Album launch party
Gloucestershire-based songwriter Chloe Reynolds has forged a strong musical reputation since her 2012 debut, earning comparisons with Joni Mitchell and Alicia Keys. Her music has been heard on the BBC, Eagle Radio, UCB Ireland, Premier Radio and more. She has sold out headline concerts, and appeared at the Great Escape Festival – the UK’s largest music industry showcase.
Her debut EP Unresolved drew on over a decade of songwriting experience, and was launched in December 2012 with a sell-out gig at Farnham Maltings. Her impassioned live performances then saw her invited to support acclaimed Canadian songwriter Jane Siberry in 2013. Since then she has continued to perform in as many places as possible. Her record was 270 gigs in a year!
Chloe kicked off 2014 with a return to the studio alongside producer Andy Baker (Philippa Hanna, Daughters of Davis). The result was Through Your Eyes, a three-track EP released with another sell-out event in March 2014. Chloe appeared as a showcased artist at The Great Escape Festival 2014, followed by a house concert tour later that year.
Chloe’s debut album, Broken Beautiful, will be released in September 2016. These are bold, moving songs – vivid tales of redemption that are unafraid of taking the listener on a journey of hope.
An Evening of Songs and Stories
To say that Jimmy Webb is one of the last of a breed would imply that there is or ever was anyone quite like him. Jimmy Webb has influenced generations of musicians worldwide from Billy Joel to John Mayer and Keith Urban to Rumer. Webb is the man who gave the world what has been called “the first existential country song” (“The Highwayman”) and confounded generations of radio listeners with the brilliance of a lyric about a cake left out in the rain (“MacArthur Park”). Webb has topped the country, disco and pop music charts with a list of artists astounding in its diversity and he remains a trailblazer among songwriters 50 years after his first hit. Webb now brings his multi-platinum playlist on the road in an intimate evening of songs and stories not to be missed.
At 68,Webb looks back on his days as the son of an evangelical minister in Oklahoma City, navigating fame and fortune in Hollywood with vignettes of a music industry coming of age, infused with an unexpected sense of humour from the songwriter who ‘straddled the line between Broadway balladry and existentialist despair’ according to Mojo.
Webb was greatly influenced as a teenager by his many trips to the UK and Ireland. During these trips he wrote songs, including the hits “All I Know” (Art Garfunkel) and Grammy-winning Country Song of the Year “Highwayman” and created lifelong friendships with artists including Richard Harris (“MacArthur Park”). Audiences will hear the tales of these adventures during Webb’s UK tour.
Whatever kind of music you like, the chances are there’s a Jimmy Webb song on your personal playlist. As Webb performs five decades of music on this tour, the songs prove evergreen, resonating with his longtime fans as well as new devotees introduced to the music through covers by modern chart toppers including Rumer (who had a hit in 2012 with her take on “P.F. Sloan”) or any number of reinterpretations of “Wichita Lineman” by R.E.M., Urge Overkill, Keith Urban, Homer Simpson, and more. Songs made famous as recorded by an impressive and ever widening range of artists including Glen Campbell (arguably the definitive “Wichita Lineman”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Galveston,” etc. Webb’s music inevitably features prominently in the new 2014 Glen Campbell film ‘Ill Be Me’), Linda Ronstadt (“Adios”), Joe Cocker (“The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress”), Donna Summer (“MacArthur Park”), Art Garfunkel (“All I Know”), Barbra Streisand (“Didn’t We” is on her 1972 and 2012 releases), Frank Sinatra (“Didn’t We” among others), The Supremes, and countless others, are discovered anew in concert with the man who first created them at the piano.
Wilson are a four-piece band from Dorset, England founded by singer-songwriter Steve Wilson in 2013 and includes Simon Felton on bass guitar, Timmy Wheeler on drums and Chris Rickard on keyboards. Their debut album Old School, New Rules was conceived with the mission statement of producing “melodic songs with an emphasis on harmonies.” Augmented by the excellent guitar work of Ex-Pretender Robbie McIntosh and Steve Smith’s quality production, the album is a collection of songs which are stylish, emotive and entertaining with an honesty and integrity that is definitely old school!
An excellent live band , their accomplished musicianship and relaxed humour make an evening with Wilson a very heart warming ,uplifting experience even for the most cynical of souls!
Owen Sinclair (Guitar/Vocals), Becca Skeoch (Clarsach),
Cameron Ross (Fiddle) and Joseph Peach (Accordion).
Teuchters at heart, Tannara’s music is a collection of tunes and songs. Most from Scotland, some self-penned and occasionally drawing from traditions across the globe.Their intricate arrangements are delivered with a complete focus on collective sound and total joy. Formed in late 2014, Tannara was initially intended as an outlet for the quartet’s original compositions. Over the subsequent months, these tunes and songs remained at the heart, whilst the music grew to reflect varied individual musical experiences.
Over its so far short life, the band has gone from strength to strength with performances at festivals, venues and folk clubs across Europe.
The pinnacle so far being the release of their debut album “Trig”, in July this year. Produced by Rachel Newton, the album is accompanied by an extensive summer of touring, both in the UK and further afield.
Iconic and enigmatic; Jane Siberry is one of the world’s most unique and gifted singer/songwriters. Blessed with a sincere integrity and emotional depth, her work has spanned 3 decades, with the release of 14 studio albums and performances on concert stages around the world.
Her 1985 album The Speckless Sky was a huge critical and commercial success and the follow up albums The Walking, Bound By Beauty, When I Was A Boy and her signature song Calling All Angels cemented her status as one of the world’s foremost performance artists.
A Canadian native, Jane’s songs have been covered by numerous artists, with particular success by k.d Lang on her renditions of Love is Everything, Haint It Funny and a stunning rendering of The Valley. This is guaranteed to be a very special evening with Jane performing solo
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