THE Sheffield Folk Festival not only brought scores of top class players to the city.
It also opened the door for hundreds of local musicians to step into the spotlight.
This was through a string of sessions which saw a large number of pubs turned into impromptu concert halls for the spin-off shows.
And now the sessions are back with a three-day programme packed with music-making over the Easter weekend.
Organiser Jim McDonald said: “I always wanted to resurrect the sessions side of the festival and now we have the chance.”
With support from Forgesmasters and the University Arms, pubs including the Kelham Island Tavern, Hillsborough Hotel, University Arms, Fagans, Grapes, Riverside, Gardeners Rest are to stage a wide range of music led by such well known local players as Jim McDonald and Richard Arrowsmith, Robin Garside, Dave Young and Val Hugzzard.
The programme is too varied to do it justice here. Dowload a copy at: www.thestar.co.uk/music.
DAMIEN O’Kane visits Live@215 venue, in Sharrow Vale Road, tonight.
ISLA St Clair is guest at Chesterfield Folk Club tonight, with support from Bob Barratt.
JOHN Renbourn and Robin Williamson will be at the Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield tonight.
JOHN Reilly, who has a huge following as front man for Sheffield’s Boy on a Dolphin, will be at Letwell Village Hall tomorrow. John will be joined by Canadian keyboard player Lewis Nitikman.
MULTI-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Pete Coe will be at the Greystones next Wednesday, April 20.
THREE acts play the Carthweel 3 Folk Club, Old Horns, High Bradfield, tonight. They are listed as Mills, Lyall and Fowler.