Over the best part of 50 years the Club has drawn artists up to perform in its unique setting, whether in the old "Howe" room or attic of the Hall or in the newer stage setting of the existing clubhouse. Here is a selection of those who have entertained us - with more details to follow on the acts - as memories return!
Alberts Skiffle Band
Probably the only time you’ll get to see a washboard playing octogenarian perform a shoe-shuffling tap dance during the instrumental break!
A great jazz keyboard talent, nowadays more familiar with Ronnie Scott’s than De La Salle, but always very welcome when he can make a trip home.
Arose Between offer a great mix of steady rhythm, beautifully played violin light and shade and a lead vocalist with - as they say - a pair of lungs on ‘er! Always good to hear they become at their best when tackling the occasional trad jazz number
Bisiker and Romanov
It’s incredible now to think that we managed to squeeze 50+ people into the bottom room at the Club for what is often regarded as one of the best nights of music of all. Mick brought the humour, the original songs, the solid craftsmanship of years on the circuit. Romanov brought his violin and used it like a musical light sabre! (Is that possible??). Jigs have jigged so boisterously and minor chords have never made you want to weep so much.
Flailing banjo and Big Jim Irving
Darryl again but this time with Tony Irvine - formerly of Radio Sheffield
More fun than it sounds
When you need some pure pithy folk music you call on Chris. Pure - because he sings great folk songs unaccompanied. Pithy - becvause he always forgets at least one of the verses
Technically, not musical - but a regular turn, David caught the audience’s curiosity with his tales of Albert and many another Stanley Holloway monologue - so that by the end they were always ready to join him with the punchline.
Brother of Alex and purveyor of music just as tasteful, but with a little more of a leaning towards pop.
Don Valley and the Rotherhides
Largely responsible for Martin Green picking up a banjo the Dons were a band forged during the tough climate in the north during the 80’s and 90’s and - certainly locally - captured something of the zeitgeist, driven by an insanely catchy bluegrass beat. Im So Far in the Red Im Blue they sang - and you knew just what they meant
Medieval instrumentalist and troubadour!!
Flossie Malavialle? What a name. And what an accent - French born but living out of Darlington for twenty years - it had the peculiar charm of a stotty covered in mayonnaise. But the singing was the thing, slipping easily between Kate and Anna McGarrigle to Edith Piath via Eva Cassily, Flossie was one of the most original and popular acts in recent years.
Free Mexican Airforce
Big Matt McClimonds, his wife Val on the bass, top Banjo, mandolin and fiddle. Bluegrass Nirvana
Featuring Matt and Miriam, all the way from Spain, Havana Moon bring funk and blues with a Spanish twist to the Club every time they come - and they’re always welcome
Hugh is sadly missed in the circuit (a very popular performer in Fagan’s) and was very much the genuine article in terms of playing music in the classical English folk idiom. When you heard him you knew it was the real deal
Ian has stuck with the Club through thick and thin (and that’s not just his waist size!). His music is a byword for quality and taste
Listening to John was something akin to being run over by a tank with guitar strings strung round its tracks and shells of black humour and irony bursting out its barrel. Choose a different? It’s hard to find anything finer than John’s musical rendition of McGonagall’s Tay Bridge Disaster - which will be remembered for a very long time.
Johnny and the Prison Didn’t Help Boys
Breaking out of Fagan’s for just one night the band alighted at the Club and brought good strong songs, north eastern humour - and an erhu, which isn’t a crossbreed Himalayan yak, but an extraordinary one stringed instrument that manages to put multi-stringed competition in the shade.
Julian continues to be an accomplished musician working the local scene with subtle and precise vignettes of Sheffield life, picked out tastefully on the fretboard.
Stylish guitar picker and once member of the Albion BandKen Atkinson and Pete Garrett
Famous for Poisoning Pigeons in the Park (T Lehrer)
We somehow managed to persuade Mark to play a short, improvised set when he was in the audience to watch a music evening. A truly brilliant piano talent - and extremely modest with it - he apologized in advanced for any mistakes he might make with the piece he presented, admitting he hadn’t played it for a few months - - - at Carnegie Hall!
Happy as frontman or adding grace notes and the subtlest of touches to just about every singer and every song imaginable Martin has been there, done it, got the T-shirt, spilled beer on it and then locked up the bar.
Great advocate of the Rawtenstall Annual Fair
Mick had been before (see Bisiker and Romanov) but he came back alone, peddling mostly self-written folk tunes following a typically rumbustious set by The Bungalow Band. How did he go down? An absolute treat. You can’t fake the real thing. Mick’s got it in spades. Even his jokes - as recognizable from a distance as the Hallamshire Hospital - just added to the mood of great music in good company.
Londoner who got haunted by John Rochford's Irish Wolfhound
Fairly self explanatory
Old Fogey Duo
Even more self explanatory featuring dear old Augustin and his Irish compadre
Having covered most of the Sheffield streets putting in the shifts on the busking circuit Oliver got a nice sit down in a warm environment with a very well appreciated set in May 2015.
Old boy Mick Smith made a happy return to the club with son of another old boy (Martin Higgins) to play a great poppy set covering - amonst others - Hey, Ya and Baby One More Time
Perry and Price
Ian Price when thin plus mate
Pluk have made a couple of visits to the Club and are another of Tom Chester’s endless hybrid bands, with Tom himself and Pete Waters ably joining the brilliant Bob Glendenning on vocals
Dave Wood, Tony Westron, Sean Flynn and John (Macca) McDonald
Unforgettable version of The Dambuster's March (with airborne beer mats)
Winner of Opportunity Knocks (didn't do quite as well as Sir Lenny Henry)
Rumours of Whiskey
Dave Sissons' band. Very scholarly
Sally Doherty Quartet
Classy jazz very ably performed. It was a cold night outside, but warm inside by the end.
Sarah Unwin and Philippa Bradley
Young version of The Watersons
A perennial favourite band, who market themselves as probably the finest folk band in Coal Aston! They live up to the claim
Free Mexican Airforce minus Val
Yet one more band in Tom Chester’s cv, this one focusing more on the delta and picking up the dirty blues sounds of Ry Cooder and the like. Highly polished and very accomplished - and they can rock.
Terry has been perhaps THE musical thread that has bound things together over the years.He began at the Club with already a decade and more singing at folk clubs across the region and gaining the interest of the likes of Martin Carthy (actually, he just wanted to tune one of Terry’s strings).
Then, with the slow and laborious birth of the Bungalow Band he became - by some strange transformation - Tex, taking in the dustbowls, small towns and bayous of America with a musical gumbo of country, bluegrass and Mississipi blues. His delivery of St James Infirmary remains a standout, but his reading of Guantanemara perhaps a trademark
The Bungalow Band
Where did they come from? Why did they stay? Most importantly, why are they still here? The Bungalow Band have been around for nearly a quarter of a century in some or other incarnation and recently calculated they’d performed over 150 different songs - some of them in the right key and a couple of them starting and stopping at the right time. Mixing banjos, guitars, piano, drums, bass and an arsenal of voices you can understand why - sometimes - you really do need a sledgehammer to crack a nut!
Darryl Staniforth and Maurice Malone from the Dog and Partidge
Tim and Julie Cole
Lovely singers of lovely songs, Tim and Julie were another act to bring traditional music to the Club and they were welcomed and well appreciated because of it
Sometimes known as the secret lovechild of Jake Thackray and Morrissey Tim made a number of trips to the Club from the music capita of Cheshire (Macclesfield).
Tallest guest we ever had, also the loudest and funniest
Top She La Las
Probably the biggest ever audience for a band at the Club, with over 90 squeezing in to hear the divine harmonies of this female trio. Truly captivating
Vic Shephard and Jon Bowden
Traditionalists from Ecclesfield
Welsh Geoff was (very much by choice) a curio. There was something about aliens threading the set together. He’s still out there!