Chonkinfeckle are Les Hilton & Tim Cooke from Wigan. The lads got together in 2010 to play original folk songs. Since that time, they have played many festivals and gigs both in the UK & abroad.
Chonkinfeckle’s songs tell of true stories of everyday life in a Northern town including work, wives, kids, even the old corner shop! And they’ll chuck in the occasional bit of local dialect too!
Chonkinfeckle shot to national fame in 2014 when their song ‘I’m from Wigan me’ became the official anthem of Wigan Athletic’s journey to the F.A. Cup semi-finals, which included the then Chairman, Dave Whelan making a guest appearance on the video!
All songs perfomed on guitar, ukulele, cigar box guitar, Harmonica & percussion.
Their music has been featured on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky-TV , also national and local radio.
We also have our very own Real Ale!! Brewed by the wonderful Martland Mill Brewery. We can have this made available at certain venues. Please drop us a line for more details.
Mike Harding “I like your stuff”!
Youtube anon “The chip butty Chas & Dave”
Becky Want (BBC Radio Manchester) “It puts a smile on your face”!
Dave Lamb (Come Dine With Me) “Best hush up, there’s a belting turn on”!
Maria Regan's Report of The final Concert Sunday 12 June 2016
After one thought that the standard of music and entertainment at the festival couldn't get any better, along came Sunday Night. I think we'd all agree with Ken Scally that it was the best final night ever of the past 19 festivals. Chonkinfeckle delivered a very clever polished performance including some new numbers from their latest CD.
They are born entertainers and their enjoyment and humour on stage spread the feel good factor to their audience. Tim's sound effects from his percussion box added to Les's ukulele and harmonica playing, and the tune with the cigar box guitar demonstrated what great music they can produce.
Jon Brindley was our final act. The fiddle playing gave us Irish and English dance music. The piano accordion took us to Italy, France, Scotland, Deep South, Ireland and England, played masterfully. Then his trusted guitar took us rock and roll in', to the blues, pop, jazz, traditional, romantic, gospel, genres. What can this man not do with his magical voice, and musical instrument mastery? All delivered in the laid back style we are accustomed to.
Several times he invited Les and Tim Cooke from Chonkinfeckle to join him and the sound and energy these 3 lads produced t’was worthy of the biggest stage in the land, ably assisted by Westminster Stage Engineer Bill Sproson. And, we had it at Coppull in our tent! Thanks to Chonkinfeckle, Jon Brindley and Bill Sproson for making it happen. Thanks to all the artists who produced such wonderful musical memories over the weekend.
Thanks to Mavis Bury and Ron and her team for giving us the venue and working so hard to keep it going in the bar. Thanks to the Coppull Folk Club team for all your hard work not only this weekend but through the year with the fund raising concerts. Thanks to all the people who came and ignored those most awful wet downpours and just enjoyed yourselves. Your support and friendship means a lot.
Busy Summer ahead!
Well. we have got off to a very bust Summer 2016. Lots of gigs and festivals all around the country. Keep an eye on the gig list, or visit the website chonkinfeckle.co.uk for all the full details.
We had the plasure of performing at the legendary City Varirities Theatre in Leeds, at the end of May. The theatre is famous for hosting the popular 1970's show 'The Good Old Days'! Even Harry Houdini & Charlie Chaplain played on the very same stage!
We are looking forward to heading over to the Isle of Wight for the very first time in July, Some great friends are performing there too.
So, if your coming to see us on any of our dates, be sure to come over and say 'HELLO'!