What’s on

 

February 2018

 

 

22nd February

John Otway

Hare & Hounds, Birmingham B14 7JZ
(doors 7.30pm)

John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, he took his band to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to become the first international recording artist to record there since the Rolling Stones in 1989. The result was Montserrat – the first album of entirely new and original Otway material in over ten years.

Buy tickets for John Otway, Birmingham, here

 

 

25th February

Caroline Spence

Kingskerswell Parish Church TQ12 5LD
(Doors 7pm)

Caroline writes from the heart of it… Sings from the guts of it.

While Caroline Spence may not look like one of the road-hardened troubadours of America’s past, with the release of her album ‘Spades & Roses’, the young songwriter from Charlottesville Virginia proves she is every bit as serious. Having won numerous songwriting awards from industry mainstays like the Kerrville Folk Festival and American Songwriter Magazine, and garnered nods and admiration from both Miranda Lambert and her fellow writers in the Nashville underground, Caroline has delivered a record to meet the expectation: Quite simply, 11 songs of gorgeous Americana that remind us of why we fell in love with the genre in the first place.

Buy tickets for Caroline Spence here

 

27th February

Henhouse Prowlers

Kingskerswell Parish Church
(Doors 7pm)

“While so many bluegrass bands go to great lengths to take the genre in different directions, the Henhouse Prowlers are content to just be really good at bluegrass. Tradition’s not a problem when you can sing and play like these guys do. That’s not to say the Chicago band is stodgy. They might wear ties, but they can tear it up.”

Buy tickets for Henhouse Prowlers here

March 2018

3rd March

Ninebarrow 

Kingskerswell Parish Church
(Doors 7pm)

Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist; their latest album ‘Releasing the Leaves’ was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’. It was listed in The Telegraph’s Top Folk Albums of 2016.

‘Stunning’ ★★★★★ Maverick Magazine.

‘Immaculate’ ★★★★★ The EFDSS

‘Exquisite’ ★★★★ R2 Magazine

Another example of how strong British folk music is at the moment.’ ★★★★ The Telegraph.

Buy tickets for Ninebarrow here

 

 

10th March

John Otway

Kingskerswell Parish Church
(Doors 7pm)

John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, he took his band to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to become the first international recording artist to record there since the Rolling Stones in 1989. The result was Montserrat – the first album of entirely new and original Otway material in over ten years.

 

 

Buy tickets for John Otway, Kingskerswell here

 

11th March

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

Kingskerswell Parish Church
Doors 7pm

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc comprise Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland).

Individually they are regarded as three of the finest young fiddle players currently working in the international folk music scene, while collectively they are now finding themselves increasingly in demand across the world due to this unique collaboration.

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is the brainchild of Anders Hall who felt that combining the three distinctive fiddles styles of their respective countries and regions would create a special musical sound and experience.

Norway, Sweden and Shetland have three of the richest fiddle traditions in the world, with documented historical links going back hundreds of years. The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc seek to bring those historical links and traditions alive and present them in a new, exciting, dynamic and meaningful fashion, while nevertheless remaining faithful to the roots of each tradition.

Their debut album attracted huge critical acclaim, with their 2016 release, Deliverance, following in the same way.

A wonderful band – well and truly on the rise!

 

 

Buy tickets for Nordic Fiddlers Bloc here

 

17th March

The Nelson Brothers

Kingskerswell Parish Church Doors 7pm

The Nelson Brothers have travelled the world from the Midlands to the Isle of Dogs; the Arizona desert to Sydney, Australia; Amsterdam to Bermuda. With their beguiling blend of roots rock, folk and Americana, the British duo have been ever-present on the scene, performing, writing, recording and winning international acclaim for their liaison with Oscar-nominated American actress Elizabeth McGovern as Sadie and the Hotheads. Their first album, Hometown, a gentle roots-rock classic, uniting Steve’s rich vocals and Simon’s sensational guitar playing, was released in 1993 and led to the Nelson’s performing with a variety of international country and roots artists including singer-songwriters Tom Russell, Jim Lauderdale, Katy Moffatt, Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch.

The Nelson’s second album, Places In The Heart, released in 2009, combines the love of a good song with imaginative arrangements, creating a dark, smokey soundscape which elicited the following response from Elizabeth McGovern: “The music and the voice and the lyrics all work together to convey a bittersweet, sad optimism that I find so appealing… romantic without being remotely saccharine and refreshingly grown up.”

Their third album features a host of talented musicians including Ben Nicholls on bass (Seth Lakeman/The Full English/Kings of the South Seas) and Terl Bryant on drums (Maddy Prior/John Paul Jones/Barbara Dickson).

Their new album, Migrant Tales, produced by Andy ‘Wal’ Coughlan and featuring a host of great players including the legendary Al Perkins on pedal steel.

Buy tickets for the Nelson Brothers here

April 2018

 

3rd April

Lisbee Stainton

Kingskerswell Parish Church

Doors 7pm   

 

New date, Due for an official release in early 2018,  Lisbee Stainton made a stream of her album  ‘Lisbee LIVE’ available on Spotify from 20th October regarding the new album, Stainton said, I put together ‘Lisbee LIVE’ because I wanted to do something a bit different. I felt that to capture a selection of songs I’ve written, both old and new, in a stripped-back and almost vulnerable manner, would allow them not only to be heard in a similar way to how I approach performing my headline solo shows, but also to be heard as they were written. Listeners could perhaps hear them and discover them in a way they had never before.”

Now based in London, Hampshire-born Stainton’s career originally started in 2007 when she became the first unsigned artist to play London’s O2 Arena. Soon after, BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson discovered Stainton’ song ‘Red’, and his support subsequently led to Lisbee’s music being playlisted by BBC Radio 2.

In addition to releasing five studio albums (‘Firefly’ (2006), ‘Girl on an Unmade Bed’ (2010), ‘Go’ (2011), ‘Word Games’ (2014) and ‘Then Up’ (2017), Stainton has also toured with notable artists such as Joan Armatrading, Paul Brady, Gretchen Peters, Paul Carrack and Seth Lakeman – the latter being so moved by Stainton’s live performances that he invited her to join his band in 2012.

Nine of the eleven tracks on ‘Lisbee LIVE’ are versions of previously released songs from Stainton’s studio albums. Of the two new songs, one was co-written with the aforementioned Tom Robinson. Stainton said, “I co-wrote ‘Undertow’ with Tom, which was intended to be a part of my latest studio album, ‘Then Up’, but sadly it didn’t make the final track listing. In hindsight, though, this was a stroke of luck, because I think the song fits wonderfully as a part of ‘Lisbee LIVE’.”

Stainton named the album ‘Lisbee LIVE’ partly for the simplicity of the approach to its creation, but also as a small nudge and a wink to those of her fans who participate in her monthly online gigs via her Facebook page, which are called ‘Lisbee LIVE’:

“Every song on the album was recorded in one take, so what you’re hearing is, quite simply, just me and my guitar. The 300 physical copies have been made with a view to giving my audience the opportunity to essentially ‘take the gig home’ at the end of the night; a show souvenir, if you will.”

Performing in such intimate venues also allows for us to meet most of the audience, adding a personal dimension to each show. We’ll see you there!”

Buy tickets for the Lisbee Stainton here

4th April

Murray Lacklan Young

Kingskerswell Parish Church
TQ12 5LD
Doors 7pm

“Simply brilliant, hysterically funny ands strangely moving.“
Claudia Winkleman.

Widely regarded as one of the best-known poetry voices in Britain, Acclaimed playwright, actor and writer Murray Lachlan Young  is celebrated for his hybrid mix of stand-up comedy and poetry with delightful commentaries on the bizarreness of contemporary life.

Coinciding with the  April 2017  publication of How Freakin’ Zeitgeist Are You’, Murray’s  new collection of works on Unbound,  Murray  presents his new  show. Live and onstage, expect flamboyant punchy wit and brooding subtext with empathetic humour and occasional attacks of original erotic folk song. Comedy and spoken word entwined.

A man whose performance clips have notched up over 250,000 hits on YouTube and known for his numerous appearances and residencies on BBC Radio 2 Arts Show , Radio 4’s Saturday Live, current resident poet of BBC 6 Music and BBC Test Match Special and The Shipping Forecast.

He has most recently co-adapted the new movie version of the Dylan Thomas classic: Under Milkwood . No stranger to the big screen himself Murray has also appeared in About A Boy, Vatel and Plunkett & Maclaine.  Murray’s first stage play, The Incomers, toured nationally as well as residencies at The Union Club, Soho and The Arts Club in Dover Street.

There was also an appearance on BBC Newsnight, commissioned works for Vauxhall Motors and Magners Cider, and recent appearances at countless festivals including Glastonbury,Edinburgh Festival, Latitude, Womad, Beautiful Days, Wychwood, Cornbury, Festival No 6 ,Good Life Experience, Do Not Go Gentle , Laugharne Weekend, Huddersfield Literature Festival and Port Eliot. Bless!

“A Rock N’ Roll Poet.” Chrissie Hynde

Buy tickets for Murray Lachlan Young here

 

 

6th April

The Leylines

Kingskerswell Parish Church TQ12 5LD
Doors 7pm

The Leylines are British folk-punk for a summer’s afternoon, a sound forged in festivals and bonfires, with fiddle-driven rabble rousers and songs that stir the soul.

The Leylines was started by a group of West Country musicians driving home from a session at the legendary Sawmills studios. Levelling The Land by The Levellers was on the car stereo. Something about the sound of the record, the rolling Cornish landscapes and the smell of summer connected in vocalist Steve’s head.

Steve, a product of council estates and stints in the Army, put his observations on the state of the nation into music and started writing. Adding the different musical backgrounds of band mates Matt (guitar), Pete (bass), Dave (drums) and Hannah (violin), The Leylines have created a style that combines the acerbic social commentary of Paul Weller with a folk-rock vibe that will send you right back to those long, hazy, festival days.

Buy tickets for The Leylines here

7th April Meridianum Ensemble

Kingskerswell Parish Church

Doors 7pm

Meridium Ensemble is a trans-cultural musical collaboration, bringing together elements from Portugal, the UK and Morocco.

Featuring Nuno Silva with his group Aldebaran from Portugal, the project incorporates musicians from Karama (UK/Morocco), The Radial Band and Woodwose (UK). This ensemble is a feast for the senses, with instruments ranging from the Persian santur, oud, & tambura to nyckelharpa, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes and dumbek.Artists:

Nuno Silva: santur

Ricardo de Noronha: percussion

Griselda Sanderson: nyckelharpa

Louis Bingham: tambura, cittern

Soufian Saihi: oud

Steve Tyler: hurdy-gurdy

Katy Marchant: bagpipes

Biographies:

Nuno Silva is one of Portugal’s most highly acclaimed artists specialising in Middle Eastern & Mediaeval music, playing oud and santur. He recently toured with Spain’s acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Efren Lopez, and his latest album Espiral was listed as one of the best world music albums of 2017. His group Aldebaran also includes…

Ricardo de Noronha, master of middle-Eastern percussion and maker of his own ethnic flutes based on the Slovakian shepherd’s pipe, the fujara. Ricardo is a founder member of one of Portugal’s best-known folk acts Mandràgora and is now resident in the UK. His latest album Veer was also selected by Transglobal World Music charts as one of 2017’s top world music albums. It was a collaboration with…

Griselda Sanderson, ethnic strings player (nyckelharpa, hardanger & fiddle). She is best known for her collaborations with North & West African artists such as Amadou Diagne, Simo Lagnawi and Juldeh Camara. She has also toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in 2015 performed in a season at Shakespeare’s Globe. Her most recent solo album ‘Radial’ gave its name to the group that now includes Ricardo and her longstanding musical partner…

Louis Bingham. Louis studied traditional music on Newcastle’s famous folk degree course. He specialises in cittern, bouzouki, tambura and other plucked strings. He has contributed on many recording due to his versatile and fluid style and is much sought after for live ensemble work. In 2015 he released Curlicue, his album of traditional Irish & Breton music with flute player Freya Rae.

Soufian Saihi is a Moroccan oud player who studied with Master Hafid Boudribila. While in France he played Arabic-Andalusian music with Algerian and French jazz musicians. He now lives in the UK where he established his multi-ethnic group Karama. Soufian has collaborated many times with Ricardo and joins this project due to his fine musicianship and originality of style.

Meridianum Ensemble is a trans-cultural musical collaboration, bringing together elements from Portugal, the UK and Morocco.

Featuring Nuno Silva with his group Aldebaran from Portugal, the project incorporates musicians from Karama (UK/Morocco), The Radial Band and Woodwose (UK). This ensemble is a feast for the senses, with instruments ranging from the Persian santur, oud, & tambura to nyckelharpa, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes and dumbek.

Buy tickets for the Meridianum Ensemble here

 

13th April Orphan Colours + support Rich Evans

Kingskerswell Parish Church

Doors 7pm

After the indefinite hiatus in 2013 of popular UK alt-country outfit ahab, songwriter Steven Llewellyn went on to form his own band with the help of ahab originator Dave Burn and former bassist Graham Knight.

Being firmly part of the London Americana scene made it easy to get involved in collaborations with members of bands like Danny & The Champions of The World, who’s drummer Steve Brookes, having already toured heavily with ahab, quickly became a permanent member of Orphan Colours, along with Fred Abbott, lead guitarist with Noah & the Whale.

The band have some impressive credentials with writers Llewellyn and Burn honing their songwriting craft during their tenure with ahab, who swiftly built a reputation as an unmissable live act after their electric performances almost every major UK festival, and subsequent tours in Scandinavia, Germany & Australia.

Their debut EP High Hopes was released in February 2016 with the catchy, Tom Petty-esque lead single Won’t Let You Down creating a huge buzz.

The band are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album – to be released in 2018 on popular independent label At The Helm Records. With an already established fanbase, huge critical acclaim and solid underground credibility so firmly ensconced in their DNA, Orphan Colours have rapidly established themselves as the hottest band to emerge from the London Country/Roots circuit. Highly, highly recommended.

Buy tickets for Orphan Colours here

15th April Holy Moly & The Crackers Kingskerswell Parish Church

Doors 7pm

With their unique fusion of “gypsy folk rock”, Holy Moly & The Crackers hail from the North East of the UK, and have a loyal, devoted and ever increasing fan base: “They are a bunch of wild gypsy troubadours with more than a touch of magic about them” (Diva). The band have built themselves an enviable reputation, pulling packed houses for their ferocious, visceral live shows, and now they are heading into heavier, gutsier waters with their new album Salem

Buy tickets for Holy Moly & The Crackers Here

 

17th April Lake Poets 

Kingskerswell Parish Church

Doors 7pm

“Somewhere between Bright Eyes and John Martyn. Something Special” – Mojo ****

Stunning Debut from Sunderland Troubadour. Quietly Brilliant” – Uncut 8/10

The Lake Poets is Martin Longstaff, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Sunderland. Inspired by artists such as Carole King, Villagers, and Neil Young, Martin’s output as The

Lake Poets is as haunting as it is beautiful. Lead single ‘Your Face’ has received over 4

million Spotify plays as well steady airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.

Buy Tickets for The Lake Poets here

 

22nd April Hazel O’Connor Cormac De Barra ‘See You Again Tour’:

Kingskerswell Parish Church

Doors 7pm  SOLD OUT SORRY

 

May

11th May Noble Jacks

Kingskerswell Parish Church

Doors 7pm

Noble Jacks are a rip-roaring Alt-Folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky footstompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. Noble Jacks have a relentless gigging schedule around the the British folk scene and recorded their debut album with Union Music Store at The Metway studio in Brighton. Sold out last year and what a night it was

Buy tickets for Noble Jacks here

 

 

15th May Hans Theessink and Brooks Williams ‘Steady Rolling Blues’

Kingskerswell Parish Church

Doors 7pm

Hans Theessink, is one of the fiercest acoustic players in Europe and one of the top acoustic blues stars worldwide, a man who has played with the best and is one of the best, American or European, black & white, old and young, since The 1960s.This guy is the real deal, just a bluesmaster who is as good as it gets on every level. He is literally an international blues treasure.

Brooks Williams has been Voted in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists of all time. “Pan-Americana Roots ‘n Blues, doused in Moonshine alt-Billy and delicious Dixie” Net Rhythms

“I’ve known Brooks for many years. He’s a lovely player, a lovely singer, and a great writer and a lovely man. The real thing” Martin Simpson

Brooks Williams is a man on a mission. He not only tours like a hellhound’s on his trail, but creates a super-charged music that is electrifying and fighting fit. His influences fly so fast and furious they blur, yet his sound…well, no one does it like Brooks. He stands on tradition but he doesn’t stand still.

Buy Tickets for Hans & Brooks here

27th May

Gilmore & Roberts Kingskerswell Parish Church Doors 7pm

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting

with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of

sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention, and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work. 2015 saw

the release of their fourth album, ‘Conflict Tourism’, which appeared on several end-of-year Best Album lists and received national airplay on both BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6music. To celebrate a decade as a duo, Gilmore & Roberts released their first live album ‘In Our History

– LIVE’ in November 2016 – exactly ten years to the day since their first EP release.’Hot property’ – fRoots

‘Gilmore & Roberts take English folk and scuff it up with indie rock drama’ – Q Magazine’Enthralling….consistently compelling’ – Pure M Magazine

 

Buy tickets here for Gilmore & Roberts

 

29th May Robyn Hitchcock + support The Left Outsides Kingskerswell Parish Church Doors 7pm

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in ‘Storefront Hitchcock’ an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.

Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to’. His most recent album THE MAN UPSTAIRS is a bittersweet love letter to a vanishing world. Produced by legendary folk-rock svengali Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake) the album was critically acclaimed by MOJO, UNCUT and THE QUIETUS.

“A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings…” – Rolling Stone

“As a performer, he’s as much a wandering bard as a rock star.” – The Believer

“Some spectral, lingering, emotional thundercloud hangs over The Man Upstairs…harks back to that infinitely distant yet eternally resonant emotional big bang”— UNCUT

The Left Outsides Mojo4*“Woozily narcotic of tempo and bathed in reverb, minor chord-heavy songs glide by in a melancholy swoon….there’s a bewitching aura of moonlight dappled languor”

Buy Tickets Here For Robyn Hitchcock

 

 

 

June 2018

1st Reg Meuross with special guest harpist Anna Tanvir + support Totnes Pop Up Choir : Kingskerswell Parish Church Doors 7pm

October

5th Scott Matthews Kingskerswell Parish Church Doors 7pm

6th jess Vincent Kingskerswell Parish Church Doors 7pm

14th October

Blue Rose Code  Kingskerswell Parish Church Doors 7pm

“Blue Rose Code is as slippery as an eel; a genre dodger; a mess of influences and contradictions. This rare display of soul and emotion will not be boxed, a sign of something special.” Spiral Earth

Edinburgh born Ross Wilson spent his creative formative years in East London, then moved to South England “to be by the sea’s energy” but it is in his homecoming that he has found where his heart is. Life wasn’t always simple for Wilson. “I have swapped one type of chaos for another” says Wilson.

“On my darkest day I found my benediction”

Now a committed enthusiast and creative whirling dervish, Wilson has seen the past few years produce his most exciting work including the album ‘THE BALLAD OF PECKHAM RYE’, which was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album Of The Year Awards.

‘…AND LO! THE BIRD IS ON THE WING’ followed up as a second album. The album was coupled with an extensive tour taking in Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, London, Cardiff and all points in between. The end of the ‘…AND LO’ tour was marked by a sell-out Celtic Connections show at the 1000-capacity City Halls with Sarah Jarosz. Blue Rose Code played very well received shows in Ireland at the start of 2017, a tour that moved from Dublin through Wicklow, Galway and Belfast.

The much anticipated album, ‘THE WATER OF LEITH’ was released in November 2017.

Previous albums have featured such luminaries as Ewan McGregor, Danny Thompson, Karine Palwort and the late John Wetton and this album will be no exception, featuring Julie Fowlis, Kathleen McInnes and the incredible vocal talents of Beth Nielsen Chapman.

Centred around Wilson’s own homecoming to his native Scotland, the album explores the variety of journeys that life has to offer. As Wilson explains;

“It speaks to the journey home, my journey home, the man that I am today, so changed from the wee boy that ran away. I’ve found a peace that I left looking for, back on the same cobbled streets, looking at my life through a fresh pair of glasses. Controversially for a songwriter, it seems, I am contented, happier than I’ve ever been. Given up all hope of a better past, I’m rejoicing living in this beautiful series of moments.

The Water leads me back to the Shore and, from there, who knows? What I have learnt, however, is there is nothing wrong with right now.”

and lots more to be added