The Gamebirds, Princess Royal, Crookes
The four-piece women’s vocal group specialise in close harmony singing of material from the folk repertoire, with some flute and fiddle accompaniment.
Playing is always thirsty work, so the group are honoured to have a special beer on hand to help them wet their whistles!
They are thrilled that Clair Monk, head brewer of Wellbeck Abbey Brewery, is brewing them a special beer called Gamebirds, with a specially-designed pump clip, for their evening at Crookes Folk Club tomorrow at The Princess Royal in Slinn Street.
The group met as members of Sheffield Folk Chorale under the leadership of conductor and folk artist Graham Pratt.
They have benefited from Graham’s help with some of their musical arrangements.
The Gamebirds have also drawn from the beautiful arrangements by Sarah Morgan (of Craig, Morgan and Robson), who died last year, and others on the folk circuit such as Sarah Matthews and Alison Burns, who arrange folk songs for female voices. They also enjoy the creativity of writing their own harmonies.
Crookes Folk Club run weekly free sessions at the pub. Doors open at 8pm for an 8.30pm start in the upstairs room.
On Friday night, the Beehive Folk Club plays host to long-time favourite group The Wilsons.
They were formed during the 1960s folk music boom and perform a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs.
The Beehive club runs from 8.20pm on the first Friday of the month at The Beehive pub on Union Street in Harthill, Sheffield.