Sunjay Sings Buddy

25 Jan 2020

£14 (+ booking fee)

Following Sunjay's recent visit to The HopBarn, we are delighted to welcome him back with his popular take on Buddy Holly

In the Spring of 2017 Sunjay was invited to play the lead role of 'Buddy Holly' in the touring theatre show 'Buddy Holly & the Cricketers'. UK wide, Sunjay wore the horn-rimmed frames, the dinner suit, bow tie, talked Texan and traded in the acoustic guitar for a Fender Stratocaster!

Sunjay started learning Buddy Holly songs aged just 4! Being in the stage show gave Sunjay the opportunity to perform his favourite Buddy Holly songs night after night, in front of thousands of people; a dream come true you might say!

Having worked up a vast repertoire of Buddy's songs Sunjay was inspired to record the aptly titled 'Sunjay Sings Buddy' CD (also featuring some of the stage show band members who have become firm friends).

Now with his own 'Sunjay Sings Buddy' stage band, see Sunjay strut his stuff! Rave On! 

Having recently performed his own work at The HopBarn in autumn 2019, Sunjay has establised a strong reputation for his musicianship and deep musicial knowledge. This promises to be a highlight of any venue's programming. 

"Sunjay is very much the man of the moment. Not so much the flavour of the month is the flavour of the year." – Living Tradition

Keith James

The Songs of Nick Drake

08 Feb 2020

£14.00 (+ Booking Fee)

Nick Drake is the most revered and loved of all this country’s singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974, aged only 26, his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest and a worldwide re-evaluation of his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. An important book, Remembered for a while was released a couple of years ago, written by his elder Sister Gabrielle Drake, this volume throws light on almost everything attributed to Nick’s brief career as a songwriter and recording artist as well as on many corners of mystery and supposition.

A number of years have now passed since singer/guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. The end result was over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 1500 shows in venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges – even Glastonbury Festival.


‘Meticulous dissection of Nick Drake’ idiosyncratic guitar techniques handled with surgical precision’ Northern Sky


‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’  The Independent


‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’  Sunday Times


‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’  Acoustic Magazine

Songs of Love for a Valentine

Featuring The HopYards

14 Feb 2020


Come and join The HopYards as they scale down and un-plug for this special evening event dedicated to love in celebration of Valentine's Day.

The Hopyards bring together a relaxed 3-piece set with Leona Ashley (Vocals) Stuart Poole (Piano) and Mike Mellor (Double Bass), to warm your hearts and put you in a romantic mood. 

Featuring an eclectic but well thought out set-list including amongst many others Norah Jones's Nearness of You, Melody Gardot's Morning Sun, George Michael's 'Secret Love'  and Natalie Cole's 'Our love is here to stay' .

With Leon's sultry and seductive voice, Mike Mellor's sensitive and mellow bass playing and Stuart Poole's intricate piano arrangements, The HopYards have created a distinct and individual take on classic and popular jazz and blues numbers.

Candle lights, poetry and romantic music, with the occassional amusing experience, all combine to provide a memorable evening and one that will guarentee to put you in the mood and help celebrate Valentines Day. 

Complementary glass of wine and sweat desert included in the ticket price

Proceeds from tonights event will go towards the Lincolnshire Refugee Doctors Project, a charity that supports refugee doctors who have settled in the UK to qualify to UK standards and secure professional employemnt in the UK.

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Joe Newberry and April Verch

A Gate to Southwell Event

15 Feb 2020


Born in Missouri Joe Newberry is a top notch banjoist, guitarist, singer and songwriter, a charismatic performer who charms audiences wherever he goes. April Verch is a world class fiddle player, step dancer and singer from Canada’s Ottawa Valley, who started step dancing at age three and playing the fiddle at age six! April has countless awards, ten albums and sixteen years of touring around the world under her belt with her own trio the April Verch Band.


These two hugely talented musicians came together several years ago and now tour regularly across the world. The collaboration is a seamless blend of Canadian and Ozark/Appalachian styles, a masterful fusion of shared interests and musical tastes. Their voices blend in harmony, their instrumental playing is unsurpassed, and the addition of April’s spectacular step dancing takes their live performances to another level! 

Trio Alma

Matt Glendening (Clarinet), Joanna Patrick (Viola) and Tony Fallone (Piano)

29 Feb 2020


Trio Alma is a London-based clarinet, viola and piano trio formed at the Royal College of Music in 2017: Joanna Patrick - viola; Matt Glendening - clarinet; and Tony Fallone - piano.


As individuals they have performed in venues across the UK and Europe, including Wigmore Hall, St. James' Piccadilly, King's Place, Purcell Room, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Herkulesaal in Munich, Stiftung Mozarteum, as well as having performed with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Aurora Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. They all enjoy a varied career consisting of chamber, solo and orchestral performance, with the trio being a significant part of this. As a group they have performed in venues across the UK as well as in Europe. Upcoming performances include St James' Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Banstead Arts Festival Society and Reigate Festival.

The recital features three staple pieces for the clarinet-viola-piano combination - Mozart Trio in E flat K. 498, "Kegelstatt", a selection of Bruch 8 Pieces, Op. 83 and Schumann Märchenerzählungen, Op.132 - as well as solo works by Bach, Liszt and Rabaud."

Claude Bourbon

Medieval and Spanish Blues

07 Mar 2020

£12 Advanced (+booking fee) or £14 on the door

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories. 


Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.


It is very hard to describe the almost endless amalgam of different influences in Claude's playing, all melting into each other, as he moves from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearic’s to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that is music that would not have been out of place in the courts of Emperors and Kings. 


Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.


Experience an evening of exploration in the unique ambiance of the Thumb!


“ Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“ - The Hook, Charlottesville, USA


"Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45", Bob, Tucson, AZ


“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”Altadena News, USA”


“…This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers…”, BBC, UK

Ray Cooper

Between the Golden Age & The Promised Land

14 Mar 2020

£16 Advanced (+ Booking Fee)

Ray Cooper is a Scottish/English songwriter currently living in Sweden.

When Cooper left art school in Brighton he decided to follow where music took him. He joined Oysterband, eventually recording 19 albums and touring in 27 countries. In 2013 he went solo and never looked back.

After setting up a recording studio in a small log cabin in Sweden he made his first album 'Tales of Love War and Death by Hanging' in 2010; it has a strongly historical theme. In 2014 he followed it up with 'Palace Of Tears' which was about more recent, more personal history.

'Between The Golden Age & The Promised Land' released in May 2018, will surprise many of his listeners. It is a big sounding record with serious themes but is nevertheless simple, raw, joyous, and unashamedly romantic.

While Cooper continues to develop as a singer, here he plays all the instruments too, in a stripped down production inspired by producer Rick Rubin's treatment of Johnny Cash's late recordings. The familiar mandolin, cello, guitar and harmonica are all there but Cooper also makes his recording debut as a piano player .

“I am half Scottish and half English, I live in Sweden, I tour in Europe, I have no home town, I think of myself as a north European now”.

‘Ray is one of those songsmiths who possesses the ability to really get inside the characters..– his insights are penetrating’ ..’– majestic, full bodied, confidently widescreen in nature’. David Kidman fROOTS June 2018

'Musically ‘Between The Golden Age & The Promised Land’ is a majestic, tour-de force of an album, destined, surely, to become one of the releases of the year’. David Pratt Fatea 2018

* * * * ....'just get out there and buy it as soon as you can.' Dai Jeffries RnR magazine.2018‘


Between The Golden Age & The Promised Land’ is an album awash with atmosphere. Tim Carroll Folk Words 2018

The Julie July Band

Fotheringay Tour 2020

24 Apr 2020

£11.37 (Incl booking Fee)

British Folk Rock group Julie July Band returns once again to the Hopbarn, Southwell. They have built a substantial reputation with reinterpretations and arrangements of the work of singer-songwriter Sandy Denny.


The Fotheringay Tour 2020 features new songs to the repertoire from 1970 Album; Pond and the Stream, Nothing More, The Sea, The Way I Feel, Winter Winds, Late November, Gypsy Davey plus some old favourites.

The band will also include tracks from their own self-penned Album Lady of the First Light Inspired by Sandy’s work and the wider folk, rock and blues movements of the Sixties and Seventies. British Folk Rock at its best!

Went to the gig @ Birmingham Kitchen Garden Café last night and really enjoyed the set. Great musicianship and arrangements from the band and Julie’s superb vocal interpretations of Sandy Denny’s songbook really do justice to what is outstanding material. A couple of original songs of their own were also performed and fitted into the set very well indeed. Thanks for an evening of great live music and placing an outstanding musical legacy right where it should be, alive and well and being performed for people to enjoy. A rare opportunity not to be missed!”

Garry – Birmingham

Went to see the Julie July Band and have just got home. Very emotional experience. The band played were excellent and Julie’s singing was superb. You close your eyes and you are listening to Fairport. Thank you Julie July xx


Julie July and her band have delivered a first-rate collection of contemporary folk rock music. Quality songs, superb vocals and forthright lyrics delivered with skill, technique and conviction. Perfectly conceived, recorded and superbly realised - this is proof that she is one of the brightest talents in the UK right now

John O’Regan Journalist & Broadcaster - fRoots, Living Tradition, LCCR.

Sarah McQuaid

22 May 2020

£12 (advanced) £14 on the door

With the release of her new album, If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous (2018) The HopBarn is delighted to host singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid. Sarah who was born in Madrid, raised in Chicago and who is now based in Cornwall, has expanded her battery of instruments to include piano, electric guitar and drums, drawing international critical acclaim.

Inspired by her folksinging mother and her musician cousin Gamble Rogers, whom she first met at her grandmothers house in Indiana, Sarah toured from the age of 12 with the Chicago Childrens Choir. She then lived and worked in Ireland as a music journalist and magazine editor before venturing on her own solo music career and moving to Cornwall. 

Having recently been awarded a Lifetime Acheivement Award by the Arts International Guitar Festival in recoginition for her use of the DADGAD tuning and her authorship of the Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, Sarah is an artist to follow. Guitar legend, Michael Chapman who collaborated with Sarah on her latest album, noted that Sarah has the precision and sophistication of writing and playing that simply blows him away. Her voice too has been likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate.

Sarah is clearly an artist to follow and The HopBarn is really excited to be able to bring such a highly praised musican to this rural part of England.

With its classy songwriting, exemplary musicianship and high

production values, this is a collection to savour - fRoots, UK

A consummate artistic triumph that marks a new

phase in McQuaid's career - Folk Radio UK

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