Favourite Things: Discovering a network of amazing city musicians

Michelle Shires enjoyed a prolific and varied medical career before setting up as a private hypnotherapist in more recent times.  Few practioners offer the skillset and experience she brings to the table. The former psychiatrist started her medical career in 1982 as a registered nurse and midwife before studying medicine at Sheffield University. She did general practice before specialising in psychiatry and also became an addiction specialist.

Tuesday, 16th October 2018, 10:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th October 2018, 11:03 am
Michelle Shires at Abbeydale Picture House, one of her favourite things

Her hypnotherapy services of more recent years have successfully treated everything from phobias to weight control to allieviating a whole range of psycholocial issues.

When she's not treating patients you'll find her at any number of gigs in Sheffield '“ she's a massive live music fan.

Acoustic Angels

Michelle Shires also gives her time free to Family Action '“ a charity devoted to helping families who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country.

She has lived in the Wingerworth area of Chesterfield for the past 23 years. She has one son - Josh.

You can find out more about her services at http://www.hypnodoctor.co.uk 

Accoustic Angels

This amazing band of multi-talented musicians have truly helped transform my social life in recent years! I've seen them perform all over the region and never get tired of seeing them. Fronted by John Reilly, the CV of every single member is exemplary. I'm a regular at their first Monday of the month in Dronfield ; regular gigs at the Wisewood Inn and many other venues. They've also opened my eyes to a whole network of

incredibly talented musicians!

Abbeydale Picture House

This is such an architectural and cultural gem. I was introduced it via '“ you guessed it '“ a sold out gig Jon Reilly did recently. The place has an amazing history and you can actually get married there these days. It's a gargantuan project in terms of renovation but I'm glad to say there appears to be the appetite for it and plenty of live music to help with the fundraising.

Leopold Square - Again '“ I have to thank Sheffield's amazing live music scene for the introduction to this breathtaking space. There is no better place to experience an outdoor gig than a rain-free afternoon at Leopold Square.

Derbyshire Trekking Centre

Set up five years ago, this has been grown to be one of the largest and most popular venues of its kind in the UK. This year round pony trekking centre offers off road riding for all abilities in amazing and picturesque settings.

Barley Mow, Wingerworth

Traditional pubs are closing at a frightening rate but at least in Wingerworth we have light at the end of the tunnel. The Barley Mow has been serving the population of Wingerworth for over 60 years but many people thought it had gone for good when it shut its doors earlier in the year. Thankfully it will soon reopen '“ can't wait!


I must admit I'd rather be at a gig than at a restaurant but this place manages to put the two side-by-side. They offer regular live music. This is an exemperly independent Italian and one of Sheffield's stand out eateries. Sheffield's live music scene and artists: The Accoustic Angels have truly opened my eyes to the amazing talent performing the city. I've lost track of the number of musicians I've had the pleasure of watching. A few of the names you need to watch out for include Charlotte Branson, Katie Bosworth, Lyndsay Dracuss and Jack T Harper. And not forgetting rising star of the musical theatre world Lowri Anderson.


This amazing venue has grown to become a cornerstone of the city's music scene. With live artists virturally every night of the week it really does offer some amazing talent.

The Peak District

 All this live music and hypnotherapy takes its toll and even I like a complete break! I find there's nothing more relaxing than a walk. And there's no where better than the nearby Peak District. I can lose myself for hours on end here. Particular favourite walks include the area around Monsal Dale and beautifual Chatsworth. We are so lucky to have such breathtaking scenery so nearby. The area can also supply some highly unusual gig venues! Who witnessed John Reilly and Lewis Nitikman and the Peak Cavern recently? Amazing!