JENN butterworth & laura-beth salter, with special Guest Katie Spencer, LIVE at the old king's head belper, 7th december, 2018

We are delighted to have Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter coming to Belper for a cosy evening of songs and tunes at The Old King's Head, Belper on Friday 7th December, 2018.

We are also very chuffed that Katie Spencer has agreed to come down and play a set to open the gig, thanks Katie!

The seating for this gig will be in a "cabaret" style, ie seated at tables and thus tickets are limited to only 50. 

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Tickets available here by PayPal, £12 + £0.70 PayPal handling Fee

Unfortunately this venue in non-accessible to persons in wheelchairs

Doors at 7-30pm



About JENN & LB

'…fresh, imaginative arrangements, displaying instrumental finesse and near-uncanny mutual attunement.’ – The Scotsman
Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter have each been a presence on the UK folk scene for a number of years. Although both originally from England, they were brought together by the close-knit and progressive Glasgow folk music community, spending lots of their time jamming an eclectic mix of folk music from across the globe, particularly the UK, Scandinavia and America. The years of playing together brought a deep affinity between the two artists; their rhythms lock tightly, their voices blend so closely that it’s often hard to tell them apart. They have developed a natural telepathy: two musicians bound together. Their first duo album ‘Bound’ named in recognition of this enduring connection was released in November 2016, and Jenn and LB are currently working on material for their second album
As well as touring with their duo, Jenn and Laura-Beth are also members of Kinnaris Quintet, brand new, five-strong band of vigorous, driving, high-spirited musicians who have been delighting festivals around the UK this summer.  
Jenn is no stranger to Belper and The Old King's head having joined Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton for an incredible gig here back in April and thought she'd better bring her pal Laura-Beth back to Belper to sample the delights here.


“Butterworth’s style is what makes her one of the most in-demand musicians in Scotland. There are few guitarists in this country able to so intricately guide a set with melody and rhythm.” — The National Newspaper
Jenn Butterworth is one of the foremost folk guitarists in the UK acoustic music scene.  An excellent collaborator, she has been a key member of a range of high profile folk music projects, including Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton’s SYMBIOSIS Big Band, three Celtic Connections New Voices, four years on the BBC Hogmanay Live show as a member of the All Star House Band and recently a member of folk supergroup ‘Songs of Separation’ involving an array of prominent folk artists including Eliza Carthy, Lady Maisery and Karine Polwart.  The Songs of Separation album, conceived, arranged and recorded in just 7 days, won the title of ‘Best Album’ at the Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2017.
Based in Glasgow, Scotland, she has become a lynchpin of the vibrant folk acoustic scene.  It was in Glasgow that she met and formed a duo with Laura-Beth Salter.  After jamming with folk percussionist Steve Forman and Nae Plans duo Hamish Napier and Adam Sutherland they formed the The Blas Collective, and currently have a residency in one of Glasgow’s famous live music venues Bar Bloc.  The Blas Collective and the local session scene provided Jenn and Laura-Beth with a vibrant and creative space to experiment with and develop their sound, which is a reflection on their individual musical backgrounds and the thriving and progressive Glasgow folk music scene.
In recent years she has performed on over ten studio albums, three of which have appeared on the nominations list for Best Album at the Scots Trad Music Awards.  She regularly performs with The Kinnaris Quintet, the duo Jenn and Laura-Beth, award winning duo Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton and with artists such as the 2015 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Claire Hastings, acclaimed fiddler Ryan Young and Shetland folk superstars Fiddlers’ Bid.
Jenn is also a highly recognised teacher with a wide range of teaching experience, and was recently awarded ‘Tutor of the Year’ at the 2015 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.  She is Lecturer in Practical Studies in the Traditional Music Department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is a regular member of the teaching staff for Glasgow Fiddle Workshop and has recently taught for Fèisean nan Gàidheal, the National Youth Folk Ensemble (EFDSS), Halsway Manor & Burg Fürsteneck (Germany).
“Butterworth powers the show with driving guitar.”
 The Metro

Laura-Beth is a well kent face on the Glasgow Folk and Roots scene, a founding member of renowned folk band The Shee and was nominated for the MG Alba Composer of the year award in 2013 after the success of her Celtic Connections commission and debut album ‘Breathe.’ She is also an active tutor of mandolin and youth projects all over the UK.
You can catch Laura-Beth performing live in the following bands;, The Shee, Jenn & LB, Kinnaris Quintet and The Daddy Naggins
and has also toured with bands such as Shooglenifty, Frigg and Dougie MacLean’s ‘The MacLean Project.’
Laura-Beth hails from Lincolnshire, where her parents immersed her in a diverse range of musical influences from an early age. They ran a local session which lead to Laura-Beth’s background in Old-time, Bluegrass and Blues music. Feeling a desire to progress further, she moved to Newcastle to study the mandolin and composition on the Folk Music Degree and this is where she met her fellow band members in The Shee, as well as discovering a love for exploring traditional music from all over the world.
Now, although heavily rooted in American traditional music, Laura-Beth works on a range of projects within the Scottish traditional music scene, most recently her duo with Jenn Butterworth, The Kinnaris Quintet and a new cross-over project alongside Ali Hutton (Old Blind Dogs),and Andrea Gobbi (Laki Mera).

Katie Spencer


“Katie’s guitar playing has echoes of my dear friend the late great Bert Jansch. Like a musical weaver she threads her poetic lyrics through the guitar’s strings and produces little tapestries of song.” – Ralph McTell
 “Haunting, escapist and moving…” - Three Chords and The Truth
Every once in a while we are blessed with a singer who is quite simply born to write and perform exquisite songs with confident, gentle assurance. Based in the UK, Katie Spencer is a progressive-folk singer songwriter and guitarist inspired by the people and her surroundings in the Yorkshire countryside. Spencer has gigged extensively in the past three years both headlining and supporting established artists - most recently opening shows for Ralph McTell, Bridget St John, Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) and Martin Stephenson & The Daintees. She has also received radio play from the likes of Iain Anderson – BBC Radio Scotland, and BBC Introducing.
 “Drawing on influences such as John Martyn, Roy Harper and Laura Marling, Spencer creates modern folk music which owes as much to East Riding as it does to the American greats, with her striking vocals and adept songwriting backed by evocative and complex acoustic guitar.” Wake The Deaf
Her debut studio release ‘Good Morning Sky’ was released in May 2017 and saw Katie working with a number of outstanding musicians, namely Ted McKenna (Rory Gallagher, SAHB) and Foss Paterson (John Martyn, Jethro Tull). Recorded in Glasgow, the atmosphere of the Mini-Album “recalls some of the essence of [John] Martyn's best music. The songs are treated to a delicate and mature guitar style to go with her distinctively graceful voice”, Northern Sky Magazine. 
RnR Magazine celebrated Good Morning Sky, saying “her dense, brooding and heartfelt songs have an attractive dreamlike quality that suggest a bright future.” 
Folk Radio UK gave similar praise for Spencer’s mini-album – “as debuts go Katie Spencer is clearly off to a flying start.”
FATEA Magazine reviewed her performance at Folk On The Farm, saying “I had not seen Katie before but was immediately and hugely impressed. With her reverb-laden acoustic guitar, powerful and original song writing and a voice like warm honey, she was for me, the discovery of the festival.”
 “Favourite is singer songwriter Katie Spencer … the best lyrics I’ve heard in years.” Louder Than War (at Beverley Folk Festival)
“One of our busiest gigging musicians” - Alan Raw, BBC Introducing


Tickets available here by PayPal, £12 + £0.70 PayPal handling Fee

Unfortunately this venue in non-accessible to persons in wheelchairs

Doors at 7-30pm



The Old King's Head

1 Days Lane


DE56 1NP

There is no parking by the venue, please us the "Coppice Car Park" a short walk away.