31/10/14….Autumn update

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Autumn’s here (my favourite season)…time to batten down the hatches, light fires, and drink red wine… but hey, don’t stay in watching dodgy TV, live music needs your support!

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After a quick break in Scotland (where I’m sure it stopped raining for at least 2 hours while we were there!), I’m fully refreshed and ready to start part two of the “Autumn Before The Winter Tour 2014” (see list of gigs below)…a couple of sold out shows (Processed Pea Folk Club near Beverley, and Liverpool’s Lantern Theatre), otherwise some tickets should still available for the other shows (ticket details… Continue reading

01/10/14 update…tour details

Here are all the tour dates for the “Autumn Before The Winter” tour…full details can be found on my Facebook artist page, or here on this website under “gigs”


2nd   London – St Pancras Old Church

3rd   Farnham, Surrey – housegig* (SOLD OUT)

4th   Worthing – The John Seldon (SOLD OUT)

10th Wollaston – Housegig (CANCELLED DUE TO ORGANIZER’S ILL HEALTH…will try and re-schedule for 2015) 

11th Huntingdon – Hartford Village Hall (SOLD OUT)

12th Coventry – housegig (on an allotment!)*

17th Preston – housegig*… Continue reading

22/09/14 update….The Autumn Before the Winter Tour 2014

Time for an update, I feel, (apologies to anyone on my mailing list who might have already received this info)

It’s been a crazy year on the road, I think I’ll have clocked up nearly 60 gigs by December. Thanks to all of you who have attended a gig, and especially those who’ve booked me for housegigs; they’ve been brilliant, and are continuing to come in at an alarming rate (5 already in for next year).

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Have to thank my regular partner-in-crime, guitarist Les Glover (aka Loved up Les™), who’s helped make the gigs so enjoyable…we are having the… Continue reading

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The difficult second album is now available to buy from the usual places.

Henry’s House Gigs

10Henry has recently started playing private house-concerts and finds these some of the most enjoyable gigs he does.

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There's no greater compliment that can be paid to the album [The Last Mad Surge of Youth] than to say quite plainly that it's a really enjoyable album, one for repeated listening and guaranteed to touch a nerve of some sort for fans of a certain age who will enjoy the ponderings and contemplations"

Mike Ainscoe, Fatea Records


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Facebook IconNovember 26, 2014 at 8:19 am

Gigs this coming weekend: we'll be playing Bristol Folkhouse on Friday, then on Saturday up to The Guitar Bar in Nottingham...all details here:

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For gigs, housegigs, and workshop bookings (and enquiries), please message me here on Facebook...or email:henpman@gmail.com. For details of all forthcoming Gigs or to order CDs please go to: http://www.henrypriestman.com/

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Facebook IconNovember 25, 2014 at 8:29 am

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Been invited to be "special guest" at John Reilly/Boy on a Dolphin's annual sell-out Xmas show at Sheffield City Hall on Dec17th...very kind of him to describe me as "a national treasure and one of the last of the hard core travelling, touring troubadours"...I think the "national treasure" bit is overdoing it (perhaps a "regional treasure in certain small pockets of the UK" more like), but I like the "last of the hard core travelling, touring troubadours" line...I'll use that again, John!

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I am thrilled to announce that the support slot at this years Sheffield City Hall Concert is one of my favourite songwriter’s ever, Henry Priestman, writer of massive hits like ‘Ideal World”, “Hooverville (and they promised us the world)”, “Forgotten Town”, “When the fingers point” for and with The Christians on their million selling albums. He is a joy to watch, a national treasure and one of the last of the hard core travelling, touring troubadours

After over 35 years in the music business, in 2009 Henry Priestman (the writer behind all those hits for The Christians in the 80’s & 90’s) reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter, and released his debut solo CD “The Chronicles of Modern Life” to much critical acclaim & Radio 2 airplay; in 2014 he released the eagerly awaited follow-up entitled “The Last Mad Surge of Youth” which garnered him the best reviews he’s had in 37 years of releasing records. Having discovered a new found love of live work (mixing ramshackle chaos & tear-jerking poignancy in equal measures!), Yorkshire born and Liverpool bred, he’s relishing his return to the city of Sheffield.
“It’s absolutely brilliant.....he’s found his voice!” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2


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Facebook IconNovember 24, 2014 at 9:09 am

Great night at Secret Sessions in a ramshakle old barn on Anglesey on Saturday....lovely to have my sister-in-law Micaela join me onstage for some songs, and even my big bro Will got up and played drums for the first time since 1972 (he'd not lost it!)!...thanks to all involved and all who attended, especially organisers Gemma & Steve Blackstone who run it once a month, all for charity...good on you both!

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November 22, 2014 at 9:20 am

Much ribaldry and good times had at our gig last night at Gary & Vera Aspey's Club in Westhoughton...it's not often somebody accompanies you on "clog dancing" (as Vera did) on the encore number!...and tonight I'm playing Steve Blackstone's monthly "Secret Sessions", at a secret location (obviously!) on Anglesey.

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Facebook IconNovember 21, 2014 at 8:30 am

Looking forward to returning to Gary and Vera Aspey's club in Westhougton (Bolton) tonight...Gary and Vera have been making their particular brand of mainly Lancashire-tinged folk albums since the 70's, and I'm thrilled that they've decided to record my "Grey's the New Blonde" for their next album, and even call the CD "One More Bite of the Cherry" (a line from the song).
I'm sure they'll be adding guitar and accordion (and even clog-dancing?!) to a few songs in my set tonight (try and stop them!).

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Gary & Vera Aspey became full time professional artists in April 1974. Their experience and performance content has, over the years, taken them to many varied venues including Folk Clubs, Arts Centres, Theatres, PTA & Sports Clubs, Round Table & Masonic evenings, TV & Radio, around the world includi…

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