Sadly, Bill Caddick
died in late 2018
We at the Birchmeadow are proud and grateful that we were able to see and hear him, listen to him, and laugh with him.
2016 - January
What a night we had at the Birchmeadow with the fabulous Bill Caddiick!
Caroline had put out tables and chairs for all the advance sales and a load of extra chairs for those who paid on the door. The doors opened and people flooded in and they just kept on coming. We had to get out the chairs that we don't usually use and then we had to open the doors onto the bar so that we could accommodate more people. We put a Sold Out notice on the door - and still peoplecame.
It was a wonderful testament to the affection and respect that people hold for Bill. For some it was a bit sad as Bill has decided to stop touring - so this was a very special night in so many ways. Sam Cooper started the night off with a great set - so many people came to me and said how he just gets better and better every time that he performs at the Birch - and I definitely agree. Then Bill came on and gave us a real treat of beautiful music and wonderful stories. It was an occasion that will stay long in my memory as one of the very best nights. Thank you Bill - and thanks to Sam too - and to everyone who helped (Rebekah on lights, Diana Jane Davies on the door, Roy and Paul behind the bar, Peter Tyler for doing the posters, Natasha and Jane for the help with publicity and also for chair location and Downes and Hurdleys for selling tickets for us). And thank you all for turning out for a great night of brilliant music and for supporting live, original music in Broseley.
Folk with a splash of blues, singing out for the underdog, beautiful songs, beautifully sung and a weird humour all of their own.Fresh from supporting Fairport Convention on their Winter tour where they had rave reviews, The husband and wife duo Kip Winter and Dave Wilson brought their superbly crafted musicianship and heartfelt songs to an appreciative audience at "The Birch".
2017 - Sept
Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection
WILD WILLY BARRETT'S FRENCH CONNECTION, dropped in again and had us laughing our heads off!! Barrett, a multi instrumentalist perhaps best known for his work with John Otway, has created a band with a unique sound. The audience experienced a truly original performance full of humour and great musicianship fiddle, banjo cello acoustic guitar and uilleann pipes interspersed with haunting vocals. A great night out!
2017 - July
The Jar Family
We were so excited to welcome this fantastic band back to "The Birch " again for their third appearance and they didn't let us down. Fun dance and great musicianship had the audience enthralled from the first number. We have them back in December...
Do not miss this opportunity to see one of the best live bands in the country!
2017 - June
You demanded more and we gave you more. Once again the wandering troubadour Mr Otis Gibbs took to the Birchmeadow stage to entertain us with his stories of American life. His style of social story telling has been compared to Woody Guthrie and he was described by Rolling Stone magazine as " a man you should give a damn about!" The audience were not disappointed and certainly "gave a damn"
2017 - June
There are very few artists acclaimed by two completely different genres as one of their best. But for Richard Digance, his touring life balances both his skill as a folk musician with his wit as a comedian and we were treated to a great night of both with songs and tales of his life from the last 50 years. Richard is a history buff and was only to keen to come to Broseley despite the small venue so he could indulge his passion for the industrial revolution. He brought with him his own support in the shape of The Broadside Boys who entertained us with original songs from Suffolk.
Well what a night! The Red Dirt Skinners are the only outfit in the UK to have picked up National Awards in both blues and country music categories. And its easy to see why! As they explained they play what is called Red Dirt Music, a genre that gets its name from the colour of soil found in Oklahoma and is sometimes described as a mix of folk, rock, country, bluegrass and blues. And the audience was treated to all of these. Sarah's soaring soprano saxophone really added to their unique sound.
2017 - January
Once again the trio Whalebone, brought a packed house down with their high energy acoustic music. The self penned tracks from their new album Mirabilia were as enthusiasticaly received as their well loved covers. And if you've never heard Steve's guitar do an impression of a duck on their recording studio roof ... you've missed a treat!!
2016 - December
The Jar Family
Another visit to the Birch from this fantastic band and wow what a night it was!!!. The tickets went like hot cakes and the gig was sold out months in advance! The Jar family brought the house down again and had the crowd dancing in the aisles! We're sure they will be back again so if you didn't see them this time don't make the same mistake again!
2016 - July
Wild Will Barrett's French Connection
WILD WILLY BARRETT'S FRENCH CONNECTION, dropped in Broseleys's Birchmeadow Centre. Barrett, a multi instrumentalist perhaps best known for his work with John Otway, has created a band with a unique sound. The audience experienced " a truly original performance full of fun ,dry humour and the unexpected with full on fiddle, banjo and Irish pipes interspersed with haunting vocals,cello and guitar. All overlaid with that French Je ne sais quoi and a touch of Edith Piaf!"
2016 - June
The Jar Family
Another first for the Birch and what a first it was!!!. The Jar family brought the house down with their their unique sound,that carried hints of Dylan Springsteen and even at times The Beatles.They literally had the crowd dancing in the aisles! They will be coming back to Broseley Birchmeadow soon so if you missed them this time don't make the mistake of missing them again! Watch this space for details of their return.
2106 - April
The Neon Collective
The Neon Collective is a group of singer-songwriters from the West Midlands. We were treated to 10 different artists each performing three songs. . There was great variety and something for everyone. All of life was there to be heard from songs about failed relationships to songs about the canal towpath of old and fat cat city bankers. A great evenings entertainment!
2016 - February
Once again Kit wowed us with her sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing. An enthralling and energetic live performance of blues-driven roots with a soul sensibility.
Take a look at her website here
2015 - December
It was back by popular demand! Caroline opened the floor once again to 5 young local musicians.
Sam Cooper acoustic guitarist from down the road in Jackfield
Tris Walrond guitarist from Bridgnorth
Guitar Cubed Louis Briggs and Tom Barras two young Bridgnorth lads
Rhi Moore a Broseley lass acoustic guitarist.
Jack Tench again a Broseleyite! guitar player!
A great night was had by all! It really is good to see the young talent we have on our doorstep.
2015 - October
What a fantastic find by Caroline! A duo very much on the brink of something big!
Exquisite harmonies and highly personal lyrics combined to create a highly entertaining from this Cumbrian based pair.Their naked honesty hit the audience full on and they loved it. Here's to their next visit!
2015 - September
Blackheart a heady mixture of Cocteau Twins Kate Bush and Everything but the Girl! Almost impossible to categorise!! The audience were taken on an unforgetable journey by the duo. Instruments ranged from mandolins to omnichords and synthesisers and at one point a guitar played with a bow!
2015 - May
Once again the Birchmeadow played host to an International music name. Dennis Ellsworth, a singer songwriter from Prince Edward Island Canada regaled the audience with songs about love, hope, loss and heartbreak. A prolific, much sought-after songwriter who's got into the rhythm of writing, recording and releasing an album a year he had a diverse back catalogue to draw on. A thoroughly entertaining evening filled with good music, great guitar playing and interesting chat.
2015 - May
Hickman and Cassidy
James Hickman's driving rhythmic guitar complements Cassidy's fantastic fiddling superbly. Their sound is more, much more than just a connection between British and American folk & roots - their repertoire this evening also included powerful swing and jazz pieces alike to those you'd have expected to hear from Django and Stephane.
The pair presented as a really special duo, and all was helped along enormously by the uniqueness of Cassidy's bone-dry, very slowly paced irony - much good humour as well as much good music.
2015 - April
Sue Richardson band
Sue and her band brought the Birchmeadow a delightful, specially created show ~ and some very special jazz. The evening featured Chet Baker's most famous standards, his own compositions, and works inspired by his life. All played in a highly 'accessible jazz' fashion, and supported by a delightful account of this outstanding musicia's bumpy ride through life.
In association with Arts Alive .... If it's Arts Alive, it's bound to be good
2015 - April
2015 - April
Kip Winter and Dave Wilson
Kip & Dave provided us with so much more than a thoroughly enjoyable evening of music. As other reviewers tell us, their enormous bouyancy and cheeky humour are almost worthy of being an act
in their own right - stand up comedians without the sarcastic barb, but with just the right amount of bite.
Their repertoire is made up mainly of songs that have been superbly crafted by Dave, ranging around the wide world of life experience, and including bits & bobs of their personal life scene (as are one or two or their amusing tales). If you can catch their show - don't miss it.
2015 - March
O'Hooley & Tidow ..... Belinda & Heidi
This was their third visit to Broseley's Birchmeadow, and it was our third evening of superb harmonising, delightful songs, and thoroughly good humour. Oh, and it was Broseley's exposure to a third totally new look - new hairstyles, new garb - but the old top quality was there again in every aspect.
A delightful pair - an act that's worth every penny of any ticket price.
2015 - January
What a pleasure it was to welcome Claude back to Broseley. The unadulterated proficiency and 'feel' with which he handles a guitar beggars belief - he is but good, GOOD. He has a spellbinding effect on his audiences, and many comment afterwards at their disbelief that a single pair of hands on a single guitar can come to sound like Claude's do.
2014 - October
October brought the Birmingham based folk rock band Red Shoes to the Birch.The husband and wife core, Carolyn and Mark Evans, pen their own material. From rousing songs about the cruelty of Fox hunting, Red Coat Ride, to the poignant Sunday Afternoon. A song about the fragility of life. They are not above throwing in the odd cover version or two as shown by the marvelous reworking of the Moves Blackberry Way and Dave Swarbricks White Dress. A great evenings entertainment.
2014 - September
The fabulous Brooks treated us to an excellent show - some great original songs and some old classics and such wonderful stories. And we were introduced to his cigar box guitar - how he managed to get such an amazing sound from those three strings is a mystery to me but it was an absolute joy to listen to.
2014 - May
What a scoop! Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention remain one of the most entertaining bands on today’s concert circuit and they certainly didn't disappoint the packed house. The concert featured an intimate mix of material from their recent albums as well as classics from the band’s earlier repertoire. The band recently won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s ground breaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'. The crowd at the Birchmeadow could certainly see why!
2013 - June
Without wishing to sound like someone from Private Eye's 'Pseud's Corner', watching Matt Andersen play feels like a real honour.
The Canadian bluesman has more than stage presence, more than talent, more than well-written songs - he's the real deal; he's a musician who already feels like a legend.
What makes seeing him play such a breathtaking experience? He fills the stage and the air with something extraordinary - he seems to be the music, to live the stories told by his songs. His self-effacing personality belies the depth of emotion he transmits with the words he sings - they have a passion that seems real - moreso than many of his contemporaries.
It's not hard to see why he's won so many awards - what is hard to believe is that he's visited Broseley and that we've had the pleasure of seeing him live. If he comes again (we hope he will), don't miss the chance of seeing him. Because it's like missing Elvis, Hank Williams and BB King all rolled into one.
2012 - April
Delightful evening of music, spanning blues, ballad, and folk.
What's on the internet comes nowhere near to conveying what a thoroughly good teller of tales Bill is, and how continuously, warmly, and amusingly he interacts with his audience! There's no way of knowing what a mine of intriguing information he is about the social and industrial history of Buildwas, Wenlock, Shropshire and West Midlands, nor about the delicate and sensitive way that he's moulded much of it into ballad-like, often poetic songs.
His musical poetry betrays his long association with the theatre, too.
He's a man of many talents.
2011 - May
Peter Case has been to the Birchmeadow again since 2011 - once with Michael Weston King (of whom, sadly, we have no home grown video). He's a real powerhouse of a performer, and his guitar sounds are resoundingly impressive. His songs are strong and meaningful - and sometimes 'mean'.
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