2022 Programme   (7:30 pm, door & bar from about 7pm)

Sat 5th Feb     Gaynor Sutcliffe   and the Western Valley Swing     -     youtube

To restart our First Saturday Entertainment we again have the very popular Gaynor Sutcliffe with the even bigger and better Western Valley Swing complete with Maisie Riley on Sax, Andrew Wilson on Guitar, Horace Dogson on Double Bass and Tony Dolman on Drums to add to the swinging virtuosity and high energy entertainment.

Combining a wide range of sounds and instruments, rock and roll, swing, cowboy jazz and singalongs WVHC promise a night to remember for all ages.

Watch in admiration, there is something for everyone and a 'feel good factor' you will want to repeat. They tailor the set to meet the needs of the occasion. This is not to be missed.

Sat 5th Mar     Chris Newman and Máire Ní Chathasaigh   (pronounced Moira Nee Ha-ha-sig)     -     website

Making a welcome return visit the award-winning virtuoso partnership of “one of the UK’s greatest guitarists” (BBC RADIO 2) with “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) has toured in twenty-three countries to venues ranging from the tiniest of village halls and historic European churches to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and Cologne's Philharmonie; recorded nine CDs; and given TV and radio performances on five continents. Expect a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, spiced with striking new compositions and Chris’s “delightfully subversive wit”!

Combining a wide range of sounds and instruments, rock and roll, swing, cowboy jazz and singalongs WVHC promise a night to remember for all ages.

Watch in admiration, there is something for everyone and a 'feel good factor' you will want to repeat. They tailor the set to meet the needs of the occasion. This is not to be missed.

Sat 2nd Apr     Doc Harvey and the Philistans     -     youtube

Doc Harvey and his minions The Philistans have presented their extraordinary range of lost songs of Lancashire before at Whalley Village Hall. Now they are coming back with more strange lost songs to confound sanity, defy intuition and create musical havoc. Come and be astounded as they use brass, whistles, keyboard, accordian and guitar to open your disbelief to the hidden world of Lancashire esoterica.

Sat 7th May     Tom McConville   with   David Newey     -     website

Making his fourth appearance is Tom McConville who was born and brought up on Tyneside in the North East of England. He’s one of the leading fiddle players of our time. A virtuoso musician and fantastic singer, his rich and warm voice makes his interpretation of traditional and contemporary songs greatly admired by singers throughout the world. You will also hear David Newey's 'incredible, unique guitar playing'.

In great demand as a performer, session musician and teacher; playing the fiddle is his lifelong passion and he has achieved every player’s dream of creating his own unique, instantly recognizable sound.

His live performances combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes , through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing. All presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style.

Sat 4th Jun     Whalley Platinum Jubilee Party organised by Whalley's own Joanna Lavelle   -   poster

Relive the last seven decades through the memories and experiences of an ordinary Lancashire family told through songs, slides, quizzes, and most of all through stories. It’s a trip down memory lane telling the story of all our lives and that of the Queen. An evening packed full of fun, nostalgia, a sing-a-long and a prize raffle too!

This special Jubilee event takes place in the heart of the village. Tickets are already selling fast. This is one of those events where you need to get your ticket early to be sure of getting a seat.

Sat 3rd Sep     Jim Tracy entertains     -     webpage

Making a welcome fourth appearance at our Hall is Jim Tracy, live Country Music artist with guitar / harmonica. Songs from Don Williams, Willie Nelson,George Strait, Jimmie Rogers, Merle Haggard, The Mavericks, Alan Jackson,Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Don Williams and many more.

Sat 1st Oct        Joanna Lavelle's Talking Heads

Live drama returns to Whalley Village Hall with two plays on the subject of Dark Secrets. In Alan Bennett’s, Bed Among The Lentils, Joanna Lavelle reprises the role of Susan, the vicar’s wife, seeking happiness and purpose in her boring and lonely life.

Lace Curtains Irish, by American playwright Carolyn Gage, brings a change of mood. Through the shaky memory of the Irish maid, we learn the true story of the double axe murder of her parents, by Lizzie Borden. Or do we ?

(Strong language throughout)

Sat 5th Nov       Jamie Ferguson Sings       -       facebook

Jamie Ferguson is a percussive acoustic guitarist based in Manchester, UK. With influences from Andy McKee, Red Hot Chili Peppers through to Calum Graham and Jon Gomm, Jamie’s style combines percussive techniques, fingerpicking, and inventive harmonics to achieve an impressive and exciting style of music. Personal goals and determination are key components to Jamie’s work as he is focusing on becoming a successful solo performer through the percussive acoustic guitar.

Sat 3rd Dec       Trovatori     -     www.trovatori.com

They may have moved away from Whalley but we have again managed to entice back professional opera singers Darren Clarke and Caroline Lester who make up the acclaimed singing duo Trovatori for an early Christmas treat, with songs from opera, the West End and more, plus a few popular festive songs and carols!

Darren studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. His singing career has taken him to opera houses and theatres in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is also an accomplished Lieder singer. Caroline studied composition at Durham University and reached the final stages of Channel 4’s Operatunity and ITV’s Search for a Soprano. She has performed numerous operatic roles and has appeared in many oratorios and concerts across the UK, Europe and the United States.

They regularly perform as guest artists onboard luxury cruise ships as well as the luxury Thomson Gold and Thomson Couples resorts across Europe to great acclaim. They also appear across the UK in concert halls and theatres as well as at corporate events, music festivals, hotels and private events.

Tickets for the next event, at the very reasonable price of £6
can be obtained at Hallworth's the Butchers opposite the Hall,
from Whalley Post Office or at the door - subject to availability.
For more information call David Balfour on 01254 822350.