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Night Train

One of the longest running and most established blues bands in the north of England, Night Train have played well over 2,000 gigs in pubs and clubs, rock festivals and universities. Formed in the late 1970′s at Bolton’s Dog and Partridge by a group of blues enthusiasts, the band have developed a unique sound, mixing early 60′s US and British blues with a late 70s rock ‘edge’. Night Train’s psychadelic live shows attract audiences from far and wide, with notorious front man Alec Martin creating a trance like ambience throughout. The band are in the process of releasing a studio album of original material.


Night Train regularly perform at all sorts of events, including festivals and bike rallies. They are suited to most rock and blues audiences and are happy to play any booking ranging from small pub gigs to festivals.


For a regular performance in the North West area, Night Train can be booked for upwards of £220.00 (booking fee depending on locations and client requirements).

If you would like to make an enquiry about Night Train, please contact the Talent Pool office:

01204 522 908 (Mon – Sat, 10.00 AM – 5.30PM)


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The Red Rosettes Harmony Chorus

Regarded as one of the top barbershop choruses in the UK, The Red Rosettes are an acapella group with forty to fifty lady singers. They have been established for over thirty years and regularly perform at various events and competition under music director Katy Philips.


Available for all types of functions – weddings, parties, dinners, shows and fund raising events.  Performances cover a wide range of songs and styles from ballads to jazz, pop to classical and some just plain fun.  Some songs have choreographed routines to enhance the performance.


For a regular performance in the North West area, The Red Rosettes offer a negotiable fee, depending on locations and client requirements.

If you would like to make a booking enquiry, please contact the Talent Pool office:

01204 522 908 (Mon – Sat, 10.00 AM – 5.30PM)


The Red Rosettes work hard to maintain their repertoire, which includes many well-known,  established and new songs, popular with all audiences.


“Hitting the high notes to become the top Barbershop Chorus at the prestigious Southport Music Festival was the Preston based Red Rosettes ladies’ choir. They impressed the judges with a three song programme of ‘The Rose’, ‘Stars Fell on Alabama’ finishing with a medley based on ‘I can’t give you anything’. Adjudicator’s comments on their performances included ‘presentation was slick’ for the first song, ‘a good change of mood’ for the second, and ‘the colour of the sound rich and full’ on the third.

Making their win especially sweet was the display of girl power beating the Red Rose men’s chorus into second place. Although Preston based, the choir draws its members from over a wide area including Lancaster and Morecambe. The win is the latest in a long line of awards won by the Red Rosettes.” (Southport Music Festival)


Songs of Bolton

Booth’s Music and Talent Pool are publishing a songbook and accompanying CD to celebrate 180 (actually now 181) years of Booth’s Music trading in Bolton. The publication will feature original songs, poems and photos from Bolton and the surrounding area from history up to the present day.


Local writers and musicians are encouraged to submit their material to be included in the folio. Chosen pieces of work will be printed up as sheet music and recorded in the Talent Pool studio, to be featured on an accompanying CD. The book will be distributed to various outlets accross the North West region.

Booth’s Music has traded in Bolton since 1832


The intention of this project, alongside marking Booth’s Music’s long standing history of serving musicians accross Bolton, is to celebrate the musical heritage of the area. Many customers and friends of the shop have stories going back decades of the great music venues, bands and singers that Bolton has seen come and go over the years. There are also, of course, a number of famous musicians to hail from the area.



The Palais is one of Bolton’s bygone venues

If you would like to submit a piece of work for consideration of inclusion in this album, you may already have a song or poem that would be suitable. Or, you may wish to write something from scratch based on a place, a person, a historical event or anything else relevant to Bolton and the surrounding area.  The only rule is that all work must be original,and that of the performing poet, artist or band. All styles, genres, ages and abilities are welcome to put an entry forward.


Submissions will begin in spring but if you would like any more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Booth’s/Talent Pool and speak to a member of staff, on 01204 522 908.

There are many inspirational places in the area

Article by Colin Liptrot.

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