Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe, two of the UK acoustic/folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces for a series of concerts filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Head to head, neck and neck (guitar necks, that is!) listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living-room song swaps.
Jez Lowe a double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – best singer and best new song, a timely reminder of Jez’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. He also tours with his band The Bad Pennies and with The Pitmen Poets and is a principal writer on the award-winning BBC Radio Ballads. One of the busiest performers in the country, his songs are widely sung by others and also just published his first novel The Dillen Doll.
Steve Tilston has been described as “a complete guitarist,” “a singer songwriter of rare talent” and “absurdly accomplished.” He’s toured with John Renbourn’s Ship of Fools, traditional singer Maggie Boyle, with Maartin Allcock and Pete Zorn as WAZ!, Ballet Rambert, and with daughter Martha. He’s the writer of the classics The Slipjigs and Reels, The Naked Highwayman and Here’s to Tom Paine and his songs have been covered by a who’s who of the folk scene. He’s won a BBC Folk Award; best original song, appeared on Later with Jools Holland and BBC4 Songwriters Circle and is the inspiration for the Hollywood movie Danny Collins starring Al Pacino! He’s also published a novel All For Poor Jack.
“A masterclass in songwriting from two of the folk world’s finest.” The Living Tradition
“…a delicious and inspiring dovetailing of two major songwriting talents, one which feels to have even more mileage to run.” fROOTS
“…the works of a class act.” MOJO
“…a fearsome combination, The Janus Game an album rich in song.” @Fatea_Magazine
Chance McCoy is a Grammy winning Indie Folk musician from West Virginia. After receiving a grant to study with old master musicians from the Appalachian Mountains, he went on to win the Fiddle, Banjo and Dulcimer championships in his home state. His studies and deep love for the traditional ways of the mountaineer soon landed him in an unintentional situation though, abject poverty. In 2012 Chance was living in a run down cabin when a cold call from Old Crow Medicine Show landed him an invite to join the legendary Americana band of ‘Wagon Wheel’ fame. His first album with Old Crow, where he debuted his talents as song writer, singer and instrumentalist, earned the band a Grammy for best folk album. After touring with artists such as Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Willie Nelson, Sturgil Simpson, Margo Price and other luminaries, he turned his focus towards making his first solo record. His first LP ’Wander Wide’ set to be released in 2019 is a collection of masterfully written songs woven with threads of folk, indie, and rock, with pop hooks laden through out. Straying far from clichéd Americana it’s an incredibly creative take on the modern singer song writer, wherein each song was written specifically for it’s unique placement on the album, unfolding into different landscapes of light and shade as it takes the listener on a musical journey. Chance currently lives on his farm in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia where he enjoys a rustic back to the land lifestyle, creating music and producing films.
“Wille and the Bandits are taking roots music to a new level” Rootstime Magazine
Wille and the Bandits’ music covers a wide range of genres from Folk and World music to Blues and Rock. With the versatility of Wille’s lap steel and guitar playing, the rhythmic diversity of percussionist Andrew Naumann and the sonic range of Matt’s Upright bass and six string electric bass, they always keep audiences guessing. Often likened to the greats of the 70’s such as Led Zeppelin, Santana and Pink Floyd, this comparison, although bold, only scrapes the surface of the Bands influences and sound.
“This incredibly talented band excels in playing not just one or two musical styles but in fact focus on performing several genres to an extremely high quality. The main difference with this band though, is that when they showcase their extraordinary craft by performing several styles, they do it with such ease.” Maverick Magazine
Wille and the Bandits are on a journey which has so far been miraculous. All achieved through hard work and a true passion for making music. Playing over 200 shows a year these guys are really tight. So please do not miss the opportunity to see one of the most impressive live acts of this generation.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.