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ONE of the founders of Show of Hands, Phil Beer is in our area on Monday, for a concert at Low Bradfield Village Hall.

ONE of the founders of Show of Hands, Phil Beer is in our area on Monday, for a concert at Low Bradfield Village Hall.

Apart from his work with Show of Hands, the hottest folk supergroup on the scene at the moment, Phil has a dazzling pedigree having played the length and breadth of Britain in the company of some of the nation’s top performers.

He is also a major solo performer as a dazzling instrumentalist.

Tickets are £12, either from The Postcard Cafe, Low Bradfield, or from Steve Dennis on 07817370422.

Support comes from Oysterband member John Jones who is busy on a walking musical tour of the spine of England.

The tour sees him to all eight gigs, over a 10 day period.

When not playing, John will be enjoying the breath-taking natural beauty encircling the Pennines, taking in parts of the Peak District.

Walking tours unite John’s passions for the English countryside, music and rambling.

He dreamed up the idea two years ago and previous tours have seen him walk from the Welsh Borders to Leicester and through the Hardy-esque Dorset countryside.

Now it’s the north’s turn giving him chance to re-acquaint himself with Kinder Scout, the Hope Valley, and Saddleworth Moor.

John has carefully constructed the route not only to include the region’s most spectacular sights, but also to offer shorter walks of just a couple of hours or a half-day so that as many people as possible can take part. “The idea is to get people out there walking with us, even if it’s just for a few miles,” John explains. “My music is totally inspired by the landscape, and I want as many people as possible to share in the whole experience of a good day’s walking, followed by music in beautiful surroundings with great company.”

But the gigs are the highlight, with each one a different experience depending on that day’s assembly of Reluctant Ramblers – a changing company of well-known folk musicians and friends who accompany John on each leg of the tour, and play with him on that night’s gig.

This tour will have an added dimension, as John is keen to highlight a range of excellent young folk and acoustic musicians who are local to the places where he’s playing. “The folk world is very lucky at the moment to have so many great young talents about, and the area around South Yorkshire and Derbyshire is particularly thriving,” John says. “This tour will give me the chance to play, and walk, alongside some of them, and to bring their music to new audiences.”

Tonight he is at The Dobcross Band Social Club, Saddleworth and tomorrow he will be at Shepley Spring Festival, Shepley.

On Monday, it’s Lower Bradfield’s turn. Then on Tuesday, there is a free entry show at the Milestone Inn, Hathersage followed by The Rutland Arms, Bakewell on Wednesday (£8 entry) and The Fishpond, Matlock Bath (£8) on Thursday.

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