Big night in the barn at Sheffield farm

John Reilly and Lewis Nitikman get ready to rock Whirlow Hall Farm.
John Reilly and Lewis Nitikman get ready to rock Whirlow Hall Farm.
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Music in a mellow mood is promised at a gig with a difference being held at Sheffield’s Whirlow Hall Farm next week.

A laid back evening of acoustic entertainment is being staged in the unlikely surroundings of the farm’s lambing barn.

The event, organised by the farm trust, on Friday, May 23, is being headlined by John Reilly, the well-known voice of Sheffield institution Boy on a Dolphin and Acoustic Angels.

He will be joined on stage by pianist, songwriter and composer Lewis Nitikman from Vancouver.

And it is expected that Boy on a Dolphin collaborator Pete Hiley will sit in for some of the older songs.

John will be performing an intimate acoustic set showcasing songs from his latest solo album Zebulon and playing favourites from his Tea Cozy Hat collection.

There will also be selections from Boy on a Dolphin albums as well as lively chat with the audience and stories behind some of the new songs.

John’s newest work has recently been heard on BBC Radio 2 where he has been hailed as a classic English singer songwriter in the Ray Davies and Richard Hawley mould.

Support on the night will be provided by up-and-coming artist Jamie Heawood, who won both last month’s Yorkshire Unplugged contest and Acoustic Idol in December last year with his own selection of songs.

A Whirlow spokesman said the audience was in for an up-close and personal evening of original, moving, passionate songs in a unique environment.

“It’s bringing something new and creative to Whirlow Hall and we hope the public respond to it,” he added.

The show starts at 8pm with tickets costing £15.