Sunday, 30 May 2010

Got an easel?

Got an easel, like to paint or draw en plein air? Why not take to the streets over the Barnaby weekend and add to the atmosphere of this special Art event?

Want to busk at one of the towns performance points and add to the party buzz over the weekend 18/19/20 June?
get in touch

Friday, 28 May 2010

Loop 14 awaits

Normally at this time of the week we would be giving you ideas for things to do this weekend. Having been at the key board till 1am this morning finishing off the latest issue of the loop it would be mad (and tiring) to post repeats of whats already there. Hopefully you will have received your 14 page loop guide in your in box. I f not, mail us at and we'll send one over..
One tip for the weekend though: get down to Unknown Treasures at Fresh tonight to hear bands battling it out find the last two to appear at Barnaby Rocks Out, the fantastic music alldayer also at Fresh on 19th June as part of the Barnaby Festival. See for details of that and more great gigs and events.

Please note Page 11 of loop 14 under TALKS and WALKS listings for 'An Antiques evening with Adam Partidge' the correct contact number for this fundraising evening for Macc and Cong Arthritis Research uk is
01625 265416 .

Monday, 24 May 2010

Gig in a library:Worth the Hike?

Thursday May 27th 7.30pm. Crewe Information Point Library: Swim into Scarlet Known for their intimate live performances and their unique fusion of mathrock riffs with synthy-dance vibe, Nantwich band ‘Swim into Scarlet’ have quickly drawn attention to themselves for their experimental indie dance persona. Hooker Gloriously brash Manchester based femme punk outfit and Smelt formed in 2007/8 who create a multi layered punk/grunge sound.

To reserve tickets call Crewe Library on 01270 375295. There will be a bar on the night so ID will be needed.

Boarhound bards

Upstairs at The Boarhound this Thursday - Quirky Acoustic Club hosted by Tim Woodhouse with his many friends and featuring the Bard of Burslem, Pete Shirley. Please put £1 in hat They start about 9pm.
Hope to see you soon, Tim at the door.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Something for the weekend?

What better way to spend a warm Friday evening than with a cold beer at Discobawl with live bands and DJs in Ronnies courtyard.

Kems have an orchestral workshop on Saturday morning at 9.30am. Have a look at their website for more details.

Meanwhile Chelford Embroiderers are hosting their popular biennial event in the Village Hall with exhibition, stalls, demonstrationsbooks amd home made cake too.

Tomorrow its the fabulous Vintage 1950s Rock and surf Party with Vavoom and the Unshaggables. Dust off your dirndls and fettle up your crepes s and Rock.

Its the last weekend of the Garden Sculpture trail at One House nursery. The loop loves the life size sack cloth cow and calf in the meadow, great cakes in the eccentric tea room and the glorious restored Victorian walled garden with charmng gardener's bothy and green house. The rare breed pigs are rather charismatic too.

Youve got till midnight tonight (friday) to get your entry in to the Barnaby photo competition. Macc: a new View. Get to it!

Ronnies Bar, Dukes Court, 01625 665050
One House Nursery Sculpture Trail
Buxton New road 01625 427087
Vintage party Langley
Village Hall. Tickets from Dunstan Inn, Langley 07818 884324
Chelford textile Exhibition
Sat 22 May 10am-4pm £3 ( children free).

Worth the Hike?

Friday May 21
st 5pm – 7pm – Music Gig at Alsager Library: Bleached Wail from Stoke-on-Trent. A mix of sweet melodies and abrasive urgent playing make a band that stand out from the crowd and Smelt, formed in 2007/8 create a multi layered punk/grunge sound. Tickets £2 library members, £3 non members. Refreshments available. Call Alsager Library 01272 873 552

Picture courtesy Chelford embroiderers

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Book signing

Its good to see Waterstones starting an active programme of literary events.
This Friday, Mike Pannett signing - You're Coming with Me, Lad - tales of a Yorkshire bobby
Fri 21 May 2.30 pm free
Waterstone's Macclesfield

47 Mill St, SK11 6NE
01625 424212

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

RIP Ian Curtis

Ian Curtis RIP

1956- 1980

Today the 30th anniversary of Curtis' death it is natural to be thinking about the huge creative influence Curtis and Joy Division have had on the music world. It is surely also high time that Macclesfield thinks about celebrating it's extraordinary son. A plaque at 77 Barton Street at the
very least, a statue?
Your thoughts? Check this out for evocative time capsule pictures of Barton Street

Monday, 17 May 2010


, Heritage Centre, Roe Street,
Recorded Information: 01625 423535 Enquiries: 07871 422937

Mon 17: Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30

Tues 18: Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30

Weds 19: Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30

Thurs 20: Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30

Fri 21: Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30

Sat 22: Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30

Sun 23: Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30

Mon 24: Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30

Tues 25: Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30
Weds 26: Robin Hood (12A) 4.15
Weds 26: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (18) 7.30

Thurs 27: Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30

Friday, 14 May 2010

Something for the weekend

The loop is so excited. Jazz, yes live JAZZ in a jazz starved town.The Steve Darlington Quartet are playing at the newly run and revamped Jolly Sailor on Sunderland St. Lets hope its the first of a regular slot for them in this really inviting pub.

Leek festival is in full swing. So to help you limber up for next months Barnaby festival in Macc why not pop along and have a look?

The loop will be heading to the annual Sculpture Trail at One House Nursery over the weekend, to enjoy work by twenty odd sculptors displayed in 7 acres of woodland meadows with glorious far reaching views. Tea and cake too.

Workshops for a samba drum band commence on Sunday. Drums are provided and there is a bar so the whole thing has a social feel to it as well as getting down to some serious samba.

As ever we will be heading to Cloverbank Farmers market to stockpile serious foodie stuff but also hope to have a go with Di Stone who has a stall for her handmade felt and is running a workshop on Introduction to Felting – this is free.
The NCO play the Heritage Centre on Saturday night with Martin Roscoe playing Beethoven and there is an Irish Jam Session at The |Hollins on Friday night.

Jazz at the Jolly Fri 14th May 9pm Steve Darlington Quartet Jolly Sailor 63 Sunderland St
Leek Festival One House nursery Sculpture Trail until May 23 10am-5pm daily £3 children free.One House Buxton New Road SK11
Samba workshop
Sunday 16th May 1 – 3pm New Liberal Club Macclesfield. £5 / £3 unwaged.Contact John 07834 868261
Cloverbank farmers market Saturday 15 May Shellow lane, North Rode
NCO Sat 15 May Heritage Centre 7.30pm £15/£13/£7
Irish music at the Hollins 262 Black Rd,

images courtesy One House nursery

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Adult fun

The loop
loves Macc library. Admittedly the newish self serve system demands a degree of determined concentration we rarely posses, but that said, it is a brilliant resource with extremely helpful and friendly staff.
Its not just about books there are great DVDs to borrow, and as part of their adult learners week they are getting extra active.

On Saturday 15 May try Beginners Yoga at 10-11am. Wear loose clothing.

Also on Saturday 15 May, try Egyptian Dancing 11am-12 noon and 12.-1pm. Wear loose clothing.

Do you struggle to get the most out of your digital camera? Then go along to one of their Digital Photography workshops on Thursday 20 May or noon. These sessions are ideal if you want to learn about your camera and take great pictures. Take your camera and then think about getting a picture into the Barnaby festival New View Photography competition!

Web link to find out what else is on across the area:
Macclesfield library, Jordangate
Barnaby Festival. A New View

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Cinema: cinemac

For your delectation in the unique atmosphere of this lovely 'old' cinema:

Weds 12: Iron Man 2 (12A) 5.15
Weds 12:
Robin Hood (12A) 8.00
Thurs 13:
Iron Man 2 (12A) 5.15
Thurs 13:
Robin Hood (12A) 8.00
Fri 14:
Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30
Sat 15: cinema closed Sun 16:
Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30
Mon 17:
Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30
Tues 18:
Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30
Weds 19:
Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30
Thurs 20: Robin Hood (12A) 4.15, 7.30

Heritage Centre Roe Street Macclesfield SK11 6UT Recorded Information: 01625 423535 Enquiries: 07871 422937

Monday, 10 May 2010

Magic of Motown

Direct from the USA. . . The Magic of Motown

Live on stage it’s the music of the Temptations, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Martha Reeves, Isley Brothers and scores more.

“It’s the best live Motown tribute concert show on tour,” says producer Michael Taylor. “It’s not that it’s superbly-choreographed, it’s not the 36 million-selling hits, it’s not the dozens of dazzling costume changes featured that make it the UK’s busiest production on tour,” he adds.

“It’s the fact that it faithfully reproduces that elusive Detroit sound.”

“Sadly, many of the original Motown legends are either no longer with us or longer touring. The Magic of Motown is the nearest you’ll get to authentically capturing their incredible musical legacy in a live show.

“Our young cast is able to reflect the exuberance and excitement of these songs as they were originally performed.”

Fri May 14 8pm


Heath Street, Crewe Cheshire CW1 2DA

Box office: 01270537333

Poems and Pints

POEMS & PINTS hosted byJohn Lindley (former Cheshire Poet Laureate)

A chance to read your own poems

or your favourites

or just come to listen

(and drink, of course)

Thurs 13 May 8pm £2

UpstairsBeartown Tap

Willow Street


Saturday, 8 May 2010

Victoria Mill Open Art Show


A chance to look round this great new Art facility in Congleton whilst enjoying a celebration of local creativity

The exhibition showcases the creations of artists within three categories- Adult, Student and 16 years and under. There will be prizes for each category and a prize for the Public’s Choice. This is a great opportunity for professional and amateur artists to come together and present a stunning exhibition - including paintings, sculpture, ceramics.

8 May - Friday 21 May

Victoria Mill Arts Centrewww.victoriamillartscentre.comFoundry Bank, Congleton, Cheshire. CW12 1EE

Image Face' by Jo Shaunessy Highly Commended (student)

Friday, 7 May 2010

Something for the weekend?

It's a weekend for fine live sounds and dancing, starting with Melanie Williams and Jo Roberts (Loop favourites) at The Hollins on Friday from 9pm.
The Nags Head on Waters Green serves up its usual fine Fri and Sat line-up with Ace D C and Decaddenze, in that order.
The X-Bvrs (2 members are ex Screaming Beavers), play soul/disco at The Millstone on Saturday - expect rock covers from Fleetwood Mac to Muse. (x-bvrs pic courtesy of Louise Murphy)
Theatrically on Saturday, the Oxfordshire Theatre Co present: Loving April based on the novel by Melvin Burgess. Gawsworth Village Hall, 7.30pm ages 14+ only. Booking advisable on: 01244 972835.

Also, but only if you were one of 'the chosen' you'll be living the muso life at The Un-convention Factory... on Saturday (see previous posting for details). We won't rub your nose in it if you didn't get a golden ticket...
For our younger readers on Sunday morning Maisy makes a personal appearance at Waterstone's, Macclesfield from 10am, with storytime (about to become a regular & welcome Sunday feature) activities and prizes to be won. 01625 424212.
Later on Sunday see Wall of Wishes, a brand new musical with a Bollington feel showing at 2.30 and 5pm. £6/£3. Bollington Arts Centre, Wellington Road. 07774 514517.
Then there's the Blues Jam at The Jolly Sailor from 7pm - surely the most amazing pub transformation and worth checking out!

And lest you think we've forgotten... running across the whole glorious weekend is the Macclesfield Charity Beer Festival. Music from Dazed & Confused and Monkey Harris all washed down with fine ales. Fri - 7 to midnight. Saturday - noon to 3.30pm (kids welcome) and 7 to midnight. £10. Macc Rugby Club, Priory Lane.

Cor it's a mega weekend, see you out there!

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Fretbuzz - ing

Short notice we know, but we've only just got wind of this musical must see.

At Ronnie's tonight (Thursday 6 May) from 9pm... Dead River Records present: FRETBUZZ
Dan Bridgewood Hill and Alexis McLean. (a Dead River picture)

Handful of Henna

It might not be too late to get tickets for this great antidote to the media whirligig that is the election:

Cheshire Rural Touring network present:
Handful of henna
: based on real stories from muslim women this is a joyous and moving story about lives lived across two cultures, and one girls journey to understanding her mother.
Suitable 8+

Thurs 6 May 7.30pm £9/£5
Beech Hall School

01244 972835 tickets

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

hot spot for jiving ......

Jiving should be at the forefront of your mind just now.I f you have got your hands on the beautiful Barnaby festival brochure you'll see there is a big jive party planned In the meantime get along to Mottram Jive Club and start limbering up with a bit of instruction.

Mottram JiveClub

Dance to live band "Nostalgia" and great music from DJ Gerry
Free raffle & complimentary Tea, Coffee& cakes
Bar till 11.30
Everyone welcome

Also a welcome return this Thursday to Instructor Alan Walker from Sheffield who taught there in March

Sat 8 May

8pm - midnight £7.50

image coutresy

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Samba anyone?

At The New Liberal Club, Macclesfield.
Bar will be open - bring your friends and make an evening of it.
£5 waged £3 unwaged.
Telephone John on 07834 868261 for more info.
Image courtesy

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Something for the weekend?

Head down to Waterstones this morning for book signings of Lyme Hall with author Staurt Webb.
We will call into Christ Church to see Dorothy Bentley Smith ( see below). If you are around town nip upstairs at Sevens to see a collection of work by Jane Osmond. Lovely piece of 108 steps. Theres a Craft gift and food fair at Capesthorne all weekend and Black Hearts play the Nags Head tonight. On Sunday take a trip to Bollington, for paintings by Lynn and Ronald Daley at Bollington Art Centre (2-4pm) and a chance to view the new exhibition Pak Joy ( see image below) at the White Gallery.The latter are open bank holiday Monday also. On Sunday night its open mic at the Swan with two Necks and a Blues jam at the Jolly Sailor. Note these are weekly events. On Monday Canadian star Andrew Allen will be at the Hollins pub. One half of the loop is very keen on classic cars and since the demise of her newer car this week (aaagh) is flirting with something much older.Think we'lll go and ogle some automotive curves at Gawsworth on Monday. Do hope the Jowetts will be there. Jane Osmond at Sevens, 38 Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm Chestergate Paintings at Bollington Art Centre. See link. Pak Joy The White Gallery 1-15 May Werd-Fri 10am-5pmSat 10am-5pm Sun & BH Mon 11am-4pm 13 Wellington Rd, Bollington Jolly Sailkor Sunderland St, Macc Swan with ttwo Necks, Chestergate , Macc The Hollins
Capesthorne Hall Gawsworth hall

An invitation

Dance Show case

‘ A Dose of Dance’
Cheshire East Community Dance Showcase
Come and get your dose of dance...A celebration of dance across Cheshire East produced by Cheshire Dance and Cheshire East Council. A variety of dance groups come together to share and enjoy the wealth of dance that we have throughout Cheshire East. Each evening is a different program of dance with groups including primary and secondary schools, community dance groups and private schools of dance.

May 9th, 10th, 11th Lyceum Theatre Crewe
7pm tickets £4.50 and £3.00 from the Lyceum box office on 01270 537333