Lee Southall (ex the Coral) and partner Molly Jones - folk roots
Lee Southall (ex the Coral) and partner Molly Jones - folk roots

Duo’s intimate setting

ACOUSTIC duo Molly Jones and Lee Southall are playing in the intimate surroundings of the Lantern Theatre, Nether Edge, on Friday.

She is part of a musical dynasty – her parents are folk legends Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle – and he is the guitarist in the very successful Merseyside rock band The Coral.

They met in Liverpool while he was exploring new guitar styles and she was moving away from her family folk tradition and created a sound which brings together Jones’s folk inspired voice and lyrics and Southall’s folk-bluesy guitar, resulting in tuneful, often thought-provoking songs.

They have built up a following on both sides of the Pennines, having already played Musicport in Whitby, Hebden Bridge Folk Roots and appeared on radio. Molly Jones and Lee Southall’s eponymous four track EP received critical acclaim and Friday’s gig is prior to the release of their debut album, Goodbye to the River, due to be released in March.

Let’s go upstairs

A NEW monthly live semi acoustic music night Upstairs at the University Arms will start on Saturday with an appearance by Zacc Rogers.

The pub on Brook Hill has an intimate upstairs room which is ideal to showcase semi-acoustic blues solo acts, duos and trios in a relaxed environment for a listening audience.

With guitar, soulful voice and beatbox effects Rogers, a firm Manchester favourite for over 10 years, brings a heady brew of blues, reggae and classic songs. He will be supported by Carl “on fire” Watkins.

Firminger solo date

ACE guitarist-about-town Chris Firminger is back in action as a solo performer, hosting a new Acoustic Music and Open Mic night at the Norfolk Arms, Ringinglow, on Thursday February 21.

He will be singing and playing his usual varied musical mix of songs from people like Paul Weller, Chet Atkins, The Beatles and Chuck Berry and there will be other special guests and a chance for anyone else who fancies joining in.

The music kicks off at 8.30pm and there will be some instruments available to borrow.

Steely Dan tribute

NEARLY Dan bring the spirit and sound of Steely Dan to the Memorial Hall on Sunday with the ‘Reelin’ In The Years Anniversary Tour.

Since forming in 1995, the 10-piece band have captured the grooves and elusive lyrics that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker brought to the popular music scene during the 1970s.

Paying reverence to Steely Dan’s history of hits, off-the-wall humour and sarcasm that made the original band iconic, they are touring the UK to once again ignite the spirit of the American rockers.