Open Mic Night

On July 6, 1957, St Peter’s Church Hall was filled with the sound of music, including the George Edwards Band, the Quarrymen putting on the style, and a young Paul McCartney rocking up twenty flights on guitar and shaking a whole lot on the piano! On July 6 this year, 65 years to the day, of that memorable evening when the Lennon-McCartney partnership began and musical history was made, we want to fill the hall with music again with an Open Mic night.

Our goal is to provide the opportunity for musicians within the local community to come together and celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Paul being introduced to the Quarrymen right here at St Peter’s!

The Hall will be open to visitors from 10am to 10pm, with the Open Mic event starting at 6.45pm.

So, if you would like to play in one of the most important places in modern musical history on the anniversary of the day that the Beatles began, this is your chance!! It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an expert, whether you’re on your own or have your own group, everyone is welcome! If you are on your own, and would like a “little help” from new friends, the Fab Few, our hosts for the evening, will be happy to help.

Recording for posterity is allowed!

To book your slot, or if you have any questions, please email Chris at

Open Mic Schedule

6.45The Fab Few
7.15Paul Connor
7.30Mick Francis
7.45Kevin McGinn
8.00Ed Harris
8.30Pete (Hillhouse)
8.45Ian Gaskill
9.00The Steps
9.15Jimmy ‘Uke’ Byrne
9.30Grand Finale – Jam session; all musicians (songs to be sent out)


1. Performances begin at 6:45pm. Closing time is 10:00pm

2. Each time slot has been allocated 15 mins. This covers setting up and taking down in readiness for the next slot, and any sound check, so budget on 3 songs/10 minutes max total. Please don’t ‘go over’ your allotted time. If other slots are available on the night, you may be offered another if you want one!

3. To make sure what you need is on hand, plan on bringing what you will need eg, instruments, lyric/chord sheet, drinks and snacks. The hall deoes carry the sound well, and you are welcome to use the amps in the hall but if you’d prefer to bring your own small acoustic amps, it’s fine!

4. When you are next, be ready. Instruments out, tuned up, ready to take the stage.

5. Perform material you are comfortable with. We don’t expect perfection, but it’s always best to be as prepared as you can be.

6. BE CONSIDERATE OF THE OTHER PERFORMERS. Please be quiet and show respect for the performers on stage. Do not play instruments while performers are on stage. Applaud for everyone.

7. Please stay for the performers after your time slot. They enjoyed your set, stay and enjoy theirs as well. Also, you may well be offered a chance to ‘get back up’ if there is a vacant slot.

8. Be respectful to the venue and any equipment in it, as if it were your own.

9. This is a community event and we ask that you keep your songs and spoken word free of profanity or sexual vulgarity.

10. Time slots are open now. Please state your name, required slot, and songs you will be performing.

11. Don’t forget to tell your friends! Everyone is welcome!