THURSDAY 27th NOVEMBER 2014 - Double Header - DAN OWEN / EDDY MORTONTickets £8/10 *Advance Booking Recommended!* Seated Tickets: SOLD OUT! 30 standing tickets remaining as of 21/11/14
Dan was born on the 11th of May 1992 in the market town of Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Dan did not particularly enjoy school and took to the guitar at the age of 9. Through music, Dan found that he could express himself, and his affinity with the guitar started when introduced to the Blues by his teacher, Richard Pharo. Dan’s guitar skill and understanding of the Blues continued to develop through his school years, playing in various bands and as part of a duo supporting his older sister Claire on open mic nights around the county.
When Dan left school he undertook a joinery apprenticeship with the ambition of becoming a professional guitar maker. Unfortunately, this was cut short following a tragic accident in the workshop involving his eye. Although no cosmetic signs remain, he suffered severe damage to the retina resulting in continued deterioration of his sight. Dan now looks back at this as a pivotal moment. It was to alter the course of his life permanently.
After seeking solace in the Blues to deal with the aftermath of his accident, Dan decided he would pick himself up and embark upon a full-time music career. To the astonishment of himself and others, a voice emerged which has resulted in the label 'Blues Boy Dan'.
Word in the local Blues community began to spread, and throughout 2011 Dan found himself gigging twice a week, leading to a video posting on Youtube of his performance of the “Ballad of Hollis Brown”. The video attracted the attention of Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac who tracked Dan down and has since become Dan’s mentor.
As the founder member of The New Bushbury Mountain Daredevils and later the Bushburys Eddy Morton toured the UK and Europe constantly for eleven years releasing 8 albums During which time the band appeared at every major Folk/Roots Festival in the UK and Europe including Cambridge, Cropredy, Skagen, Guildford, Dranouter, The Badentreffen (Nuremburg) and many more. The Bushburys last two albums "Trying to Catch the Sun" and "Timeless" were released throughout Europe on the Plaene Records label . "The Vision" taken from "Trying to Catch the Sun " also appeared on the Warner Brothers compilation "Highlands and Islands 2" alongside artists such as The Chieftains, Luka Bloom, and Van Morrison. “Union Jack” from “Trying To Catch the Sun” appeared on the recent “Folk the Banks” album.
As a solo artists eddy Morton has released 3 albums " The Singing Tree" and "Stourbridge Town" both distributed via Proper throughout the UK. New album “What It Is to be Human” was released in 2013 and is available on iTunes .
As a solo performer, Eddy Morton has worked all over the UK, Ireland and the USA supporting many top acts including, The Saw Doctors, Manfred Mann, Ralph Mctell and Lindisfarne. In 1992 he joined Factory Records band, the Adventure Babies working with Steve Lillywhite of U2 fame.
THURSDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2015 - KIERAN HALPINTickets £8
Since 1979 Kieran Halpin has recorded 18 albums, one live DVD and published 2 songbooks with 50 songs in each book. He is a successful songwriter with many of his songs covered by other artists such as Ilse De Lange(All The Answers), Vin Garbutt, Dolores Keane, Geraldine McGowan, Tom McConville, Niamh Parsons, The Battlefield Band, Flossie and the late John Wright. In fact his songs are performed in clubs, pubs and concert halls throughout the world. Some have also been translated into German, Finnish and Spanish! He has recorded albums in his native Ireland, Scotland, London, Nashville, Oxford and Sydney.
2011 sees the release of his 20th album – the devil and his dealing – a remarkable achievement over a 38 year career – consistently prolific and artistically inventive. The new CD has 11 new songs and features the musicianship of Yogi Jockusch on percussion, Jimmy Smith on guitar, Manfred Leuchter on accordion, Percy Pursglove on double bass and Marion Fleetwood on backing vocals.
2012 will start with the release of Songbook 3 which will contain all the songs from the last 3 CD’s.
Whilst his albums are always something to look forward to it is live on stage where Halpin makes his mark. Powerful and passionate, intimate and intense, he is impossible to ignore. His voice has such an edge to it that he sounds like he is living every song. He has managed to marry his intelligent and thought provoking lyrics with great melodies and has developed over the years into a writer with a style all his own. All of this is underscored by an incisive wit in his introductions which helps an audience to understand where the song comes from and hint at where it might be going.
THURSDAY 19th MARCH 2015 - TBC
THURSDAY 30th APRIL 2015 - BABAJACKTickets £10adv/£12
BABAJACK – a band who is fast becoming one of the most sought after acts on the UK and European gig and Festival circuits! Their unique blend of roots/blues/folk fusion described by Classic Rock magazine as “an intoxicating brew of blues, folk and roots music” make for a scintillating show combining great musicianship, passion and energy that is guaranteed to wow any audience.
Becky Tate and Trevor Steger are the song writing core of Babajack. The band have released four albums in the last five years with each one gaining greater media attention and sales figures from the music loving public as their reputation continues to grow.
The latest release RUNNING MAN is set to put them at the very top of their field. Launched at the end of last year Running Man is considered one of the finest albums of its genre to be released in recent years and deservedly won coveted slots in the Top Ten Albums Of The Year in not only CLASSIC ROCK but also in CLASSIC ROCK BLUES and GUITAR & BASSmagazines.
What sets Babajack apart from others is their approach to their music – it is recognisably infused in part by early blues but is in no way bound by that. Becky brings roots/funk/African rhythms to the band’s sound along with her beautiful lyrical vocals. Trevor brings his own mixture of ‘Punk meets Ry Cooder’ to his slide guitar style and harmonica whilst the rhythm section of Tosh Murase and Adam Bertenshaw help create a powerful sound that is Babajack.
Another area to their uniqueness is that in keeping with the tradition of early Blues artists Babajack make a number of their own instruments. Trevor’s homemade growling ‘WineBox’ guitars play alongside Becky’s Cajon (Box drum) to give a signature to the Babajack sound – add a little bit of Becky stomp and a driving rhythm section and you have a band destined for great success!
THURSDAY 28th MAY 2015 - MARTIN CARTHYSeated Tickets £12 / Standing Tickets £10 *Advance Booking Recommended!*
Lifetime Achievement Award - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014
For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.
Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals' music documentary strand on BBC 2) - there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn't played.
He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.
`Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all' Q Magazine