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!

Alex Hutton                            

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                       

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.

Boak End

Flailing banjo and Big Jim Irving                                               

Boolavogue

Darryl again but this time with Tony Irvine - formerly of Radio Sheffield                                                

Brewer’s Troop

More fun than it sounds                      

Chris Morton                           

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

David Hague                           

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.

Dominic Hutton

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

Enzo Puzzovio

Medieval instrumentalist and troubadour!!                        

Flossie Malavialle

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

Havana Moon

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 Waller                            

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 Price                                  

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

John Caven                             

 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 Jones

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.

Keith Hinchliffe

Stylish guitar picker and once member of the Albion BandKen Atkinson and Pete Garrett

          Lynne Vincent

          Famous for Poisoning Pigeons in the Park (T Lehrer)

Mark Gasser

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!

Martin Green                           

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.

Mary Butler                             

Great advocate of the Rawtenstall Annual Fair

Mick Bisiker

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.

Mike Sheardown

 Londoner who got haunted by John Rochford's Irish Wolfhound                                              

Monologue John

Fairly self explanatory                                             

Old Fogey Duo 

Even more self explanatory featuring dear old Augustin and his Irish compadre                                              

Oliver Manning                       

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.

Open Jawfair                           

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                                         

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

Quarion

Dave Wood, Tony Westron, Sean Flynn and John (Macca) McDonald                                               

Ramox

Unforgettable version of The Dambuster's March (with airborne beer mats)                                                 

Rhiannon

Rock folkies!                                                

Roger Curtis

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 

Scuppered

A perennial favourite band, who market themselves as probably the finest folk band in Coal Aston! They live up to the claim

Shotgun                                   

Free Mexican Airforce minus Val

Southbound

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 Green                             

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!

Them Again                            

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

Tim Woodhouse

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).  

Tom Boulding                         

 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                                               

Wardley’s Staithe

Folk rockies!                                                

Welsh Geoff                           

Welsh Geoff was (very much by choice) a curio. There was something about aliens threading the set together. He’s still out there!