Just a Few Reasons to Look Forward to 2016’s Music Programme at The Atkinson

Just a Few Reasons to Look Forward to 2016’s Music Programme at The Atkinson

The January to April seasonal programme for The Atkinson is now out and about and contains so many reasons to look forward to 2016 but on Wednesday 20 January we can give you 3 in one go!

Oysters 3 are John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband up close and personal.

They invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and not-entirely-discreet stories   –   an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career.

“The idea arose from Sidmouth and Shrewsbury Festivals recently asking us to do ‘something different’ as well as the regular Oysterband style of concert.  We more or less improvised the show and it went down a storm  –  and we wondered how on earth we’d never thought of doing this before!”

Oysters3 tickets are on sale now and are £14 / £12 concessions. Don’t miss the chance to Oysterband as you’ve never seen them before!

Do you sometimes feel that a concert was not worth the money or, on the other hand, you had such a fabulous time and the music was so good that you would have paid more?

We encourage you to experience new music and be part of something special, so with this in mind we invite you to join us for a deeply personal and moving performance but we ask you to come and ‘pay what you think’.

A pay what you think concert is free, but at the end of the night we will ask you to do exactly that…pay what you think the music, the concert and the overall experience was like! Tickets would be sold at a price of £10 but for this special occasion we ask that you trust us, come along for free, have a drink and then pay what you think at the end of the night!

Gordie Tentrees joins us at The Atkinson for a night for a deeply personal and moving performance on Thursday 21 January!

In the rough cut vein of Kelly Joe Phelps or Fred Eaglesmith, Tentrees is gifted.”

The legend of Fairport Convention continues on Saturday 30 January with their Winter Tour heading to Southport once again.

Fairport Convention has been making great music for nearly fifty years. Credited with originating the British folk-rock genre, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance.

This year’s Winter Tour will feature a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and new material from their most recent studio album ‘Myths And Heroes’ which was released in 2015. The concerts will also feature an opening performance by Brighouse-based singer-songwriter Roger Davies who’s quirky and entertaining songs reflect his love of Yorkshire and its people. Tickets for this annual folk/rock frolic are £20.

Since the release of her “career album” (NPR), 2012’s Hello Cruel World, two-time Grammy nominee Gretchen Peters has been in near-constant motion, touring for the past two years and releasing a live DVD and CD, Woman On The Wheel, in early 2013.

Since 2012 she’s appeared at the Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Cambridge Folk Festivals; and in addition to headlining her own sold-out tours, she’s supported country and folk legends Guy Clark, Arlo Guthrie and John Prine (duetting with the latter at several shows).

The Nashville-based singer-songwriter was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2014. There she’ll join the list of 192 existing inductees which includes Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Don & Phil Everly, Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Jimmy Webb and Hank Williams. If that isn’t a reason to see her, then what is? Gretchen Peters performs on Friday 5 February and tickets are £22.50.

The Love Folk Festival returns in February for the second year and this year we have our new media sponsors Fatea Magazine on board. The little festival with the big heart is back with another great line-up across 2 days with Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle headlining the Friday night (12 February) and Seth Lakeman bringing us to a close in style on Saturday 13 February.

Great names including, Elbow Jane, Will Pound & Eddie Jay, Sheelanagig and Ange Hardy are performing – so please come along sing, dance, eat, drink and generally Love Folk with us.

Saturday is jam-packed with Busk Love Folk in the foyer all day – so even if you don’t have a ticket you can enjoy great folk music for free! Plus we have Bothy Folk Club performing in the bar across the weekend. Our local folk club is an important part of the weekend so make sure you pop in and listen and support them!

We look forward to pipes, harmonicas, guitars, flutes, bazookas, percussion and stunning vocals over a fabulous weekend and you are all invited!

Early Bird Festival Tickets: (Limited availability until 31 December): £36
Festival Tickets: ( from 1 January ): £41. Gig tickets are available for the headliners on the Friday and Saturday evening. Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle tickets are £17 and Seth Lakeman (Solo) £15.

The folk continues with the Keston Cobblers Club on Saturday 27 February. Based on folklore but full of modern kick, Keston Cobblers’ Club’s music is catchy, contemporary pop-folk.

Since forming in 2009, they’ve played some of the UK’s biggest festivals, sold out their own headline tours, and been invited to perform live on BBC Radio by the likes of Dermot O’Leary, Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris. They’ve provided the music for advertising campaigns for Burberry and Mornflake, created all the music for stand-up Ross Noble’s ‘Sit Down Tour’ film, and can often be heard on TV shows from ‘Hairy Bikers’ to ‘Countryfile’. Tickets are £12.50

“Rambunctious folk…joyous pop” *** Guardian

Thea Gilmore brings her special guests to The Atkinson on Friday 11 March.  Still just 35, she has – over 17 years – carved out a home from the solid rock of the music business and has been throwing album shaped house parties at a startling rate.

Whilst perhaps not a household name, Gilmore has crept up on us all as a quiet icon.  She is the conscience of the music industry, that little voice in your head that proves that beyond hyperbole, beyond the glitterati, twitterati and the Facebook flash-in-the-pans, there is music that matters and the people that it matters to.  That is where true, lasting careers are born and that is exactly where Thea Gilmore shines. Tickets are: £22.50

For the full programme of music please visit theatkinson.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01704 533333. They are also available over the counter during The Atkinson opening hours.

*Please be advised that there is a booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone. A 2% credit card fee is charged for counter sales.



Further Information:

For interviews, or more information please contact Emma.Lloyd@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 2129





Wednesday 20 January

£14/ £12 concessions



Gordie Tentrees

Thursday 21 January


Pay what you think!


Fairport Convention

Saturday 30 January




Gretchen Peters

Friday 5 February




Love Folk Festival

Friday 12 – Saturday 13 February

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle

Will Pound & Eddy Jay

Ange Hardy

Elbow Jane


Seth Lakeman

Early Bird Festival Tickets: (Limited availability until 31 December): £36
Festival Tickets: ( from 1 January ): £41

Individual Gig tickets Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle: £17 & Seth Lakeman (Solo): £15


Keston Cobblers Club

Saturday 27 February




Thea Gilmore & Special Guests

Friday 11 March




*Please be advised that there is a booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone. A 2% credit card fee is charged for counter sales.


The Atkinson

Lord Street






In person: Visit The Atkinson box office on Lord Street

For tickets: visit the website theatkinson.co.uk or call box office on 01704 533333




Posted on 18 December 2015 under General news

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