Category Forthcoming events


Current cover stars of fRoots magazine, Stick In The Wheel are a uniquely English folk trio. Featuring multi instrumentalist Ian Carter and singers Rachel Davies and Nicola Kearey, they specialise in distinctly London-centric, rarely heard traditional British folk songs- their repertoire includes pieces up to 400 years old. They seamlessly combine this deep link to the past with their own compositions- it’s the second time we’ve had them at our Sunday Sessions, we hope to see a lot more of them.

Stick In The Wheel onstage at 9.15 pm

Hickory Signals are Brighton-based Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti. They take inspiration from the folk music of Britain and Ireland and the USA. Performing original music as well as interpretations of traditional tunes. Citing influence from Pentangle, Fairport Convention, Lady The Moullettes, O’Hooley and Tidow amongst others, they use a combination of vocals, guitar, mandolin, flute, glockenspiel and percussion to create their unique take on a traditional folk sound.

Hickory Signals onstage at 8.15 pm

Inspired by musicians Andy McKee, John Smith and Paul Curreri, Nick Harris combines delicate finger picking and percussive guitar playing with distinctive lyrical storytelling. Harris’ vocal style is warm and emotive, and his guitar playing highly technical, yet melodic. His recent debut album “Chimera’ features collaborations with Ted Dwane of Mumford and Sons and Emma Gatrill of Mariner’s Children, and brought him successful appearances at Glastonbury and Wilderness festivals.

Nick Harris onstage at 7.15 pm


A transplant from San Francisco CA, guitarist/singer/writer Jeremy Mendonca has been doing his unique version of alternative/bluegrass on these European & UK streets for over 10 years now, fronting bands such as Norton Money, The Rejection, and currently The Hallelujah Trails, a rocking electric four piece. Superb country harmonies and super tight playing call to mind a souped up Sweetheart of the Rodeo era Byrds….

Musical cohorts of cult UK artists The Earlies, Anglo-American alt-folk band Blind Atlas recently released their debut album ‘Kodiak Bear’ to critical acclaim: ‘country blues grooving to a Burritos beat, hints of Exile on Main Street, Calexico and Frontier Ruckus’ – Classic Rock Magazine. They combine great musicianship with sweet harmonies and a set full of heavyweight songs that reference the last forty years of classic Americana, from Neil Young and the Burrito Brothers all the way up to Band of Horses, The National, The Felice Brothers and Ryan Adams.

Saturday night begins with a short set from John Matts. Possessed of a soaring vocal range, and a fine indie folk songwriting style, he’s a recent graduate of the renowned Goldsmiths Academy (James Blake, Katy B, Jamie N Commons).


Honkytonk Wednesdays at the Glad are a feast of early Twentieth Century Americana. You’ll hear old-time jazz, country blues, jug band music, ragtime, stride piano styles, mountain music, barrelhouse blues, speakeasy and New Orleans classics on the stereo, and a live act that specializes in any facet of these playing two sets, one at 8.30 pm and one at 9.30 pm.

Tonight we have the magnificent Dakota Jim on piano and vocals, and Louisa Jones on vocals and double bass (both from Whiskey Moon Face) playing New Orleans classics, old-time jazz standards, and the smokiest of barrelhouse blues, a real treat, guest musicians on the night.


Indie-country band Panama Red, featuring the Gladstone’s very own Danny DeCourtelle, play the first of a four week Tuesday night residency at The Glad.

Music begins at 9.00 pm


The Glad’s monthly trad Irish & Roots round table session. Curated by Irish trio Glenn Comiskey, Catherine Doogan and Mary Quinn (folk group Mariah Wade), it’s an evening of traditional Irish, English and American folk songs performed round our big table (with the accompaniment of a few pints..). Guests with a traditional song or instrument from any part of the world are always very welcome.

Music begins at 8.00 pm.


Sugar Magnolia is a collaboration between husband and wife duo Jack Day and Bryony Afferson. Bryony Afferson is part of folk-trio Troubadour Rose, favourites of the Gladstone Sunday Sessions. Their most recent release,Tell Me, from September this year, attracted rave reviews from The Guardian and the Daily Express amongst others. Jack Day’s The First Ten, released in January this year, also garnered top reviews across the music press, iand was named Best Roots Album in Q Magazine. Combining mandolin and fingerpicking guitar with Afferson’s high lonesome vocal and Day’s gravel soaked tones, the quality in their songwriting shines like a beacon.

Sugar Magnolia onstage at 9.15 pm

Wiltshire’s Peter and the Mountain share a sparse miniimal aesthetic with Ontario’s Great Lake Swimmers, and a similarly wide eyed and spiritual sense of melody. Intelligent and sensitive economy of playing from his band gives a sense of space to Peter Beckwith’s yearning melodies and intimate subject matter, making for a beautifully delicate and moving set of songs.

Peter and the Mountain onstage at 8.15 pm

Northern Irish singer Tom McCann, in a solo incarnation of his bull band Down In Autumn plays an opening set of bittersweet acoustic songs, gently melodic observations in the mould of the much missed Elliot Smith.

Tom McCann onstage at 7.15 pm


Gladstone favourites The Ramshackle Union Band return for what promises to be another epic Saturday night performance. Never failing to produce a fantastic show, the rich vocal harmonies and raucous tumbling rhythms in their alt-Americana sound calls to mind the country funk of The Band and Crazy Horse and the rock and roll attitude of the Violent Femmes. Their sound is in debt to classic roots music, whilst at the same time feeling vital, fresh and thoroughly cutting edge.

The Ramshackle Union Band onstage at 10.00 pm

The Orange Circus are a raucous, footstompin’, full blooded Americana/ bluegrass act from the U.K and Virginia in America. A unique co-operative, they’re a family band that can include members of all ages from junior to senior. Concentrating mainly on updating traditional songs taken from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, they continue an historical musical lineage in a fresh, exciting way. Bring your dancing shoes- they put on a brilliantly entertaining show- great playing, beautiful harmonies and boundless energy are guaranteed to raise the roof, warm the heart and encourage the biggest of grins.

The Orange Circus Band onstage at 9.00 pm

London based indie-folk act Last of the Barstools draw influence from Leanard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen to Bright Eyes and The National and all points in between to form their story based songs, delivered with dual male/female lead vocals in time honoured fashion. Fiddle and pedal steel with full rhythm section flesh out their Americana tinged sound…

Last of the Barstools onstage at 8.15 pm


It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark/ Under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it/ You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes,
You’re paralyzed….House band The Gravestones will be providing the soundtrack for the Glad’s very own Highway to Hell! Fancy dress is most definitely encouraged, a Bloody Mary to start the night anyone?

From 7.00 pm onwards, bar open til midnight.


Honkytonk Wednesdays at the Glad are a feast of early Twentieth Century Americana. You’ll hear country blues, jug band music, ragtime, stride piano styles, old-time mountain music, barrelhouse blues, speakeasy and New Orleans classics on the stereo, and a live act that specializes in any facet of these playing two sets, one at 8.30 pm and one at 9.30 pm.

In a departure from our usual pre-50′s Americana style, tonight we have a showcase from Uk Bluegrass star Jason Titley. Playing with a guitar/ mandolin/ stand-up bass three piece, he’s on the road to produce his highly acclaimed new album ‘Still Rollin’”. Contributors to the album include such bluegrass legends as Tim O’Brien, Gabe Witcher (Punch Brothers), Brad Johnson, and Tony Furtado, which tells you something about the company he keeps. We’re absolutely thrilled to have him here, it promises to be a very special evening, and real treat for any bluegrass/ Americana/ roots fans out there…marvellous solo debut from the UK’s very own bluegrass guitar ace

Two live sets, one at 8.30 pm and one at 9.30 pm

★★★★ ‘marvellous solo debut from the UK’s very own bluegrass guitar ace’ Rock’n'Reel Magazine

★★★★★ ‘exceptionally impressive album, with a sparkling array of special guests peppered all over it…as good as anything acoustic coming out of the USA right now.’ Maverick Magazine

★★★★ ‘…one of the great British bluegrass guitar stars.’ The Scotsman

‘Excellent….worth catching live…’ The Telegraph


Featuring immaculate three part harmony, guitar, banjo, charring piano and xylophone, the Self Help Group create a gloriously rich sound that will put you in mind of Pentangle, Crosby Stills & Nash, Fleetwood Mac and Massive Attack, often in the same song. Their most recent album was described by the legendary Bob Harris on Radio 2 as ‘absolutely stunning’, and received a four star review from the influential Maverick Magazine

The Self Help Group onstage at 9.15 pm

A firm favourite of the Glad’s Sunday nigh sessions, Ned Roberts is a wonderfully accomplished folk musician with a style that sounds as though he’s been around forever. His delicately balanced Laurel Canyon-esque songs delivered with a beautifully poetic turn of phrase, exquisite musicianship and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility sit comfortably among the classics of the acoustic folk world.

Ned Roberts onstage at 8.15 pm

A favourite of BBC 6 Music in his previous musical incarnation, ‘The A Train’, James McKean and his band the Blueberry Moon specialize in splendidly epic melancholic country-soul vignettes supported by rich full band arrangements. They will be previewing songs from their forthcoming album ‘No Peace For The Wicked’.

James McKean onstage at 7.30 pm