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Folk Musician - John Connolly with support from Morley Folk Club

Morley Arts Festival

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 from 19:00 to 22:00 (BST)

Musician - John Connolly with support from Morley Folk...

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General Admission 9 Oct 2017 £7.00 £1.03

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Introducing …  JOHN CONOLLY

This event has been brought to you in collaboration with Morley Folk Club.

 John Conolly is an internationally-respected  songwriter who has based his style firmly in the folk tradition. His finely-crafted songs are performed with warmth, good humour and lilting accompaniments on guitar and melodeon.

 Many of John’s songs have a tang of the sea, inherited from his upbringing on the east coast of England, where his grandfather and great-grandfather were boatbuilders on the banks of the river Humber. His best-known composition, the classic Fiddlers’ Green, has the ring of a true folk ballad, and has often been taken for a traditional song. John’s more recent work continues this tradition of  finely-crafted writing – listen to the heart-rending Willie Leonard, the elegiac Old Men Sing Love Songs, or the outrageously funny Smartarse …

 John is an experienced performer in all kinds of venues, from the large concert-hall to the local pub – he has  toured in  the U.S.A., Germany and  the Netherlands, and has appeared at major Festivals in England, Ireland, Brittany and Poland. He has also been commissioned to write songs for radio, television and the stage – the highly-acclaimed play The Northern Trawl carried his songs to theatre audiences throughout Britain, Iceland and Scandinavia, and his songs and singing were featured in the Yorkshire Television mini-series Lincolnshire Legends.

 John Conolly’s songs have been performed and recorded by many well-known artistes – people like The Dubliners, Liam Clancy, Max Boyce, Malinky, the McCalmans, Roy Bailey, Stormalong John, The Yetties and George Hamilton IV,to name but a few – but there’s a special buzz in hearing them sung by the composer : join him soon on your very own trip to Fiddlers’ Green . . .

 CDs  currently available  -  

NEW !! – “THE MAN FROM FIDDLERS’ GREEN” – a 19-track album featuring lots of new songs, with sparkling accompaniments from the brilliant ex-Battlefield Band musicians Rob van Sante and Alan Reid, plus vocal harmonies from the wonderful Hissyfit. . . 

 THE GRUMPY OLD MEN OF OLD ENGLAND – featuring one of John’s most requested songs, together with lots of new stuff. (JACD 03)

 RANTERS’ WHARF : John Conolly  (JACD 02)

 TRAWLERTOWN : The Singing of the Fishing.   (Fellside Recordings,FECD 135)

 THE NORTHERN TRAWL: Songs by John Conolly and Bill Meek, from the Musical Play

by Remould Theatre Company of Hull.  (MECON 2)

 SEND US A POSTCARD : The Saucy Songs of John Conolly.  (JACD 01)

 ON HUMBER’S BROWN WATER ; The songs of John Conolly and Bill Meek. A double-CD

collection of 44 songs from several of John and Bill’s previous recordings with The Broadside, Rational Anthem etc. Lovingly restored from the original wax cylinders !  (MECON 1)


The above CDs are all available at £12 inc.postage - except for the “Humber’s Brown Water “ double-CD set , which is £16 inc.postage (within U.K.)


John now has a “FACEBOOK” page.



Enquiries and bookings : tel. 01472 695836 or email :





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Churwell Working Mens Club
Old Rd,
LS27 7RR Leeds
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 from 19:00 to 22:00 (BST)

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Morley Arts Festival

Morley Arts Festival (Wednesday 27th Sep - Friday 13 October) is one of the regions leading multi-arts festivals - now in its 12th year, MAF will present 17 days of visual arts, live music, spoken word, performance, special events and more in a range of unique and well-known venues across the town - from court rooms and cafes to the breathtaking Alexandra Hall. 

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