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Sunday August 4th 3PM Coachmakers Inn, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

Afternoon session in this clasic 4-room Potteries pub, there are not many left like this quite so perfect. Sunday afternoon fiddle and accordion tunes, Cajun, Creole, Caribbean and Cumbrian. Skiffle, blues, New Orleans. The Boat Band play anything they love. 

Wednesday August 7th BEEHIVE INN, Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent

First Wednesday of the month: session with the Boat Band at this friendly Penkhull pub on Honeywall, Stoke-on-Trent.  Singers, poets, instrumentalits, tap dancer, comedians especially welcome   Starts 9PM

FREE

Saturday, August 24th, The BIG SING at the BIG FEAST. Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

The Big Feast is a street festival organised by Appetite in Stoke-on-Trent. And this year Stoke Sings! (the umbrella group  for Potteries choirs)is organsing a Big Sing at the festival. At 3PM  there will be a public workshop to learn a couple of songs (in the Regent Theatre on Piccadilly). To be followed by the BIG SING itself, on(and around) the music stage at the bottom of Piccadilly. Two (or more) Stoke-on-Trent community choirs do a few songs apiece, and this culminates with a grand finale of all choirs and the public singing their hearts out with the two songs they have just practised in the Regent.

And while this is not a Boat Band gig, you will find Kate Barfield, Greg Stephens and Mark Burke from the band involved in leading choirs, teaching the songs and of course performing. What's not to like? 

Saturday August 17 N Shropshire Cajun and Zydeco Big Weekend

Weekend festival. Boat Band on at 4.30PM Saturday 17th. Welshampton parish Hall, near Ellesmere, Shropshire

Saturday August 31st 2.30PM Prince of Wales, Foxfield, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria

Classic Cumbrian pub, opposite Foxfield station on the Cumbrian coastline. Amazing views from the bar across the Duddon estuary to Black Combe. Good food, good beer (they brew on the premises). And, of course, good music.(Jacob Rees-Mogg says you shouldn't put commas after the word "and". What does he know?). The annual Boat Band gig here often attracts the most amazing guest musicians, so come and be amazed. Or even better, come and contribute a song yourself.