Last month, Gillespies bar, on Topping Street, saw the launch of a new folk club, hosted by Anna Walton and Neal Thomson.
Anna said: “We will be running the Folk At Gillespies on the last Sunday of each month, and alternating with one month a singers night and one month a guest night. “We’re aiming to develop the folk scene in Blackpool by introducing and promoting folk music from the Fylde coast and beyond.”
The club’s first guest was veteran Belfast songwriter, Anthony John Clarke, who visited following his tour with Fairport Convention.
Sunday’s guests are from closer to home, as the club will be hosting Troubadour.
The Blackpool duo has been building a name for themselves over the last few years, playing increasingly high-profile gigs, including their own headline show at the Lowry in Salford, where Andy Bache and Michael Shanagher appeared with a selection of musicians that they have picked up on their travels around the country. Mick said: “We’ve got some big gigs coming up.
“We’re playing Cragfest, near Skipton, with Toploader and the Saw Doctors, and the show we put on at the Lowry has been commissioned to headline the acoustic stage at Galtres Festival near York, with The Guillimots, Billy Bragg and Seth Lakeman, so it will be great to get the summer started with an intimate club gig at home in Blackpool.
“And we wish Anna and Neal every success.”
Alan Bell, organiser of the Fylde Folk Festival, which sees its 40th year this year, said: “As a founder member of the original Blackpool Folk Club in 1961, I’m sure the club will flourish and become one of the main folk venues in the North West.
“The Fylde Folk Festival has its roots in the old Blackpool Folk Club, and all new folk ventures on the Fylde coast are to be welcomed.”
Troubadour will be appearing at Folk at Gillespies on Sunday from 8pm. Tickets are available from Gillespies bar, or from Tower Music, also on Topping Street, for £6.
For more information on Folk at Gillespies go to www.folkatgillespies.co.uk.
For more information about Troubadour go to www.wearetroubadour.co.uk.