National treasure of the folk world

Dave Burland playing at Chesterfield Folk CLub
Dave Burland playing at Chesterfield Folk CLub
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Dave Burland is one of the folk scene’s national treasures.

He has added depth to numerous other musicians’ albums with his inviting, warm voice.

And he has kept alive the flame of enthusiasm for his own music-making for more years than most care to remember.

His professional career began way back in 1968 when he left the police force to pursue a career in folk music, as a singer and guitar player.

Since then he has toured the world and criss-crossed the country bringing sheer delight to thousands of audiences.

For a number of years he packed away his guitar, only taking it on the road occasionally, as he settled down to a ‘proper job’ as a civilian court official.

But on retirement in 2007, he realised it was time to hit the road again and has been gigging since.

It is not only audiences who are delighted to be in the same room as Dave Burland.

Over the years he has worked with, and played on albums for, many of the legends of folk.

These have included Dick Gaughan, Tony Capstick, Richard and Linda Thompson, Dolores Keane, Julie Covington, Andy Fairweather Low, Maddy Prior, Sid Kipper and Kate Rusby.

He has also spread his wings to be front man for such outfits as Hedgehog Pie and Shagpile.

Dave Burland will be at Chesterfield Folk Club tonight, supported by the four piece Soapstone Dragon who have appeared in this year’s Cutthorpe Festival. The club meets at Club Chesterfield, in Chester Street. Next month’s guests, on February 10, will be Mick Ryan & Paul Downes

ALBERT’S Skiffle Band will be providing entertainment at Crookes Folk Club tonight.

The club meets at the Princess Royal, in Sinn Street, Crookes. Future guests include: Toffee (Jan 19), Gamebirds (Jan 26), Old Pekuliar (Feb 2), Crazy Crow (Feb 9), Richard Kitson (Feb 16), Keltones (Feb 23), String Theory (March 1) and Keystone (March 8).

GUESTS at the Rock Folk Club tomorrow night will be Johnny and the Prison Didn’t Help Boys. The club, which now meets at the Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby, will present the Tannahill Weavers next Friday.

This dynamic quintet play Scottish traditional music at its best. Their potent mix of traditional ballads and fiery instrumentals leaves audiences spellbound.

CHRIS While and Kellie While produce music as only a mother and daughter can. There is a natural bond between them which adds a musical quality to their music.

They will be at the Venue, Stocksbridge, on Saturday, January 21. Full details are available at

SHEFFIELD’S own Michael J Tinker will be at La Mama’s on Saturday. The following Saturday he is at The Red Deer, in the company of the Incredible Washboard Pete II for a night of foot-stomping folk. Free entry with music kicking off about 8.30pm.

On Sunday, Jan 29, Michael is hosting the Nether Edge Folk Club, where the main act will be A Giant’s Cause.