About The Shows
Our shows combine stories - that's the stories about the songs - live music and projected visuals with live performances of the songs. All the shows feature a mixture of original and well-known music, joining in is virtually mandatory!
We play for organisations (U3A, WI, TWG, Probus et alia). We play for Village Halls, Community Groups, Museums and perform lots of shows in Churches. Our contact details are on the home page!
The only real question is; which show do you fancy..?
About Stormy Stories
Many people choose this show as their introduction to Fool’s Gold. Basically, it is a collection of songs - well known and original, loosely arranged under the 'Stormy Stories' title. Although some songs are very familiar, their stories are usually new to audiences. Lots of singing, joining-in and a good few laughs in this one. The songs are supported by their stories and fascinating visuals.
About 'Bang up to the Elephant’
The tile usually gets people interested in this one! Essentially this show is concerned with all things Victorian. Murders, Doctors, High Adventure and the working poor all make an appearance. Original music is mixed in with well known can’t-help-but-join-in Victorian Songs you didn’t know you knew. Again, stories and visuals introduce, explain and support the music.
About Beat The Drum
Beat the Drum is a musical commemoration of the First World War, supported by projected images and video, enhanced and told by story sections relating to Private Michael Heaviside V.C. Michael was a Pitman in 1914 but found himself in France, and rather to his own surprise, a VC hero. The visuals are often poignant, but there are a few (surprising) lighter moments along the way!
The show features a variety of music, including songs from the period and original pieces.
Fool’s Gold play all the music live, the running time is a little over an hour. The show can be split and extended to enable a two-part show with interval.
About Waters of Tyme
A musical journey through time down the River Tyne. Traditional Geordie songs are here as are our original songs too. The subjects are the people, places, industries and events that made the Tyne, the ‘Black River’.
Great visuals and some fascinating tales complete this programme.
About Old King Coal
People have always liked our mining songs. We’re fascinated by mining history - especially insofar as it impacted on the little people - the miners, wives and their children. Their stories, the conditions they lived and worked in, and how they let off steam are the subjects for this show. Lots of opportunities to join in as well as the stories and of course, some compelling visuals.
An Evening with Fool's Gold
This is usually the show we offer to Halls, Theatres and the like. The programme can be tailored to suit and the format is flexible too - we can accommodate most things!
Of course, it can be 'A Morning', or 'An Afternoon'!
Requirements from venues
We are entirely self-contained and travel with all our own equipment. For evening performances we use simple stage lighting to create a great atmosphere. All our equipment is PAT certified. Our requirements from venues are therefore very simple and straightforward:
Time to set up. We require at least an hour before doors to set up our equipment to provide the best show possible and ensure everything is ready. In some smaller venues where the requirement is for less equipment, this is reduced. We can do our shows acoustically, with a minimum of gear, but this is best in small spaces with small audiences.
Access to a power supply. Ideally, three standard power sockets are required, but we can usually manage happily with less.
If a venue has a large projection screen (larger than the one we can travel with) or an installed projection system we may politely ask to use that. We have a very good PA system and would generally prefer to use that.
Fees and expenses
We always work hard with venues to try to operate within a budget. For daytime performances engagements we usually seem to attract a show fee £80. However, we do have to ask very politely if expenses might be taken into consideration as we travel all over the UK from our base in Durham. Expenses are generally at the host discretion, and they are always greatly appreciated!
The fee for halls and larger engagements can be negotiated with individual organisations.