 

BERNARD WRIGLEY FUND RAISER 7 October 2016

Thanks to all who came tonight to see Bernard Wrigley. He indeed (as promised) gave us songs, stories and silliness, and made us all laugh. He has a very clever stage act and excellent timing and was well received by a full house.

Thanks also to Ken, Mervyn, Pete and John who entertained us in the warm up. Thanks to Phyllis, Ronnie and Bridie who donated raffle prizes. Thanks to all the backroom team who made the night possible, and finally thanks to you the audience who came to support us. It was a great night.

All proceeds are going towards running the Free Music Festival on 2, 3 and 4 June 2017.

BERNARD WRIGLEY FUNDRAISER CONCERT 7 October 2016

Admission £8.  Contact:

 

Phil 01773432691,

 

Kevin 01257400650,

 

or Ken 01942732728

FESTIVAL REVIEW 2016

THURSDAY AFTERNOON 9 JUNE PREPARATIONS

 

 FRIDAY NIGHT 10 JUNE

Tonight was a night to remember. Rare Ould Times did themselves proud. What a lively, musical opener to our festival! They set the scene and got us in the mood with Irish specials and singalongs, despite the inclement weather. What's new about that here at Coppull? Thanks to Lawrence Hoy, Steve Higgins and Debbie. Bandersnatch had to live up to that excellent gig. And did they not? Musical excellence at its best. Superb harmonies and timing, and just everything about that set was just ace. We loved it all. This group deserves to be up there with the best. A fab start to what should be a great weekend. Thank you to the groups and to all of you who turned out to support the festival.

 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON 11 JUNE

Well done Ken Scally for hosting the singer/songwriter extravaganza. Cliff Jarvis and John, backed by Barry on bass, got us off to a good start by getting us to sing along to their rockabilly classics. Ken then opened the set with his self penned reflective historical gems about life in Wigan. Worsley Mains and "The sun is sinking down the Hill" are masterpieces. Colin Winstanley was next with mainly comical songs about life, such as kids, credit cards and Wally's shop. His final number was very reflective about finding our place in life. Billy Hill from St Helens, gave us reflective songs about being lonely, pubs shutting and his sisters. Pete Southworth pens romantic songs about love and nature and finished with his classic about the Lakes of Sligo which made me very happy. A D Cooke's songs are mainly about relationships and emotions and she delivered them confidently with a super voice that came from the heart. She performed many tracks off her CD Northern Girl, such as On my Own, Visions of You, I found a boy but I've got a man, I'll love you till we're old. It was a great afternoon of music which we all enjoyed. Who cares about torrential rain when this talent is around. Thank you to all the artists

 

SATURDAY NIGHT  11 JUNE

Kim and Wayne wowed us with a wonderful set of blues and contemporary folk music. Kim sang from the heart, with her distinctly unique powerful voice and was accompanied by Wayne’s masterful guitar work and melodic harmonies. We were engaged with their set right from the start. They invited Peter Bryon to accompany them in the second part, with his masterful electric piano playing which subtly enhanced the sound. Colin Winstanley added another dimension with his bluesy harmonica playing for some of the songs. Pedro joined them to add his bass voice to The Dress of Emerald Green. This was a class act. Thank you.

Hard Times gave us and entertaining set with humorous droll all night. Laurie’s original one liners is a talent in itself. His songs are mainly a mixture of historical songs and well-loved singalong standards to which the audience responded. Laurie’s musical excellence with whistle and flute wowed us. Gordon’s 5 string banjo, guitar and mandolin playing featured prominently, and he played these instruments with ease moving up and down the frets comfortably with every performance. Geoff Wilkinson is the band's Bass player and a fine Guitarist who compliments the musicianship generated by this talented trio.m's sound effects from his percussion box added to Les's ukulele and harmonica playing, and the tune with the cigar box guitar demonstrated what great music they can produce. Jon Brindley was our final act. The fiddle playing gave us Irish and English dance music. The piano accordion took us to Italy, France, Scotland, Deep South, Ireland and England, played masterfully. Then his trusted guitar took us rock and roll in', to the blues, pop, jazz, traditional, romantic, gospel, genres. What can this man not do with his magical voice, and musical instrument mastery? All delivered in the laid back style we are accustomed to. Several times he invited Les and Tim Cooke from Chonkinfeckle to join him and the sound and energy these 3 lads produced, twas worthy of the biggest stage in the land, ably assisted by Westminster Stage Engineer Bill Sproson. And, we had it at Coppull in our tent! Thanks to Chonkinfeckle, Jon Brindley and Bill Sproson for making it happen. Thanks to all the artists who produced such wonderful musical memories over the weekend. Thanks to Mavis Bury and Ron and her team for giving us the venue and working so hard to keep it going in the bar. Thanks to the Coppull Folk Club team for all your hard work not only this weekend but through the the year with the fund raising concerts. Thanks to all the people who came and ignored those most awful wet downpours and just enjoyed yourselves. Your support and friendship means a lot.

 

 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON 12 JUNE

Great talent at our Open Mic Spot

 

 

SUNDAY NIGHT 12 JUNE

After one thought that the standard of music and entertainment at the festival couldn't get any better, along came Sunday Night. I think we'd all agree with Ken Scally that it was the best final night ever of the past 19 festivals. Chonkinfeckle delivered a very clever polished performance including some new numbers from their latest cd. They are born entertainers and their enjoyment and humour on stage spread the feel good factor to their audience. Tim's sound effects from his percussion box added to Les's ukulele and harmonica playing, and the tune with the cigar box guitar demonstrated what great music they can produce. Jon Brindley was our final act. The fiddle playing gave us Irish and English dance music. The piano accordion took us to Italy, France, Scotland, Deep South, Ireland and England, played masterfully. Then his trusted guitar took us rock and roll in', to the blues, pop, jazz, traditional, romantic, gospel, genres. What can this man not do with his magical voice, and musical instrument mastery? All delivered in the laid back style we are accustomed to. Several times he invited Les and Tim Cooke from Chonkinfeckle to join him and the sound and energy these 3 lads produced, twas worthy of the biggest stage in the land, ably assisted by Westminster Stage Engineer Bill Sproson. And, we had it at Coppull in our tent! Thanks to Chonkinfeckle, Jon Brindley and Bill Sproson for making it happen. Thanks to all the artists who produced such wonderful musical memories over the weekend. Thanks particularly to Bill Sproson who managed the sound and lighting throughout the weekend so efficiently.  Thanks to Mavis Bury and Ron and her team for giving us the venue and working so hard to keep it going in the bar. Thanks to Coppull Rugby Club for allowing us to camp in their grounds.  Thanks to the Coppull Folk Club team for all your hard work not only this weekend but through the the year with the fund raising concerts. Thanks to all the people who came and ignored those most awful wet downpours and just enjoyed yourselves. Your support and friendship means a lot.

 

MONDAY 13 JUNE

Monday and farewell to a brilliant festival with lovely people and brilliant music. Thanks to the tent taker downers team.