23rd August – Land of the Giants

Returning to play in Kingskerswell after a jam-packed show that saw people dancing in the aisles and leaving the church with giant grins on their faces! 

Since 2009, Land of the Giants have been pulling crowds to tents to groove until they sweat with their foot-stomping beats and contagious enthusiasm. A brass section that will make you grin from ear to ear, heavy toe-tapping basslines and Andy Quick’s sensuous, soaring vocals will make you wonder why you’ve never danced your ass off to The Giants before.

At the end of 2015, the Plymouth-based boys brought a brand new, funk-inspired EP to the table in the name of “Surrender”. A collection of high-energy summer sounds, with just a lick of calypso, that absolutely demand to be blasted out those boomboxes at full volume.

The last three years have seen The Giants unrelentingly tour the length and breadth of the UK, spreading their fresh and accessible sounds to venues and festivals alike. From packed out stages at Glastonbury, Boomtown and Beautiful Days to rocking venues from Ireland to India; LOTG are well on their way to global domination.

Feel-good music; it’s accessible, it’s danceable, and it’s rhythmic.Pearshaped Magazine

These boys rock our world! Land of the Giants utterly raise the roof each time they play- Half Moon, Putney

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6th September – Super Cumbia y la Liga de la Alegría

It is a show of music and theatre with a lot of humour, that takes the audience to a constant interaction – an experience able to awaken us from the long sleep of routine and give us back the ability to play as children.

Latin folklore instruments and rhythms in a very simple mix with reggae, ragamufi and rap rhythms; lyrics that contain conscience and optimism, result of the constant learning that resumesthe nomadism cumbiero… “Every day… CUMBIA!

The best medicine for your emotional health, go through the walls of fear of movement and be free of prejudices dancing with Super Cumbia and the League of Joy!

 

 

13th September – Gordon Giltrap

Recently awarded an MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honour List for services to Music and Charity, legendary British Guitarist Gordon Giltrap will be performing a select series of shows across the UK.

Over five decades, Gordon Giltrap has graced the music business with his dedication to his craft and his affection for his audience. As one of the UK’s most respected guitarists, he has consistently proved the adage that respect cannot be bought. It must be earned.

This innovative guitarist is back out on the road performing many of his incredible songs with incredible arrangements in what promises to be an electrifying solo acoustic show. Expect to hear classics such as Heartsong and Lucifer’s Cage alongside new material from his latest album ‘The Last of England’.

A show guaranteed to enthrall guitar aficionados, acoustic enthusiasts and music lovers in general, don’t miss the chance to see one of the UK’s most important and influential guitarists in action.

“Anyone who asks me knows, that I think that Gordon Giltrap is one of the best acoustic guitar players in the world…His concerts and playing are breathtaking. He’s also very witty, and I love the fact that he has not cut his hair!”
Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)

 “One of an elite few who truly have become legendary in their field, in their own lifetime.”
Brian May (Queen)

With Special Guest – Carrie Martin

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14th September – Awalé: The Soul of Senegal

London-based band Awalé returns with a new sound, Senegalese soul. Biram Seck’s soaring voice evokes messages of love and peace, underpinned by heavenly poly-rhythm groove explorations. Intense and spiritual Sabar Senegalese percussion and Afro-Latin drums conversations, weaving intricate guitar patterns and horn lines with catchy bass riffs. Like a spinning kaleidoscope of sounds, their tunes travel from afrobeat to soul, deep Afro-jazz to Latin. Awalé is on a mission to experience happiness together in these fractured times.

‘A truly magical and uplifting cross-cultural collaboration, bringing together Afro-latin, funk and soul elements with a Senegalese twist. The wonderful voice of Biram Seck and Thibaut Remy’s compositions make for an unmissable combo. Must See!’ – Tim Garcia (Jazz FM/Musica Macondo)
‘Most Impressive, echoes a lot of greats like Orchestra Baobab and Youssou N’Dour but with very much it’s own sound’ – Jamie Renton ( fROOTS)

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29th September – Murray A Lightburn

Murray is a composer, musician, performer and music producer. He’s best known as the lead singer and principal songwriter of internationally-known Montreal chamber rock band, The Dears.
Formed in 1995, their orchestral, dark pop sound and dramatic live shows cemented The Dears at the foundation of the then-emerging Canadian indie rock renaissance.  Murray’s Second solo record, Hear Me Out, is to be released Spring 2019.

“Lightburn evokes… Scott Walker produced by the early-Seventies Curtis Mayfield… with the vulnerable, urgent songwriting and deep-soul flair of his second solo album, Hear Me Out.”
“as if Brian Wilson had borrowed [Curtis] Mayfield and the Impressions for the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds.”

MASS:LIGHT was his first ever solo record. This was a concept album that CBC Music described as “dark and fantastic,
Of his solo performance, XS Noise wrote: “Murray Lightburn proved he could take himself in any musical direction he wishes without dividing or disappointing fans.”

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1st October – Damien O’Kane and Ron Block

These incredible musicians will amaze audience members with their finger lickin’ pickin’ and they are mighty fine gentlemen to go along with it. Having collaborated and shared the stage in the past with none other than Kate Rusby, they are gearing up for a special tour together.

Damien O’Kane
O’Kane began his career touring and trekking around the globe with his family band. Steeped in music, passed on through his parents, Damien grew up in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, with a deep respect and understanding of the folk tradition, yet which also forged a healthy appetite to explore its broadest borders and test its boundaries. All of which has culminated in his critically acclaimed 2015 solo album ‘Areas Of High Traffic’.

Damien had a stint with Irish/Anglo supergroup Flook in 2007/8 and during his time in the band he quickly gained recognition for his banjo and vocal talents. Now currently a solo artist and a full-time member of Kate Rusby’s band, O’Kane is much in demand. All the while, Damien is an outstanding banjo player, regarded as one of the finest on the Irish music scene. And a superb guitarist. And an ingenious arranger. Not to mention an accomplished tunemaker, researcher, bandleader, producer and accompanist of rich imagination and fearless vision.

Ron Block
Throughout his life – and certainly throughout his extraordinary career – multi-instrumentalist Ron Block has been rooted firmly in the bluegrass-country tradition. Now the longtime member of the Grammy-winning band Alison Krauss and Union Station discovers a whole new area of uncharted terrain.

Like a true adventurer, Block has learned something from every avenue of exploration, whether as a member of one of the most successful bands, or as a solo artist expanding his musical horizons. But being able to share the experience with other artists borne of that same pioneering spirit has made his musical journey one that is as indelible for music fans as it has been for Block himself. With numerous solo records himself, all to incredible critical acclaim, Block stands out as one of the finest and most innovative bluegrass banjo players to ever walk the earth, and he is an astonishing guitar player to boot! Joining them will be Stevie Byrnes & Duncan Lyall     …music at it’s best

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13th October – Rachel Sermanni

Rachel Sermanni is a dynamic (in many senses of the word) singer and songwriter whose performance and lyrics draw from a deep well of mystic lore, dreams, nature and the simplecomplex experience of being human. A contemporary folk musician, influenced by a wealth of genres including jazz, rock, old-time and traditional.

Since 2011, Rachel Sermanni has toured the globe, played alongside artists such as Mumford & Sons, Fink, Ron Sexsmith, John Grant, The Staves, Karine Polwart, The Maes and many many more.

In the studio she has worked with producers Ian Grimble (Travis, Texas, Manic Street Preachers…), Alex Newport (Bloc Party, Death Cab for Cutie, City & Colour) Axel Reinemer (Jazzanova), Paul Savage (The Delgados, Admiral Fallow, Mogwai, The Twilight Sad) and Colin Macleod.

After the release of two studio albums, a live album, a plethora of precious EP’s, a near decade of touring, followed by a year of learning what it is to be a mother, Rachel Sermanni is returning with a new record – Her third studio album: ‘So It Turns.’ (released Aug 2019), recorded in Berlin, three years ago, and inspired by her time studying & volunteering at a Buddhist monastery.

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18th October – Gordon Haskell

Gordon Haskell has often been described as a brilliant mix of Bill Withers and James Taylor with the feel of J.J Cale; but ultimately Haskell is a craftsman with his own unique style and presence, who has been consistently winning audiences with his warmth and golden voice for decades.

After 35 years of dedication to developing his craft of the singer-songwriter, Gordon Haskell finally broke through in 2001 with his hugely popular song ‘How Wonderful You Are’ reaching No. 2 in the UK chart and top chart positions right across Europe.

In 2002 his albums ‘Harry’s Bar’ and ‘Shadows on the Wall’ reached No. 2 and No 44 in the UK chart, and in the top 20 in Germany, France, Poland, Finland and the Netherlands. Both albums reached Gold status with the single selling 400,000+.

Since then he has continued to perform and record mostly in Europe, travelling from his home in Greece, and released book ‘The Road to Harry’s Bar’.
Having had a handful of sporadic concerts (& hugely successful) live appearances since, Gordon returns to the road in 2019 to bring his jazz/blues-influenced songbook and golden voice back to theatre audiences nationwide; up-close, intimate evenings with Gordon Haskell – the master singer-songwriter.

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25th October – Mike Peters

 The Alarm – Hurricane of Change 30th Anniversary Acoustic Tour The tour will honour The Alarm’s late 1980’s trilogy of iconic album’s ‘Eye Of The Hurricane’, ‘Electric Folklore’ and ‘Change’, and will feature intimate acoustic readings of some of The Alarm’s most famous songs such as Rain In The Summertime (1987 – International Top 20 Hit), Sold Me Down The River (1989 – Number 1 Rock Song in the USA) and A New South Wales (1990 UK Top 40), alongside a host of Alarm standards as captured on the 1988 live album ‘Electric Folklore’.

30 years ago, as Mike Peters undertook a creative song-writing journey through the heart of his home country – Wales, the Berlin Wall would fall and Europe itself, would plunge into a period of enormous and seismic change. Caught in the middle of this political maelstrom, Mike Peters and the Alarm would record the albums ‘Eye of The Hurricane’ (1987), Electric Folklore (1988), and ‘Change’ (1989) each of which would in their own way, capture the essence of these most turbulent times.

The Hurricane of Change tour will be performed solo with a first set dedicated to ‘Eye Of The Hurricane’ followed by a second performance of ‘Change’ along with a third set featuring songs from The Alarm’s classic live recording ‘Electric Folklore”.

“I have always seen these three albums as an Alarm trilogy”, says Mike Peters. “A lot happened to the band and the world, during the writing and recording sessions from 1987-1990. As one decade bled into another, the themes of response and resolve to contend with uncertain times are running through the core of each and every album. Played together these songs tell their own story and with the tumultuous times Europe can expect to face in the coming months and years, are still as relevant today as when they were first written.”

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27th October – Marry Waterson & Emily Barker

What happens when two critically acclaimed folk and roots artists collaborate on songwriting for the first time and then employ the eclectic production skills of Adem and the multi-instrumentalist skills of Lukas Drinkwater to record a full album of original songs? After a fortuitous meeting on a songwriting retreat at the invitation of Kathryn Williams, the pair reconvened to continue their writing partnership, creating a set of songs on new album A Window to Other Ways that are a fly-on-the-wall observation of the contradictions and disconnections of modern life.

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15th November – Chris Cleverly

Perhaps it is Chris Cleverley’s eternally restless, whirring chasm of a mind that leads him to constantly innovate and re-imagine his unique interpretation of 21st Century Alt-folk music. And so Autumn 2019 sees Chris hit the road, armed with a brand-new album to bolster this reputation.  With a visceral lyrical style, inspired by the American Greats Elliott Smith and Paul Simon, Chris shines a light on diverse, arresting themes from deteriorating anxious minds, via damaging gender constructs, to mystical tales of the occult.

Possessing a guitar fingerstyle steeped in the lore of the UK Folk Revival, the essence of John Martyn and Nic Jones pulses through his veins. With a blistering yet delicate technique, described as ‘Impressive’ by The Telegraph, Chris is fast becoming one of the standout musicians on the UK Songwriting circuit.  Chris’ eagerly anticipated 2nd studio album, ‘We Sat Back and Watched it Unfold”, releases in October 2019, under the helm of BBC Folk Award winning producer Sam Kelly. Truly a record for the new millennium, this bold, challenging body of new work promises a ground-breaking fusion of varied musical genres, underpinned by the adventurous technicality of his guitar style. Join Chris in Kingskerswell on his album release tour where he can be seen unveiling exclusive, stripped back glimpses of this new material.

“Accomplished”–RnR ★★★★

“Meaningful and enjoyable”Maverick★★★★

“Impressive”–The Telegraph

“Haunting”–The Sunday Times

“SheerStylishness”-fRoots

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29th November – Sound of the Sirens

+ support Sadie Horler.
Westcountry folk-rock duo Sound of the Sirens have recently released their brand new album – This Time.
Their debut album – For All Our Sins – was released in 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”. Thier new album continues to showcase an evident gift for crafting unique, vivid and enduring melodies with 15 catchy and heartfelt songs all written by Sound of the Sirens, aka Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood, whose voices harmonise beautifully throughout the album.

Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction.

 

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