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Midwinter solstice with Andy Whitehouse and Summerisle

Category: Previous Events Published on 18 December 2019 admin
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Saturday 21st December doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start

A midwinter night of meditative guitar and song with all proceeds going to the Friends of Bishops' House

Andy Whitehouse last played at Bishops’ House for a sell out gig one balmy evening in the summer. The whole night had a magical feeling. Impressed that the Friends of Bishops’ House maintain this museum (and great music venue!) on an entirely voluntary basis, and feeling very at home, Andy had a word with fellow musician friend Frank Birtwistle. The result was that the two came back with the promise of a Christmas gig at the House with all proceedings going to the Friends of BIshops’ House.

Andy’s songs have something of the 70s singer songwriter sensibility, thoughtful songs that cast generosity and optimism against darker realities. Andy has built up a loyal following, and a listen to his enchanting Anthony and Rita will tell you why:

Summerisle is a recently formed duo with Frank Birtwistle on guitar and singer Sally Doherty. This will be Summerisle’s first appearance at Bishops’ House, but not Frank’s first. We first heard Frank playing solo, where the intensity of his atmospheric fingerstyle guitar playing alone was enough to move some in the audience to tears.

Listen to Summerisle here:

We’re very grateful to Andy and Summerisle for their generosity. This promises to be a truly special gig being so close to Christmas and we are expecting it to sell out, so please don’t leave your ticket purchases too late!

Doors open 6.30pm for music to start at 7.00pm and finish at 9pm approx.

Tickets available here:

Amy May Ellis + Felix MB

Category: Previous Events Published on 22 October 2019 admin
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Thursday 7th November 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)

Amy May Ellis is a rising young songwriter and singer who balances sensitivity and vulnerability with poise and strength. As part of a short Autumn UK/Europe tour that coincides with the release of her new EP, Where My Garden Lies (out October 28th), Amy will be playing solo at Bishops’ House - an intimate setting that will suit her music well.

Recently featured at the English Folk Expo and championed by BBC introducing and BBC Radio 6.

“a voice that’s at once youthful and mature, romantic yet cynical, punchy but raw. ’ - Fresh On The Net
“Just never fails to impress” - Emily Pilbeam, BBC introducing


Support from Felix Mackenzie-Barrow

"Beautifully crafted song... Impeccable delivery. His timing, his vocal style, his timbre, everything about it just absolutely spot on... We love what he does." - Dean Jackson (Beat on the Beeb- BBC Introducing East Midlands)

"Unbelievable" - Dermot O'Leary (BBC Radio 2)

* * Please note this gig is likely to sell out with space being limited and many of Amy’s UK dates already sold out - booking in advance is strongly recommended.


Doors open 7.30pm BYOB, music starts 8pm!

Poetry and wine at Bishops' House

Category: Previous Events Published on 26 September 2019 admin
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Thursday 17th October - Poetry and wine at Bishops' House

Join us for an evening of historical, magical, mythical poetry perfect for a chilly autumn evening. 

North Wales resident Juliette van der Molen's latest book, Mother, May I?, and the most recent pamphlet from Sheffield's own Kate Garrett, To Feed My Woodland Bones, were both published this year by Animal Heart Press. With forthcoming books exploring opposite ends of the 17th century - Kate's involves the Jacobean era, and Juliette's the Salem witch trials - they look forward to sharing their combined poetic repertoire of changelings, mothers, witches, saints, survival, lore, and more.
For more information on the poets - Kate Garrett: / Twitter @mskateybelle 
                                                         Juliette van der Molen: / Twitter @j_vandermolen
Juliette van der Molen
Kate Garrett
Free glass of wine or soft drink

Robbie Thompson single launch with R Loomes

Category: Previous Events Published on 12 September 2019 admin
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Friday 20th September - doors open 7.30pm, music starts 8.00pm

Robbie Thompson

Reflective, lyric driven songwriting, inspired by the post-industrial North of England, and described by BBC Introducing as "utterly beautiful". Robbie typically makes up one fifth of much travelled collective The Buffalo Skinners, and this new single is his first solo release to feature a full band.


Prolific dark-folk sorcerer from Nottingham whose releases go from strength to strength.

"Rachael Loomes’s songs are a reminder that music is born from silence, they embody life and death, winter and spring, opposites as complementaries and part of the same cycle."
- Sabat Magazine

Tickets £5 from Party For The People (£1.10 booking fee goes to charity)

Heritage Open Days Guided Tours

Category: Previous Events Published on 12 September 2019 admin
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Bishops' House is always open at weekends, but as part of the ever-expanding Heritage Open Days (spanning two weeks this year..) and as one of Sheffield's finest (THE finest?!) heritage assets, we're offering the added extra of six free guided tours.  

Delve into the latest discoveries about the house's history. You will also learn about the construction of the house, past residents, the house's links to Sheffield Castle and the secrets that have been found around the house.

No need to book - just turn up at the right time.  The tour is unlikely to last over an hour

Sat 14th September:  11.30 am   

Sun 15th September:  11.30 am and 2.30pm

Weds 18th September: 7.00 pm

Sat 21st September:  11.30 am  (please note we close early on Saturday 21st, at 2pm)

Sunday 22nd September: 11.30 am

Sammartino, A Paranoid King, Outdoor Scene

Category: Previous Events Published on 11 September 2019 admin
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Friday 27 September 2019, doors open 7pm

"Three lo-fi fiends descend on the ancient timber of Bishops House for a night of odd pop. Vocoders shall be venerated, loops smelted and saxophones tooted. All for the pleasure of the peasants."

Hymns for the internet age.

Outdoor Scene
Serpent riffs and spartan beats.

A Paranoid King
Rural Rock from the hills.

Tickets £5 on the door

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith

Category: Previous Events Published on 11 September 2019 admin
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October 2nd 7.30pm, Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith













Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are a critically acclaimed folk duo with have the ability to make old songs seems relevant and news songs sound ancient.  Performing live, the duo blend a celebration of traditional music with a deep integrity and sincerity that stems from their passion for the social themes within the music. 

"To be a great folk singer, you have to be a great storyteller, as Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are clearly aware. The duo are both fine singers and multi-instrumentalists" The Guardian

"Making common cause between antique songs and present circumstances is one of the grails of modern folk, one this young duo pull off impressively…Rousing stuff." The Observer

"Observations about modern life blend seamlessly with traditional material, delivered with rare poise and delicate musicianship." ★★★★ Songlines Mag

Doors will be at 7.30 for an 8pm start, with a 10pm curfew for bed.  

Tickets available here  

Deck the Halls: Yuletide Customs and Traditions by David Bostwick

Category: Previous Events Published on 11 September 2019 admin
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Wednesday December 11th 7.30pm - Deck the Halls:  Yuletide Customs and Traditions by David Bostwick

Christmas, as a time of celebration, has a very long pedigree.  The great mid-winter festival, known to the Romans as Saturnalia, is still greeted with feasting and drinking throughout the twelve days of Christmas.  Plenty of humour and seasonal refreshments

This talk is free, however we have limited capacity and recommend you arrive early to have the best chance of a seat.

Results from the Sheffield Castle Dig

Category: Previous Events Published on 11 September 2019 admin
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Monday November 11th, 7.30pm -  Results from the Sheffield Castle Dig

Ashley Tuck from Wessex Archaeology will evaluate Sheffield Castle, sharing the results of the recent dig.

In the wake of the demolition of Sheffield Castle, archaeologists have had the first ever chance to undertake a systematic investigation of Sheffield Castle.

This talk is free, however we have limited capacity and recommend you arrive early to have the best chance of a seat.




Demolished Sheffield

Category: Previous Events Published on 11 September 2019 admin
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Wednesday October 9th, 7.30pm

Mike Higginbottom talks about Demolished Sheffield.  This presentation draws attention to the reasons why much-loved Sheffield landmarks bite the dust and queries whether some of them could have had a future.

This talk is free, however we have limited capacity and recommend you arrive early to have the best chance of a seat.

Åyusp / The Garwin Project / A Collection of Notes

Category: Previous Events Published on 22 July 2019 Nick Robinson
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Friday 25 October 2019 performance starts 7.30 prompt! 

A triple-bill of Sheffield’s finest electronic artists descends on Bishops House!

Åyusp return to Bishops House to play a set of ambient and experimental electronica. Expect some improvisation and a few surprises - this will be a unique live set unlike anything they've ever done before.

The Garwin Project’s improvised sequencer-based retro soundscape morphs and shifts from laid-back trippy ambient to trance-ish psychedelia and back. There’s always a soft landing. Their website

Sheffield’s very own A Collection of Notes returns to Bishops House with his exquisite retro ambient / sequenced electronic music.

Cost £7.00 (£8.00 on the door)  - book here

Herbs and Plants: Protection in the Medieval Period

Category: Previous Events Published on 09 June 2019 admin
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