A Song for North
DateThu 28 Nov
VenueThe Civic - Assembly Room
Four Northern songwriters perform a collection of contemporary folk songs, inspired by life, love, loss and laughs in the North. In the style of the traditional songwriters’ circle, each performer will take turns to introduce their own songs and explain the story behind each.
Featuring Louise Distras, Scott Doonican, Serious Sam Barrett and introducing Tom Jackson.
Louise Distras is an alternative singer/songwriter from Wakefield. Tipped as the voice of punk's new generation, Louise plays a socially conscious and insightful brand of punk descended from The Clash bloodline. Having already performed at Glastonbury and supporting the likes of Billy Bragg and Buzzcocks, The Guardian said that Louise is "Putting punk and protest back into the mainstream".
Scott Doonican’s band The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican have gained a reputation of being a music festival highlight. The ‘alternative’ folk band play parodies of famous songs, with lyrics about their beloved home-town. The band have collaborated with the likes of Eliza Carthy, Saxon’s Graham Oliver and The Levellers.
Serious Sam Barrett was born in Barnsley and grew up on a diet of Barnsley Folk Club regulars, such as Dave Burland. Now based in Leeds, the skateboarding, banjo wielding musician’s songs rattle with the ghosts of Appalachian folk, and southern blues, traditional English folk and Yorkshire DIY Punk.
Tom Jackson is a young Barnsley based singer songwriter, whose roots lay in his former punk band Taxi For Bob. Tom’s songs talk of love and politics in his home town and in their raw unplugged state, have a fine balance of cynicism and hope. South of March described his music as a Billy Bragg infused with Green Day