THE Lawrence Batley Theatre promised Cellar Folk and that’s what is happening this spring.

So in its line-up of Sounds, alongside jazz and a big band, they will be delivering some of the most charismatic performers from the world of folk.

Folk has long been a part of the theatre’s music programme but now the LBT has decided to run them on a regular basis flagged up with a Cellar Folk label.

First in for this newly packaged season of Cellar Folk is Michael Chapman, who plays the venue on February 16.

Michael is a Yorkshire singer and songwriter, known for his enigmatic style.

He is an exceptionally talented acoustic guitarist, whose percussive style of playing is very distinctive and contrasts with his delicate harmonics.

First championed by John Peel in the 1970s, many feel Michael deserves much wider recognition than he has had over his long career.

Having played in Italy, Austria and the US in 2011, courtesy of his Jack Rose and No Neck Blues Band connections, he has most recently doubled on tours with Steve Gunn and William Tyler.

Alongside him will be Northern based folk singer Kath Reade, whose songs have that magic something that evokes the mood of some lost timeless classic.

Past holder of the Songwriters Cup Kath has a way of captivating her audience.

Her sound has both British folk and American stylings and a number of her best loved songs have been covered by others on the folk circuit.

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