Friday 5 February 2021       

 Virtual Singers and Musicians Night

  starts 7:30pm  (Zoom entry from 7:00) 

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 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. Please note that we are now starting at 7:30 to try and accommodate everyone.

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 19 February 2021 

8pm GreenMatthews online concert

(Zoom opens 7:30)

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

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

And lots of great albums to buy at

Chris Green and Sophie Matthews are talented multi-instrumentalists and modern-day balladeers who specialise in telling stories through song. They play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st- century kick-ass style. Using a beguiling blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English border bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, Chris and Sophie breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh, relevant and accessible for a modern audience. Also known for their popular themed touring shows, GreenMatthews have built an enviable reputation for combining incisive wit and humour with a genuine love for the English tradition. They have a particular passion for 18th- century ballads and dance tunes – several of which have been unearthed by Chris from various libraries around the country and which are now being performed again for the first time in two hundred years. They also perform original songs which draw on their wealth of historical research to paint a fascinating picture of individual lives and stories from England’s past. They last performed at the Barlow in 2016 when they did the Christmas show as Blast from the Past, so we are all looking forward to seeing them again.

You guys are awesome!” Bill Barclay (Director of Music at Shakespeare’s Globe)

Mirie It Is

One of the oldest songs in the English language, dating from the mid 13th century. Performed by Sophie Matthews (voice, shawm) and Chris Green (voice, mandocello). From the touring show "A Brief History of Music".

Well what we know so far is that the first three concerts of the year will be via Zoom. Watch this space for any updates of April onwards. Given these uncertain times, the list is of course subject to alteration.

              Click website or photo for links.

15 Jan    George Sansome   (see Home Page)


19 Feb   GreenMatthews (see above)                                 


19 March John & Virginia Kettle (of Merry Hell)   

16 April   Harbottle & Jonas


21 May    Damien Barber &

                  Mike Wilson 

18 June   Chris & Siobhan Nelson     

                   & Len Pentin

16 July     Wayward Jane


17 Sept    Belshazzar's Feast


15 Oct     Stanley Accrington 


19 Nov    Mikey Kenney duo


17 Dec   Tim Edey Celtic Christmas


  2021 CONCERTS  

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