We are currently rehearsing a new full-length show called AVONDALE, penned by Len Pentin, the creator of the acclaimed Cork Jackets and Drill. An accompanying CD is also currently in production.

Photographs, demo tracks, and links to new Avondale website coming soon.

The show will be performed by Len Pentin, Chris Nelson, Siobhan Nelson, Mike Huddart and Don Palmer.

Although similar in format to Cork Jackets and Drill – songs with narration and a slide show – Avondale will have a very different musical feel. We are really excited about this project, and the show was due to debut in Spring 2020, but performances have been postponed due to Coronavirus. These are currently being rescheduled, and further performances are in the pipeline. In the meantime, production of the Avondale CD is coming on apace! Watch this space.

Rescheduled date for Avondale in Leyland:

Thursday 29 October, 7.30 p.m. – AVONDALE at Fox Lane Club, Leyland

Tickets £10.00 in advance (£12 on the door) are available from the Friends of Folk at www.fofshop.org.uk, or send a cheque payable to ‘Friends of Folk’, to 56 Victoria Park Avenue, Leyland, PR25 1UG .


“A writer is lucky if once in a lifetime a true-life story drops into his or her lap, that not only is fantastic in its detail but has not already been claimed and written up by someone else.

AVONDALE is such a story. Beyond a casual mention on a local history site, the full extended story of Kate Fitzpatrick, a mysterious inmate of Ormskirk Workhouse, has never seen the light of day on any stage or any page – that in itself is remarkable, never mind the events of the story themselves!

The story involves the last tragic voyage of The Lusitania, a dramatic search for a lost relative and much more besides. As soon as I came across this story, I knew I had to write it up. Yes it’s a local story but its themes, like any great story, are universal. Set in both the UK (Ormskirk) and the USA (Illinois and New York), it’s a story that connects two continents and two women whose paths would normally, under other circumstances, most likely never have crossed.

If the story around these two women was fiction, it would never be believed – it would be deemed fantastical – but, nonetheless, the remarkable events depicted in Avondale really did occur. While some crucial information around the story remains lost to time, what remains manifests into a tale that demands to be told and remembered for all sorts of reasons.

Avondale is performed by members of The Cork Jacket Crew. It is a two act performance of narration and original songs.”

Len Pentin (Writer of Avondale)

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