The home of Steel Valley Beacon Folk Club

Formerly Stocksbridge Folk Club


We’re excited and overjoyed to be bringing you the very best in folk and roots music.
We do hope you’ll come along to our fantastic venue at Stocksbridge Rugby Club
634 Manchester Rd, Stocksbridge, Sheffield S36 1DY.

Our next nights entertainment is

Wednesday the 14th of September 7.30pm, Bar will be open.
McShane & Shaw – There is a door fee of £10 for this event.

An exhilarating and perfectly balanced performance of music and
comedy featuring tight harmonies, witty ad-libs and virtuoso
musicianship. It’s inspiring, it’s fun and guaranteed to raise a smile.
Chris McShane and Ralph Shaw are a match made in Penistone,
the Yorkshire market town where these two musicians grew up.
They knew of each other way back when but it wasn’t until Ralph
returned from a 30-year overnight stay in Vancouver, Canada, that
they finally ended up working together.

Chris, a multi-instrumentalist, has significant chops on guitar,
mandolin, bass guitar, ukulele and tenor banjo. His talents are a
perfect accompaniment to those of Ralph whose time in Canada
was spent singing, playing 5-string banjo, harmonica, ukulele and
leading the way as a forerunner of the ukulele movement which
included touring nationally and special appearances at international

Musically, their approach and sound is impressively eclectic – they
perform a wide range of acoustic musical styles including folk-pop,
music hall, instrumental folk, doo wop, tin-pan-alley, banjo rock and
disco ukulele! And it’s all served up with a warmth and skill that
comes from their years of experience.

Following in the tradition of variety shows they perform original
compositions and repurpose familiar song styles for today’s
audiences, all interspersed with witty ad-libs and banter.
Having eaten more than Chris when he was younger, Ralph
accidentally grew to be at least 12 inches taller which has led to
some commentators suggesting that they look like “a musical Little
and Large”. This may be a bit of an exaggeration but it does present
an interesting visual dynamic as soon as they hit the stage.

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