A500 Music ......Bringing great live music to The Potteries
----- **Breaking News** Our next show on January 30th now has a new headliner with RODNEY BRANIGAN stepping to to replace Sarah Potenza.. see our Facebook for details -----
----- **Breaking News** Our next show on January 30th now has a new headliner with RODNEY BRANIGAN stepping to to replace Sarah Potenza.. see our Facebook for details -----

Rodney Branigan

A500 Music presents

Rodney Branigan

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

Admission by advance ticket purchase

Price £12 - *Bring your own drink*

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Rodney Branigan
Rodney Branigan - Americana music with virtuoso presentation and a touch of comedy thrown in for good measure.

The Texas-born troubadour, who learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville and put it all together in London, has played all types of music in all types of venues in his storied career. His adventurous, boundary breaking guitar playing style has led to performance invites across the USA, India, Africa and Europe.

In 2018 Michael Eavis asked him to headline in front of 15,000 people at Glastonbury Abbey, when Paloma Faith was forced to pull out at short notice and on the strength of this performance he was invited back to headline the Acoustic stage at the 2019 Glasto Festival, where again, he went down a storm!

Rodney is an impossibly talented musician and has shared stages with likes of Jack Johnson, Billy Sheehan, Frances Cabrel, Bad Finger, Slim Jim Phantom, Bo Didley, Talvin Singh, Angelique Kidja, Alabama 3, Billy Bragg, Preston Reed, Show of Hands, Seth Lakeman, Andy Mckee and Preston Reed.

It is often suggested that Rodney has invented a new genre, which he would describe as "Full contact folk music"

"A living legend" - BBC Cambridge

"Outstanding showmanship" - Whispering Bob Harris

"A multi-instrumentalist with a rich and soulful voice comparable to Jeff Buckley" - Music Week

North in outerspace
The Fliptrick

Helen Walford performing Saint Michael
Helen Walford performing Sun Fall

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.

Unfortunately drinking glasses will no longer be available on the night but we will still be providing free hot drinks.

Coming up

A500 Music presents

Willy Porter

with special guest

Paul Hawksworth

Sunday 15th May 2022

Fulford Village Hall

Stoke-on-Trent, ST11 9QT

Doors open 18:00 for a 19:00 start

Willy Porter continues on a musical and personal odyssey spanning over two decades, 11 albums and multiple continents. His journey has been defined by an inquisitive love for humanity and the language that describes what we all hold to be true. Willy's live shows are guitar-driven grit, soul, silence and muscle – at times electrifying, dynamic and unique in the way that his voice blends and fuses with his fret work.

A largely self-taught musician, Porter began treating audiences to his brand of guitar playing and wry storytelling in the late 80s while living in Madison, Wisconsin. Willy has literally logged millions of miles across America, Canada, the UK and Europe, touring solo, as well as with various incarnations of the Willy Porter Band and supporting artists like Tori Amos, Paul Simon, Jethro Tull, Sting and Jeff Beck.

Willy Porter
Willy Porter
In 2015, Willy Porter played for the first time to a sold out A500 Music audience and has since become like an old friend, returning in 2022 to play his sixth show for us.

Those who have seen Willy before will know what a fabulous entertainer the man is and will no doubt be keen to join us again for another fabulous night's music. For those who have yet to see him perform live, you are about to embark on the musical journey of a lifetime.

"Porter plays intelligent groove. Heavy folk with hearty abandon" - Santa Fe New Mexican

"Willy Porter can captivate an audience as completely as can an entire rock band" - Washington Times

"Willy plays rhythms that make me want to crawl inside his guitar and sleep there forever" - Tori Amos

"Thank goodness he doesn't play the flute" - Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

Hard place

A500 Music presents


"A songwriting collaboration"

Pete Riley

Andy Collins

Steve Balsamo

Summer 2022

Fulford Village Hall

Stoke-on-Trent, ST11 9QT

Doors open 18:00 for a 19:00 start

Rescheduled from November 2021

Details to be announced shortly

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 presents

Luke Jackson

Support to be announced

Sunday 30th October 2022

Fulford Village Hall

Stoke-on-Trent, ST11 9QT

Doors open 18:00 for a 19:00 start

Luke Jackson is one of the most exciting young singer-songwriters in the UK. Two things that immediately stand out are his strong, mature vocal and the high quality of his songwriting. An accomplished performer who impresses from the outset and takes his audience on a journey, with songs of love, hope, sorrow, and melancholy via the styles of folk, roots, blues, Americana and soul. Luke's live performances are definitely not to be missed.

He has a stage presence that many artists would kill for and a voice and guitar style that make you think that he’s a sixty year veteran who happens to have discovered the fountain of eternal youth
– Fatea Magazine

Luke Jackson

Bridge over troubled water
Lucy and her camera

"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