Friday 2 April 2021       

 Virtual Singers and Musicians Night

  starts 8pm  (Zoom entry from 7:30) 

A chance to sing and play via Zoom, still replacing our usual first-Friday-of-the-month singarounds at the Barlow. 

You are most welcome to join us as a performer or as a member of the audience. Please email Chris Nash on cnash38913@aol.com and he will email you a link on Friday.

If you receive the link automatically, don't forget to email him back if you would like to perform. The aim is to get "round the room" twice. These sessions have been very popular though, so if it turns out to be just once please bear with us and enjoy the quality and variety of music. 

Much as we would like to be together, Zoom does have some merits : -

  • no matter how far away from Lancashire you are, you can still join us

  • you can just join using audio rather than video if you like

  • you can join in to play and harmonise to your heart's content while muted

  • you can use a microphone, speakers, headphones, equaliser if you have these

  • you can use your own drink and catering facilities 

  • you can have the words in front of you and no-one will know

  • you can put your chorus up on "chat" so that people can join in easily at home

  • you can take time out to feed the cats/wash up etc 

  • you can wear your slippers

Seriously, it's great fun and good to see everyone happily making music. The quality of performance has been excellent, so if you haven't tried it yet, give it a go.

If you are performing, Chris has details he can send you about how to make the most of your sound.

Friday 16 April 2021 

8pm Harbottle & Jonas online concert    (Zoom opens 7:30)


There are tunes/songs linked to these photos. Have a look at their website as well.

And lots of great albums to buy  at https://harbottleandjonas.bandcamp.com/

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When we wake in the morning

Tickets are £8 per person : email folkatthebarlow@gmail.com and we will explain how to pay and send you the Zoom link on the day

The Beacon

“One of the finest folk duos in the country” Mike Davies, Alternative Roots.

Partners in life and music, dynamic Devon duo Dave Harbottle & Freya Jonas combine a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Their latest albums are "The Sea Is My Brother" (2019), which has a maritime theme maintained across political, historical, and personal stories and songs, and "The Beacon"(2021) written during this surreal  lockdown year. After eighteen months of touring with ‘The Sea is my Brother’  the enforced period of calm which prompted the writing of "The Beacon" was, in their own words: “a journey of discovery, that has taught us the importance of love, compassion and empathy, whilst discovering the needs and delights of our inner creature”. It is an album of hope and new beginnings. Much like the beacons of old that served as a warning with flaming fires, Harbottle & Jonas hope that their new collection of songs written during this period in our history will encourage us to reflect, adapt and sing together once more.

Combining the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies. Each song has been carefully written and researched, and is always accompanied with a great story and a good degree of humour - however macabre the content may be. Their songs cover a range of social, political and historical issues. Harbottle & Jonas sing about family, villages swept into the sea, polar expeditions, historical characters and peculiar narratives.

Their music is original and unique. It is performed with integrity and on instruments that include the concertina, harmonium, banjo, stompbox, acoustic guitar and dobra. They receive regular national airplay on the BBC2 Folk Show and BBC6 Music.


Zoom singarounds, first Friday of the month 8pm.

   First Friday - Singaround   

In "normal" times, Folk at the Barlow run a monthly folk music singaround on the first Friday of the month. This starts at 8pm, takes place in the Reading Room (otherwise known as the bar) at the Barlow, and there is a collection taken which will hopefully cover the hire of the room. However, these are not normal times, and we have gone online using Zoom. These now start at 7:30pm. Please see the Home and Future Events pages for updates.

Zoom concerts, third Friday of the month 8pm.

   Third  Friday - Concert   

Also in normal times, there is a concert on the third Friday of each month, featuring two "spots" by a guest act, usually of national acclaim, and one spot from a support act, always talented and usually local. All this is preceded by a jolly bashing out of tunes by the house band, kicking off at 7:40pm. The concert starts at 8pm. Tickets are usually priced at £10 each. However, we are not allowed to sit together, blow instruments or sing communally at the moment so regrettably all this isn't happening. But watch the Home and Future Events pages as we are managing to put on some concerts via Zoom. See the Past Events page for the Zoom concerts we have hosted so far this year.