Get ready for a great music year

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CHRISTMAS is past and the New Year has dawned.

So it is a good time to begin filling out those new diaries with some musical dates.

And that is particularly the case with the folk scene which closes down over the festive period and people can easily lose track of what is happening where and when.

TheRock Folk Club, which meets at the Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby these days (it used to be at the Rockingham Arms, Wentworth, hence the name) gets back in the swing tomorrow night with a singers’ and musicians’ night. Then the acts come thick and fast: Johnny and the Prison Didn’t Help Boys are there next Friday (Jan 13), followed by The Tanahill Weavers (Jan 20), Ray Hearne and Ciaran Boyle (Jan 27), Dave Berry and the Cruisers (Feb 3), Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman (Feb 10), Tim Edey and Brendan Powell (Feb 17), Kris Drever and Eamonn Coyne (Feb 24) and Martin Carthy (March 2).

The Greystones, in Greystones Road, has some great music in store, including: Ruth Moody (Jan 26), Madison Violet (Feb 5), Grandpa Banana (Feb 8), Patsy Matheson and Becky Mills (Feb 11).

Some of the best known names on the South Yorkshire folk circuit will be appearing at the annual Peter Burnett birthday bash in support of St Luke’s Hospice, on February 18. This popular concert, which will be held at Coal Aston Village Hall, will feature Judy Dunlop and Jon Scaife, Ray Hearne and Ciaran Boyle, Hannah James and Sam Sweeney and the Sheffield Folk Chorale. There will also be support from Spoil the Dance and Pete Garratt and Ken Atkinson. Tickets are £10 from Peter Burnett on 0114 2352344 or from fredpeterb@talktalk.net

Chris and Kellie While are at the Venue, Stocksbridge on Jan 21 (tickets at www.wortleyfolkclub.info).

And last, but by no means least, make a date with Joan Baez, who is at the City Hall, Sheffield, on March 5.

Last year saw her debut 1960 debut LP inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. Tickets from www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk, or call 0114 2 789789.