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The Cunning Woman

Category: Previous Events Published on 26 July 2018 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday September 12th 2018

"Elaine Mein, The Cunning Woman. Concealed Objects and written charms: protection in the medieval period.”

More details to follow

James Ewan Tait & Robbie Thompson

Category: Previous Events Published on 08 July 2018 Nick Robinson
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Tuesday August 7th 2018
7.30pm

Pigeon Hands present the hometown date on James Ewan Tait and Robbie Thompson's August tour, the rest of which will be announced shortly. Come and join James and Robbie for a special homecoming show in the stunning 500 year old, half-timbered Bishop's House, nestled at the top of Meersbrook Park.

Robbie Thompson
Post-industrial troubadour known for the transportational power of his vivid imagery.

“In his solo work, Robbie Thompson takes several steps back from the Buffalo Skinners’ full-bodied, rumbling storytelling and instead uses songs to pick out moments, giving them room to breathe… Thompson's vocals are striking, a very old voice bristling with fresh emotion."
- Now Then Magazine

"Utterly beautiful" - BBC Introducing

Last summer Thompson released a stripped down collection of his solo material, recorded at Yellow Arch studios:
https://robbiethompson1402.bandcamp.com

James Ewan Tait
Experimental songwriter noted for his unmistakable croon, and deeply personal delivery.

“Like all the best vocalists, Tait allows his voice to become strained and cracked with emotion as he reaches the highs and lows of expression... proving beyond doubt that Tait can master the whole spectrum of honest emotion.”
– Now Then Magazine

“This remarkable songwriter is producing some uniquely enjoyable music.”
- Pink Wafer

Last autumn Tait’s debut EP, recorded with his producer and a selection of local musicians, was released on Tait’s own nascent Pigeon Hands label. https://jamesewantait.bandcamp.com/

Advance tickets are £5 (+£1.10 booking fee) from here.  Booking fees go to charity.

£6 on the door, but please be aware that there is limited capacity. BYOB

The Beekeepers, The Gamebirds and Dovercourt Quartet.

Category: Previous Events Published on 23 May 2018 admin
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The Beekeepers, The Gamebirds and Dovercourt Quartet
Friday June 1st, 7.30pm
 

The Beekeepers play lovely arrangements of medieval/early and traditional (folk) tunes in harmony, producing a unique blend of music with a mellow feel that everyone can enjoy - ‘chamber music’ with a bit of a difference. The Gamebirds are a women’s quartet singing traditional music in harmony, specialising in close harmony arrangements from the folk repertoire.
Dovercourt Quartet are a line-up of soprano, alto, tenor and bass and will be performing West Gallery Anthems, Barber’s Shop and Madrigals. 


All proceeds to Friends of Bishops' House, (many thanks to the performers!),
Free glass of wine or juice

Tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-beekeepers-the-gamebirds-and-dovercourt-quartet-tickets-44525944298?aff=erelpanelorg

Adrena Adrena + Trans/Human

Category: Previous Events Published on 17 April 2018 Nick Robinson
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Friday 18th May 2018 7-9.30pm

Having filled Audacious Space last autumn, Adrena Adrena return for another unique A/V experience, this time in the surroundings of Sheffield's 16th Century Bishops' House.

Adrena Adrena is a collaboration between visual artist Daisy Dickinson and drummer E-Da Kazuhisa, previously the drummer of the Japanese noise band Boredoms and currently British electronic/post-rock band Seefeel (Rephlex, Warp Records).

WATCH - NEW VIDEO CYBALS - https://youtu.be/7aeoKVeq3OU

The duo cut a raw blend of drums, noise and organic visual work, featuring in their performances an eight foot white sphere that hangs above Kazuhisa’s drum kit and which Dickinson maps videos on to; her work was described by William Barns-Graham of Fluid Radio as ‘cosmological and transcendental, drawing attention to the wonder of the earth and our sensuality on it’.

As a duo, their debut was at the International Festival of Projections in early 2016 and have since performed at The ICA London, End of The Road Festival, Supernormal Festival, Splice Festival, Zorofest in Leipzig and other shows across the UK and Europe, with Acid Mothers Temple and members of Can, Faust, Wire and Bo Ningen. The pair completed a short film in 2016. ‘Man on the Hill’, which features E-da playing drums on fire in the mountains. The film has since been featured on the British Council Film website and in 2016 was nominated for The BFI London Film Festival, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival, Vienna Short Film Festival and the London Short Film Festival.

Earlier this month they announced the release of their new record Cybals/Toy. Released via an exclusive pre-order window by Champion Version.

Joining them on the night will be acclaimed former Sheffield noise duo Trans/Human, who are currently based between Gateshead and London. Employing noise making devices including mobile phones, radio, cassette tape, prepared electric guitar, processed drums, strobe lighting, contact microphones, field recordings and feedback systems, Trans/Human’s concerns lie within the physical act of music making and its relationship to environment and audience.

LTD Tickets via - http://bit.ly/AdrenaAdrenaBishopsHouse

 

Professor John Moreland “Reforming Bradbourne: the impact of the Reformation in the Peak District”

Category: Previous Events Published on 15 April 2018 Nick Robinson
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Monday 18th June 2018 - 7.30pm

This presentation will use evidence from Bradbourne’s Anglo-Saxon stone cross and the church to chart the ‘progress’ of Reformation in this part of Derbyshire. The material evidence and the texts speak to us of iconoclasm, destruction, resistance and eventual Reformation. There will be some references to the situation in Sheffield, especially with regard to its Anglo-Saxon cross. In conjunction with the University of Sheffield 500 Reformations

Free entry, but please arrive early to be sure of a place.

Chris Kolonko - Sheffield’s Wartime Anti-Aircraft Defences

Category: Previous Events Published on 15 April 2018 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday 4th July 2018 - 7.30pm

Find out about Sheffield’s wartime anti-aircraft defences and the part they played in the defence of the city during two World Wars. This talk by archaeologist Chris Kolonko will investigate the development of anti-aircraft defences, looking at surviving examples in and around Sheffield and how these would have operated during air raids. He will also bring some anti-aircraft gun related items from his collection.

Free entry,  but please arrive early to be sure of a place.

Sally Goldsmith - Thirteen Acres: John Ruskin and the Totley Communists

Category: Previous Events Published on 15 April 2018 Nick Robinson
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Monday 14th May 2018

A utopian project with a cast of wonderful characters: John Ruskin at his paternalistic best, cycling Quaker Henry Swan, argumentative socialist Mrs Maloy, ex Chartist and Shelley enthusiast Joseph Sharp, brave gay sandal wearing Edward Carpenter. And a little film.

 

Juxtavoices

Category: Previous Events Published on 13 April 2018 Nick Robinson
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Sunday 15th July 2018 
4pm

Sheffield's groundbreaking antichoir, Juxtavoices, have created a new piecewritten specifically for Bishops' House. For this composition, Juxtavoices will be using the actual fabric of the building and its mysterious sounds and spaces in order to create an unforgettable sonic experience for the audience - we can't tell you exactly what we're going to do, that would spoil it!

We will be previewing the piece in a brief performance at 3pm, while the house is still open to the public, and then again at 4pm with some extra material.

Juxtavoices is an anti-choir of 25 mostly untrained voices whose repertoire includes members' own compositions and arrangements of classic modernist poems and found texts. The scores provide structure but freedom of pitch allows improvisation to shape the detail so that no two performances are ever the same. Audiences are unfailingly surprised by the Juxtavoices sound. Some try to name-check composers in the avant-garde tradition but none quite fit. Some shudder at the dark theatricality, some hear the humour, some are outraged while others feel an irresistible urge to join the ranks. This is singing on the edge of not-singing or vice versa, a music only previously heard in a sound-poet's dreams. The group enjoys unusual acoustic spaces - furnace floor or bear pit or library stairwell - as well as churches and more conventional concert venues. It hopes to create a chord which will startle the ghost of Thomas Tallis. Directed by Martin Archer and Alan Halsey Juxtavoices uniquely combines the outer reaches of improvised music and innovative poetry.

Admission free

Bob Hedger / Modulator ESP

Category: Previous Events Published on 11 April 2018 Nick Robinson
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Saturday 19th May 2018 7.30pm

Bob Hedger, from Paris, AKA Jah Buddha, makes electronic, ambient synth music. He also plays in UKKA, his collaboration with Shankara and the Glissando Guitar Orchestra, but tonight he’ll be performing his own synth soundworlds

https://jahbuddha.bandcamp.com

Modulator ESP is Jez Creek from Nottingham, he makes fantastic synthesiser music, using an ingenious table of synths, effects & mixers used to produce vast shimmering notes, sparkling chords, profound bass drones, with fascinating melodies that emerge & then subside

www.modulator-esp.co.uk

Bob and Jez will perform solo sets then combine to perform an improvised set as Hedger & Creek. Doors open 7.30pm for a 8pm start.

Cost £5.00 in advance, or £6.00 on the door

Book here

Neil Campbell - a virtuoso guitarist

Category: Previous Events Published on 12 March 2018 Nick Robinson
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SOLD OUT

13th April 2018, 7.30pm

Liverpool composer and multi-instrumentalist Neil Campbell has been described by Classical Guitar Magazine as 'an outstanding guitarist whose originality of thought makes him far more than just another gifted purveyor of finger acrobatics' and by Sean Bradbury, Getintothis, as 'a man whose fingers have the ability to harness any imaginable sound in any given style’.

He has collaborated on live projects and recordings with Jon Anderson (Yes), Sense of Sound Singers, DJ Yousef, Anne Taft (Ghost Stories), Carlo Bowry (Wizards of Twiddly) and others. He has produced three CDs of solo guitar music, *Through the Looking Glass* (2003), *Night Sketches* (2004) and *Tabula Rasa Suite* (2014) alongside several other albums of his compositions in varying styles, including progressive rock, jazz fusion, minimalism and ambient music.

Neil’s solo performances are the stuff of legend and often involve him using loops and other technology to expand the sound and scope of what one performer can do with the classical guitar. As a soloist he has performed in the UK and Europe, and has been a regular performer at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain.

He particularly enjoys playing in ‘special’ venues and has performed solo concerts in spaces such as Union Chapel (London), Lancaster Priory, Birkenhead Priory, Liverpool Central Library, John Ryland’s Library (Manchester), Chetham’s School of Music Library (Manchester) and St Lukes (Bombed Out) Church (Liverpool).

Websites
https://neilcampbell.bandcamp.com/
http://neilcampbell.org.uk/

Video links
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDMTp0L8bE4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iAN_j-Iudk

Twitter @neilcampbell8

Support is provided by Sheffield-based Nick Robinson who combines the guitar with electronics to produce improvised soundscapes. Nick formerly played with the Comsat Angels, Typhoon Saturday and Dig Vis Drill and continues to perform solo and with a variety of other musicians including Herve Perez, Steve Dinsdale, John Jasnoch, Martin Archer, Neil Ardley and others. His most recent CD was ‘Cotyledon’ with the group Lost Garden.

Websites
http://www.looping.me.uk
https://soundcloud.com/nick-robinson-uk
https://nickrobinson.bandcamp.com/

Doors open from 7pm for a 7.45 start.

Tickets £5 available here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/neil-campbell-virtuoso-guitarist-tickets-44315259133

 

Attercliffe to Wincobank and back - the story of Mary Ann Rawson

Category: Previous Events Published on 03 January 2018 Nick Robinson
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16th April 2018 7:30pm

A brief history of the remarkable Mary Anne Rawson and the Read family of Wincobank Hall, who campaigned relentlessly for the abolition of Slavery and supported many other social causes, then lay forgotten in an over ground graveyard for 130 years. Talk by Penny Rea

This is a free event but turn up early to ensure you get a seat

Ann Beedham “The suffragette, the silversmith and the novelist: three local women’s tales”

Category: Previous Events Published on 03 January 2018 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday 21st March 2018 7.30pm

Hear about three local ladies who contributed to art, literature and politics, but who have now largely been forgotten.

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