About The Pea
What is The Processed Pea?
From its early days as a weekly folk club at the end of the swinging sixties to its present-day monthly acoustic concerts, The Processed Pea has meant many things to different people.
- To professional musicians it is a much-respected venue to perform at.
- To amateur performers it is a place to be able to play in front of a live audience.
- To those in the audience it means quite simply – a great night out!
Its format has always been quite simple, – to book singers and musicians to perform for an audience in the intimate surroundings of a country pub. In fact, until the end of 2019 The Processed Pea had been based in the same room of the inn that had become synonymous with its success – The Light Dragoon in Etton, a small village about three miles north of Beverley in the heart of the East Riding of Yorkshire.
The closure of the Light Dragoon in November 2019 opened a new door for The Processed Pea as it moved to the splendid new venue of The Ferguson Fawsitt Arms in Walkington, where it flourished.
Unfortunately, The Fergie announced its closure during the COVID lockdown in 2020, so we now have a new venue – and a big stage for the artists – at the Beverley Memorial Hall.
So The Processed Pea is not a band, nor a pub, – just a silly name for the non-profit-making ‘get togethers’ organised by a small number of dedicated music lovers.
So why is The Processed Pea so special?
Its success can be attributed to lots of reasons, but we believe that the audiences themselves have played a major part in the story. A good crowd becomes involved with the proceedings, from the moment they enter and can make an evening particularly special by the atmosphere they create. Invariably it is the relaxed mixture of respect and participation that they generate that artists thrive on, which makes an evening ‘tick’.
The friendly and atmospheric acoustic music evenings are open to everyone—membership is not required. Going to one of the events is like visiting the cinema or theatre — simply turn up! (It can be advisable however to obtain or reserve tickets in advance to be sure of getting in as we have a limited number of tickets available!)
Musicians of the highest calibre are attracted to the well-respected venue. Such guests have included Jim Diamond, Mungo Jerry, Labi Siffre, Benny Gallagher and The Strawbs. We have also worked with the likes of Ralph McTell, Amazing Blondell and Lindisfarne using other venues, – but our regular nights will take place at The Ferguson Fawsitt Arms in Walkington.