Open Mic

APPEARING ON Friday, July 17th, 2009

Open Mic Session with Kai Lena [+]

Free Entry

Time to bring your guitars, basses, pianos, drums, tamborines, loop pedals, whatever you feel like to the stage and get up do your thing. Hosted by Kai lena and her unique piano stylings get here early to book a slot.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Open Mic with Sarah Deboe [+]

Acoustic open mic evening where all are welcome to take on Telfords stage. Hosted by Sarah Deboe, it should be a great night for all and with free entry and how can you say no.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Open Mic Sessions with Mercy Elise [+]

Free Admission

Come down and join this ecelecticly diverse singer songwriter whose beautiful vocals will insipre anyone to get up and have a go. Acoustic open mic night kicks off around 8.30pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Open Mic with Kai Lena [+]

Free Admission


It’s that time again…. time to bring your geetars, basses, pianos, drums, tamborines, loop pedals, watever you feel like to the stage and get up do your thing.. and have everyone applaud you, a  great chance to just get up and show your talent! Book early for your slot



 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Open Mic with Billy No Fear [+]

Free Admission

Billy No Fear one of Chesters finest and longest serving Open Mic hosts will be there to entertain and welcome you to the stage if you wish to show your talents .



 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Open Mic with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Admission

More shenanigans with resident ivory squeezer and all round hairy dude Rusty…


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Open Mic Sessions with Oscar South [+]

Free Admission


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Fran & Josh [+]

Acoustic Showcase featuring Fran and Josh

Free Admission

Fran and Josh combine impressive flamenco guitar with flavours of reggae, hip hop and
latin music, vocals vary from mellow singing, to rap.

Originally their music developed from a love for jamming together.
They met at the age of 15, Josh had been writing poems since the age of 10 and first
picked up a guitar when he was 12.   Francesco was brought up amongst musicians and at an early age had classical training which allowed him an understanding in chord progressions and scales far beyond anything that josh could comprehend upon their meeting.

With Josh’s words, and Frans inspirational mind and ear for music, they created a
friendship and musical bond admiring artists such as Paco De Lucia, Paco Pena,
Rodrigo Y Gabriela and Tommy Emmanuel… Through studying these musicians and many other styles such as Gypsy Jazz and Folk, all the way to Dub step and Drum n Bass, Gabba and even all the cheesy toss we hear on a regualar basis… they began to develop their own songs.

Not long ago the first unsigned band to play on the ‘Live Drivetime’ session on ‘XFM
Manchester’ where they covered the song “Better off Alone” by Alice Deejay. They
have since been invited back to play at Clint Boon’s wife’s Tea Parties..

MTV’s Brand spanking new music website snapped them up for a session you can see
here http://www.mtv.co.uk/artists/fran-and-josh

They recieved some sneaky interest from 14th Floor Records in London, but now are
working with the big chill label towards getting signed and releasing an album. Silly
14th Floor.. Should’ve grabbed ‘um while they had the chance..



 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Open Mic Session with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Admission

Bank holiday shenanighans with our resident hairy dude ‘host with the most’ tinkling the keys and hoofing the odd dance…


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 6th, 2010

NW Film and Acoustic Night / Open Mic Session with Man Of Straw [+]

Free Admission

Screen Deva is one of the UK’s newest film and digital media festivals. The 10-day festival takes place Friday 28th  May – Sunday 6th June, in a variety of venues in Chester. The exciting line up includes over 20 feature length films, artists’ exhibitions, digital media events, the return of the region’s original 48 Hour Film Challenge and an extended programme of FREE digital media workshops.

A screening of short films from some of the best filmmaking talent in the region, followed by Open Mic Sessions with ‘Man of Straw’ at Telford’s popular Acoustic Night. Also, a last chance to see REPLAY, a collaboration between artist Andy McKeown and Doodleplanet of ‘live light drawing’ and projection.




 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Cancer Research UK Charity Open Mic Session [+]

Free Entry – Donations Welcome


Special open mic session with loads of prizes, special guests being hosted run and organised by some of our lovely restaurant and bar staff in aid of Cancer Research UK

There’s all kind of running.. …..for the last train ….. to get dinner ….. from the fuzz ….. to lasso a unicorn And then there’s running that really means something important. To test the theory that runners do come in all shapes, sizes, colours and ringtones, Leanne, Maria, Tori, Alice, Rachel, Kim and Tina are going to be running RACE for LIFE in our own fair city on 13th June 2010. We are proud to support the work of Cancer Research UK and as a shout out to our friends and family who have been affected by cancer. Please dig deep and sponsor us online – it’s quick, easy and totally secure. Events like Race for Life are vital in funding Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. By sponsoring me now you can help more people survive cancer. Gift Aid it!f you are a UK taxpayer, please remember to tick the Gift Aid box when donating so that an extra 25%, plus a 3% supplement, can be added to your gift at no cost to you.Every pound you donate really does make a difference – so please sponsor us now! Many thanks for your support – Together we will beat cancer. xxxx

http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/gogogogirlss


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Open Mic Session with Sam Salisbury [+]

Free Entry


Photo by Steve Hawkins @ Athena Images


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson [+]

Free Entry



 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Open Mic Session with Billy No Fear [+]

Free Entry

Chester’s longest running and finest open mic sessions brings you ‘Billy No Fear’ as hosts for this Sunday’s bonanza. Bring your maracas, twangers and plucking instruments and lets have a jolly time…

http://www.myspace.com/billynofear


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Open Mic Session with The Rusty Cadillacs [+]

Free Entry

Chesters longest running and finest open mic sessions bring you 40′s throwback Tom Durkin with accompanying rusty cadillacs to the stage.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Open Mic Session with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Admission

Open mic shenanighans with our resident hairy dude ‘host with the most’ tinkling the keys and hoofing the odd dance…


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Open Mic Session with Sarah Deboe [+]

Free Entry

The wonderful Ms Deboe brings her considerable talents to our open mic stage. If you’ve never seen her live then treat yourselves, you’re worth it!


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Open Mic Session with The Man Of Straw [+]

Free Admission

Chester’s finest and longest running open mic sessions invites ‘Man of Straw’ and cohorts to host this evenings frolicking. Don’t be late…


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Open Mic Session with Cal Roberts [+]

Free Entry

The melodic Cal Roberts hosts this weeks edition of  Chester’s finest and longest running open mic session.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Open Mic Session with Billy No Fear [+]

Free Entry

Another Sunday, another night of  Chester’s finest and longest running open mic session, hosted this week by the excellent and quirky Billy No Fear.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Open Mic with Mark Henderson [+]

Open mic antics with Telford’s legend Mark bringing his unique folk/jazz/blues stylings to the show. Bring your instruments and best singing voice and join in the fun.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Open Mic Session with Mercy Elise [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Open Mic Session with The Fruit and Barley Mob [+]

Free Admission

Chester’s finest and longest running open mic session, featuring the wholesome, whole grain, soul food niceness of The Fruit and Barley Mob.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Open Mic Session with The Rusty Cadillacs [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Halloween Open Mic with Kai Lena [+]

Free Admission

Be prepared for a chilling encounter, Halloween spectacular with Kai in charge.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Open Mic Session with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Admission

More tequila based shenanigans with resident ivory squeezer and all round hairy dude Rusty…


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Open Mic with Mercy Elise [+]

Free Admission

Chester’s longest running and finest open mic sessions with the unfeasibly talented Elise in charge.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Open Mic Session with The Man Of Straw [+]

Free Admission

Man of straw hosts this weeks acoustic sessions. Expect poetry, verse and the occasional shanty!


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Open Mic Session with Sarah Deboe [+]

Free Entry

Sarah hosts this weeks installment of the longest running show in town…


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 12th, 2010

chris and tom of shyandthefights big wonderfull open mic [+]

Free Admission

Chris and Tom save the day with their last minute stand in and open mic debut. Get in early to guarantee a spot, we think this will be a good one…


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Open Mic Session featuring Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Admission

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Christmas is coming and Mr Rusty Mahone is back for another eclectic mix of classic old and new drinking songs. So raise a glass, give a cheer, bring a guitar and sit back to enjoy an acoustic open mic night hosted by one of Chester busking legends and all round decent hairy bloke.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Boxing Day Sessions with Mark Henderson [+]

Free Admission

Chester’s longest running and finest open mic invites Telford’s legend Mark and his merry pranksters to host this Boxing Evening’s  shenanigans.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Open Mic Session with Billy No Fear [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Sarah Deboe [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Man of Straw [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Open Mic Session with Jon Parry [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Mercy Elise [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Open Mic Session with The Rusty Cadillacs [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Mercy Elise [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Open Mic Session with The Glendale Family [+]

Free Entry

with special guest appearance

‘Delta Maid’



Delta Maid

“Sometimes you don’t fit a niche. There’s pressure on you to fit in and do the popular thing. I know I don’t fit the mould but just take a chance and it might work.”

Delta Maid is talking about her song ‘Back the Last Horse’, but she could just as easily be discussing her own impending launch into the music industry.

Packing a hipflask full of Mersey moonshine and soul-studded country blues, this Liverpudlian singer songwriter will take your breath away with her expectation-confounding debut album ‘Outside Looking In’.

From Wavertree in South Liverpool, 25 year old Delta’s love affair with American roots music began when she was a child, her head swimming with country greats as well as the more modern blues that made up the backbone of her parents record collection – from Taj Mahal and Stevie Ray Vaughan and BB King. Delta’s own personal musical discovery was kick-started by a copy of country blues queen Rory Block’s ‘Best Blues and Originals’ which her parents bought back with them after a trip to New York.

Listening to the record non-stop for two weeks during a holiday in Ireland, the 13 year old Delta’s ears were opened to early blues and there was no turning back. “I was in awe. I became fascinated by the style of play, the whole feeling of it. It was at this point that I began actively searching for the history and legends that were behind Delta blues. After hearing the likes of Son House, Skip James, Bessie Smith and Robert Johnson for the first time I dived head first into a world that has since become a part of my own makeup.”

Recorded at Parr Street Studios in her hometown of Liverpool and co-produced by Delta and Chris Taylor with her brother on lead guitar, ‘Outside Looking In’ is so called because of the record’s reflective qualities. It’s true that listening to this intimate record is like having a fireside chat with this incredibly warm performer. It’s also the name of a stand out song on the album, which fuses rockabilly with one of Delta’s biggest inspirations, the sublime and soulful Patsy Cline. “The melody came after watching The Stray Cats in concert on TV a while back. I’ve always loved the sound of the 50s – namely Gretsch guitars – and Brian Setzer inspired me that day. It was definitely destined to be a heartache song.”

Running the gamut of human emotion, the poignant, ‘Running On Empty’ is worthy of Bonnie Raitt, while the tender ‘Footprints’ is inspired by a time working in the nursing home. Yet such downbeat moments are balanced with equally as accomplished highs, such as the country gospel bounce of ‘All I Dreamed’ and the up-tempo ‘Of My Own’, which positively zings. A perky, assertive ode to standing up to a friend or a lover who just keeps on bringing you down, this country-fried hipshaker is the first official single to be taken from ‘Outside Looking In’.

The plaintive, softly lit Carter Family croon in ‘The Changes Made’, was written the day after she saw Elvis Costello play at the Picket in Liverpool. “It was written really early on when I was first writing songs and it must have subconsciously been inspired by a lot of the folk music I’ve listened to. Lyrically it was written as an act of self-encouragement to remind me that a lot of pain I went through at the time wasn’t in vain and in fact was ultimately instrumental in helping me change for the better. “

‘Broken Branches’ – the tale of an unravelling relationship – was penned late at night and in bed. “The whole song developed from the opening two lines when I was thinking about a relationship I had been in and realised, almost in a eureka moment I had been really hard done by.”

Meanwhile, ‘Dance With My Broken Heart’ is influenced by the sweet sounds of heartbreak country and rings the same bells as its originator, Hank Williams, once did. “His songwriting is really simple – it’s not convoluted but it’s so effective,” effuses Delta. ‘Any Way I Want To’ references the 1930s too, but instead picks up on blues and ragtime from the era. The song is about an old colleague though, rather than a lover. “People think it’s a relationship song, but it’s not. She was an emotional manipulator and very able at making me feel terrible inside. It’s kind of a rebel song – I couldn’t put up with it anymore! It was almost like therapy for me to write that song.”

A left hander, Delta has developed her own distinct way of playing the guitar, by trying to replicate what she’d heard on Son House and Leadbelly records. “People say it’s a weird finger picking style that not many people do, but it’s just an amalgamation of what I’ve picked up on – it’s dead natural to me.” The “Celtic sounding” ‘When Love Grows Cold’ – a personal favourite of Delta’s thanks to its emotive lyrical content – is in fact the only track on the album where Delta strums the guitar, rather than picking in her tried and tested style.
A religiously acoustic performer, Delta is making a name for herself in new folk and alt-country circles and has already supported the likes of Ray LaMontagne, Martha Wainwright and Seth Lakeman with her Mersey Delta sound.

Drawing parallels between the down home lyrics of Delta blues and with her own upbringing in Liverpool, Delta’s life isn’t as far removed from the Mississippi-based music that has inspired her as you might think. “There’s something really honest about it,” explains Delta. “It’s not convoluted in any way. I feel that’s what Liverpool’s got in common with Delta blues, because there’s a lot of honesty there – we tend to wear our hearts on our sleeves. A lot of the language, believe it or not, is quite similar.”

With ‘Outside Looking In’ we can certainly believe that, and then some.
www.facebook.com/deltamaid
www.deltamaid.com


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Simon (Loose Kites) [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson [+]

Sunday 24th April – Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Open Mic Session with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Alt Fashion Summer Fair / Baby Brave [+]

Free Entry – Doors Open From Midday

Open Mic Session with Baby Brave & The Lovebites

Free Entry

Emily & Jo picked up their paintbrushes and proceeded to create a series of earnestly peculiar lyrics and sunny folk-pop melodies, splattered with adorable harmonies and contagious catchiness. With a healthy dose of welsh heart from guitarist ‘The Lovebites’, the Braves are sure to get your toes tapping. Expect to be charmed by flute solos, feverish guitar riffs, hypnotic hands and a ukulele named Fiona.

http://www.drumwithourhands.com/Drum_with_our_Hands/Baby_Brave.html


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson [+]

Free Entry

Open mic antics with Telford’s legend Mark bringing his unique folk/jazz/blues stylings to the show. Bring your instruments and best singing voice and join in the fun.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Open Mic Session with the Glendale Family [+]

Free Entry

This week Chester’s longest running open mic night is sure to bring you some great folk sounds, sea shanty clap alongs and some punching poetry so come along, bring your guitar, keys, violins and even a triangle and get involved.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Entry

This weeks open mic brings you ‘new look’ rusty with his squeezebox, stomping sea shanties and tequila antics. Come and join us and get involved.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Kai Lena [+]

Free Entry

Time to bring your guitars, basses, pianos, drums, tamborines, loop pedals, whatever you feel like to the stage and get up do your thing. Hosted by Kai lena and her unique piano stylings get here early to book a slot.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Sarah Deboe [+]

Free Entry

Chester singer/songwriter and winner of the Liverpool Soundclash competition hosts this weeks Open Mic Session.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Open Mic Session With Mercy Elise [+]

Free Entry

Come down and join this ecelecticly diverse singer songwriter whose beautiful vocals will insipre anyone to get up and have a go. Acoustic open mic night kicks off around 8.30pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Open Mic Session with Baby Brave & The Lovebites [+]

Sunday 21st August – Free Entry

Emily & Jo picked up their paintbrushes and proceeded to create a series of earnestly peculiar lyrics and sunny folk-pop melodies, splattered with adorable harmonies and contagious catchiness. With a healthy dose of welsh heart from guitarist ‘The Lovebites’, the Braves are sure to get your toes tapping. Expect to be charmed by flute solos, feverish guitar riffs, hypnotic hands and a ukulele named Fiona.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson [+]

Free Entry

The Telfords legend that is Mark Henderson will be taking to the Telfords stage with his unique style of folk. Get here early to put your names down, music will start around 9pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Depo (Shy & The Fight) [+]

Sunday 28th August – Free Entry

Chester’s longest running open mic night is hosted this week by Deposaurus, guitarist and vocals for Shy & The Fight. Expect some tuneful covers and some original material and be sure to bring along your weapon of choice and a crowd to sing your heart out to.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Kai Lena [+]

Sunday 4th September – Free Entry

Time to bring your guitars, basses, pianos, drums, tamborines, loop pedals, whatever you feel like to the stage and get up do your thing. Hosted by Kai lena and her unique piano stylings get here early to book a slot.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Andy Roseville & Very Special Guest I’m Kingfisher (Sweden) [+]

Free Entry

The indie-folk troubador Thomas Jonsson was 2008 listed in the British newspaper The Times as one of six acts who have taken the Swedish pop scene onwards since ABBA. Now in 2010, the time has come to release his fourth solo album ‘ARCTIC’ (Playground Music) which is the first one to come out under his brand new musical alias I’m Kingfisher (formerly: Thomas Denver Jonsson). Scandinavian Release Oct 18th, The release was followed by touring with Ed Harcourt in Scandinavia. During spring 2011, Arctic is released in UK, Benelux, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and more. Thomas has all in all made 400+ shows in 19 countries. Including US and UK..


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Open Mic Session with The Glendale Family [+]

Sunday 18th September

Free Entry

The Glendale Family are a collective of musicians based in the North West, with members ranging from Scotland to Australia and a number of places in between. They can most aptly be described as a modern folk band, influenced by sea shanties, heroic figures, tall tales and the natural world. They are the purveyors of good vibes, with a clear motivation to share the energy they create whilst maintaining a gracious approach to their performance.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Open Mic Session With Chris Done (Shy & The Fight) [+]

Free Entry

This weeks open mic is hosted by Shy & The Fights very own megaphone voice Chris Done. Come and join in and be sure to bring your beards!!


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Open Mic Session with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Entry

Sea shanties, rousing singalongs and many a drinking songs from Rusty Mahone.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Jon Parry [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Open Mic Session with Sarah Deboe [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Open Mic Session – Down Down Depo & Done [+]

Free Entry

As if Halloween wasn’t scary enough Depo & Chris Done (Shy and The Fight) are hosting a special Open Mic Session. Down Down Depo & Done would like to invite you to the Telford’s stage requesting each and every one of you learn a classic 70′s rock song. Take inspiration from the likes of Status Quo, ACDC, Bowie, Led Zepp and Meatloaf. Dear to scare and become your own rock god with face melting solo’s on your weapon of choice, be it an acoustic version of Gary Moore’s Still got the Blues or a bongo interpritation of Van Halen’s Hot For Teacher. And with it being Halloween weekend you won’t look out of place dressed as your hero’s of ROCK!


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Open Mic Session With Mercy Elise [+]

Free Entry

Come down and join this ecelecticly diverse singer songwriter whose beautiful vocals will insipre anyone to get up and have a go. Acoustic open mic night kicks off around 8.30pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Alt Fashion – Vintage Winter Fayre [+]

Free Entry

Expect a selection of cherry picked vintage traders with a variety of clothing, homewares, & jewellery. Alongside plenty of jewellery and gift ware for the festive season.

Finished off with some festive tasty treats at our vintage tea area.

Open Mic Session With Baby Brave & The Lovebites

Free Entry

Emily & Jo picked up their paintbrushes and proceeded to create a series of earnestly peculiar lyrics and sunny folk-pop melodies, splattered with adorable harmonies and contagious catchiness. With a healthy dose of welsh heart from guitarist ‘The Lovebites’, the Braves are sure to get your toes tapping. Expect to be charmed by flute solos, feverish guitar riffs, hypnotic hands and a ukulele named Fiona.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Open Mic Session With The Rusty Cadillacs [+]

Free Entry

Tom Durkin & The Rusty Cadillacs are a band that express contemporary ideas through the traditional music forms of both Folk and Country. The Bangor and Chester based band, Ramble around the country and the North of Wales, playing unique and entertaining shows no matter how small or big the venue may be.

Influence by great American artists and songwriters such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Tom Durkin tries hard to be as honest and as socially accurate as possible in his lyrics.

Some come on down and join them on the Telford’s stage at Chester’s longest running open mic session.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Open Mic Session With The Glendale Family [+]

Free Entry

With Special Guest

Meilir

Meilir Rhun ap Tomos, born 27 February 1981, from the small town of Caerwys, North Wales. As a young person Meilir was encouraged to play music & achieved success in Wales as a singer at various Eisteddfod Festivals.

Aiming to create interesting melody driven songs with experimental elements, Meilir recorded his debut EP, the bilingual Welsh titled “Bydd Wych”. The title comes from an ancient Welsh battle cry of hope that translates it’s meaning as Be Great or Be as good as you can. Released in 2009 to very enthusiastic reviews, it sold out in a matter of months.

Meilir has just completed work on his eagerly awaited second Ep to be titled Cellar Songs. Working again with producer Charlie Francis, it is a collection of six carefully crafted songs that were written in the small studio in the cellar of Meilir’s home. Cellar Songs was officially released on the 21st February 2011.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Sarah Deboe [+]

Free Entry

Acoustic open mic evening where all are welcome to take on Telfords stage. Hosted by Sarah Deboe, it should be a great night for all and with free entry and how can you say no.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Entry

More tequila based shenanigans with resident ivory squeezer and all round hairy dude Rusty…


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Open Mic Session with Simon (Loose Kites) [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Monday, December 26th, 2011

Boxing Day Jam Session with Mark Henderson & Special Guest Andrew Balcon [+]

Free Entry

If your tired of the family this Christmas or simply want to top up your alcohol levels then our Boxing Day Jam Session could be just the place to hide away and sample some of our lovely ales, wines and even a mulled cider or three to warm to soul. If your wish list came true and Santa gave you a brand new limited addition Gretsch or even a multicoloured glockenspiel then bring it along and take to the Telford’s stage and either join in with Mark Henderson & Co. or become the centre of attention yourself.  A quaint jam night where all are welcome.

BaLcon returns with
Punchy Soul/roots,
Vocal back beats
and howlin’ vocals.

After collaborating with various travelling musicians like Beatboxer Dave Crowe, – BaLcon introduces an alternative sound to shake your tail feathers and rattle your bones.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Open Mic Session With Baby Brave & The Lovebites [+]

Sunday 8th January – Free Entry

Emily & Jo picked up their paintbrushes and proceeded to create a series of earnestly peculiar lyrics and sunny folk-pop melodies, splattered with adorable harmonies and contagious catchiness. With a healthy dose of welsh heart from guitarist ‘The Lovebites’, the Braves are sure to get your toes tapping. Expect to be charmed by flute solos, feverish guitar riffs, hypnotic hands and a ukulele named Fiona.

www.drumwithourhands.com


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Open Mic Session With Alx Green [+]

Free Entry

A New Year a new host. Alx Green has been slowly worming his way into the acoustic circuit with his tastefully preformed covers and original material. We welcome our new host and anyone else to take to the Telford’s stage for Chester’s longest running open mic night.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Entry

Open mic shenanighans with our resident hairy dude ‘host with the most’ tinkling the keys and hoofing the odd dance…


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Open Mic Session w/Matt Nicholls (Camera) [+]

Free Entry

Matt Nicholls is something of a newcomer to the world of folk music. Hailing from Wrexham, North Wales, he has been playing acoustic guitar and singing since the age of eleven and for many years has fronted the indie rock band Camera.

Having grown up playing the local folk and open mic clubs, Matt is now finally beginning work on a folk record due for release later in the year. His live set is a mixture of traditional folk and blues songs which sit comfortably next to his original material. His influences are varied, but his latest material is reminiscent of the music of the 60’s folk revival.The list of artists he has shared the stage with and supported include: Bert Jansch, The Handsome Family, Dick Gaughan, and Nick Harper.

Matt will be hitting the road to play local folk clubs this year, so look out for him

http://www.drumwithourhands.com/Drum_with_our_Hands/Matt_Nicholls.html


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Sarah Deboe [+]

Sunday 12th February

Free Entry

Acoustic open mic evening where all are welcome to take on Telfords stage. Hosted by Sarah Deboe, it should be a great night for all and with free entry and how can you say no.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Open Mic Session with The Rusty Cadillacs [+]

Free Entry

Tom Durkin & The Rusty Cadillacs are a band that express contemporary ideas through the traditional music forms of both Folk and Country. The Bangor and Chester based band, Ramble around the country and the North of Wales, playing unique and entertaining shows no matter how small or big the venue may be.

Influence by great American artists and songwriters such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Tom Durkin tries hard to be as honest and as socially accurate as possible in his lyrics. And what finer thing to do it over than a young attractive female backing vocalist, Robyn Page and demon Banjo player, Ben Smith.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Alx Green [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Heidi Brown & The Spare Ribs [+]

Free Entry

Heidi has been writing and gigging for ten years has and has amassed over 40 songs, written on guitar and piano. Heidi plays the violin and flute parts heard on her tracks. Fiercely individual, her personality can be felt through her witty lyrics and unusual guitar-playing style. Though a fan of the 1950′s aesthetic, her attitudes embody those of the modern, free-thinking, outspoken woman.
Do not expect sentimental love songs…

 
APPEARING ON Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Open Mic Session with The Glendale Family [+]

Free Entry

The Glendale Family are a collective of musicians based in the North West, with members ranging from Scotland to Australia and a number of places in between. They can most aptly be described as a modern folk band, influenced by sea shanties, heroic figures, tall tales and the natural world. They are the purveyors of good vibes, with a clear motivation to share the energy they create whilst maintaining a gracious approach to their performance


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Open Mic Session with Dave Burton [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson feat. The Ratty Little Fingers [+]

Sunday 8 April 2012

Free Entry

Open mic antics with Telford’s legend Mark bringing his unique folk/jazz/blues stylings to the show. Bring your instruments and best singing voice and join in the fun.

The Ratty Little Fingers

Ratty Little Fingers are Austin, Christian and Katy, inspired by bands like the Flaming Lips and Pixies, they sing raucous and chaotic pop songs whilst pushing the folk genre. In 2011 the band played over 100 shows and festivals throughout the UK and across Europe, attracting such luminaries as Johnny Marr to their performances.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Open Mic Session with Mercy Elise [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Alx Green (EP Launch) [+]

Free Entry

This weeks open mic is hosted by local heart throb Alx Green who is also taking this opportunity to launch his latest EP so get on down for your free copy and bring along your instruments and best singing voice. www.alxgreen.com


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson + Stew’s Leaving Do [+]

Free Entry

As many of you know following his recent marriage, our hirsute, pet Australian is finally being reintroduced into his native habitat, and is being shipped out on May the 16th. To celebrate this momentous occasion we here at The Warehouse are throwing a leaving shindig on the evening of Sunday, May the 13th from 6pm.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite any and all friends of Mr Stew Etcell and Mrs Vicky Etcell (nee Powell) to come and join us in wishing them well.

Entertainment will be in the form of our usual Open Mic night, hosted by Mark Henderson but with a bit of a Jam Night twist. The bar will be open until 1am with the beer flowing and the bar staff ready and raring to go, so put on you drinking head, bring out your guitars and come down and join in the fun!


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Charity Quiz followed by Open Mic Session with The Glendale Family [+]

Free Entry

A Sunday special for all you music trivia heads- Adam Walton presentS POP quiz, a music trivia quiz with extra special toppings. Get your brainiest mates together and form a team – for £2 entry per person pit your wits for the chane of pop quiz glory and a prize! 6 pm sharp start- dont be late! We’ re raising funds for MIND the mental health charity. Keep the Sunday good times rolling with open mic hosted by the Glendale Family afterwards.

This week Chester’s longest running open mic night is sure to bring you some great folk sounds, sea shanty clap alongs and some punching poetry so come along, bring your guitar, keys, violins and even a triangle and get involved.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Entry

More tequila based shenanigans with resident ivory squeezer and all round hairy dude Rusty…


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Open Mic Session with The Rusty Cadillacs [+]

Free Entry

The Rusty Cadillacs bring to the stage a unique and energetic slant on Southern American Mountain music and all things old-time.

If you like a band that will get your toes tapping then this young trio will not disappoint.

Their diverse collection of old-time, bluegrass and american folk songs will keep you on the edge of your seat as you hang on every melody, harmony and chord change.

Come and show your support for young talent and live music by supporting The Rusty Cadillacs as they spread their love of American music around the North West and North Wales.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Si (Loose Kites) [+]

Free Entry

This week folk skiffler and all round dude Si of Loose Kites fame will be hosting our open mic so please bring along your instruments and get involved.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Billy Pilgrim [+]

Free Entry

This weeks open mic is hosted by Lord Scotland spin off Billy Pilgrim. Expect chugging blues and face melting solos from this Chester duo.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Dave Burton [+]

Free Entry


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Alx Green [+]

Free Entry

See Alx light up the stage at this weeks open mic. Come along and bring your instruments and best singing voice. www.alxgreen.com


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Open Mic Session with Sarah Deboe [+]

Free Entry

Another installment of free stage frolicry, tonight hosted by the wonderful Ms Deboe.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Chris Done (Shy & The Fight) [+]

Free Entry

This weeks open mic is hosted by happy, beardy Chris Done and his megaphone voice. Bring along your instruments and take to the Telford’s stage from 9pm.


 
APPEARING ON Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Heidi Browne [+]

Free Entry

Heidi has been writing and gigging for ten years has and has amassed over 40 songs, written on guitar and piano. Heidi plays the violin and flute parts heard on her tracks. Fiercely individual, her personality can be felt through her witty lyrics and unusual guitar-playing style. Though a fan of the 1950’s aesthetic, her attitudes embody those of the modern, free-thinking, outspoken woman.
Do not expect sentimental love songs…

Heidi has been writing and gigging for ten years has and has amassed over 40 songs, written on guitar and piano. Heidi plays the violin and flute parts heard on her tracks. Fiercely individual, her personality can be felt through her witty lyrics and unusual guitar-playing style. Though a fan of the 1950’s aesthetic, her attitudes embody those of the modern, free-thinking, outspoken woman.Do not expect sentimental love songs…