Welcome to On The Verge

Sounds on the verge of Folk

Welcome to On the Verge, the site dedicated to sounds on the verge of folk. What do we mean by that? Well, sounds such as nu folk, rogue folk, freak folk and world folk and various folk crossovers into other genres to boot.

We are committed to promoting these sounds, through this site & through live events. In addition to one off all day events & festivals, we put on a monthly showcase of up and coming acts from these genres, 3 each session in fact, at the atmospheric Hand n Heart pub, a pub carved from the sandstone that Nottingham is built out of. Please be involved with the site and feel free to post your comments reviews and recommendations. Let’s freak out folksters!

Latest News & Updates

2014 – gigs at the Hand & Heart – 1st Thurs of each month · 17 January 2013

Held on the First Thursday of EVERY month, 3 acts are showcased from on the verge of folk genres, performing live in the intimate cave surroundings of the historic Hand and Heart pub Nottingham, 8.30pm till late, and all for free. Detailed listings appear in the Nottingham Drinker. Come and soak it up!

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Hand & Heart, Nottingham. 1st Thursday of the month! · 4 May 2012

See Home page for detailed listings, also local media Left Lion AND Nottingham Drinker.

Held on the 1st thurday of every month, showcasing 3 acts whose sounds are ‘on the verge’ of folk. 8.30pm till late, free entry.

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On the Verge June 7th · 4 May 2012

Acts for this one include Alamootie  – 9 piece scando celt band & then some goth folk from Cadence Noir!

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On the Verge May 3rd · 4 May 2012

Great night of music from our performers. Thanks to Rich n Famous for their off the wall set. Kidnap Alice showed us how bluegrass should be played.

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On the Verge monthly – Thursday 5th April · 30 March 2012

We’ve got a great line up coming up next month AND a beer festival: Steve Chapman-Smith, DH Lawrence & The Vaudeville Skiffle Show AND 3 Eyed Fox. See ya down at the H&H! 8.30pm onwards.

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On the Verge – Monthly – next up 1st March · 22 February 2012

Back to business after the fun we had at On the Verge Winterfest. 3 acts play: Marc Block & the Breezes, Gerrard Bell-Fife, and the Phil Langam Band. Oh & bring your daffs & leeks with you – it’s St David’s day!

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On the Verge Winterfest 2012 – look back · 22 February 2012

Thank you to everyone for helping to make Winterfest such a joyful event, a real celebration of  real music. 

Musically speaking, the highlights of the day were an astonishing set of kick ass bluegrass delivered by Kidnap Alice, and then a wonderful set of rightly raucous folk from Nimming Ned. Both bands have the happy knack of getting  everyone up on their feet and dancing!

Special thanks to John Shaw, Nige on the sound, Steve Music in the Green on the CD stall, Ally & Victoria on the craft stall, Patrick, Catherine and the girls from Veggies, Jessie and the gang from Nottingham Uni for all your help, energy & enthusiasm,  Jack and the team behind the bar AND to all the great artists that played including the open mic guys for making it such a wonderful afternoon. Here’s to 2013!

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Winterfest Sat Feb 18th – Polish Club, Nottingham · 6 February 2012

Less than 2 weeks to go now till Winterfest. Eight bands in the evening and some quality led open mic in the afternoon.

Acts include London bluegrass outfit Kidnap Alice, festival favourites Something Nasty in the Woodshed, rowdy folksters Nimming Ned,  also David Gibb & Elly Lucas the finalists in the prestigious BBC Young Folk Awards 2011, Delta Sun, and the highly respected  eastern European new roots band Muha. All hosted by BBC Radio’s John Shaw.

CD stall run by Music in the Green, and quality food from the award the winning Veggies. Two Locale real ales and a real cider too. Tickets available on the door.

Come along for a real community event and Help Keep Music Live!

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Next up: Thurs 2nd Feb Hand & Heart · 31 January 2012

The room was packed to the rafters for the On the Verge special for the EP launch by In the North Wood last Friday, ably supported by London duo City Lights & Aiden Byrne. Well done to all concerned.

 Cecille Grey, The Jez Hall Band, and the Broom Hill String Band entertain us on Feb 2nd at our monthly showcase night. If you are coming down, by way of a thank you to you all, we will be selling specially discounted tickets for the Winterfest all dayer Sat Feb 18th.

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January 5th 2012!! Hand ‘n’ Heart · 3 January 2012

We celebrate the arrival of 2012 with 3 great acts this Thursday night.

Jim & Isobel are Bruise. Rue Royale. Van der Verse Priority.

It all starts at 8.30pm. Come along!

Tickets will be on sale for Winterfest too. Feb 18th date for your diaries!

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