7.30pm Sunday 1st October – £16

+ Support from PONS AELIUS



One of the great bands ever to have come out of Ireland, Dervish count Saltaire as an audience who always give them as enthusiastic response as any they find when out on the road, and we look forward to giving them another warm welcome this autumn.

Fronted as ever by entrancing singer Cathy Jordan – whose power to charm an audience is surely a match for anybody in the whole of Ireland – Dervish have become one of Ireland’s most enduring line-ups. Over an extraordinary 25 years together they have constantly raised the bar, developing one of the most distinctive, yet expertly balanced sounds anywhere in traditional music and inspiring a whole generation of young celtic musicians in their wake.

Dervish are here in the UK to play the launch night at the new Hammersmith Irish Cultural Centre. The Centre is an iconic home of Irish music, but has been closed for 5 years while it was bulldozed and replaced with a new state of the art building. It is a real seal of approval that out of all the great names of Irish music who have at the Centre played over the years, Dervish are the band they have chosen to relaunch their music programme.



25 years in the making, a Dervish show promises to be a rousing, uplifting night, sure to drive away day to day cares and raise the spirits in the way that only great music can.





The Cathedrals & Churches Tour

Thurs 5th Oct

Fri 27th Oct



In 2010 Show of Hands undertook a hugely popular tour of churches and cathedrals. In autumn 2017 they are returning to some of these venues, plus a number of new ones, once again bringing their brand of English folk music to these atmospheric historical buildings.

With a lighting & sound system on tour with them to make the most of the setting each night, and a set chosen to take full advantage of the acoustics and ambience, these shows promise to offer something a little extra to those at more conventional venues.



From Quebec – DE TEMPS ANTAN

7.30pm Sun 22nd October – £15

De Temps Antan are another of the bands bringing the powerful, envigorating music of Quebec to this side of the Atlantic, creating some sizeable musical waves in the process.

If you have enjoyed our shows with Le Vent du Nord, then don’t miss de Temps Antan. Both bands come from the same stable – two members of de Temps have brothers in Le Vent du Nord, developing as young players in the same musical households and absorbing all that the buzzing musical environment of Quebec has to offer.

Onstage de Temps have that je ne sais quoi which makes a show with the very best Quebecois bands distinctively uplifting, full of life, charm & humour. (Check the video below). With the same energy and musical dexterity as Le Vent du Nord, they also have their own distinctive touches – most noticeably the inclusion of harmonica, and some eye/ear-boggling double foot-percussion from both Andre Brunet and Eric Beaudry. 






7.30pm Fri 3rd November – £16.50


Direct from Austin, Texas, Hot Club of Cowtown once again bring their dreamy array of Western Swing, hot club & songs from out on the trail back to the UK.

Hailed for their down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation, Hot Club weave a combination of seemingly disparate styles to create their own magical effect – “A breathless journey in the Texas Tardis” (The Times) – setting up camp “at the crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent).

Hot Club of Cowtown are musicians whose mastery of their instruments is seemingly complete, whether the never-miss-a-beat rhythmic strum & slap of Jake Erwin’s bass, Whit Smith’s effortlessly lazy guitar or Elana James’ sizzling, redhot fiddle licks. Not to mention the assured ease of their vocal harmonies.

With such variety in their material, it isn’t possible for any single video to show the full range of Hot Club’s music, but here’s one to give a taste.





SESSION A9 – Scotland

7.30pm Sun 26th November – £15

Session A9: Four fiddles, guitar, piano, light percussion, occasional mandolin, a couple of Scotland’s best fiddletune writers, a few songs for good measure and above all, a love of music that gets under the skin, goes to the heart and drives the feet.

With past & present members of Capercaillie, Blazin’ Fiddles, Treacherous Orchestra, Fiddler’s Bid & The Peatbog Faeries in their ranks, Session A9 boast an impressive pedigree & array of talent.

Their stock in trade is their mastery of rhythm. Check the video below – be ready for the satisfying rhythmic leap as it takes off around the 2 min mark and some flashy solo moments on the fiddle later on (you’ll have to listen out, as the camera doesn’t always manage to keep up with the action.) 


If you’ve seen The Story of Saltaire DVD, tracing Saltaire’s history from the 1850’s to the present day, Session A9 are the band shown appearing in Victoria Hall on a previous visit, included in the film as an example of the good things going on in Saltaire today.





8pm Sat 2nd December

Playing a small show with us while in the UK for a festival visit –  a must for any fans of US-influenced guitar & vocal harmony folk.

Iain Matthews started out as the lead male singer on the first two Fairport Convention albums. While Fairport began to delve into music from the English folk tradition, Iain formed Matthews Southern Comfort, continuing to pursue the more US style folk of those two early Fairport albums. They recorded both original material & some outstanding covers, including Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why”, James Taylor’s “Something in the Way She Moves” and most notably Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”, which went to No.1 here in the UK.

MSC recorded 3 albums in the early 70’s, and Iain has reformed the band on several occasions. He has always been a gifted songwriter and, perhaps rather like Joe South, is one of those musicians whose songs people know, but often don’t realise who wrote them.  As a vocalist he has the knack of reaching right inside his songs to draw out the essence at their very heart, singing protest songs like a man who cares and songs about being in love like a man who is.

This tour will feature the classic gems from those 3 early albums, plus highlights of MSC’s more recent material. Whether you bought the Woodstock single and helped send it to No 1 in 1970, have sung along to Iain’s song “Back of the Bus” at the local sessions, or just like great guitar & vocal harmony, this promises to be a very special gig.




Mystery Seasonal Show

8pm Fri 15th December

One to put in the diary for those who don’t mind waiting to find out what it is. This will be a show for the Christmas season from a well-known act in English folk music who haven’t played with us before, but as they have a W. Yorks date in October as part of their autumn tour, the show can’t be announced until that has passed.

However, if you fancy a lighthearted evening from a popular group of English singers, with carols from Britain’s ancient wassail traditions sitting alongside original songs of seasonal cheer & heartbreak, and plenty of humour involved, then put the date in the diary and all will be revealed come October. Sorry we can’t say more than that at present.