Welcome to the home of Cheshire Folk!
Cheshire Folk was originally set up by Liz Rosenfield around 12 years ago as a folk club in a local pub and with occasional guest bookings.
Cheshire Folk takes place on the first Sunday of every month and is held at the Boars Head Hotel in Middlewich, normally starting at 8pm.
Eclectic music and a more eclectic set of regulars! Liz has always encouraged people to take part whatever their standard of musicianship, styles and genres they have. Styles of music at any evening are variable and she believes that all live and acoustic music has a place.
The Cheshire Folk Team are: Sean Boyle (Liz’s husband!!); David Giles, (esteemed band member without whom Bitter and Twisted would not exist); Eddie Ogle, (son and brilliant musician and multi-instrumentalist in his own right); and a few other close friends of Liz’s including the most remarkable Bob Stamp.
A variety of singer songwriters and instrumentalists attend as regulars who are both traditional folkies and those with a more modern take on ‘folk’ music.
Liz runs the evenings as an informal singaround and we are always keen to hear a variety of songs and styles.
Cheshire Folk welcomes visitors from other folk clubs and we regularly visit other clubs and share our love of live, local music with friends from Northwich Folk Club, Sandbach Folk Club, Timperley Folk Club and our ‘regulars’ come from miles around! From Crewe, Stoke, Manchester, London etc., as well as regular ‘boaters’ who join us when they moor up in town.
Nearest mooring points will be found in various places between the Kings Lock and the Big Lock with only a short walk to the ‘Town Bridge’, where the Boars Head can be seen to the right of the bridge as you come off the towpath opposite the Church. The Boars Head has parking to the front near the traffic lights and some spaces behind; the really keen can book a room and stay overnight!
As former Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival Director (8 years!) and with experience working behind the scenes at festivals including Cropredy and Festival of Great Britain, Liz very occasionally books well known folk artists with help from the Cheshire Folk team! Some of the past artists booked for Cheshire Folk have been: Fairport Convention, Brooks Williams and PJ Wright, Gina La Faux and Dave Swarbrick, Maddy Prior, (news about a new concert booking to be confirmed in the next few weeks) and Pierre Bensusan was a delight for our guitar playing friends. Full list – see below.
Maddy Prior with Giles Lewin & Hannah James *booked for return visit 2018
Brooks Williams and PJ Wright
Music Weekend at The White Bear
Alan Reid & Rob van Sante
Mark Radcliffe and Foes
Bickerton Gigs Chris Lesley
Fairport at Middlewich
Gina La Faux and Dave Swarbrick