Monday, 1 January 2007
VENUE - the venue for Lincoln Folk in the Cellar is the UNISON CLUB
The Unison Club is in central Lincoln, one minute's walk from the High Street, seven minutes walk from the Cathedral.
Finding us LN1 1EZ IS THE UNISON CLUB'S POST CODE. The Unison Club is in a red brick victorian house surrounded by trees in the BIG car park in front of Lincoln City Council offices. Folk in the Cellar is in … its cellar!
Usually you can park relatively easily, although we are ashamed to say that you have to pay after 6.00 pm. The car park entrance is from Beaumont Fee Road, a left turn when coming from the direction of Lincoln High Street, and just before (or after) and roughly opposite, the Police Station but behind a row of victorian houses.
There is no big sign saying Unison Club so you do need to look carefully. We are down some rather steep stairs at the side entrance to the building.
Access Because of 'and down the stairs', access isn't as easy as we would like, so for all those who are DISABLED, or anyone who doesn't like the sound of those steep steps - just contact us by phone or email a few days before a gig, and we will make sure that someone will guide you to the second access (a set of very shallow doors leading downstairs from the outside to the fire escape door into the concert room.)
Comfort This is a seated venue. The cellar has its own pleasant and separate bar. The beer is good and reasonably priced and tea or coffee is also available. Seating in the concert room is on padded bench seating around the room. There are also chairs. Again if you would like us to reserve chairs or bench seating we will be pleased to do so.
Performing John Renbourne told us that playing for us is like the old days! The acoustics are fantastic because of course the concert room is a cellar. When necessary sound is provided by the artists or some generous soul like Terry Cater, but some artists prefer not to use sound equipment and be truly acoustic.
We have a small temporary stage, which we put up for any artist who prefers a stage. Otherwise there is no stage. We start with a forty-five minute support set from a quality local artist. The artists are very close to their audience (even if they are using the stage) and this makes for an intimate experience, which peformers like. All our main artists are contracted to play for an hour and a half. This allows them, and you, to really 'get into' the music and we feel is a different experience from say a festival performance of perhaps twenty minutes or half an hour. We really have had some fantastic evenings!