Two successive weekends and two very different gigs at Norfolk Street’s Upper Chapel, a venue completely new to me. Last weekend it was Roddy Williams performing English song – see online for my review – while last night friend of Now Then, Jim Ghedi, launched his beautiful folk record in the building. Constructed in 1700, the Unitarian church is set back from the street in a secluded courtyard and positioned at a 45-degree angle from its neighbours, encircled by later development, including the chain shops on Fargate.

Designed in a simple Classical Revival style, Upper Chapel was surrounded by open fields before the burgeoning city centre engulfed the small church in the 19th century. Inside, the chapel is unadorned yet welcoming, allowing musicians from a diverse range of genres to create secular magic in the space. Visit if you haven’t already. The chapel is set to host events from Music In The Round and Doc/Fest later this year.

Stone Broken
Sun 4 March | Corporation | £15.19
Touring brand new album Ain’t Always Easy, Stone Broken continue the West Midlands’ heavy metal continuum with towering hooks matched to stadium-ready studio sheen. Support from American guitarist Jared James Nichols and up-and-coming Cannock group The Bad Flowers (no relation to The Bad Seeds, confusingly). Link

La Belle Époque
9-11 Mar | Various Venues | Individual tickets
A mini-festival celebrating “chamber music and song from France’s golden age”. Highlights include Debussy’s song cycle devoted to Charles Baudelaire, as performed by soprano Louise Alder, and Ravel’s ‘Tzigane’, among other works. At Firth Hall on the Sunday, The Short Straw showcases child-friendly tunes, including Poulenc’s surreal ‘La Courte Paille’ and Prokofiev’s ‘The Ugly Duckling’. Link

The Altered Hours / ZoZo / Sun Sin Sun
Fri 9 Mar | Picture House Social | £7.10
After packing out the Audacious in 2016, Ireland’s Altered Hours return for another swirling set of magikal ritual and psychedelic ceremony. Before that, the frenetic energy of the afrobeat-influenced ZoZo and new group Sun Sin Sun (hard to write if you’ve got a lisp, never mind say). Link

Helena Hauff / Errorsmith / Peder Mannerfelt
Fri 9 Mar | Hope Works | £20.20
She’s back! Gracing the Sheffield scene with her distinct brand of mind-warping electro for the third time in as many years, the Hamburg don is joined by Berlin producer Errorsmith with a live set. Then there’s Swedish selector Peder Mannerfelt, Lo Shea and Duckenfield, and a live show from local algoraver, Yaxu. Link

The Kingdom Come #3
Sat 10 Mar | Walkley Community Centre | £14.30
Part of SheFest 2018, the popular drag king extravaganza returns for a third instalment, with host Luke Warm introducing Zayn Phallic, Sigi Moonlight, Joey Bambino and Richard Von Wild to the stage. It’s a cash bar and there will be cake on sale. Link

Martin Carthy
Sun 11 Mar | Greystones | £16.50
It’s no exaggeration to say that Martin Carthy is the godfather of a whole generation of British folkies. Aside from his virtuosic guitar playing, his real talent lies in letting the songs speak for themselves. As an example, check out his haunting take on ‘Scarborough Fair’. Link

Sam Moss
Fri 16 Mar | Regather | £8
Sam Moss is in love with American folk music, but he isn’t afraid to unpick it. See how it works and twist it into new and unique shapes, as on the woozy ‘Postman’. Think Bill Callahan with brighter, lighter vocals. Support from Manchester songwriter dbh. Link

Barang! with Samedia Shebeen
Sat 17 Mar | DINA | £6.10
Having made a name with their own venue at the infamous Boomtown Fair, this Edinburgh crew embody the Barang! ethos of global sounds and open minds, mixing club music from each corner of the globe into one infectious whole. As ever, a £13.32 ticket gets you delicious veggie and vegan-friendly food before taking to the dancefloor. Link

The Handsome Family
Sun 18 Mar | Plug | £19.62
It’s an overused expression, but married duo Brett and Rennie Sparks are a genuine cult sensation. It’s partly their skewed take on classic country and Americana, but it’s undeniable that a large part of their appeal lies buried somewhere in Brett’s deep, whisky-barrel voice. Link

Elliot Galvin Trio
Wed 21 Mar | Lescar | £7
Exploratory jazz from a trio of UK players all undoubtedly in the ascendency. Bandleader Galvin is joined by bassist Tom McCredie and drummer Corrie Dick, with an aptly-titled new album, The Influencing Machine, out in January. Refusing to bow down to convention, the group have began experimenting with analogue synths and “self-hacked children’s toys” in search of new sounds. Link

Thu 22 Mar | Academy | £21.95
Cited by singer John Grant as a major influence, Blancmange are the real deal, the synthpop band that deserved 80s superstardom over all of that Thatcher-pop rubbish. Now a solo project of singer Neil Arthur and more prolific than ever, t
hey’re touring acclaimed new record, Unfurnished Rooms. Link

Thu 29 Mar | Yellow Arch | £6.10
Created to tackle the continued under-representation of women in underground culture, the Sisterhood collective are four female songwriters from Leeds who’ll perform and talk about their experiences on stage. Making a refreshing change, the four performers – Fuzzy Jones, Fran Wyburn, Astraluna and Miranda Arieh – will share headline billing. Link