A LEGENDARY music broadcaster is backing Bury Songwriters’ Circle.

DJ Andy Kershaw has agreed to become the first patron of Bury Songwriters’ Circle (BSC).

The news coincides with the club's first anniversary and during its inaugural year, a wide variety of performers, both locals and people from as far afield as New Zealand and the USA, have taken to the acoustic stage at Walshaw Sports Club in Sycamore Road, Tottington.

Andy said: “It’s a unique environment for the musicians and the audience that creates a sense of engagement you rarely encounter at plugged-in gigs.

“BSC is providing a valuable stage for original artistes and the roster of recent guests, including Joe Solo and Tom Hingley, is pretty impressive.

“The idea is to keep ticket prices as low as possible so that people can afford to take a chance on seeing somebody they may never have heard of before, and I’m happy to be associated with that.”

Singer-songwriter and co-founder of BSC, Ian Reynolds-Young, of Tottington, said: “Having Andy as our figurehead can only help as we try to persuade local people to support what we’re doing.

“I’m really pleased that he’s agreed to add his name to our efforts. It’s great.”

Cambridge based Bernard Hoskin will be visiting the group on April 6, when tickets will cost £5.

Hoskin’s visit will be followed by a special event featuring Sally Barker, a recent star of the TV show The Voice, on April 20.

Tickets will cost £10 on the door, or £8 for BSC members or in advance through ticketsource.co.uk/date/FEFGDJ

For more information about each event visit the club's Facebook page.