Browsing Archive: October, 2011

Hadrian's Union

Posted by Tom Adams on Sunday, October 23, 2011,

Stew Simpson and Danny Hart (guitar/vocals and violin respectively) have been busy touring the length and breadth of England promoting Hadrian's Union CD 'Trapped in Time', so there is a sense of homecoming as they join forces with Mike France (bassist) and take to the stage. Their opening number, 'He was',is jauntily upbeat and gets the crowd in the mood for the musical tapestry to follow. There is no percussionist and yet th...


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Laura James - 15th October 2011

Posted by Tom Adams on Sunday, October 23, 2011,

Laura James has taken a weekend out of her studies at LIPA, Liverpool's performing Arts academy, to play songs from her latest CD 'The Bed of the Brook'. Her music has certainly developed and matured since the release of her first recording 'Songs about the weather'. There is breadth and depth to the compositions which often utilise alternate tunings on her guitar. The clarity of her voice is astounding, drawing on influences ...


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Michael Chapman and Rita Hosking

Posted by Tom Adams on Sunday, October 23, 2011,

      Mike Chapman, local fingerpicking and blues genius played the pavilion as a warm-up for his UK tour. As such, one might have expected a reserved performance but the small audience which listened on this cold Autumn night might have been forgiven for thinking he was on his final performance. Having played here before, Mike had a lot of local support. While singing many numbers he is at his finest when playing his wonderfully crafted instrumentals. Each song is drawn from his experiences,...

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