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 Emmanuel, John Renbourne, Kieran Halpin, Bob Brozman, Martin Stephenson, Kristina 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 – rock, blues, folk, jazz, heavy metal, jug band, appalachian – and we’ve even had poetry recitations.
Plug 'N' Play is run by a team of volunteers - co-ordinator Phil Caton, sound and stage man Tom Corda-Stanley and Chris Archer, publicity and press agent Jackie Knox, doorman-treasurer David Simpson, host Mitch Mitchelson, website manager Chris Archer and Players’ representative Tim Hodges.
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.