21st March 2020 – Never the Bride

We are very sorry to let you know that this show has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We are currently talking to Never the Bride to find a new date and we will let you know when this will be as soon as we can.

In the very heart of the notorious London rock and roll scene exists a whirlwind duo of female energy and ecstasy, please meet Never The Bride.

Their live performance is to be held in awe, purely in anticipation of the live operatic architecture they consistently unfurl upon their willing audiences. Having invaded venues ranging from The Royal Albert Hall (on multiple occasions), playing alongside Elton John at the Royal Albert Hall, Touring UK & Australia with The British Symphony Rock Symphony alongside, Roger Daltrey & Paul Rogers, Wembley Arena supporting The Who, Glastonbury Festival with Dame Shirley Bassey, Birmingham NEC duetting with Bryan Adams, Various with Eric Clapton, The Viper Room in LA and Euro-fests galore – to intimate spaces like The Green Note in Camden, Never The Bride have amazed and floored audiences and peer groups alike over their 25 years of service – these ladies are true rock and roll royalty.

Roger Daltrey broadcast “Nikki Lamborn has the best female rock voice since Janis Joplin and I know what I’m talking about, I knew Janis”.

The legendary Dame Shirley Bassey called the girls “inspirational”, and, on hearing Nikki sing their original song The Living Tree said, “I got goosebumps and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up”. Dame Shirley went on to record The Living Tree with the girls which then led to the Dame’s Chart Topping Album “Get the Party Started”, which the girls also produced.

Bob Harris from BBC Radio 2 referred to them as “one of the best live bands in Britain”; the ladies’ roll-call list is simply mind blowing – as are the stories the ladies readily share.

Their last album Long Live Live was recorded at The Stables Theatre, Milton Keynes, UK and introduced personally by BBC DJ Bob Harris, who said of the band, “I first start playing them on the radio Mid Nineties at GLR, (Greater London Radio). We became firm friends then and I was absolutely struck by their brilliant musicianship, their passion, their commitment, they really really mean it…They are one of the best live bands in Britain today.”

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22nd March – The Trials of Cato

We are very sorry to let you know that this show has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We are currently talking to Trials of Cato to find a new date and we will let you know when this will be as soon as we can.

The remarkable rise of award winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed “The Sex Pistols of folk,” (J Davis) they pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories, a combination that has taken them in three years from busking out of the back of their Transit van to a BBC Folk Award.

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28th March – Kirsty Merryn

We are very sorry to let you know that this show has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We are currently talking to Kirsty to find a new date and we will let you know when this will be as soon as we can.

One of the most unique singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, performing original and traditional songs on piano and voice. Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition, with jazz and classical influences. She weaves a spell over the audience as she tells stories via piano-based songs with sharply observed lyrics, and delivered in crystal clear, soaring vocals.

In 2020 Kirsty will be releasing her highly anticipated second album, “Our Bright Night”; tales of the supernatural, the dying of the light and of the land. The album is produced by BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker and indie emo-pop producer and performer Alex Alex, and takes full advantage of Kirsty’s pure voice and deft piano skills. There are guest appearances from folk legends Phil Beer (Show of Hands) and Sam Kelly.

Kirsty launched her highly acclaimed debut album ‘She & I’ at London’s Union Chapel in 2017 whilst supporting Show of Hands on their extensive UK Cathedrals tour during which she performed to over 12,000 people. Since then, Kirsty has been performing solo up and down the UK, and sharing the stage with many well loved acts, including Richard Thompson, who she opened for at Sidmouth Folk Week in 2019. ‘She and I’ received extensive air play including the Mike Harding Folk Show, national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, the BBC 3 World Music show, as well as many regional BBC channels and international airplay, and won two blog awards for best debut album. It reached number 3 in the Amazon Folk charts and continues to receive great reviews from publications including The Guardian, The Sunday Express and many more.

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7th April – Calan

We are very sorry to let you know that this show has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We are currently talking to Calan to find a new date and we will let you know when this will be as soon as we can.

Abbotsbury Church, Waverley Rd, Newton Abbot TQ12  2ND

We’re delighted to welcome Welsh folk supergroup Calan with their trademark brand of high-energy routines, verve and raw excitement. Already voted ‘Best Band’ at the inaugural Wales Folk Awards (2019) and ‘Best International Band’ at France’s gigantic Lorient Festival (often thought of as the World Cup of folk music!),they arriv fresh from a barnstorming tour of the USA.
This brand new show includes numbers from their 6th and latest studio album. Expect stunning playing, beautiful songs and soaring harmonies…with added virtuoso step dancing! Calan’s legion of fans need no introduction to the musical thunder and lightning these stunning players create. But if you’re new to the magic, check them out at www.calan-band.com then come and help us raise the roof.

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8th April – The Suitcase Junket

We are very sorry to let you know that this show has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We are currently talking to Suitcase Junket to find a new date and we will let you know when this will be as soon as we can.

Abbotsbury Church, Waverley Rd, Newton Abbot TQ12  2ND

The latest album from The Suitcase Junket, Mean Dog, Trampoline is populated by characters in various states of reverie: leaning on jukeboxes, loitering on dance floors, lying on the bottoms of empty swimming pools in the sun. Despite being deeply attuned to the chaos of the world, singer/songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist Matt Lorenz imbues those moments with joyful wonder, an endless infatuation with life’s most subtle mysteries.

Produced by Steve Berlin (Jackie Greene, Rickie Lee Jones, Leo Kottke) of Los Lobos, Mean Dog, Trampoline marks a deliberate departure from the self-recorded, homespun approach of The Suitcase Junket’s previous efforts. In creating the album, Lorenz pulled from a fantastically patchwork sonic palette, shaping his songs with elements of jangly folk, fuzzed-out blues, oddly textured psych-rock.

“I’ve been blessed in my career as a producer to have worked with some remarkable artists, but I have never worked with anyone quite like Matt Lorenz/ The Suitcase Junket. Besides making the complexity of everything he does look effortless, he’s a truly gifted singer and and amazing songwriter.” — Steve Berlin

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19th April – She’Koyokh and Jyotsna Srikanth

Kingskerswell Church , TQ12 4SR

“One of the finest and most entertaining British-based exponents of global music” (The Guardian).

She’Koyokh are a 7-piece, London-based, virtuosic, versatile and prize-winning band playing klezmer and traditional music from the Balkans and Turkey.

She’Koyokh has toured the world with highlights at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and festivals in Germany, Hungary, Poland, Cyprus, Spain, the Canary Islands and Norway; WOMAD UK, WOMAD Fuerteventura, Sziget and Pannonica Festivals; Fundación Juan March Madrid, London’s Southbank Centre, Aldeburgh’s Snape Proms and live sessions on BBC Radio.

Four globally acclaimed albums have earned She’Koyokh the reputation  as “one of London’s musical treasures playing the best klezmer and Balkan music in Britain” (The Evening Standard).

With seventeen years absorbing and performing the rich folk music traditions of Jewish Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans, She’Koyokh’s shows bring together the stunning polyphonic melodies and intricate rhythms of Bulgaria, treasured tunes from Serbian villages and exhilarating Gypsy dances from Romania as well as soulful Sephardic songs and klezmer music from Jewish eastern Europe.

The band formed in 2001 with the support of a Millennium Award from the Jewish Music Institute. In 2008 they were awarded first prize in the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam and have been shortlisted twice for Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards.

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26th April – True Strays

Kingskerswell Church TQ12 5LD
The True Strays are a vintage loving, blues fuelled, dirty rock and roll band. Their live shows are a joyous hoedown of huge bass driven riffs, a howling tornado of resonator guitar, cacophonous drums and soaring Hammond organ.
Influences span the history of modern music with great admiration for the delta blues of the 40s and 50s, British Invasion and Psychedelic Rock of the 60s and 70s, Southern Rock and Soul and modern age Punk, Rock and Blues artists.

Blues music is at the heart of everything they do but their sound isn’t bound to those rules or that genre. Influences include greats like Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf, Jimi Hendrix etc.

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5th May – Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch

Kingskerswell Church TQ12 5LD

The “Titan of Twang“ and the “Concertina Crooner”  team up in a dynamic new folk/acoustic duo .

GEOFF LAKEMAN, patriarch of a folk dynasty – as dad of Seth,Sean and Sam and father-in-law of Cara Dillon and Kathryn Roberts – teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his  vintage duet concertina.

ROB MURCH brings the wow factor to the banjo, with his unique,punchy fingerstyle  playing.

Both live on Dartmoor, so it was inevitable they’d gang-up musically. Expect self-written  and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes  and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk  riffs.

Rob’s percussive finger-ballet up and down the fret board of his 100 year-old instrument is mesmerising.He’s revered throughout the UK for  his long-time work with the renowned Dartmoor Pixie Band and The Watch trio.

After 50 years as a journalist  music-loving Geoff recorded his  debut CD ,”After All These Years” at the age of  69, which garnered four and five-star reviews and national radio airplay.He’s acclaimed for his “ masterful” playing of the rare Crane duet concertina and his “ rich, melodic voice.”

The duo’s relaxed yet sparkling stage presence together  is bubbling with the “feel -good” factor.

 

10th May – Sailing Stones

Kingskerswell Church TQ12 5LD

Sailing Stones aka Jenny Lindfors’ debut album Polymnia is an honest exploration of learning to break free and let go, existentially. “I really wanted to get into the dark side of what we wrestle with as human beings, and that there is no easy solution,” the Bristol-based songwriter says about the process of writing these songs, bookended by the experience of moving to London and eventually leaving it behind.

Although Polymnia comes from a place of melancholy, each song acts as a window into a transient moment of breakthrough and clarity. Lindfors’ husky vocals glide over the top of murky, layered synthesisers and softly rolling drums, each melody a guiding light puncturing through dusky fog.

On Polymnia, Lindfors allowed her intuition to guide her more acutely: “I stopped caring about things sounding corny, and just went with what felt good,” she explains. It’s clear that Lindfors’ personal but epic songwriting would sit well alongside Marissa Nadler, Weyes Blood and Julia Holter’s ‘Have You In My Wilderness’ in any good record collection. But in comparison to these songwriters, Lindfors’ songwriting captures acutely a nocturnal American expanse and in doing so recalls the ghost of Ry Cooder’s ‘Paris, Texas’ soundtrack that partly inspired her. At times, Polymnia also draws rich textures from the late 1980s FM radio Lindfors listened to as a child.

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17th May – Scott Matthews

Abbotsbury Church TQ12 2ND

We are thrilled to welcome back the very wonderful Mr Matthews to play in South Devon. A world class singer-songwriter that will enchant and haunt you with his talent.

A message from Scott -“I’m excited to be exposing a new kind of light on brand new songs for what will be my seventh studio record. I’m equally excited at the prospect of touring again for a very special set of shows in May 2020 and to give fans a chance to hear the new material prior to its official release, which is scheduled for Autumn 2020. I hope you can join me as I venture into a new world…”

We can’t wait ……  hope that you can join us too…

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