New acoustic venue launched

A new folk and acoustic music venue will be launched in Ilkeston on September 27, and will run on every Thursday night.

The venture is headed by Alan Morley and Hugh Stewart, who have been in and around the Derbyshire folk scene for a number of years.

Erewash Acoustic will be a lively mix of sing-arounds, music sessions and concerts and possibly ceilidh dances too.

The Larklands pub provides a large function room with capacity of around eighty people and also has easy disabled access which is one facility that Alan was most concerned about. The large room is on the ground floor of the pub and has double doors which are easily entered from the car park.

Erewash Acoustic is another part of a greater folk music project, which also includes three websites packed with information for venues/concerts/ performers and folk fans.

This year saw the UK Folk Music website bring the much-missed Folkwaves programme with Mick Peat and Lester Simpson back to the listening public. The programme was on BBC Radio Derby for over 23 years.

In addition, Alan Morley also presents FolkRise, a showcase music show for lesser-known and up and coming performers.

A great night is in prospect on September 27, as there should be quite a number of artists from across the region performing some exciting sets of songs and tunes to get the new club off to a flying start.

They expect to see Lynn Goulbourn and Steve Hicks, a musically stunning duo from the Barrow-upon-Soar area, Kelly’s Heroes from Nottingham are trying to get across as are two more bands, Crompton’s Thresher and Karl and The Marx Brothers.

They are hoping that folk fans across the region will support the venue and that we can bring some brilliant concerts to Erewash Acoustic.

More details are available on the Erewash Acoustic website at