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Acoustic Nights @ The Barn

Saturday 23rd September 2023, 7:30pm

Doors open: 7:00pm

Price: £6.00
(£6.56 including booking fee)

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About Brian Houston with Heatherlyn

Every month The Barn Coffee Shop welcomes the best independent acoustic acts to Meanwood Valley Urban Farm Leeds LS7 2QG

In September we're privileged to host:

The Belfast Troubadour:

“One of Britain’s great song writers!” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“If Ron Sexsmith and Elvis had a baby; gave it to Bob Dylan to raise but hired Van Morrison as a nanny they’d call it Brian Houston" The Drew Marshall Show

Sat 23rd Sept 2023 | Doors open: 7.00pm



Brian Houston "The Fool" https://youtu.be/H8j6jkToBI0?si=cCrnjkITpLTt14yF

Brian Houston "A Woman Out of You" https://youtu.be/bi-oNnuxrac?si=WbujV1kdNL_KJjyK

Support Artist: HEATHERLYN

On tour from Denver, Colorado

"one-of-a-kind blend of indie folk music full of delicate Latin influences"

Heatherlyn on YouTube:
"Another Sunset": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zILDJi3fEQk



£6 Tickets on sale at:

The Barn Coffee Shop

Online at: https://ticketlab.co.uk/promoter/AcousticNights

At the door: if tickets are still available

Enquiries: 0113 262 5048





Hot Food and Coffee on Sale from 7pm | BYOB

It is recommended that you ARRIVE EARLY at the venue from 7pm to allow time to order your coffee and/or food and get the best seats.


Please put these Acoustic Nights @ The Barn concerts in your diary:


Sat 4th Nov 2023 @ 7.30pm

Folk, bluegrass and pop at its best. On tour from the City of Derry.

“her songs are something beautiful" Beth Nielsen Chapman


"When I Don't Feel Like Singing Anymore": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMhdHxWWzSU

£6 Tickets can be reserved in advance at: https://ticketlab.co.uk/promoter/AcousticNights


All Things Come : Celebrating 20 Years in Songwriting


Sat 25th Nov 2023 @ 7.30pm

An acoustic folk roots troubadour evening of exceptional musical storytelling.

“Very beautiful music” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

YouTube: "This World of Mine": https://youtu.be/g9tl_gNWiXc

£6 Tickets can be reserved in advance at: https://ticketlab.co.uk/promoter/AcousticNights


HUM Gospel Choir

Thur 14th Dec 2023 @ 7.30pm

HUM Gospel Choir, soulful gospel vocals that will thrill and delight audiences of all ages, usually only play private functions. So take advantage of this special opportunity to hear them in their annual Christmas Special at Acoustic Nights @ The Barn.

“Voices are unbelievable uplifting and soulful”
“Professionalism personified”

Watch HUM Gospel Choir at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7juFpMqMWk

£7 Seat Tickets can be reserved in advance at: https://ticketlab.co.uk/promoter/AcousticNights


Brian Houston holds no grudges. Despite former bandmates like drummer Jonny Quinn (now of Snow Patrol), keyboard player Peter Wilson (aka Duke Special), and guitarist Iain Archer (of Snow Patrol, Tired Pony and Jake Bugg fame), having all gone on to find fame and fortune.

Brian grew up in working-class protestant East Belfast in the 60s and 70s, soaking up Elvis Presley films on Saturday afternoon TV and starting a love affair with American culture and music. He worked in a shipyard as a carpenter and performed in the evenings in local music venues.

In the early 90's the renown Terri Hooley, chaotic godfather of Belfast punk, and subject of the recent lovable life story movie, was persuaded to cancel a holiday and fund a vinyl single by Brian Houston's band on his Good Vibrations label. The label that founded The Undertones.

Duke Special has been quoted as saying his early music days were inspired by Brian Houston's involvement in the Irish music scene. If you research closely you'll find that Houston co-wrote an album song titled "I Let You Down (Like a Tonne Weight)" with a Peter Wilson band known as Benzine Headset.

In an almost Zelig-like career, the Belfast-born troubadour has jammed with the Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant at 'Whispering' Bob Harris’s birthday party (the veteran DJ Harris regards Houston as ‘one of Britain’s great songwriters’) and Houston opened for the likes of Van Morrison and Elvis Costello. But in 2009 Brian Houston topped the lot, when he had breakfast with none other than US President Barack Obama – well, kind of…

Another unusual incident took place in 2007, when Houston supported the then-80-year-old rock ‘n’ roll icon Chuck Berry at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. ‘A reliable source had told me that he would come offstage, and if he was asked to go on for an encore he would demand £500 cash on the spot,’ explains Houston. ‘I wanted to see that happen, so I stood at the side of the stage.’ Then, as Berry 'duck-walked' into the wings, he handed Houston his vintage Gibson ES-335 guitar.

‘I didn’t know what to do with it,’ marvels Houston. ‘I didn’t know if he was actually giving me it, or if he was asking me to hold it. He didn’t say anything. I took it out into the foyer and showed it to some of the fans, and as people got a wee bit more adventurous towards it I hid it under the merchandise table. Next thing, security came and said, “Where’s the guitar? Why did you try to steal it?”’

Sidestepping accusations of thievery, Houston has established himself as one of Belfast’s most consistent live club draws playing established music venues like the Grand Opera House and his regular performances at the Empire Music Hall.

After recently moving back to Belfast from a period gigging in America, Houston now has a renew appreciation of his Irish culture and heritage. He has even begun to learn the traditional Irish Gaelic language. With more than 25 albums to his credit, Brian Houston, who began his musical journey in the heady, pre-internet days, still does things the old way – radio, record shops, touring – and sees no reason to change his style to suit any perceived bandwagon.

Notable Quotes:
“Bristling with hope joy love and fabulous songs” Mojo

“It was thirty seconds in when I realized what a really special piece of music this was. One of Britain’s great song writers!” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

The audience went mad after he did a live session on my show! Janice Long BBC Radio 2

“If Ron Sexsmith and Elvis had a baby; gave it to Bob Dylan to raise but hired Van Morrison as a nanny they’d call it Brian Houston…”  The Drew Marshall Show

A writer of considerable warmth and wit. Uncut



Heatherlyn is a touring, independent singer/songwriter and recording artist with a soulful-lyrical-rock-roots vibe. A guitar-playing Reggae, Americana, Rock, Blues and Soul poet. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota in America,  now living in Denver, Colorado.

Heatherlyn has been on the road for over 10 year. Her honest and hopeful voice resonates with people from all various walks of life.

In concert, she leads participants on a refreshing journey of connection. From whimsical laughter together to deeper thoughtfulness about life and love.

Heatherlyn says her favourite moments are "when I can't stop laughing and my gut hurts because of it" and also "when I get to see someone being their true, authentic selves, unabashedly shining their unique light, sharing their gifts to be an enriching, loving presence to all around them."

The heartbeat of Heatherlyn's music is rooted in a desire for authentic expression and genuine connection.

Heatherlyn seeks to partner with organizations who are about equipping and empowering individuals. She has had the honour of sharing the stage with notable individuals who have devoted their lives to being the change they want to see in the world and empowering others to do so as well, including:

+ Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Peacejam Laureate - Rigoberta Menchu Tum

+ Explorer, Educator, Environmentalist - Will Steger

+ Co-Founder of Not for Sale, The Campaign to End Human Trafficking - David Batstone

Heatherlyn also co-wrote and performs on five songs on the critically acclaimed 'Nine Beats to the Bar' album produced by Tony Bean of Kelly Roland and Lemar fame.

Heatherlyn on YouTube:

"Another Sunset": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zILDJi3fEQk

"Wayfaring Stranger" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rnTsj9oli8


"Heatherlyn’s vocals are excellent"

"haunting collection of songs to provide soul medicine for these heavy times"

"captivating vocals and gift for melody: from the haunting Celtic-vibed lament"

Heatherlyn Discography

May 2019 - Being Breathed EP

Jan 2018 - Heatherlyn in Concert, Desert Cross Gilbert, AZ

Dec 2017 - Songs of the Season

Mar 2017 - Basement 46 Recordings

July 2016 - Heatherlyn LIVE in Hollywood: CSA Vol. 2

Sep 2011 - Storydwelling



Venue Address: The Barn Coffee Shop, Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Sugarwell Rd, Leeds LS7 2QG



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All tickets bought are unrefundable.

Please sell yor ticket(s) to a friend if you cannot attend.

Acoustic Nights @ The Barn

The Barn Coffee Shop,
Meanwood Valley Urban Farm,


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