2023 Programme   (7:30 pm, door & bar from about 7pm)

Sat 4th Feb     Union Jill     website

Making a welcome third appearance, Union Jill (Helen Turner and Sharon Jagger) are a UK folk duo who have toured the country over the last ten years, delighting audiences with their humour, banter and storytelling. Their original songs are laced with subversive comment, often making the personal political, but delivered with sensitivity and musical precision. Most noted for their harmonies, Sharon and Helen also keep the music varied with a range of instrumentation, including guitars, mandola and mandolin, concertina and banjo. Their ethos is to be entertaining and their shows draw audiences into their on stage conversation with surprising and quirky stage-craft.

Sat 4th Mar     Gaynor Sutcliffe   and the Western Valley Swing     -     youtube

We again have the very popular Gaynor Sutcliffe with the even bigger and better Western Valley Swing complete with 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 1st Apr     The Zimmermen

From Dylan's most intimate acoustic numbers to swirling organ driven anthems The Zimmermen's love for the music of Bob Dylan is evident, but this is not a standard tribute act; no one is pretending to be Bob. Although the band play exclusively Dylan penned tunes (almost) they are as likely to find inspiration in popular cover versions as in classic Dylan originals. Throw in the odd 'bob cat' album track and The Zimmermen have a set and a sound all their own delivered with a relaxed almost ramshackle attitude punctuated with some roller coaster rock and roll moments. expect to be surprised, beguiled and uplifted. 'Pure Dylan, yet no replica'

Sat 6th May     Opland & Freeman     -     website

Tania Opland and Mike Freeman have been touring the world together for over 25 years with a unique and eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary material from many cultures - songs in several languages, and acoustic music presented with wit and style and played on more instruments than any sane duo would travel with.

Featuring hammered dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, recorders, cittern, violin, Native American flute, ocarina, hurdy-gurdy, an assortment of percussion and whatever else they might have picked up on their travels, their shows are guaranteed to provide an evening of great music and entertainment for all, especially those seeking something a little off the beaten track.

Sat 3rd Jun     Jaycee

Fantastic female vocalist specialising in hits from Motown , Soul and Disco. With over 14 years experience with bands and solo performances, Jaycee are guaranteed to have you on your feet dancing.

Sat 2nd Sep     Blowjangles

Walkabout Horns-led reggae-tinged street band Blowjangles hope to take their fans by surprise with their spontaneous performances including a mixture of ska, reggae and jazz.

Sat 7th Oct       MRSACKROYD       -       website

Despite the absence of Les Barker his strange imagination still soars to musical heights through the stunning voices of Alison Younger and Hilary Spencer and the keyboard wizardry of Chris Harvey. Alison, Hilary and Chris musically recreate the weird and wonderful world of the internationally acclaimed poet, philosopher, photographer and fruitcake and continue to perform the marvellous nonsense that is MRSACKROYD. A remarkable trio of musicians that will delight and entertain you. Funny, witty, thoughtful, emotional - but always brilliant.

Sat 4th Nov        Joanna Lavelle

My Brilliant Divorce is a comedy, written by Irish dramatist Geraldine Aron. Angela Kennedy Lipski is abandoned by her husband of many years, in favour of Rosa-the-Posa from Argentina. She must learn to rebuild her life and regain her sense of her individuality, as she deals with the empty nest syndrome, the advice of well-meaning friends. Does she learn to date again? How does she deal with the embarrassments of “intimacy” with someone new, after so many years with her husband? This one woman show has been performed by Dawn French, and is funny and poignant and moving. Local actress Joanna Lavelle returns to Whalley Village Hall with this engaging play.

Sat 2nd 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 £8
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.