LISTINGS: Rock And Pop, Jazz, Folk/roots, Open Mic, Opera, Concerts/recitals - May 5 - May 12, 2011



Take Kontrol, West Street Live, West Street.

Finesse/ Hystryonyx, benefit in aid of disabled basketball player Stephen Birkby’s wheelchair fund, Walkabout, Carver Street, 7.30pm (£3).

Sax Factor, The Harlequin, Nursery Street, 9pm.

In the Nursery, for the first time in ten years Sheffield’s masters of soundscapes play a hometown live concert to celebrate their 30th anniversary and support their latest album, Blind Sound, plus Sieben, Job Karma, Neil McSweeney and David Thomas Broughton, City Hall Ballroom, Barker’s Pool. See page 27


Jon Tansly/ Upside/ Shed Boat Shed, La Foret, Leopold Square


Anthems The Tour: Kerry Ellis & Brian May, Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall, Barker’s Pool.

65daysofstatic, Silent Running, Sheffield’s masters of soundscapes perform a live set to the sci-fi flick as part of Sensoria, The Harley, Glossop Road.

Guns 2 Roses, O2 Academy, Arundel Gate.

Tarka Dawn / The Fevers / The Gifted / The Ridings, Plug, Matilda Street.

Billy Martin Junior, featuring Dirt Road Dave on harmonica, The New Barrack Tavern, Penistone Road, 9pm.

Three Way Split!, The Broadfield, Abbeydale Road.

Skindred / Chiodos / Me Vs Hero, Corporation, Milton Street.

Kent Duchaine & Leadbessie, The Greystones, Greystones Road.

Zak Black, Harlequin, Nursery Street.

The Cellarmen, rock blues and soul classics, Horns Inn, Holmesfield.

Keep It Cash, Tribute Act, Academy Theatre, Barsnley.

The Wallbirds / Dirty Jeans / Penguin / James Worton, Lucorum, Barnsley.

Aonia / Krysis / As Darkness Surrounds, The Leopard, Doncaster.

Blackout , Snafu Bar, Rotherham.


Noah & The Whale, The Leadmill, Leadmill Road.

Bill Nelson: My Ever Gleaming Dreamertron, Sensoria, Showroom Cinema, 8.15pm. See page 27

The Magi / The 48k’s / Mime / Shamble Street, O2 Academy, Arundel Gate.

What Now, O2 Academy, Arundel Gate.

The Talk / The Janskys / Zapp Brannigan + Chole Jade Simmons + Mike Simms, Plug, Matilda Street.

Japanese Popstars, Plug, Matilda Street.

The Ultimate Eagles, Corporation, Milton Street.

Barb Jungr , sings Bob Dylan, The Greystones, Greystones Road.

Swansong, The Harlequin, Nursery Street.

Swingamathing, Shiny Sheff, Crimicar Lane, Lodge Moor, 9pm.

Frank White & The Hillbilly Cats, New Barrack Tavern, Penistone Road.

Steel City Pulse, drumming bonanza with performances all day from artists across the city in an event in support of the Portland Works campaign, to preserve Sheffield’s much-loved small-scale haven of highly skilled craftsmen, cutlers, artists and engineers, Portland Works.

Zak Black, University Arms, Brook Hill.

Short Stories, The Washington, Fitzwilliam Street.

Fade2Black, Trippets, Trippet Lane, 9pm

Steve Cosgrove’s Bluestown, The Riverside, Mowbray Street

Jim O’Mahoney, plays Country Blues. Gardeners Rest, Neepsend Lane 9pm

Mahogany Newt, Polish Club, Blackburn Lane, Barnsley.

Rebel Truce / Pirate Love, The Leopard, Doncaster.

Go Kommando, Snafu Bar, Rotherham.


Emily Macguire, The Greystones, Greystones Road.

Fixers, The Harley, Glossop Road.

Ray Jackson & Friends, Kelham Island Tavern.

Tommy Allen Band, Clowne Rock & Blues Club, Chesterfield.

Eureka Machines, The Leopard, Doncaster.


Gama Bomb , Corporation, Milton Street.

Handsome Family, The Greystones, Greystones Road.

Djangoism, Winding Wheel, Chesterfield.


Son Para Todos, Cubana, Trippet Lane.

P.S I Love You, The Harley, Glossop Road.


Giles Robson & The Dirty Aces, The Greystones, Greystones Road.

Simon Mcbride / Jj Grey & Mofro, O2 Academy, Arundel Gate.

Mar Miranda Kitchen Band / Don’t Sleep Dream / Dead Sea Apes / Death By Lilo, The Washington, Fitzwilliam Street.

Karl Ampofo/ Dave Roch & Friends, Bar 23, West One.


The Alarm (30th Anniversary Show) / The Last Republic, O2 Academy, Arundel Gate.

Das Chip Shop / Oblong, The Washington, Fitzwilliam Street,

Lindsey Dracass, singer with the Paul Carrack Band accompanied by Cary Baylis on guitar, Fleur de Lys, Totley (£5).

Emma Johnson/ Emily Stancer/ Chloe-Jade Simmons, La Foret, Leopold Square

The Baby Blues Armada, Relish Bar, Doncaster.

D-day Darlings, Academy Theatre, Barnsley.

Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash, Birdwell Social Club, Birdwell, Barsnely.

Super Trouper, Abba tribute act, Winding Wheel, Chesterfield.


Trio Wah! , chance to hear Jason Yarde’s sax playing and compositions in an intimate and stripped down setting with bass player Larry Bartley and Mike Pickering on drums moving from tight and constantly shifting rhythmic patterns to free flowing rhapsodic episodes, Sheffield Jazz, Millennium Hall, Polish Centre, Ecclesall Road, Friday, 8.30pm (£12 / £8, 15-17-year-olds £2, under 15s free).

Montuno, Soul Jazz and Funk set from Dave Hockham drums, Kent Roach tenor and baritone saxes, Charlotte Orba hammond/keys, Steve Black guitar, Mel Maccallaugh bass, Jon Hibbard, alto sax plus guest vocalist Dora Goddard as part of benefit for Radio Hallam’s Children’s Charity courtesy of Drop The Bomb, The Redhouse, Solly Street, Friday, 9pm.

Want You: Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan, The Greystones, Greystones Road, Saturday, 8pm (£10). See page 27

Jazz at the Showroom, Sunday lunch session, Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, Sunday, 1pm-3pm.

Jazz Preservation Society, Norfolk Arms, Ringinglow, Mondays, 8.45pm (£3 entry).

Gypsy Jazz Djam Sessions, Bath Hotel, Victoria Street, Wednesday.

Lescar Jazz, Brazilian Spirit of Jazz showcase Segments, percussionist Plinio Dourado’s’ new project including an authentic blend of music and contemporary composition from his hometown in the Amazonian rain forest, with Jandira Silva on vocals, Marcos Borges bass, Marcelo Andrade sax and flute, Willie Lok  keyboard/programming, plus special guest, Lescar Hotel, Sharrow Vale Road, Wednesday, 9pm (£3/ £2.50).

Colin Yates Big Band , Phoenix Sports and Social Club, Brinsworth. Wednesday, 8pm (£5).

Jazz Night with Ian Sanderson + friends, The Harlequin, Nursery Street, Thursday, May 12.


Acoustic Music Showcase, Red Deer, Pitt Street, off West Street, first Thursday of the month, 8pm.

Crookes Folk Club, all welcome, audience and performers alike, tunes/warm-up session prior to start, occasional guest artists, Princess Royal, Slinn Street, Crookes, Thursdays, 8.30pm.

Show of Hands, Often described as England’s finest acoustic roots duo and one of the folk scene’s best live acts, Show Of Hands combines the talents of singer songwriter Steve Knightley and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer. After a memorable performance at Sheffield Cathedral, they are on their Standing Room Only III tour, accompanied by double bass player and vocalist Miranda Sykes. Winding Wheel, Holywell Street, Chesterfield, Friday, 7.30pm (£16).

No Smoke Folk, Commercial Hotel, Station Road, Chapeltown, Fridays, 8.30pm.

Martin Simpson, the dazzling acoustic guitarist - 35 years a professional musician - makes the short journey from his home in Sheffield, The Rock@Maltby, The Wesley Centre, Maltby, Rotherham, Friday, 8.30pm (£12/£10).

Sheffield Music Brewhouse, Nether Edge Club, Moncrieffe Road, Fridays, 8.30pm-10.30pm.

Spring Ceilidh, celebrate the 127th day of the year with Sheffield City Morris Men’s Spring Ceilidh Mother of God Church Parish Centre, Abbeydale Road, Saturday, 7:30-11pm (£5/ £3 , licensed bar, 2665373).

Folk Trail, Folk singers and musicians walking from Land’s End stop in the Peak District for a song and a tune. Hosted by Rivelin Folk Club at the Rambler Coutry House Hotel, Edale, Sunday, 7pm-11pm.

Emily Maguire/Laura James, Singer songwriter Emily Maguire started writing her songs to pass the time when she had a chronic illness. Now with a clutch of solo albums, she’s at The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sunday, 8pm (£8). See page 27

Jake & Val, open acoustic session at the Kelham Island Tavern, Sundays, 8.30pm.

Seth Lakeman/ Jackie Oates, Folk singer and fiddle player Seth Lakeman - a former Mercury Prize nominee - has become one of the UK roots scene’s biggest success stories.On tour with a three-piece band, and with support from BBC award winning fiddle player and singer Jackie Oates. Buxton Opera House, Monday, 7.30pm.

Booit Straps Folk Club, singers/ musicians, Commercial Hotel, Station Road, Chapeltown, Mondays, 8pm.

Sheffield City Morris Men, Cotswold style dance team, welcomes dancers old and new. Going back to their usual venue, Burton Street Centre, Hillsborough, Mondays, 7.45pm (Gardeners Rest pub from 10pm). Visit or contact Dominic Rice, 2665373.

Hillsborough Folk Club, singers and musicians welcome, Burton Street Foundation, Hillsborough, Wednesday, 8pm (

Steve Turner, folk festival headliner, upstairs at The Red Deer, Pitt Street, next Thursday, 8.30pm (£5, tel 2884778 or 2751954. Singarounds on second Thursdays, except August).


Open Mic Blues Session, led by Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys, all musicians welcome, Cross Scythes, Baslow Road, Totley, Thursdays, 8pm.

Open Mic And Singalong, all welcome, Palm Tree Tavern, Palm Street, Walkley, every Thursday.

Acoustic Jam, bring your own guitar and join in, The Horse and Jockey, Wadsley Lane, Hillsborough, every Thursday, 8pm-11pm.

Open Space, open to everyone (not just students), and is geared towards original material from songwriters of different levels of ability, Coffee Revolution, University of Sheffield Student’s Union, Thursdays, 7.30pm-10pm.

Open Mic, with Nearly Famous, The Ball, Upwell Street, Grimesthorpe, Friday nights.

Jam Session, Woodseats Club, The Dale, Woodseats, every Sunday, 4pm to 7pm.

Trades Got Talent 2010, for undiscovered talent - from singers to comedians, magicians to ventioquists - Sheffield Trades and Labour Club, Duke Street, heats every Sunday night (0776 4410190 for details and to register).

Open Mic/Acoustic Evening, The Greystones, Greystones Road, Monday, 9pm.

Can U Jam, all musical gear provided, all genres welcome (original material and/or covers), The Springvale, Commonside, Walkley, every Wednesday, 8pm.

Open Mic/ Jam Night, Green Room, Devonshire Green, Mondays, 9pm (0787 5684151).

Strum ‘n’ Fiddle, weekly open mic night, Bulls Head, Fulwood Road, Ranmoor, Wednesdays, 8.30pm-11.30pm.

Open Mic Night, for singers, singer/songwriters, rappers vocalists and bands of all genres who perform either covers or original material, guitars and drums provided or bring your own instruments, Bar 23, West One, Wednesday, 8pm-12.30am and continuing alternate weeks.

Elvis and Open Mic Night, with Tom Collins, Yew Tree, Holmeley Lane, Coal Aston, every Wednesday, 9.30pm.

Acoustic Music Showcase, presented by Pocket Music, Red Deeer, Pitt Street, every first Thursday of the month, from 8pm

Open Mic Night, Red Deer, every third Thursday of the month, from 8pm.


From the House of the Dead, Janácek’s last opera to his own libretto based on Dostoyevsky’s novel of life in a Serbian prison camp (not as quite a grim as it sounds) in a new Opera North production directed by John Fulljames and conducted by the company’s music director Richard Farnes. Very much an ensemble piece, the main singers in a large cast are Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, Alan Oke, Robert Hayward, Roderick Williams and the opera is sung in English. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Thursday (May 5), Saturday, Thursday (May 12), 7.30pm (£10-£58, 0844 848 2720).

Il Tabarro/ Gianni Schicchi, English Touring Opera’s Puccini double bill seen in Sheffield recently and eminently worth catching if you missed it. Buxton Opera House, Thursday (May 5), 7.30pm (£16.50-£32.50, 0845 12 72190).

Fidelio, new Opera North production of Beethoven’s opera directed by Tim Albery and much more successful than the company’s Bizet offering. Sung in German with English surtitles. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Friday, 7.30pm (£10-£58).

La Clemenza di Tito, English Touring Opera’s staging of Mozart’s opera with some fine sing seen in Sheffield recently. Buxton Opera House, Friday, 7.30pm (£16.50-£32.50).

Fantastic Mr Fox, third opera on English Touring Opera’s spring tour based on Roald Dahl’s novel with music by Tobias Picker and not seen in Sheffield recently because, presumably, local schools could not be found to provide children to play trees and fox cubs. Sheffield-born baritone Nicholas Merryweather plays Mr Fox. Buxton Opera House, Saturday, 7.30pm (£16.50-£32.50).

Carmen, Opera North’s flagship winter production of Bizet’s opera which almost sank under the criticism levelled at Daniel Kraemer’s production with a revival director Jo Turner. In French with English surtitles. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Sunday, 6pm; Wednesday, 7pm (£10-£58, 0844 848).


Hermitage Ensemble, male voice choir from St Petersburg perform a programme which includes traditional Russian church music and folk songs, St Timothy’s Church, Slinn Street, Crookes, Thursday, May 5, 7.30pm (£8/ £5 includes cheese and wine / soft drink in the interval, 3286678 or email or on the door).

Charity Concert, featuring Dore Male Voice Choir along with Birkdale’s Big Band, String Things from Tapton School, African drummers from Firth Park Community Arts College and Sheffield High School’s String Quartet to raise money for Sheffield Young Artists of the Year organised by the Rotary Club of Abbeydale, Birkdale School, Oakholme Road, Broomhill, Friday ( £10 2368666).

Eblana String Trio, with David Curington (oboe) are the latest prize-winning students from the Royal Northern College of Music to give a hourly recital in the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton playing Mozart’s Oboe Quartet and Britten’s Phantasy Quartet, Friday, 1pm (£6).

BBC Philharmonic, conductor Vassily Sinaisky, are joined by top-class British trumpet player Alison Balsom for a performance of Hummel’s jolly Trumpet Concerto after rendering three of Dvorák’s Op 46 Slavonic Dances and before offering Mahler’s First Symphony. Sheffield International Concert Season. City Hall, Saturday, 7pm (£15). Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm (free)

Beethoven Choral Symphony, not quite John Longstaff’s final concert conducting the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra in his 18th season with them, but his penultimate one in an additional concert to the season. The soloists are Sarah Kelly (soprano), Lucy Appleyard (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Bale (tenor) and Philip Wilcox (bass-baritone) with the combined choral forces of the Robert Webb-directed Sterndale Singers and Sheffield Chamber Choir. St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Saturday, 7.30pm (£8.50/ £6.50 unwaged/ £4.50 student/ child).

Junction 33, dance band run by Sheffield-based pianist David Barnard in his spare time – didn’t think he had any gallivanting, as he does, all over the place: most recently, taking up a repetiteur job with Opera North. Not a big band or swing band, more Glenn Miller, predominantly playing repertoire from the 1920s through to the 1950s with emphasis on dance and, after a successful Christmas Dance, here offer a Spring Dance but without the advertised bar so take your own drinks. Bannerdale Centre, Carterknowle Road, Saturday, 7.30pm (£5 in advance, £7 on the door, (0114) 258 7602,

A Spring Concert, the Sheaf Singers, conducted by Olive Walker and accompanied by Matthew Pitts, celebrate their 25th anniversary in the company of the Sheffield Concert Band conducted by Judith Wallace, Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 7pn (£8/ £6, 2692144/ 01246 413226, proceeds and donations to charity LUPUS UK).Flamenco Passion, weekly classical guitar and Spanish Flamenco with Andrew Clegg. Cubana, Trippett Lane, Wednesday, 8pm-11pm.


Music in the Round May Festival, May 6-May 14, Crucible Studio, except where noted. Evening concert admission £15/ £10 disabled, unemployed/ £3 students, under 18s; lunchtime concerts £10/ £7/ £3. All concerts given by members of Ensemble 360 with Dan Storer sitting in as double bass player and the odd guest, except Wednesday, 7.45pm.

Bartered Bride, Haydn – String Quartet Op 20 No 3; Janácek – Mládí (Youth), penned 1924 for wind sextet (wind quintet, plus bass clarinet); Dvorák Piano Quartet Op 87; Smetana – The Bartered Bride Overture, arranged David Matthews for string quintet with double bass, wind quintet and piano. Friday, 7.45pm. Pre-concert talk, Passing of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, 6.45pm (free). Post-concert event, A Little Night Music with the Abbeydale Singers, Crucible Bar (free).

A Passion for Folk, Bartók – Violin Sonata No 2; Josef Suk – Piano Quartet Op 1, a definite nod in the direction of his father-in-law, Dvorák. Saturday, 12.45pm.

Intimate Letters, Haydn – String Quartet Op 71 No 1, arranged Paul Wranitzky (1756-1808) for flute, oboe, two horns, string quartet and double bass; Martinu – Nonet (1959) for wind quintet, violin, viola, cello and double bass; Janácek – String Quartet No 2: ‘Intimate Letters’, with semi-staged reading by Daniel Evans of the letters adapted by Paul Allen. Saturday, 7.45pm. Pre-concert talk, The Origins of Janácek’s Intimate Letters, 6.45pm (free). See page 26The Sounds of Spring, first of two concerts recreating the sounds, sights and smells of the grand cafés of Vienna, Prague and Budapest at the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire: Janácek – Concertino for piano with violins, viola, clarinet, bassoon and horn; Schubert – String Trio in B flat D471; Hummel – Septet Op 74 for flute, oboe, horn, viola, cello, double bass and piano. Coffee and cake served all day from 11am. City Hall Ballroom, Sunday, 11.30am (as lunchtime concert admission).

Workshops, either on the waltz with Dale Bennett, or making strudel! only available to attendees of previous or following concert. City Hall Ballroom, Sunday, 1.30pm (single concert and workshop (£15/ £12 disabled, unemployed/ £8 students, under 18s, or both concerts and workshop £25/ £19/ £11).

Strauss Waltzes, second the day’s concerts: Dvorák – Cypresses for string quartet and six Slavonic Dances arranged by Tim Horton’s brother Julian for string quartet, flute, clarinet and piano; Johann Strauss – obviously in arrangement form, Emperor Waltz, Roses From the South and Wine, Women and Song! City Hall Ballroom, Sunday, 3pm (as lunchtime concert admission).

Diversions, Liszt – Grand Duo Concertant sur la Romance Le Marin for violin and piano; Zemlinsky – Humoreske for wind quintet; Dvorák – Five Bagatelles Op 47 for two violins, cello and piano. Monday, 12.45pm.

The American, Martinu – Quartet for oboe, violin, cello and piano, penned in America in 1947 with Czech homeland yearning; Dvorák – String Quartet Op 96: ‘The American’, ditto! and Piano Trio Op 65. Monday, 7.45pm. Pre-concert talk, How musicians use the idea of shape to create expressivity, 6.45 (free).

Serenade, Martinu – Trio for flute, cello and piano; Mahler – Piano Quartet; Dohnányi – Serenade for string trio Op 10. Tuesday, 12.45pm.

Contrasts, beginning with a work by Janácek, Bartók or Liszt chosen by Fiends of MitR to be announced on night; Bartók – Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano; Kodály – Serenade Op 12 for two violins and viola; Brahms – Hungarian Dances, a handful arranged by Nicholas Charron for wind quintet, string quartet, double bass and piano. Tuesday, 7.45pm. Pre-concert talk, Nigel Simeone looks at the influence of folk music on East European composers, 6.45pm (free). Post concert event, A Little Night Music featuring Kodály’s Duo for violin and cello Op 7, Crucible Bar (free).

Duos and Dumky, Bartók – selection from 44 Duos for two violins; Dvorák – Piano Trio Op 90: ‘Dumky’. Wednesday, 12.45pm.

To the Distant Beloved, celebrated musical partnership of James Gilchrist (tenor) and Anna Tilbrook (piano) perform Beethoven – An die Ferne Geliebte; Schubert – four Goethe settings, An die Enfernte, Schäfers Klagelied; Über allen Gipfeln ist ruh and Der Musensohn; Liszt – five songs, his setting of the penultimate Schubert item, Schwebe, blaues Auge, Im Rhein, in schönen Strome (Heine), Kling leise, mien Lied and Dei drei Zigeuner; Hugo Wolf – four Mörike settings, Jägerlied, Auf einer Wanderung, An die Geliebte and Der Tambour; Mahler – Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and three Des Knaben Wunderhorn songs, Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt, Lob des hohen Varstands and Selbsgefühl. Wednesday, 7.45pm. Post concert chat with James Gilchrist. See page 26

Within the Walls of Terezín, music written by inmates of the Nazi’s Theresienstadt (Terezín in Czech) ‘model’ camp: Pavel Haas (1899-Auschwitz 1944) – String Quartet No 3 (penned before incarceration in 1938); Zikmund Schul (1916-1944 from TB) – Two Chassidic Dances for violin and piano (1941-42); Gideon Klein (1919-January 1945 in unknown circumstances) – String Trio (1944). Thursday (May 12), 12.45pm. Pre-concert talk, Ensemble 360 cellist Gemma Rosefield relates the amazing true story of Terezín, 11.45am (free).

Brundibar, film of a production of Hans Krása’s most famous piece, a children’s opera originally written for a Prague orphanage and subsequently performed 55 times at Terezín. Thursday (May 12), 6pm (free, with evening concert ticket).

Music was Life, recreation of a typical concert held at Terezín: Hans Krása (1899-Auschwitz 1944) – Passacaglia & Fugue for string trio (1944); Smetana – Salon Polkas Op 7 for piano; Suk – Meditation on an Old Czech Hymn St Wenceslas for string quartet; Erwin Schulhoff (1894-Wülzburg concentration camp, Bavaria 1942 from TB) Duo for violin and cello; Schubert – String Quintet in C. Thursday (May 12), 7.45pm. Pre-concert talk, Gemma Rosefield in conversation with Brundibar film director Simon Broughton about music within Terezín, 6.45pm (free). See page 26

Bernard Lee