Talinka is a music-loving adventure. For us, the love of music extends beyond style and genre. We blend folk, early music, jazz, tango and free improvisation. We believe in songs and beauty being vital forces of nature. We adhere to simplicity, harmony and warmth.
“To judge by the reaction, this unusual band, with its fearless use of light and shade, looks set to subtly expand the horizons of the jazz world.”
Sarah Chaplin, London Jazz News
“Terrific emotional depth…Very entertaining and richly enjoyable.”
Peter Jones, Bebop Spoken Here
The Hermon welcomes two of the UK’s finest instrumentalists in their respective musical genres as they take you on a fascinating journey through the musical landscape of Spain. In this inspired collaboration, classical guitarist Michael Christian Durrant and flamenco guitarist Samuel Moore explore the intriguing connections and subtle differences that both connect and set apart the world of classical and flamenco guitar. This concert forms part of the 2019 UK launch tour for the duo’s new studio album ‘Guitarra, el Corazon de España’ (Guitar, the Heart of Spain) and includes a pre-concert talk plus Q&A with both musicians!
Praised on BBC Radio 3 as ‘fantastic flamenco guitarist’, Samuel Moore has certainly found his perfect match in Michael Christian Durrant who – lauded by the same radio station as ‘forerunner in the new generation of classical guitarists’ – continues to establish himself as one of England’s finest and most creative young musicians. Both instrumentalists are well-respected for their exceptional playing abilities and likewise for their engaging way of imparting musical knowledge as a matter of genuine interest in their subject and the audience.
In this unique concert experience of inspired solo and duo performances, audiences can hear a vivid selection of music by Spanish composers such as Joaquín Rodrigo, Issac Albéniz and Manuel de Falla performed alongside music from the flamenco tradition, including palos such as Sevillana, Zorongo and Malagueña. The informal pre-concert talk with live demonstrations by the artists offers a wonderful opportunity to gain an understanding of classical and flamenco guitar traditions, learn about their commonalities as well as differences and enjoy the chance to address these two thoroughly approachable experts in their field with all questions that spring to mind!
Pre-concert Talk & Q&A:
doors/bar 4.30pm for a 5pm start; ends 5.45pm
doors/bar 6pm for a 6.30pm start; ends 9pm
There is a limited amount of EARLY BIRD TICKETS @ £13 available!
“Whereas many solo performers are no less and no more than fine musicians, Michael’s introductions and commentaries on works in his programme bring with them an extra level of engagement with his audience. They sat there spellbound as this young musician played and were left panting for more.”
– Professor Roger Richardson/Winchester Cathedral Concert Review
“Masterful … The results are truly special.’
– Jazz Guitarist Kenny Burrell (about Samuel Moore)
More about Guitar, The Heart Of Spain Project:
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The Trials Of Cato, a band that arrived fully formed and functioning from Beirut in the winter of 2016, have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Hailed as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times” by BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe, their live show “invariably stuns audience wherever they play” (FATEA Magazine). Whether plying their trade busking, performing in front of thousands at festivals across Europe, or frequently selling out their own club shows, The Trials of Cato have the wind behind them.
‘Raucous and eclectic, sheer merriment in a gorgeous set of ideas and influences, guaranteed to leave you smiling from ear to ear.’ – **** Songlines
‘This is tradition woven into an uninhibited gathering of inspired originality.’ – Folk Words
Birmingham-based Bonfire Radicals have emerged from the Folk/World scene with a fresh approach to traditional tunes and a host of creative original material. These six inspired and highly talented instrumentalists weave together raucous woodwind, delicate vocals, progressive violin, hard hitting bass, psychedelic electric guitar and percussive beats in a manner that reels the listener in without fail.
Drawing on their eclectic backgrounds, the band chart many divergent influences upon their sound – medieval polyphony, jazz tinged swing, 1960s/70s Canterbury sound, as well as Klezmer and all points in-between.
The band’s debut album ‘White Peacock’, released in 2016, caused a great stir and attracted an abundance of rave reviews resulting in an ever since increasing popularity on the U.K.’s summer festival circuit and culminating in headlining at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. Known for their highly-spirited stage presence, the Bonfire Radicals’ own enthusiasm for their music is undeniable.
‘The Bonfire Radicals are quite a discovery – get this album, go grab the background notes, then grab the chance to go see them live!’ – Fatea
Cafe Lola (support act)
If you have been lucky enough to catch the Lola’s at The Hermon then we know you will want more. If you haven’t then this will be a real treat of a night in store for you. After their sell-out album launch earlier this year, Cafe Lola gave us a full on evening of entertainment raging from Cabaret to Klezmer so we could not think of a better band to support the highly energetic Bonfire Radicals.
Put on your dancing shoes and see you for a wild night at The Hermon!
A Green Part Benefit Gig
The Shrewsbury and North Shropshire Green Party are banishing the blues with an evening of great music featuring the intimate Cafe Lola and the exuberant and unique Bonfire Radicals who have been critically acclaimed after several barn-storming festival appearances this year. The Grade 2* listed Hermon Chapel provides the perfect atmosphere, and there will be a bar and vegetarian food.
The Green Party isn’t bank-rolled by corporate donors instead we rely on events such as these to raise the money we need to fund leaflets and deposits for election campaigns. Please come along, have a great time and raise some money for a good cause.
The Hermon has a limited capacity and we are expecting to sell-out so please buy your tickets early (£12). They are also available from Rowanthorn, Chapel Mews, Oswestry and Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry. If we have any tickets left on the night entrance will be £15.
Born in their native North West of England, Merry Hell is a folk-rock band with a history, pedigree and a seemingly bright future. In five short years, they have risen to become festival favourites and their four albums have found favour with critics, broadcasters and music fans alike, developing an enviable reputation for both their recorded work and live performances.
The band have gathered a number of awards and nominations for best band, best live band and best album from magazines, radio shows and venues throughout the folk world!
Shanties & Canal Songs
The Shropshire Boatmen, as their ingenious and informative name suggests, are a Shropshire-based a cappella group dedicated to singing songs about boats and the sea. They started out performing traditional sea shanties, but very soon embraced their distance from the sea by celebrating the role of canals in our maritime history through song.
The heritage of our country has been forged not only by ocean going shipping, but also by the inland waterways that allowed land-locked counties such as Shropshire to export produce around the globe. This concert will bring these two boating traditions together, exploring the history and meaning of sea shanties and telling some tales of the canals.
Fine harmonies, laughter and a rousing singalong are guaranteed. Audience participation very much encouraged!
Doors Open at 8:00PM
From 8:30PM to 10:30PM
👉2. Ticket link 👉https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/hermonchapel/t-pxerpv
👉4.Visit us on Chapel Street SY11 1LF
👉5. Call 01691 662 196
Offa Events is back at The Hermon presenting their Christmas Extravaganza with excerpts from two of their most popular concerts this year! With Chester-based band The Time Bandits and local violinist Phoebe Rees there is a lot to look forward to in the company of lovely people including Mr & Mrs Santa!
Phoebe Rees – Multi-instrumentalist, Singer & Songwriter:
Phoebe Rees grew up in Scotland and it was in the North-West Highlands that she began learning to play the fiddle. After completing her studies as viola player in Edinburgh and London, she recently returned to her hometown of Oswestry, where she is beginning to establish herself as solo performer within the local scene. Phoebe’s music takes inspiration from her early years in the Scottish Highlands and her travels throughout the rest of the British Isles, Europe, Brazil and India. Her repertoire includes her own compositions alongside interpretations of material by musicians close to her heart. Phoebe accompanies herself on fiddle, viola and guitar.
The Time Bandits – European Early Music & More:
Since the band’s formation in 2001, they have appeared at numerous folk festivals, concerts and dances from Chippenham to the Fylde. The newest addition to their six-piece line-up is Katrina Turner on lead vocals.
The Time Bandits – why the name? It comes from Terry Gilliam’s ‘pythonesque’ movie of the same title. In the spirit of the movie, the remit of the band is to be musical ‘time travellers’, pilfering over 500 years of music and bringing it back to a modern audience.
The Time Bandits’ repertoire includes European early music and Renaissance dance tunes, traditional songs and tunes and an increasing number of their own compositions. The band’s philosophy is that early music is not for the museum, but is living music that should be played and enjoyed with a passion. The collective musical influences of the group are wide and varied including the likes of Blowzabella, Patrick Bouffard, Philip Pickett, Pyewackett, Ti-Jaz, Filarfolket and an obscure and long-defunct Chester-based band by the name of Mercer’s Daughter.
Katrina Turner – lead vocals
Helen Armstrong – violin, backing vocals
Ian Jones – melodeon, flute
Helen de Lemos – bagpipes, recorders, whistles, saxophone
Jamie Matthews – bouzouki, cittern, backing vocals
Chris Lee – electric fretted and fretless bass, mandolin
Please note: Tickets can be purchased from Offa Events (email@example.com or 01691 650293) or via The Hermon online, by card over the phone 01691 662196 or directly via the chapel door!
Doors Open at 7:30PM
From 8:00PM to 10:30PM
Long-awaited here at The Hermon and finally landed: The wonderful Sirkis Bialas International Quartet featuring one of the U.K.’s most versatile and exciting drummers and percussionists Asaf Sirkis (Israel/UK), alongside the distinctive vocalist Sylwia Bialas (Poland). The band is currently touring their brand-new second album ‘Our New Earth’ (MoonJune Records, October 2019), a powerful musical reflection on the state of humanity within a world full of increasing challenges. With much sought after British players Frank Harrison on keys and Kevin Glasgow on electric bass, this promises to become a night of outstanding music!
“Our New Earth from Sirkis/Bialas IQ should help further establish the quartet as one of the most interesting of contemporary jazz ensembles. With music this uplifting, so sensitively and passionately rendered, it`s hard not to be seduced.” – Ian Patterson, All About Jazz
“The message behind ‘Our New Earth’ is reflecting the drastic changes we are currently experiencing individually and collectively world-wide with the prevailing of technology, social media, and many other issues. We’d like to offer this music as a reflection, a wish of reconnection with nature and a kind of a prayer in music for a better world for all of us and hence the name ‘Our New Earth’”. – Asaf Sirkis & Sylwia Bialas
Established in 2014, the Sirkis Bialas International Quartet consists of four unique musical personalities working together as a team to create new explorative, forward-looking music.
With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing ‘Our New Earth’ celebrates music from both Sirkis and Bialas, covering a cross-section of influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, progressive rock, South Indian and Middle Eastern music. From delicate ballads all the way to high-energy electric lines, expect soulful melodies, strong grooves and full colour electroacoustic jazz with an ethnic touch featuring some rare instruments such as waterphone, crotales and the use of South Indian konnakol!
Bialas embraces wordless forms of expression, therefore often steering away from lyrics, instead exploring the shades of her voice via the creation of varying sounds, blending with the other instruments in the band. She describes her approach: “I am tremendously fulfilled in being part of the band, contributing to its sound, adding different colours, sharing the joy of interacting and taking risks together. There’s no greater satisfaction for me than to stand ‘inside the band’, listening to the sound created by my fellow musicians at its source, watching their body language. I feel very happy and thankful that both audience and critics recognise and accept my personal approach.”
Sylwia Bialas – vocals, waterphone
Asaf Sirkis – drums, percussion, konnakol
Frank Harrison – keyboards
Kevin Glasgow – 6-string electric bass
Following a line of sold-out local shows, Shrewsbury-based emerging singer Libby Gliksman, nominated as one of the top five solo singers in the Midlands, brings her much in demand show ‘Libby Sings Adele’ to The Hermon. Accompanied by long standing musical collaborator Dean Ames on piano, the duo presents an evening of entertainment based on contemporary pop icon Adele.
Get into the Christmas spirit, bring along friends for a social time over mince pies and mulled wine!
Doors Open at 8:00PM
From 8:30PM to 10:30PM
HOW TO BOOK
👉2. Ticket link 👉https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/hermonchapel/t-qklemr
👉4.Visit us on Chapel Street SY11 1LF
👉5. Call 01691 662 196
The Hermon’s N-Ex-T (= New Experimental Tones) concerts series invites its audience yet again to be daring and experimental in their choice of music for an evening out in our beautiful chapel space! In this series of unusual and out of the box musical experiences, we invite some of the best performers on the scene to explore the adventurous nature of live performance through the mediums of composition, improvisation, motion and sound manipulation whilst embracing the abstract and the avant-garde. Another night for the most curious and open-minded audiences who wish to venture with us into unchartered audio-visual territory and visit the numerous birthplaces of artistic originality!
DO NOT FEAR, JOIN US INSTEAD!!!
Having drawn yet again inspiration from the underground scene and progressive music publications such as The Wire we proudly present this month the two experimental duos KAMURA OBSCURA & TWO DOGS!
“Musical intimacy and mystery…., are we in a hotel bar in 1930s downtown Japan? Or are those harps and strings from Wong Kar-Wai’s heady 2046-style fantasies?” – Clive Bell, The Wire
Kamura Obscura are Atsuko Kamura (vocal, synth, fx) and Natalie Mason (strings, piano, accordion). Their adventurous, multi-faceted compositions, improvisations and vocal experimentations are influenced by enka (a form of Japanese speech song), chanson and Japanese punk. The result is highly original multi-instrumental music.
Atsuko Kamura is one of Tokyo’s most emotive and inventive singers. As part of the women’s liberation movement she gave birth to the first Japanese feminist punk band Mizutama Shobodan (= Polkadot Fire Brigade), Japanese agitprop feminist pioneers. Touring Japan they also released two albums, the second of which Manten ni Akai Hanabira (=Red Petals Full in the Sky) was produced by Fred Frith, founder of the avant-rock band Henry Cow in the late 60s. Atsuko toured with an impressive array of bands, amongst them UK-based Japanese pop group Frank Chickens, appeared in Kazuko Hohki’s Karaoke Klub on Channel 4 TV hosting Spike Milligan and surviving Jimmy Saville. As a solo improvising vocalist Atsuko has performed with respected improvisers such as Lol Coxhill, Eddie Prévost, Clive Bell, Sylvia Hallett and Charles Haywood.
Together with classically-trained composer and multi-instrumentalist Natalie Mason from Birmingham, the duo Kamura Obscura is very much at home in the field of improvised, yet well-structured music. With experience of living in South Africa, Natalie writes surreal songs characterized by intricate instrumentals. She is also leader of an innovative music project Multicultural Music Making and organizes live concerts of experimental music as part of the Club Integral Midlands Branch in Digbeth, Birmingham.
More about Kamura Obscura:
Live @ Ort Café
Two Dogs are Sam Owen and Max Simpson, both well-known as multi-instrumentalists in the experimental-pop band Pram, founded in the late 80s.
Two Dogs’ music occupies the darker, more haunted and fragile end of Pram’s musical spectrum with music boxes, violin, flute, glockenspiel, toy accordion and ethereal vocals setting the mood. The duo makes nods to Hammer Horror, public information films, 1970s children’s television and Eastern European surrealist cinema. Their live performances marry unsettling monochrome projections with loop pedals, acoustic experimentation, sampled sounds and vintage electronics of Omnichord and car-boot Casios.