What’s On at the John Peel Centre

Nina Nastasia
Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Nina Nastasia @ John Peel Centre

The JPC is proud to present American Folk Singer-Songwriter and John Peel favourite:


+ Lilo (support)

Performing live again after a long hiatus and back with a new solo album – Riderless Horse – her first in over 10 years.


‘However jolly we were all being and whatever was going on, when she started singing, the whole atmosphere in the room just changed in an extraordinary way, not just to melancholy, but to something else which I don’t think I’ve experienced very often in my life before, and it was a very very moving business’. – John Peel

Riderless Horse

Riderless Horse is my first solo record, and it’s the first record my former partner, Kennan Gudjonsson, didn’t produce.

I haven’t made an album since 2010. I decided to stop pursuing music several years after my sixth record, Outlaster, because of unhappiness, overwhelming chaos, mental illness, and my tragically dysfunctional relationship with Kennan. Creating music had always been a positive outlet during difficult times, but eventually it became a source of absolute misery.

Kennan, a cat, and I lived in a studio apartment in NYC for 25 years, finding ways to survive while making records and going on tours. Our apartment was the place where people would come stay, eat, drink, play music, and use our tub. It was quite a home we had created, but it was decaying steadily from the moment we moved in, and in the end, it was as if black mold was growing beneath the surface, undetected, and the two of us were dying and getting too weak to ever leave. We loved each other. We were each other’s family, but there was ongoing abuse, control and manipulation. We hid. We didn’t want anyone to see how ugly things could get, so we increasingly isolated from our friends and family. We were lost.

On January 26, 2020, I made the decision to separate and live apart, and on January 27, Kennan died by suicide. What a thing, suicide. I can only feel sadness and guilt about it. Maybe I’ll have other reactions to it later on.

Riderless Horse documents the grief, but it also marks moments of empowerment and a real happiness in discovering my own capability. Steve Albini produced this record with me, and Greg Norman assisted. The three of us are old friends, and we did a field recording in a guesthouse built like a lighthouse that two very dear friends of mine have in Esopus, NY. It was exactly the right environment to work on this record. We all had meals together, cried, laughed, and told stories. It was perfect. It made me realize how much I love writing, playing and recording music.

Terrible things happen. These were some terrible things. So, what to do – learn something valuable, connect with people, move the fuck out of that apartment, remember the humor, find the humor, tell the truth, and make a record. I made a record.

+ Support from Lilo
Though London-based duo lilo have only recently emerged, theirs is a bond that runs a decade deep. Christie Gardner and Helen Dixon met at school aged 11, and from that day forward have forged an unshakeable creative bond. Their music, with gossamer harmonies and finely-spun acoustic arrangements, bears witness to two friends coming of age together; as they navigate new creative ground, they are etching out their own distinctive sound.
Their debut EP ‘Sleep Country,’ released early 2022, was built on crystallised moments of calm and contemplation, with vocals that, while grounded and confessional alone, soared as they came together. Over the five tracks that make up the EP, Christie and Helen explore new perspectives on love and friendship, often through the frame of loss. Despite this, the tone remains distinctly hopeful, choosing to treasure the small things in the face of larger sadness.
It’s a sound that calls to mind the timeless ethereality of Laura Marling, but that is only the first glimpse of the versatility of lilo’s sound. Their new material is set to break new ground in the UK indie-folk landscape, incorporating a more full-bodied, band-driven direction, weaving elements of slow-core and offbeat country-pop refractions, while still staying true to their dulcet roots. lilo weave intimacy into the fabric of their music; through collaboration they translate friendship into sound.
Tickets £14 adv. £16 otd.

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Doors 7:30 pm
Licensed, Cashless Bar
Honey and the Bear
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Honey and the Bear @ John Peel Centre

British folk and roots duo Honey & the Bear combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with emotive and evocative songwriting. With a diverse range of sounds and textures, and rhythms that flow from the fast and furious to gentle ballads, their live performances are spirited and dynamic. Conjuring stories in song, they tell tales of Suffolk folklore, courageous people they admire, their passion for nature and the odd heartbreak or two.

The multi instrumentalist pair, comprised of songwriters Jon Hart (guitar, bass, bazouki) and Lucy Hart (guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo, mandolin & percussion), will be joined onstage by band guests Evan Carson (Drums) and Toby Shaer (Fiddle/Flutes/Whistles) who also perform on both Honey & The Bear studio albums. With the band, Honey & The Bear performed at 13 UK festivals in 2022 as well as venues up and down the country making it their busiest year to date.




Doors open 7.30pm

Tickets £14.00 adv. / £16 otd.

Seated and standing tickets available.

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Licensed bar.

The Tannahill Weavers
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The Tannahill Weavers @ John Peel Centre

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the Tannahill Weavers have transformed traditional material and brought it into the modern world, vitally alive and kicking.
Members of the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, in 2019 the Tannahill Weavers were nominated for Folk Album of the Year and Folk Band of the Year in Scotland. Recently they have been joined by piper Iain MacGillivray, who is Scotland’s youngest Clan leader and has worked recently on such exciting productions as Outlander and Men in Kilts, and has performed for a huge list of stars and dignitaries in recent years.

“Formed from a Paisley pub session in 1968, seminal trailblazers the Tannahill Weavers now also rank as national treasures.” -Glasgow Celtic Connections 2018

“The music may be pure old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll.” -Winnipeg Free Press

“An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new.” – New York Times




Doors open 7.30 pm

£13 adv. / £15 otd.


Book online 

(fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Cashless, licensed bar available

Andy Irvine
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Andy Irvine @ John Peel Centre

Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as “a tradition in himself.” Musician, singer and songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his over 50-year career. From Sweeney’s Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s, his duo with Paul Brady in the later 70s and then from Patrick Street to Mozaik, LAPD and Usher’s Island, Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians.


As a soloist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie. To quote The Irish Times, “Often copied, never equalled”, his repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dances and a compelling canon of his own self-penned songs.



Andy Irvine first made his mark with the seminal band – “Sweeney’s Men” in 1966 but after two years he left and travelled ‘way out yonder’ by ‘the sunburnt thumb’ to Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia, earning his living as a street musician and absorbing the musical traditions of the Balkans.

Returning to Ireland in 1970, Andy united with Christy Moore, Dónal Lunny and Liam O’Flynn to form Planxty, fanning the flames of Irish traditional music well into the next and future generations. Planxty broke up – for the first time – in late 1975 and Andy performed and recorded with Paul Brady, making the classic album “Andy Irvine & Paul Brady” in 1976. He also worked and recorded brieefly with De Dannan before re-uniting with Planxty in 1979 until it’s second break up in 1983.


Tickets £18.00

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Doors 7:30 pm
Licensed, Cashless Bar