Fred's ale house
Sat 18 March 2017
Doors 8pm
The lonesome and penniless cowboys return for another visit to Fred's Ale House. Special guests Boudica Boogaloo.
The lonesome and penniless cowboys

In the dark and dismal early 80's, before you were born and when Britain was still in black and white, 3 men had a vision, a dream and indeed a calling. Somehow, The Thin Man, Clive Mellor and Mog decided it was their life's vocation to make people love country music.

Before Alt Country, before New Country before Americana and before a million hipsters wore Johnny Cash T shirts The Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys were formed just to let people know the truth.

Hank Williams, George Jones, Gram Parsons, The Louvins etc had a body of work that any one with a heart, a soul and a hard luck story would love.

Turned out the plan worked and after turning Chorlton Irish Club into a regular venue and packing it out every week the cowboys' reputation and alongside it the love of country music in the North West grew.

The Cowboys more or less called it a day in the 90's but realised that they enjoyed each other's company and the joy that came ( to them and audiences) from bashing out their unique blend of Country, Cajun and Western Swing so occasional gigs were played, often more by accident than design.

Since the rebirth of The Cowboys at the start of 2013, things have been eventful to say the least, they've played in a cave, a Lad's club and a Tiki Bar. The band owned The Kings on Sunday nights and the Klondyke on Thursdays. They dressed in style for Clive and Hazel's wedding, soundtracked a short film at Sounds From The Other City and even made it over to Sheffield. Along the way they also managed to pick up some fine auxiliary Cowboys and had some very special friends playing along.

"They may well be penniless, but whilst they continue to play some of the most joyful, energetic and downright danceable Western swing in the UK they won't ever be lonely." Larry Gott (James)

'People still talk about the Beatles residency at Hamburgs Star Club... Ditto the Velvet Underground regular as clock work engagements at Max's Kansas City!? Me? I'm still talking about the Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys residency at the Kings Arms Salford....AND IT'S NOT EVEN STARTED YET!!!' Marc Riley (6 Music)

Jo Rose with band

Jo Rose is an anti nu-folk Anglo-Americana singer-songwriter from Manchester, England. His music draws influence from American music giants like Jason Molina, Neil Young and even Stephen Malkmus.

He released his debut album Spurs in August 2014 and was the supporting act for the First Aid Kit 2014 tour.

Jo and his band come to play their second show after a well recieved debut gig featuring members of Cherry Ghost, The Travelling Band and the renowned pedal steel player Chris Hillman.

Kieren King (Poet)

Kieren King is a UK based performance poet, winner of the 5th annual Big Bilston Love Slam and co-host of Bang Said The Gun: Manchester. He is 1 of only 9 poets invited to compete in the 2012 UK All-Stars of Poetry slam.

As a member of the Working Verse Collective he co-wrote and performed in their critically acclaimed show "Amateur Thematics". Their first collection "The Prequel To The Sequel" is available from Flapjack Press (also available from Amazon & Waterstones).

A heathen and an anarchist, he must be approached with caution at all times. Tickling him behind the ear has been proven to soothe him


Job Vacancy - Bar Manager for Real Ale House in Levenshulme South Manchester

Are you interested in an exciting position at LPC as Manager of "Fred's Ale House", in Levenshulme South Manchester, which also incorporates a coffee shop and art gallery?

We are now looking for an innovative & experienced person with a passion and understanding of real ale. You will need to be a good communicator and possess excellent sales skills.

It is preferred that the ideal candidate shall hold:

  • A relevant professional qualification,
  • A Personal Licence
  • A Certificate in First Aid
  • A Food and Hygiene Certificate

Job requirements

  • Previous extensive experience in a similar role within the bar industry.
  • Manage staff ensuring adherence to job roles, standards and performance.
  • Keen to deliver excellent customer service and maintain a high standard of customer management at all times.
  • Be flexible with shift work, punctual and adopt a hands on approach when required (incl. helping other LPC outlets as requested).
  • A Motivator of staff, able to delegate in order to empower and develop team members.
  • To be able to further develop our food,coffee and entertainment offering.
  • Adheres to all company policies, procedures and up to date licensing laws.
  • Communicate effectively with LPC Head Office (most frequently with our HR & Marketing Departments), other LPC Managers and outlets.
  • A keen eye for publicity opportunities to promote our Ale House and other LPC brands.
  • A willingness to work closely with any pop-up catering partners on site to mutual advantage of LPC and the said partner.

If you are self driven, with a desire to succeed within a successful company we would love to hear from you!

Email: with your CV