INFORMATION ABOUT ARTISTS
LES GLOVER AND HENRY PRIESTMAN DUO
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.
KEN SCALLY'S EXTRAVAGANZA
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 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 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.
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.
"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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
Admission £8. Contact:
or Ken 01942732728
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.
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