Promoters for Folk on the Pier

…and other fine folk, rock and roots events

Scott Butler
Scott Butler created Deckchair Productions in the early 'noughties' initially as an agency for a number of English folk rock bands which included Little Johnny England and Tickled Pink. However during that time as originator and producer of the ‘Folk on the Pier’ festival in Cromer, Norfolk , Scott branched out to produce a number of offshoot concerts under the banner ‘Folk Beyond the Pier’. Since then he has gone on to produce numerous concerts and events mainly in the East Anglia area including promoting many years of the Fairport Convention annual Winter Tour dates in Norfolk and an extensive run of 'Live at the House' concerts at Norwich's historic Assembly House. He has also produced some significant rock & blues shows including ‘Heads Down No Nonsense Boogie’ which featured the Hamsters and Wilko Johnson and two ‘Rock & Blues on the Pier’ with Dr Feelgood, Nine Below Zero and many others. Scott still produces a number of concerts but ‘Folk on the Pier’ remains the flagship production and more information on the festival can be found on the Folk on the Pier website.

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Press and Media Release – 20th January

2020Overstrand gets the Blues’

Fran McGillivray on vocals, bass guitar and Mike Burke on vocals, acoustic, electric & resonator guitars are an exciting and compelling duo with a strong following on the blues and roots music scene . Former founder members of the legendary London blues outfit So Long Angel, Fran and Mike have spent many years honing their craft and have developed a unique take on blues and roots music and have an amazing husband and wife musical empathy on stage.

They have performed at many major festivals in Europe and the UK including Rotterdam, Cambridge and Shrewsbury.  They have shared the bill with artists such as Bob Dylan, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and even Elvis Costello. They are regulars on the club and concert circuit, and on BBC and local music radio shows.

Fran and Mike’s own vibrant and original songs are complemented by soulful, dynamic and powerful interpretations of songs from a broad range of genres from Americana through to Country and Blues. Fran and Mike’s live shows and recordings reflect this diversity and have been widely acclaimed by reviewers across the roots spectrum. Their support on the night will feature local singer guitarist Anthony Purdy who himself is a great local purveyor of blues, country and Americana styles.


‘An Evening with Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke’

Saturday 7th March

Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand, Norfolk.

Doors 7.30pm – Concert 8.00pm

All seats £10.00 


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‘A Chosen Man and Song Maker Returns to Sheringham’

It is some years since John Tams has appeared at Sheringham’s Little Theatre and this March sees a much anticipated return.

Not a mainstream name as such, but if you start to dig a bit deeper you find that outside of his reputation of being a leading multi-award winning singer-songwriter in the English Folk- Rock scene, you also find that as well as playing the part of ‘Chosen Man’ Rifleman Daniel Hagman alongside Sean Bean in the Sharpe TV series, you then go on to find that not only was he involved in the music of the Sharpe series, but also song maker for Michael Morpurgo’s internationally acclaimed National Theatre production of ‘Warhorse’!

Tams has been described by Mojo as ‘one of the ultimate British songwriters’ and is five times winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. His band Home Service has been rated as one of the greatest folk rock acts of all time. He has also recently accepted an invitation to become an ambassador for Belper Arts Festival.

His long term musical partner Barry Coope was one third of the legendary accapella folk trio, Coope, Boyes and Simpson. Barry is also a member of Narthen, and has a long history in the folk music scene. He is a formidable keyboard player, and master of harmonious singing.


‘An Evening with John Tams and Barry Coope’

Saturday 21st March

Sheringham Little Theatre 

Doors 7.00pm – Concert 7.30pm 

All seats £16.00 

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