PHILLIP HENRY RELEASES MILESTONE SOLO ALBUM this October mapping out a decade of musicianship across the globe ..
Virtuoso is an overused word, glibly littered around as a description of ability. But when attributed to Lancashire-born, Devon-based musician Phillip Henry it’s spot on.
Henry has made his name as a spellbinding exponent of the slide guitar augmented with show-stopping beatbox harmonica.
His celebrated partnership with singer-songwriter, fiddle and banjo player Hannah Martin, (duo now renamed EDGELARKS) has been rich and fruitful, through five acclaimed studio and live albums and an unparalleled innovation that saw them clinch the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Best Duo’ title in 2014.
But now it is Henry’s turn to stand centre-stage with a long–awaited solo album which marks a decade of travels to all points of the compass – with a guitar (or two!) in tow and a rare chance to hear him sing.
True North is an eclectic collection highlighting the stand-out skills of this refreshingly modest musician – 11 tracks bridging blues, folk, country, Indian classical music and Americana – all edged with wafts of wanderlust borne out of global gigging.
It’s a potent combination -from music written while kangaroo spotting in Australia, to tunes learned from a Canadian folk maestro on a First Nations reservation, songs of the road and pieces written by musician friends from Kent to Kolkata. Something akin to a heavily stamped musical passport. This is beguiling, hypnotic music with the ability to draws the listener into another world – a masterclass in virtuosity that is unhurried and almost spiritual.
Henry said he set out to demonstrate the slide guitar’s ‘infinite ability to sing to the soul’ – and with this beautifully measured and versatile album he has surely succeeded.. don’t miss the chance to see him live on this tour..
Photo Credit Alan Cole
Slide Guitar Workshop 4-5.30pm £12, Gig 7.45pm £14, both £22
Halfway House Ladies Choir joined by Halfway House Male Voice Choir presents an evening of song, celebration and commemoration. Come along and join us on the 17th of November to remember those who went before us, who sacrificed their lives so that we could live ours.
Proceeds to the Shropshire Music Therapy Unit & Trust Fund.
The band Chris & His Retrospectives will be performing an evening of songs from the 50’s and 60’s. This promises to be a great night, with oldies you can sing along to! Refreshments will be provided. There will also be a bar and dancing.
This concert is to raise funds for Buildwas, Leighton and Eaton Constantine churches.
A joint concert with Telford Orchestra and New College Chorale. The highlight of the concert will be a performance of Haydn’s Mass for a Time of War. The mass was composed towards the end of Haydn’s life – at around the same time as The Creation – and shows Haydn at his most lyrical and creative.
Full programme is
• John Rutter – Look at the World
• Bizet – Carmen Suite
• Songs of Reflection
• Haydn – Mass for a Time of War
The Little Unsaid release a new album for Reveal Records (home of Lau, Joan As Police Woman, Eddi Reader and more) in 2018. Fronted by songwriter John Elliott, they are a band with an original sound and international outlook. The Little Unsaid have spent the last year touring Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as ‘a thumping depth of passion’. Their sound is all their own but echoes the intensity and melancholic overtones of greats such as Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.
2017’s critically-acclaimed Imagined Hymns & Chaingang Mantras album was recorded with Radiohead engineer and film score producer Graeme Stewart. The Little Unsaid embrace elements of rock, folk, electronica, jazz and alt-pop. One of the UK’s must-see rising live acts and recent winners of the STEVE REID AWARD for INNOVATION.
‘Entrancing… songwriting of a real rich quality, all held together by an intensity of approach, by a focus on the emotional weight music can carry’ – Clash
‘Extraordinary music. This is an amazing act’ – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
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From a young age Tom C Walkers virtuoso performances stunned audiences with his guitar playing quickly earning him respect and admiration from musicians more than 4 times his age.
Tom has toured with some of the most influential acts of the past 60 years, including The Moody Blues John Lodge, Paul Jones (Manfred Man, The Blues Band, BBC Radio 2) and The Move. As well as American blues artists including Eric Gales and Devon Alman.
Tom C Walker is on the road with his new 4-piece band.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to bellydance but didn’t know where to start? Or maybe you are already dancing but would like to revisit the basic moves to improve your technique?
Fun and friendly way to learn to shimmy, camel and do snake arms amongst many other moves, whilst learning a choreographed dance or two! With JWAAD instructor Sue Lloyd.
£10 including free parking and refreshments!
Small groups, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Contact 07751 362171 or email@example.com
hidden gem.” – The Observer / “Seriously spellbinding.” – fRoots
***** Songlines / ***** Maverick / **** Telegragh
Duotone (the alias of multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and live looper Barney Morse-Brown). Like an alchemist Duotone weaves a plethora of instruments of an epic orchestral power – including his pioneering and unconventional cello playing – with a masterful use of a looper for his gentle vocals, which wraps each song in a blanket of intimacy.
Duotone’s music is inspired by life, death and art. Whilst his first three albums, Work Harder & One Day You’ll Find Her (2009, GBM), the critically-acclaimed Ropes (2011, ECC records) and Let’s Get Low (2015, GMB), saw Duotone navigating his way through personal loss, forthcoming fourth album A Life Reappearing is inspired by a book of paintings by Victoria Crowe. The book charts the remarkable life of Scottish shepherd Jenny Armstrong and Duotone’s visceral response to Crowe’s art gave him the spark to create; the unexpected parallels between his and Jenny’s lives, and his reflections upon them, a wealth of material. The outcome is eight exquisitely-crafted new songs which muse upon the cycle of life and our journey from the dark to the light.
Barney learnt the cello at age six, he went on to study at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and to win a scholarship in baroque cello at the Royal College of Music. He has been mesmerising audiences around the UK and further afield since releasing his first album in 2009 including standout performances at Union Chapel, Birmingham Town Hall and End of the Road Festival.
In addition to his solo work as Duotone, Barney has performed and recorded with high-profile musicians including Syrian Qanun player Maya Youssef, folk illuminati Jackie Oates, The Imagined Village, Eliza Carthy, Chris Wood and multi-platinum award-winning artist Birdy, with whom he toured all over the world.
A Life Reappearing was written and recorded by Duotone at home, Borth-Y-Gest, North Wales and at Starling Audio, Oxford. Additional recording and mixing by Richard Neuberg at Strawhouse. Duotone performs vocals, cello, guitar (acoustic, classical and electric), percussion and bass; alongside Jane Griffiths on viola, violin and piano (on A Life Disappearing, Hear You Whisper, The Faintest and The Room respectively) and Adam Falkner on drums (The Faintest). Pete Thomas also guests on bass on Marta and award-winner folk artist Kris Drever sang guest vocals on The Faintest.
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A fun filled evening of ceilidh dancing to specially arranged Christmas music from the mega band Pump Action with calling by Bev Langton, with a theme of Tartan, Kilts and Tam o’ Shanters. You don’t have to dress to the theme but it all adds to the fun. Tickets from firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07799 408297
The Hermon welcomes back Kate Allan who offers an informal approach to singing in the comforting setting of the chapel space with its amazing acoustics. Come and join us for a joyful gathering of vocal fun and experimentation every second Saturday of the month throughout the months of October, November and December!
‘Enjoy the freedom and satisfaction of creating music in the moment beyond ideas of right and wrongdoing. No experience needed. Everybody is musical and there are no wrong notes in music.’ – Kate Allan
Kate is a freelance singer songwriter who works in Arts and Health and established Wild Singing, a weekly, leaderless singing group that meets in wild places in and around Oswestry to share songs and stories.
Just bring your voice and an open mind – the rest will take care of itself!
PLEASE NOTE: This event is limited to 20 participants – prior booking essential!
The Band From County Hell are an original Celtic Folk Rock fusion band with 6 critically acclaimed albums, and over 2000 live performances as part of their history. Live gigs have seen them play from the smallest of venues to outside arenas and most notably their own show at The London Palladium. They have appeared with bands such as The Levellers, The Stranglers, UB40 and have been tour support to Stiff Little Fingers, Hayseed Dixie, The Beat and New Model Army.There is no getting away from the fact that Shane McGowan and The Pogues are a heavy influence on this band along with a dash of Horslips and The Undertones. Their performances are high on energy sincerity and humour. Get on your dancing shoes! A great night out awaits you!
The Washboard Resonators – Swinging Music from the 20’s, 30s & 40s
The Washboard Resonators are a duo that plays foot-stomping blues, vaudeville, ragtime, hokum, skiffle, swing and folk taking you back to the street corners of 1920s, 30s & 40s America.
Full-time musicians and collectors of vintage instruments Jack Amblin and Martyn Roper present with great gusto a varied and entertaining show with energetic, upbeat songs, harmonies, tap dancing and an array of old instruments, including washboard, resonator guitars, banjo, ukulele, snare drum, suitcase bass drum, spoons and the duo’s very own invention – the kazoosaphone.
The material comprises of both original and carefully arranged traditional numbers by the duo’s favourite artists, such as Blind Boy Fuller, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Robert Johnson, Lonnie Donnegan, Tampa Red and The Washboard Rhythm Kings.
Band info & music samples: www.thewashboardresonators.com
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre,
Oswestry on Sunday 9 December 2018
Doors Open at 6:00PM
From 6:30PM to 9:00PM
Ticket Price: £5.00 – £13.00*
*booking fee applies
Box Office: 01691662196