The Playhouse

Penrith, CA11 7JG

5th Apr

At 7:00pm

£3 on the door

£1 off if you play

Open Mic

2-3 songs each

Open Mic Info

If you fancy playing the open mic session at Plug 'n' Play make sure to turn up early to reserve a slot. You will also receive a £1 off the door price if you play.

Doors will open at 7:00pm, and its £3 on the door.

About Bill Lloyd


Find out more

Bill Lloyd is known as a live performer in Cumbria, the Borders and North West England, and in and around Cavan in Ireland, both as a soloist, with the Willy Ruby Band, The Wildwood Band, and with Billy & The Goats.

He has appeared at clubs and festivals throughout England, Ireland and Scotland, including the Cork Folk Festival, the Aberdeen Rootin' Aboot festival, Knockengorroch World Ceilidh, The Wickerman, Eden, and Tinto festivals, the North Wales Bluegrass Festival, SolFest, The A1 Roots Festival, Gainsborough Old Time Festival, Dent and Sedbergh Folk Festivals, Feakle, (Co. Clare) and for the last three years at the All Ireland Fleadh.

He has worked as a dance caller for 20 years, and for 4 years was Director of the Kendal Folk Festival and the Kendal Jazz Festival. He has become well known among travellers at pub sessions and all-night camp-fires on the road to Appleby Fair, where us is known as Banjo Billy. He is a Gypsy and Traveller Representative on the Appleby Fair Committee.

His material is wide-ranging and includes old-time Appalachian dance music and songs, country rock, bluegrass, contemporary and traditional Irish ballads, traditional European dance music and his own songs. Please see side menu links for set list and audio samples.

Although his music draws on these different styles, he has developed a personal and distinctive voice, ranging from high energy dance tunes to delicate ballads, all with strong lyrics and banjo accompaniment, in the clawhammer and frailing styles.

Bill Lloyd's music has found a wide and enthusiastic audience over the last 25 years, and appeals to young and old, straight and alternative, traditional and contemporary.

About Plug 'n' Play

Plug 'n' Play is run by local people, for local people.

About ten years ago, Phil Caton recognised that there was a need for a venue in Penrith where musicians and singers could perform live in front of an audience. Over the years, the format changed slightly and we started to invite professional artists to headline the night, with a Plug 'N' Play slot at the start of the evening. We have seen some amazing performances from international stars like Tommy EmmanuelJohn RenbourneKieran HalpinBob BrozmanMartin StephensonKristina Olsen and the late Isaac Guillory.

Many local people have made their stage debut here and several have formed bands with other performers they have met at the sessions. We have heard every genre of music played at Plug 'N' Play – rockbluesfolkjazzheavy metaljug band, appalachian – and we’ve even had poetry recitations.

If you have any names of performers you would like to put forward for future sessions, please speak to any of the team or post it to the website / facebook group and we’ll consider it when we meet to discuss the programme.

Thanks to Penrith Players for their continued support in helping us to keep Plug 'N' Play afloat.  They also supply the bar staff, who all work voluntarily, which is much appreciated.


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The Team

Meet the volunteering who help make Plug 'n' Play happen.

Speaker 2

Tom Corda-Stanley

Speaker 2

David Simpson

Speaker 2

Chris Archer

Speaker 2

Jackie Knox

Speaker 2

Phil Saunders


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  • Do You Want To Take The Stage At Plug 'n' Play?

    All the sound equipment is set up before the session so that singers and musicians can, literally, just plug in and play. Soundman Tom Corda-Stanley and Chris Archer will be on hand to ensure that the equipment runs smoothly. New performers are always welcome and you can be assured of awarm response from the audience who have supported Plug 'n' Play over the years. If you do want to perform, just make contact with any of the team at the start of the evening or call Jackie Knox on 01768 867845

  • What Equipment is Ready Set Up?

    2x SM58 Dynamic Microphones, 2x SM57 Dynamic Microphones 2x DI Boxes, Soundcraft MPMi 12 Multi Purpose Mixer, Alesis Rever Unit, Behringer FBQ3102 Graphic Equalizer and 1 RCA Stage Monitor.

    On Request Equipment - Please contact us before you come if you would like to use any of the equipment below.

    2x Further DI Boxes, 4x Further SM58 Dynamic Microphones, Roland Electric Piano and Standard Drum Kit