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Song writer's circle

A500 Music presents


"A songwriting collaboration"

Pete Riley

Andy Collins

Steve Balsamo

Sunday 28th November 2021

Fulford Village Hall

Stoke-on-Trent, ST11 9QT

Doors open 18:00 for a 19:00 start

After the success of their previous sold out "Songwriters' Circle" gigs, Pete Riley, Andy Collins & Steve Balsamo are bringing their show to A500 Music in Stoke... Liverpool singer/songwriter Pete Riley comes together with Andy Collins and Steve Balsamo from the Welsh Band 'The Storys' in an intimate setting to perform their own classics, chat about their work and collaborate musically - a format that really showcases the performers' contrasting styles and songwriting techniques. These gigs were so well received that Pete, Andy and Steve decided to expand the idea for 2021 and take it on the road.

Pete Riley is an acoustic rock singer-songwriter, born and raised in Liverpool.

In the 90's Pete and his band Treehouse decided to try their luck in the USA and were signed by Atlantic Records, touring extensively and releasing their acclaimed album "Nobody's Monkey".

It was while he was in The States that he first met multi-platinum selling artist Edwin McCain, with whom he went on to forge a solid writing partnership, co-writing three successful albums as well as the radio hit singles "Shooting stars" and "Say anything".

Since then Pete has been writing/recording and producing with many different artistes worldwide, including Edwin McCain, Narada, Michael Walden, Henry Priestman (The Christians) Maia Sharp, Angie Aparo, Kevin Kinney and most recently Amy Wadge.

Pete Riley is one of the nicest and most genuine guys you could wish to meet and it's thanks to him that the idea of a hosting a Songwriters' Circle at Fulford first came about.

Pete Riley

Andy Collins
Andy Collins is a renowned bass player and singer / songwriter from Swansea in Wales.

Whilst probably best known for his work with "The Storys" andy has also performed alongside Sir Elton John, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Joe Cocker, Van Morrison, Bernie Marsden and has appeared on stage with Joe Walsh at a Jim Cappaldi gala evening.

In 2012 andy released his first solo album "Closure" to critical acclaim and has recently released his latest work, the wonderful 'Right here, right now'.

Recorded at Sonic One Studios and co-produced with Tim Hamill, the album marks a return to form and is a must for all lovers of The Storys.

The usual suspects were all there to lend Collins a hand – ex-Storys' Rob Thompson and Alan Thomas along with Matthew John and Tim Hamill, all playing various instruments throughout.

"This album is a joy" - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Actor, singer and songwriter Steve Balsamo grew up in Swansea but went on to tread the boards in the West End and beyond, playing Jesus to critical acclaim in the West End revival of Lloyd Webber's ‘Jesus Christ Superstar'.

After the messiah complex wore off, Balsamo signed for Columbia Records and was molded into a poppy/rocky/folky/country-ish artist, releasing his first album, 'All I am' and even making an appearance on Top of the Pops.

In 2004, Steve formed 'The Storys', a West Coast influenced country rock band, who went on to make three albums, touring Europe extensively supporting Elton John.

More recently, Steve has continued to write and collaborate with stars such as Slash, Meatloaf, Jon Lord and has even given singing lessons to Robert Plant!!!

Remarkable as it seems, Steve Balsamo will still have more stories to impart when he plays for us at Fulford, so don't miss out on this show.

Steve Balsamo

Introducing... Balsamo, Collins Riley - with two new tracks!!
Keep this love alive

A500 Music aim to present quality live music in a friendly and intimate environment.

We seat our audience at tables in a cabaret style and because we always hope to be near capacity, we allocate seating to our guests according to when they purchased their tickets.

By inviting you to bring your own drink, we are making the evening an inexpensive as well as enjoyable experience.

Drinking glasses will be available on the night and we also provide free hot drinks.

Coming up

A500 Music presents

Sarah Potenza

With special guest

Helen Walford

Fulford Village Hall

Sunday 30th January 2022

Stoke on Trent, ST11 9QT

Doors open 18:00 for a 19:00 start


Opening 2022 at Fulford with a bang will be a powerhouse vocalist and songwriter who can handle pop, blues, soul, country and Americana with equal amounts of aplomb.

So just who is Sarah Potenza? She's a songwriter, a bold, brassy singer, a businesswoman, a proud, loud-mouthed Italian-American from Providence, Rhode Island, with roots in Nashville and an audience that stretches across the Atlantic.

Sarah first entered the national spotlight in the USA as a contestant on season 8 of The Voice. Before joining the popular reality television singing contest, Potenza had spent the preceding seven years fronting her band Sarah & the Tall Boys. After relocating to Nashville with her husband, she began honing in on her own songwriting skills and quickly became a favorite at the legendary Bluebird Cafe and the Music City Roots program.​

Sarah Potenza

Sarah Potenza
In 2021, Sarah Potenza accepted an invitation to appear on season 16 of 'America's Got Talent' where she performed a jaw dropping interpretation of the Mary Gauthier song 'Worthy', wowing judges (including Simon Cowell) and cementing her reputation as having one of the most incredible voices of the modern age.

Despite all the glitz and glamour, Sarah still likes to perform her original music to appreciative audiences and with her husband, Ian Crossman, she will be bringing her special blend of blues and Americana to A500 Music early in 2022.

"Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound."

Rolling Stone Magazine

Sarah Potenza on America's Got Talent
Hard to want

Helen Walford performing Saint Michael
Helen Walford performing Sun Fall

"I've really enjoyed my visits to A500 Music and the warmth the audiences there always bring! Thanks to everyone for a first- class evening every time. I can't wait to return!" Willy Porter - Milwaukee

"Playing an A500 Music gig is always a pleasure and a great night. They fill the room with a lovely, attentive crowd who are a joy to perform to!" Luke Jackson - Canterbury