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.

 

FESTIVAL 2016

 

 

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THE HOUGHTON WEAVERS CONCERT APRIL 2016

We had a full house tonight with a lovely friendly atmosphere and an appreciative audience.

Ken Scally and Barry opened the show with a comical Lanky set.  This was followed by the Strawdogs,  Christine Taylor, Peter Southworth,  Barry and Ken, who wowed us with musical rockabilly classics.   Phil Regan sang melodic contemporary folk songs and John Morgan-Thompson gave us a lively set to finish the first half. These are all talented musicians and singers and deserved their warm applause.

The Houghton Weavers had us singing and laughing from the start.  Their second half consisted of requests from the audience.   This proves their versatility and wonderful memories to be able to do an unrehearsed set with ease.  Their stage presence is so uplifting and this is why they are still around and as popular as ever.

Thanks to all of you who came, helped out, contributed raffle prizes and performed on stage.  This concert was a big help to our fund raising.  Thank you.

The next big event is the actual festival Jund 10, 11 and 12, 2016.  Roll on June 10th and settled and dry weather!

Maria

 

 

ANTHONY JOHN CLARKE CONCERT REVIEW FEB 19, 2016

The evening began with some of the talented regulars who attend the singaround each Wednesday.  Ken Scalley assisted by Colin, Peter Southworth, John Morgan-Thompson, and Mervyn Rimmer, treated us to a varied mix of acoustic music and were well received by this appreciative audience.

 

Anthony John Clarke wowed s tonight with his fast words and endless patter.  He's a unique artist who has that knack of involving his audience all the time.  We were like school kids singing louder, softer, faster, slower, higher, lower, etc.  He does this with ease.  His wife Julia accompanied him in the last few songs and was included in much of the banter.  Anthony sang many old classics like "Tuesday night is always Karaoke", and "Gloria".  However his relatively new "Car Boot" song is up there with many of his greats.  He is truly gifted and we left with that feel good factor one gets, after so many laughs.  Thank you Anthony John and Julia.

 

Thank you also to the support artists and to the backstage crew especially Kevin Brady and Ken Scalley who work so hard at promoting the fund raising concerts.  A big thank you to Mervyn Rimmer who provided the sound system and made sure that it worked perfectly all night.  Thanks to Phil Regan who organised the event and did the MC.  Thanks to Sheila Taylor, and Diane and Albert Shanzl, who helped out with the tickets. Finally thanks to all of you who came and supported us.  It was another great night.

 

We now look forward to the final fundraiser concert before the festival on Friday 8 April 2016, with the Houghton Weavers.

 

 

 Maria

 

 

ANTHONY JOHN CLARKE FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you

 

Coppull Folk Club Dates

 

The Sing Around will not take place on Wednesday 23 and 30 December 2015.  The next Sing Around is Wednesday 7 January 2016.  

Thanks for your support during 2015 both at the club and the Festival, and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

The next fundraiser is on February 19, when we welcome the fantastic singer songwriter Anthony John Clarke.  Tickets will be on sale in the new year.  Your support would be very welcome to help us raise funds to run the Free Festival at the Alison Arms, on 10, 11 and 12 June.

REVIEW OF ONE HAND CLAPPING FUNDRAISER 20 FEBRUARY 2015

We had another brilliant night displaying Wigan talent at its best.  Thanks to the support acts, Ken Scalley, Peter Southworth, Chris Taylor, Barry, John Thompson and Mervyn.  Ken opened the show with a few humours lanky numbers.  Peter and the Strawdogs (Ken, Chris and Barry) followed by a few Dylan and Donovan classics.  Then we had a newcomer John, who sang some lovely melodic ballads.  Finally Mervyn finished the first half with his usual guitar mastery and haunting lyrics.

One Hand Clapping did not disappoint. These two gel so well and can range from slow melodic songs to rousing tunes with ease.  Tim sings every song  from the heart accompanied By Chris's tuneful fiddle backing.  Chris started the more up tempo second half with a rousing version of the Mason's Apron and the audience responded with their enjoyment of the excellent set.  They were a delight as always.

Thanks to you the audience for coming to support us.   Thanks to Mervyn for providing the sound, to Phil for doing MC, and to Ken and Kevin for promotion and ticket sales.

The festival is scheduled for 10, 11, 12 June 2016.  The next fundraiser will be on February 19 2016 with Anthony John Clarke.

Maria