The Stonegallows in concert
Stonegallows were formed in 1969 as a trio made up of Alan Briars, Pat Drinkwater and John Alderslade. Over the years the line up changed many times, the members have been Alan Briars, Tony Batten, Ruthie Behan, John Neil, Joffre White, Richard (Will) Whitmarsh, Richard Williams, Bertie Wright with John Alderslade as the one constant.
Their big break came about when they were invited to perform at the first Lacock Festival in 1972 and apart from making some lifelong friends in the folk world several major gigs followed including a concert in Rotherham and two concerts at Sidmouth Festival that year. Gigs all over the place followed from The Scilly Isles to Norwich, Southampton to The North West of England and North Wales. The high spot of their Northern travels were three bookings at The prestigious MSG, The Manchester Sporting Guild, at the time the biggest folk club in The Northwest of England.
They have played all over the country at major Folk Festivals, clubs and concerts and supported bands including: -The Strawbs, Steeleye Span, Gallagher & Lyle etc. There were also the occasional shows including several fund raising concerts for the local Hospice, Dorothy House and concert spots at most Pump Festivals. They were invited to perform at the memorial concert for Brenda Wootton at Penzance Town Hall. Now being spread about, Tony in Somerset, Joffre in Devon and John in Mid Wales meant less chances for them to get together to play so the idea of a Stonegallows Farewell Tour in 2023 came about.
The line-up for these gigs will be
Tony Batten (Guitar, G Banjo and Vocals),
Joffre White (Bass and Vocals)
John Alderslade (Guitar, Dulcimer, Tenor Banjo, Mandolin and Vocals)
plus any other ex-members as available.
This promises to be a memorable evening of good old folk entertainment.
Door open at 7-30 and the music starts at 8.00, there will be a bar.
Plus support from The Silver Street Band.
Tickets phone 01823400416 or email
Fore Street Milverton Somerset TA4 1JU
Fri 17 February