Street-An-Pol, St Ives, TR26 2DS
Steeped in history, the newly-refurbished Guildhall is one of the best live performance venues in West Cornwall. A 1930s hall in the heart of St Ives, it has a bustling programme of daytime events and live performance. Home to the September Festival, it has hosted a variety of performers from Natalie Merchant and Jethro to Donovan, Fairport Convention, George Melly, Billy Bragg and many other famous names. The Guildhall is also a popular wedding ceremony and reception venue. Tickets for 2022 Guildhall shows are on sale now through the new St Ives Guildhall booking service with a charge of £1 per transaction (not per ticket).
Saturday September 10 (8pm) – LINDISFARNE
Legendary Seventies folk-rock pioneers LINDISFARNE will headline the opening night of the 2022 St Ives September Festival. The Geordie icons will bring a classic five-piece line-up of long-time members fronted by one of the “originals” Rod Clements. With a repertoire of unforgettable songs including Meet Me On The Corner, Fog On The Tyne, Lady Eleanor and Run For Home and a reputation for live performance second to none, LINDISFARNE’S power to galvanise festival and concert audiences remains undimmed and is guaranteed to get the crowd singing along. LINDISFARNE emerged from Tyneside in the 1970s and quickly carved out a unique place as one of Britain’s most original rock bands. Their pioneering sound, combining acoustic instruments such as mandolin and fiddle with their electric blues roots, delivered the catchy, memorable songs provided by the band’s resident writers Alan Hull and Rod Clements.Their first hit, the Clements-penned Meet Me On The Corner, paved the way for their classic Fog On The Tyne to become the UK’s top-selling album of 1972.
The original band called it a day in 2003 but now LINDISFARNE are back fronted by “original” Rod Clements and Alan Hull’s son-in-law Dave Hull-Denholm.
The 2022 line-up is:- ROD CLEMENTS (1969-present) Vocal, mandolin, fiddle, guitars, DAVE HULL-DENHOLM (1994-present) Vocal, guitars, STEVE DAGGETT (1986-present) Vocal, keyboards, guitars, IAN THOMSON (1995-present) Bass, vocal and PAUL SMITH Drums. Click here to BOOK TICKETS
Monday September 12 (8pm) – EMILY BARKER with Lukas Drinkwater
Emily Barker is an award-winning singer-songwriter, best known as writer and performer of the theme to the BBC’s hugely successful crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh.
She has released music as a solo artist with various bands and collaborations including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae, Marry Waterson and Applewood Road, with whom she produced a remarkable album of original songs recorded live around a single microphone and dubbed “flawless” by The Sunday Times.
She has also written for film, including the soundtrack for Jake Gavin’s lauded debut feature Hector. Emily’s 2020 album A Dark Murmuration of Words hit No 1 on the Official Americana Album chart in the UK. It takes her clear, expressive vocals and warm acoustic aesthetic and subtly shifts her sound in the direction of contemporaries such as Laura Marling and Phoebe Bridgers. Her ten album songs draw connections between the familial, the local, and the global: a mother sings to her unborn child asking for its forgiveness on ‘Strange Weather’; ‘When Stars Cannot Be Found’ explores the humbleness and comfort of the night sky when far away from home. Other highlights include the nostalgic ‘Return Me’, ‘The Woman Who Planted Trees’, the gloriously defiant ‘Machine’ and the effortless album closer ‘Sonogram’. Emily Barker will appear at St Ives with Lukas Drinkwater. Click here to BOOK TICKETS
Tuesday September 13 (8pm) – DR FEELGOOD
Dr Feelgood, formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s, remain one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world.
The raw and uncompromising style of their performance resulted in the album Stupidity that immediately went to the number one in the UK charts. They have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator – which gave the group their first gold record.
The current line-up features the rhythm section, Kevin Morris on drums and Phil Mitchell on bass (both 38 years with the band), the return of the legendary Gordon Russell on guitar, and Robert Kane (formerly of the Animals) who joined in 1999.
May 2011 saw the digitally re-mastered re-release of Chessmasters originally released in 2000 on EMI Records. It is the first Dr Feelgood album to feature Robert on vocals. April 2021 saw the release of Greatest Hits on Grand Records and the band continues to tour extensively throughout the world.
Liam Jordan, the Cornwall singer-songwriter, will be the support act who opens the show.
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Thursday September 15 (8pm) – BROOKS WILLIAMS AND DAN WALSH
Brooks Williams and Dan Walsh, who have joined forces to combine their talents for an extraordinary collaboration of British and Americana roots music on guitar and banjo, are heading to the 2022 St Ives September Festival.
Both are leading lights on their respective instruments and they bring buckets of charisma and talent to the stage. Add poignant songs and lively humour and the result is a truly remarkable duet. They will simply knock your socks off!
In 2020, they released a video of the Jimmie Davis and Eva Sargent classic Columbus Stockade Blues. The response was instant and positive. With “You should do more of this”, the predominant reaction. And so they have! With a few gigs under their belt, including Whitstable Sessions in Kent, Maverick Festival in Suffolk and AVH Concerts in Derbyshire, Williams and Walsh have officially combined forces.
Their repertoire includes their own songs and tunes, as well as classics from The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Norman Blake, Bessie Smith and Nanci Griffith. “Absolutely terriffc,” said BBC Radio 2 Folk Show presenter Mark Radcliffe – and now they are coming to the St Ives September Festival. Click here to BOOK TICKETS
Friday September 16 (8pm) – ‘QUEEN LIVE’ with The Good Old Fashioned Lover Boys
The Good Old Fashioned Lover Boys bring the sound and passion of Queen, live to a venue near you.
Made up of five young talented musicians, this fully live band brings its own interpretation to Queen’s signature sound, performing perform highlights from some of Queens legendary concerts, including Live at The Rainbow, Wembley 86 and their now fabled Live Aid show.
By blending live and studio styles, the band faithfully replicate the energy that gave Freddie, Brian, Roger and John their legendary status.
Since their formation in 2014, they have become a formidable force on the live circuit, headlining numerous festivals and selling out shows across the South West.
Playing alongside big names including The Darkness, Scouting For Girls, Bony M and Bjorn Again, The Good Old Fashioned Lover Boys are one of the most exciting tribute acts on the scene. Click here to BOOK TICKETS
Saturday September 17 (8pm) – PEGGY SEEGER
Peggy Seeger is a totally unique artist who has carved a special place in the folk revival of both the UK and the USA. Now in her mid-80s, her light burns as brightly as ever, still touring her legendary live performances that might include an unaccompanied traditional ballad, followed by an anecdote from her remarkable life, before launching into a topical song about drugs, war, hormones, politicians, unions, women, love or ecology. Born into a musical family, Peggy’s connections are impeccable in folk, classical and pop music. She is daughter to avant-garde composer Ruth Crawford Seeger (the first female composer to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship), sister to Mike Seeger and half-sister to Pete Seeger.
A multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, 5-string banjo, autoharp, English concertina and Appalachian dulcimer), she is lauded for her feminist and political songs, has made 25 solo recordings and participated in over a hundred more. Her 2021 album ‘First Farewell’ is a collection of 11 new songs written and recorded with family members.
As Ewan MacColl’s partner and muse, she was the inspiration for MacColl’s classic ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ (the title of her much-praised recent memoir) yet this is a woman who has consistently followed her own path with passion and vigour. Click here to BOOK TICKETS
Sunday September 18 (3pm) – TIR HA TAVAS present The Cornish Year
Join Tir ha Tavas (Delia & Dave Brotherton), Merv Davey and Ivor Frankell to celebrate Kernow, a proud and ancient land with a distinctive cultural identity, on this journey in music and words through the Cornish year.
Tir ha Tavas are returning to the Guildhall Council Chamber following their successful Sunday afternoon show there at the 2019 St Ives September Festival.
The show is sponsored by Harding Laity estate agents and all proceeds will go to the Edward Hain Community Project. Click here to BOOK TICKETS
Monday September 19 (8pm) – LAURENCE JONES BAND
Laurence Jones has developed a virtuoso pedigree as the UK’s hottest young blues guitar-slinger. With coruscating riffs, soloing and catchy songs, his crossover sound has won him several major awards and accolades and he has supported the likes of Sir Van Morrison, Sir Ringo Starr, Status Quo, Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck
He has played at some of the most prestigious venues in the world including The Royal Albert Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Buddy Guy, who personally invited Laurence to join him on stage at the 2017 Holland International Blues Festival in front of an audience of 15,000, said: “He’s like a young Eric Clapton. Damn right he got the blues.” The latest album “The Laurence Jones Band” has taken The Netherlands by storm, making the NPO Radio 2 mainstream playlist which received nationwide airplay. National Dutch treasure Johan Derksen is a fan of LJ and has invited him to appear on his TV show “Veronica Inside” five times over the past three years.
The latest single “I’m Waiting” has over 1 million views on YouTube since his TV show appearances.
Laurence’s accolades include being voted in the top 10 “best blues guitar players in the world today” by Music Radar, being hailed as “the future of the blues” by Classic Rock magazine a decade ago, introduced into the “Hall of Fame British blues awards” for winning “Young Artist of the Year” for three consecutive years and being chosen as “European Guitarist of the Year 2017” at the European Music Awards.
This will be a standing show. Click here to BOOK TICKETS
Wednesday September 21 (8pm) – THE COUNTRYMEN
The Countrymen will appear at The Guildhall on their third concert tour of Cornwall and Devon Songs of Hope. Five seasoned musicians with tight four-part harmony vocals – and a token Cornishman! – they take the audience on a journey through the history and culture of Cornwall, featuring their arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs, as well as an increasing number of their own compositions.
Last year The Countrymen produced a new song Lights Of Mousehole, written by their bass player Simon Wrench, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Penleee Lifeboat Disaster, with all proceeds going to the fund to provide a locally-sculpted granite memorial on the cliffs near Lamorna.
The band was formed at their local – The Countryman Inn near Launceston – which is where their name originates and where they found a mutual love of singing in harmony and almost accidentally developed a strong reputation for their emphasis on Cornishness in the repertoire.
Now in their fifth year, they have become increasingly popular across Cornwall and Devon with appearances on both radio and TV and numerous festival appearances including The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, The Rock Oyster Festival, Falmouth Week, Bridport Folk Festival, Little Orchard Festival and Looe Saves The Day.
The Countrymen have also been busy in the recording studio, releasing online EPs Cornish Lads Volumes 1, 2 and 3 – all available for download and streaming on the usual websites. They also have a CD “Trees on the Hill” featuring most of their Cornish material to date. Click here to BOOK TICKETS
Thursday September 22 (8pm) – FOS BROTHERS
Growing up in Belfast in the 70s the FOS BROTHERS fuse an eclectic mix of their own original songs with traditional Irish sensibilities flavoured liberally with Floydian/Genesis/Horslipian spices.
Their mix of drums, percussion Loops and samples, soaring guitars and bass delight Festival and Venue audiences and that’s before they start singing!
Their latest CD Clear Again was mastered by Simon Heyworth of Mike Oldfield’s famed production. It is available now for purchase from their website fosbrothers.com
The force behind the FOS BROTHERS are Dave and Sam McCrory whose sensibilities derive from a hard schooling on the streets and strict Northern Irish evangelical church attendance. Dave left Ireland at the age of 19 to study at Oxford Polytechnic and Sam came over four years later to form the band. They met Rom Dobbs and have collaborated with him for more than 25 years.
Rom started out in punk bands and developed a fascination with world music when living in Devon near Dartington College where his dad was head of music. Pete Bingham is best known for his band Waulk Elektrik who became very popular on the Roots music circuit in the 90’s.
The line up is :Sam McCrory – Vocals, Guitar, Dave McCrory – Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals,Rom Dobbs – Drums, percussion, samples and loops, Pete Bingham – Bass, Vocals. Click here to BOOK TICKETS
Friday Sept 23 (8pm) – GENO WASHINGTON and the RAM JAM BAND
Soul legend Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band are bringing their farewell tour to the St Ives September Festival.
Their appearance at The Guildhall will be the last chance to see them in Cornwall after Geno decided to have a final fling and go out with a bang. Without doubt one of the Kings of Soul and Blues, Geno, now in his seventh decade of touring which has taken him around the world, wears the crown with pride and passion.
Taste the sweet smell of Soul one last time from the Groove Guru himself. Hipsters and flipsters, movers and shakers alike, are all rendered incapable of having a bad time, when the Good Time Guru gets his army of fans on the good foot! The old Geno magic still drags them in and sends them home high.
Always ready to rock the house, the King of the Swingers Geno Washington is the incarnation of all things 60s.
Cornwall singer-songwriter Liam Jordan will be the support act who opens the show.
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Saturday September 24 (8pm) – THE FLEETWOOD MAC SONGBOOK
The Fleetwood Mac Songbook will – by public demand – return to The Guildhall for the final night of the 2022 St Ives September Festival following their sell-out show at last year’s Festival.
All the tickets had been snapped up with four days to go, The Guildhall was rocking and Festival organisers are expecting a big demand once again for their tribute celebration spanning 50+ years of Fleetwood Mac’s stellar career! The Fleetwood Mac Songbook are six experienced musicians dedicated to celebrating one of the all-time rock, pop and blues bands in the world and delivering an excellent evening of entertainment.
From the UK Blues of the ‘Peter Green’ era through to the multi million selling West Coast rock of ‘Rumours’ and the lush 80s production that was ‘Tango In The Night’ – plus everything in between and after. Click here to BOOK TICKETS