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Saturday 2nd Feb
The Old Pear Tree Wigan
Sunday 7th April
The Bailiff Bar, Old Courts, Wigan Time TBC

Friday 10th May Hebden Bridge Folk Festival
The Shoulder of Mutton  8pm

Saturday 11th May Hebden Bridge Folk Festival
The Railway Hotel 7.30pm

Saturday 25th May Millstone Music Festival, Golborne


Thursday 29th August
The Coffee Stop - Leigh

Sunday 1st September
Fleetwood Folk and Blues Festival

2 spots : Venue TBA

Saturday 7th September
Wigan Diggers Festival Main Stage Time TBC

Saturday 14th September
Leigh Canal Festival, Leigh Miners RLFC Time TBC



2018 (Recording new album Mainly)

Friday 11th May
Private party, Chorley

Sat 12th May
Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival
6pm @ Ramble and Rose
9pm @ Chapter 17

Sun 27th May

Hinds Head festival
Friday 8th June
Coppull Folk Festival. (starts 6pm)

Thu 21st June
Wigan Old Courts Grand Vault
Simply Dylan7.30pm

July 15th
Acoustic Sessions Wigan Old Courts (Court Room) Time TBA

Saturday August 18th
Wigan Live Festival
Wigan Central 7.00pm
Saturday August 25th
Liverpool Folk OnThe Dock Festival
Stanley Ambrose Stage 5.20pm
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Liverpool Folk OnThe Dock Festival
Stanley Ambrose Stage 2.00pm

Saturday 15th September
Leigh Canal Festival
Leigh Miners RLFC 9pm

Friday October 12th
Chapter 17, Hebden Bridge 7pm

Thursday 8th November
Leigh Coffee Shop Events Room 7pm
Friday 30th November
Headsticks / Ticnotoc / Vision Thing
Old Town House Warrington 7pm

Saturday 28th October
Merry Helloween (Merry Hell and Vision Thing), The Citadel St. Helens. 7.30pm

Thursday 9th November
The Coffee Shop, Leigh,

Friday 29th December
Acoustic Lounge Poynton time & adm tbc
EARLIER in 2017========================
Sat 28 Jan
Turnpike Centre, Leigh supporting Merry Hell acoustic (SOLD OUT)
Sun 19 Feb
Dochertys, Wigan (afternoon session)
Lesfest - evening (Bellingham Hotel, Wigan)
Thu 4th May
KettleWorld Studios Recording New EP
Sat 20th May
Red Triangle cafe, Burnley
Sun 4th June
Coppull Folk Festival
Tue 20th June
Made in Liverpool TV Session Recording
Wed 12th July
Narrowboat TV Session Recording

Sat 26th Aug
Old Town House, Warrington
Momentum Warrington Rock for Corbyn event
Stage time 3pm

Tameside Festival, Manchester  8pm
Mon August 28 (Bank hol)
Retro Bar Bury 4pm (Glaston Bury)

Sat 2nd September 
Parbold Street Festival 
From 12 noon 
2 sets 20 mins each 

Sat 9th September 
Wigan Diggers festival time tbc

Saturday 7th October
The Old Courts Folk Festival, Wigan (Headline Slot) 8pm

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Gig review - Turnpike Centre Leigh Jan 28 2017

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 by Administrator

Gig review - Turnpike Centre Leigh Jan 28 2017

Nice write up of our recent SOLD OUT gig, many thanks to Ian Cripps at FATEA magazine.

... And as a seasoned gig goer it's easy to become switched off by the support artists, to politely applaud and wish their set away, an unavoidable extra you could say.

That is not a label you could ever apply to "Vision Thing" a five-piece hailing from the North West who produce the most incredibly harmonious and beautiful music, simultaneously lowering the heartbeat yet stimulating lyrically.

From the opening "Sunday Morning" a softly strumming acoustic guitar, Pete Cunliffe vocals that evoke that slightly hungover feeling of melancholy and in the background David Windsor adds accompaniments on his 100 year old violin that have a tone and texture to die for.

By the second track "Lights" you could be listening to a mellow "String Driven Thing", Cherlene Walmsley adds a yearning vocal to counterpoint and harmonize with Pete.

A more up-tempo and currently socially valid "Global State Of mind" allows Paul Cunliffe on bass and Jon Ormrod on percussion to shine.

And as we take a shine to Vision Thing, the band attempt to commit suicide, they tackle Sandy Denny's "Who Knows Where the Time Goes".

To compare yourself with Ms Denny is an incredible ask.

"Doomed, doomed, we're doomed" as Private Fraser from Dad's Army was fond of saying.

Except they are not.

Violin restrained, percussion muted as then Cherlene sings, the most wonderful voice, perfect pitch, expressive, beautiful. But it's not over, in Vision Thing's hand the song grows in stature, Ms Walmsley's vocals build in power and take the song to a level few singers and bands can manage including Fairport.

Vision Thing are certainly a band to check out and if you can't find them locally then there is always their debut cd "Lights".

Ian Cripps

Full article here: http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/live/MerryHell.php/

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