Cairde Nua 13th November 2017
Pete Ivatts 11th December
Martin Heaton 8th January 2018

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Cairde Nua (Monday 13th November 2017)

Cairde Nua (translated from Irish as "New Friends") are an exciting new amalgamation of three of Teesside's best loved Irish musicians, Sinéad O'Brien, Róisín Thomas and Andy Broderick.
Combining enthralling harmonies, scintillating jigs and reels, and innovative arrangements, the three voices blend together with guitar, flute and fiddle to create inventive and dynamic new interpretations of well-loved classics, some less travelled material, as well as some original compositions. An authentic Irish experience that will move you and have you tapping your feet at the same time!


Pete Ivatts
(Monday 12th December 2017)

Pete Ivatts

In December, we welcome Pete Ivatts to our hotspot. You might recognize him as the Archbishop of Canterbury from the TV series Victoria, as Pete is actor as well as musician.

Pete started singing and playing guitar in a skiffle group in the mid 1950s. He didn’t start song writing until he was at Drama School in the early 1960s when he also started playing in folk venues. He continued playing, singing and song writing throughout the 1970’s writing songs for theatre shows in Sheffield, Leeds and Bolton where he also worked as an actor. He also wrote songs for children’s television programmes.

In later years he concentrated on his work as an actor and wrote and sang less often, moving to teaching in the 1990s as his wife’s health deteriorated and he needed to care for her. He was her full time carer for many years until her death in 2012.

Encouraged by her brother Tony Aked, who was still involved in the Folk music scene, he then began to play and sing again, which led to the writing of many new songs and appearances at Yorkshire Folk clubs and gatherings. He is now playing regularly and has an album of his songs entitled “Autumn Evening”.

His songs are a poetic mix of English Folk and Country and have the capacity to have you roaring with laughter one minute, and wiping away a tear the next.

Martin Heaton (Monday 8th January 2018)

Martin Heaton

I am a contemporary folk singer/songwriter based in Pickering, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors.

I have three CD albums: Pillow Talk; Stop What You're Doing (2015); and The Last Chance (2013). All songs are written from the heart, and are largely autobiographical, expressing my feelings, life experiences, and wry observations of life. They are delivered with my own personal, inimitable guitar style .

The songs ‘Red Hair, Red Herring’ and ‘I Won't Forget You When I'm Gone’ became award winning songs, and I had the unique experience of performing Red Hair, Red Herring at The Narrowboat Sessions in Chirk with Host, Mark Holdsworth.

This year, I have also received positive and encouraging reviews from Country Music magazine, Folk Roundabout, Fatea Music, Tykes News, etc.

I travel far and wide to ply my trade, gathering new experiences and friends.

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