Folk musicians join forces for concert

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VIN Garbutt is one of the best known and most sought-after performers on the folk scene.

THE region’s finest folk musicians join forces next month for a celebratory concert in memory of the British and Irish Volunteers who served in the XVth International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War.

It is being organised by Mike Wild, whose father Sam was a Commander in the Brigade’s British Battalion.

He was one of 2,500 brave souls from Britain and Ireland who recognised the threat of fascism when it reared its ugly head in Spain and offered to lay down their lives for the cause of freedom.

Sadly, 500 of them were never to return.

Among the Brigade were 33 from South Yorkshire of whom nine were killed.

Dave Burland playing at Chesterfield Folk CLub

Dave Burland playing at Chesterfield Folk CLub

To mark the Spanish Civil War’s 75th anniversary, a series of events are being organised in South Yorkshire by the local group of the International Brigade Memorial Trust along with Sheffield University.

One of the highlights promises to be a concert at Sheffield Trades and Labour Club, in Duke Street on Wednesday, July 13.

Guests include Roy Bailey, Dave Burland, Fay Hield and Sam Sweeney, Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham, Robin Garside, Ray Hearne, Simon Heywood, Shonaleigh, Black Hares, Rob Hindle, Tony Trippett and friends from University Spanish Department, Geoff Lawes, Dolores Long, Jim McDonald and Mike Wild.

Tickets are £8 on the night but to reserve them in advance (at £6 or £5 concessions), call Mike on 0114 201 6350 or email

All proceeds will support the work of the International Brigade Memorial Trust.

The IBMT are also staging an exhibition, Antifascistas, at Jessop West Building, Sheffield University from 4 to 15 July.

At the exhibition launch on Wednesday, July 6 at 6.30pm, IBMT historian Dr Richard Baxell will deliver a memorial lecture on the British and Irish Volunteers in the XVth Brigade. The Showroom Cinema is also putting on a season of films through July and there will be a display in The Workstation on the Spanish Civil War.

And a poetry evening will be staged at the Red Deer pub, Pitt Street, on Sunday, July 17.

For full details, visit and for more information on the IBMT, go to

Music Notes

VIN Garbutt is one of the best known and most sought-after performers on the folk scene.

His wealth of songs are thought-provoking or funny (or both) generally preceded by zany, witty or just crazy introductions, sending the audience into uncontrolled laughter. He is also an accomplished guitarist and a great whistle player.

He is a writer with a clear social conscience who is never afraid to tackle the big issues. His song writing covers topics ranging from exploitation of foreign workers, to unemployment, deforestation and cosmetic surgery.

Vin Garbutt is appearing in the Main Hall of the Venue, Stocksbridge tomorrow. The club says that due to circumstances beyond their control, the Chris While and Julie Matthews concert on July 16 will now take place at St Ann’s Church Hall in Deepcar, not at the Venue as previously listed.

Suzy Bogguss, Matraca Berg and Gretchen Peters bring their Wine, Women & Song show back to the Memorial Hall on Thursday.

Guests at the Rock@Matlby, Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby tonight will be local trio Skyhook, who consist of Martin Harwood on fiddle, bouzouki and guitar. Cath James on fiddle and viola and Eoin Teather on bouzouki, guitar and vocals. Next Friday’s guest will be Boo Hewerdine.

Paul Pearson, Steve Sinclair and John Fowler will be at the Cartwheel 3 Folk Club, Old Horns, High Bradfield, tonight.