‘king’ arthur returns by public demand

Arthur Doherty
Arthur Doherty

The Arthur Doherty Band are back at the Uppertown Social Centre near Ashover this weekend, by popular demand.

The band will be playing their special mix of Irish folk music on Saturday, April 5.

They perform a wide range of songs drawn mainly from the rich tapestry of Irish traditional music, but also including contemporary material written by the best Irish songwriters.

They also like to include songs from other musical genres that complement the band’s main repertoire. All the songs are interspersed with some friendly banter and a few jokes and plenty of interaction with the audience.

Arthur started his singing career in the early 1990s. Having been brought up in a traditional Irish family many of the songs he now performs were learned during the Friday and Saturday music sessions at home.

Apart from playing guitar and singing, he has collected a seemingly endless repertoire of songs, jokes and stories and loves nothing more than to share them with his audience.

Martin Thompson (fiddle, button accordion, whistles, guitar and banjo) has been involved with folk music for over 35 years as a musician, folk club and festival organiser, Morris-man and folk dance caller.

He still performs with Stafford folk blues band the Deacons, dance bands Bonrif and Cuckoos Nest, and as a member of Comhaltas (the Irish music society) can often be found in Irish tune sessions.

Another ex-high school teacher, Dave Clark (guitar and vocals) has been playing in folk clubs in and around the circuit for many years. Dave enjoys singing not only traditional material but contemporary songs by some of the best modern writers.

Roger Titley (piano and keyboards) was a high school music teacher for nearly 30 years. As well as the band pianist, he is church organist and musical director for the Ingestre Singers and Roger And Friends.

Contact Eddie for information and tickets on 01246 590502 or 07966 154798. The cost is £12 including supper.