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February 2018

  Thursday 1st The Hungry Horse Folk Club, Ellesmere Port 19:30  
Raphael Callaghan is booked for the BIG Spot at the Hungry Horse Folk Club, held at the Whitby Club, Chester Road/Dunkirk Lane, Ellesmere Port CH65 6QF. It starts at 7.30pm. More details soon.

January 2018

  Friday 5th Liverpool Acoustic Live 19:30  
The event, at arts cafe 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool L1 2SJ, is called Beat The January Blues, and Raphael Callaghan tops the bill. Also appearing, Jo Bywater, Al Peterson, and Graham Holland. A strong bill indeed, should be a great night! Admission is by donation into a bucket . . .

October 2017

  Sunday 8th Honey Bee Blues Club, Sheffield 16:00  
Raphael Callaghan's first gig for the Honey Bee Blues Club in Sheffield. It's the club's well-established Sunday Afternoon Blues event at The Porter Cottage, 286 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield S11 8ZL, from 4pm-6pm. They've done a great flyer - same style as the Colne R & B festival! Apparently this gig has made the Sheffield Telegraph too. Come on down . . .

September 2017

  Friday 29th Originals Live at The Carriageworks, Denbigh 19:00  
A solo show of original songs by Raphael Callaghan - with two covers allowed! At the Carriageworks, Love Lane, Denbigh, North Wales, 7pm start. No bar, refreshments served in the interval. Seated audience in a gallery setting, and it doesn't finish late. Admission by donation.
  Tuesday 26th Everyman Folk Club, Cross Keys, Liverpool 20:00  
Raphael Callaghan is the booked guest at the Everyman Folk Club at the Cross Keys pub (upstairs) Earle Street, Liverpool L3 9NS, 8pm start. Residents singers are Shirley Peden, Chris Jones, and Hughie Jones\, formerly of the Spinners. Free admission - but please give generously when the hat goes round!
  Thursday 21st Hungry Horse Folk Club '60s/Beatles night 7:30  
Organiser John Owen asked me if I'd like to contribute to this '60s/Beatles themed night at the Hungry Horse and I am happy to oblige. It is held in the President's Lounge at the Whitby Club, on the corner of Chester Road/Dunkirk Lane, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 6QF. The Whitby Club itself is a huge, busy complex and a fantastic facility. Get there handy for a parking space. Free admission. (Note for the diary. Raphael Callaghan is booked for the BIG Spot at the Hungry Horse Folk Club on Thursday, February 1st, 2018).
  Sunday 3rd Fleetwood Folk & Blues Weekend 14:00  
Raphael Callaghan's final slot is at The Steamer, Queens Terrace, Fleetwood, from 2.15pm-3pm. Happy memories of great gigs there as part of Blue C. It'll be the Goodbye Blues for the festival weekend.
  Saturday 2nd Fleetwood Folk & Blues Weekend 22:30  
Raphael Callaghan has an hour slot at Strawberry Gardens (it's a pub), Poulton Road, Fleetwood, from 10.45pm-11.45pm. Some home-made blues to finish off the night . . .
  Saturday 2nd Fleetwood Folk & Blues Weekend 16:00  
Raphael Callaghan is helping to facilitate a folk and blues event at The Bug, 46 Lord Street, Fleetwood, from 4pm-6pm. Bring your instrument(s) and/or voice. Should be good!
  Friday 1st Fleetwood Folk And Blues Weekend, Frid Sep 1st to Sunday Sept 3rd 19:00  
Just had confirmation that I'm booked for the Fleetwood Folk And Blues Weekend with a host of others. It's a great line-up of singers and players and of course Fleetwood is a special place. The fish and chips!!! More details below.

August 2017

  Thursday 10th Raphael Callaghan solo show, Fringe By The Sea 17:00  
A one-hour solo show by Raphael Callaghan in the Palais Des Glaces Spiegeltent at Fringe By The Sea, North Berwick, Scotland, from 5pm-6pm on Thursday August 10th. Tickets at £10, from the Fringe By The Sea website, on sale from midday on Sat June 24th.
  Wednesday 9th Eric Bibb Band & Raphael Callaghan 20:00  
Raphael Callaghan opens with a short set for the Eric Bibb Band at Fringe By The Sea, North Berwick, Scotland, on Wednesday August 9th at 8pm. Venue is the Palais Des Glaces Spiegeltent near the harbour, an intimate venue with just 300 capacity. Tickets at £30 from the Fringe By The Sea website, on sale from midday on Sat June 24th. And they always sell out!

June 2017

  Saturday 17th Tom, Dick & Harry Band in concert 19:30  
The Tom, Dick & Harry Band (of which Raphael Callaghan is an honorary member on harmonica and backing vocals) play their annual concert in the church of Ss Cynfarch and Mary, Llanfair D.C. The church is right next to the White Horse pub in the village, which is on the A525 (Wrexham road) a couple of miles south of Ruthin. This church gig is one we really enjoy. Exclusive news - the 5-piece band will be performing songs from their brand new CD Made By Hand which will be available on the night. The concert also features a couple of guest acts. Tickets £6, pay on the door - call 01824 707506 to reserve.
  Friday 16th Soundbox 'Beatles Benefit' (in aid of dementia research and resources) 19:30  
Soundbox 'Beatles Benefit' (in aid of the Alzheimer's Society and Saltney memory cafe). Venue is Upstairs At The Lock Keeper, Chester. Raphael Callaghan is one of a group of singers supporting this worthy cause - and we are all singing Beatles and/or related songs! Mine will be bluesy and certainly 'different'. And Mike Brocken will be hosting a special Beatles quiz too. Should be a great evening of music and fun for a good cause. Tickets £5 from (search SoundBox) or call 01244 342468.

May 2017

  Saturday 20th Green Room Jazz Cafe, Colwyn Bay 19:30  
Green Room Jazz Cafe, Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7PP. RAPHAEL CALLAGHAN plays full gig there this Saturday, May 20th, music from 8pm prompt. The best venue on the North Wales coast, with great food, atmosphere and acoustics! You can reserve a table on 01492 536541.

April 2017

  Saturday 8th BABAJACK & RAPHAEL CALLAGHAN 19:30  
New monthly blues concerts at Louth Town Hall, Louth, Lincolnshire, this one featuring the fabulous Babajack with RAPHAEL CALLAGHAN in support. Advance tickets now available, £10, from This is part of the new LTH Live! series of music events.

March 2017

  Friday 10th SoundBox Blues & Country Showcase 20:00  
Looks like a great night of music in concert, with two country trios and two blues soloists - The Rip Roaring Success, RAPHAEL CALLAGHAN, Jimmy Rae & The Moonshine Girls, and Iain Paterson. Venue is Upstairs At The Lock Keeper, Canal Side, Frodsham Street, Chester CH1 3LH. Admission £10, advance tickets now available from wegottickets (event number 385936).

January 2017

  Saturday 21st The Bluebird Sessions, Singer-Songwriters In Concert 19:30  
A special night of original material featuring Jonathan Smith, Cliff Howard and, finishing with his home-made blues songs, RAPHAEL CALLAGHAN. Venue is the Shiloh Community Centre, Cwm Penmachno, near Betws-y-Coed. Admission £5 (Friends of Cwm £4). Starts 8pm.

December 2016

  Monday 19th Llandegla All-Styles Music Club THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT 19:00  
It's the annual Christmas Extravaganza featuring the Tom Dick Richard Davies on lead vocals and guitar\; Harry Robertson on lead vocals and guitar, John Rowell on 6-string bass, and Raphael Callaghan on harmonica and backing vocals. Wide-ranging repertoire, and listen out for Harry, one of the best singers in North Wales, so there. Reserve your tickets before they go . . .

November 2016

  Sunday 27th Bothy Folk Club, Southport 20:00  
It's Residents' Night at the Bothy, and Raphael Callaghan, as a former resident 1966-73, has been granted special dispensation (thanks Clive!) to do a five-song set to promote his album Said And Done. The evening is also a tribute to Bothy founder Stan Ambrose. Doors open 7.30pm, music from 8pm prompt, modest admission price. The Bothy meets every Sunday at Park Golf Club, Park Road West, Southport PR9 0JS.
  Thursday 24th West Kirby Blues Club 20:00  
Raphael Callaghan launches his CD album Said And Done with this special show at West Kirby Blues Club, West Kirby Arts Centre, The Old Unitarian Church, 29 Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4EL. Admission £5, doors open 7.30pm. Music from 8pm prompt, plus support.

June 2016

  Tuesday 28th Green Note Open mic 20:00  
Green Note
106 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7AN
If the Green Room at Colwyn Bay is the best roots venue on the North Wales coast (and beyond!), then the Green Note is the best in London.

I did the open mic there this week, along with 20 other singers(!) and went down really well. Mention of my forthcoming CD led to the possibility of a gig in Islington when it’s out.
Today I did the open mic at Conwy Bluegrass Festival - and went down really well, with at least 3 pre-release CD sales and possibility of a gig or two.

Thanks everyone! Hoping to get the CD booklet sorted this week . . .
  Saturday 25th Rhuddlan Community Centre 20:30  
Many congratulations to organiser Richard Davies on the mammoth success of last night's Tom Dick & Harry Band charity concert in aid of St Kentigern hospice. It was a sell-out show, and the raffle and auction did great business towards the charity proceeds too.
Thanks to our special guests Wendy, Penni, Geoff and Enid (Penni and Enid singing together a beautiful song in Welsh at the end of Enid's set brought tears to the eyes). Tom, Richard, Harry, John on bass and me on harmonica and backing vocals had a great time and the whole night was a joy from start to finish.

Compere Barry Evans from Llandegla All-Styles club held the whole thing together superbly in his usual witty style, and big thanks must go to Tom for the PA and his lovely wife Lynda for selling loads of tickets!

Thanks to everyone for their support!