Oct
31
8:00pm 8:00pm

Walklate & Fuschi

Walklate and Fuschi are an "Electric Blues Duo” that use old tube amplifiers creating a rich tone that roots their sound in the very early days of amplified Blues. The result is a magical performance that stands out for its intensity and energy. Although there are two people on stage, they sound like a 10 piece Blues band. The two bluesmen have different cultural backgrounds but when it comes to play the Blues, they speak the same language. They let the music do the talking. They both bring a wealth of influences and musical experience to the table; Paolo is an expert funk and jazz guitarist, but was also brought up on the music of his native Sicily. Mat has a deep and abiding love of pre-war Blues, and he has also been playing Irish traditional music as long as he’s played Blues.
Their first album, Kicking Up The Dust, was recorded live, with no overdubs, in just 4 ½ hours and captured the power and drive of their live performances. They push at the boundaries and they never ‘dial it in’ or take the easy route. Every performance has an element of danger, and complete integrity.
 

 

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Nov
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Hut People

“The only band to have been asked back 8 times consecutively – because they’re so good!” Swaledale Festival

 Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of  the most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!

This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty. 
In 2017, The Hut People release their 4th studio album on the Fellside label entitled 'Routes'. Tunes forging pathways and routes underground; across the oceans and traversing motorways. Infectious melodies and foot-tapping rhythms packed into containers laden with grooves from South Africa, Quebec and across the globe; North, South, East and West. ‘Routes’ is their most expansive and thoughtful journey yet. Jump on board and enjoy the ride.


a bewildering array of percussion and accordion-fired compositions….truly infectious!” R2

“Remarkable. .”  THE LIVING TRADITION

“The festival season is nearly upon us, and with The Hut People gracing many of this years bashes, their infectious ‘World Folk’ will surely be winning them many new fans” SONGLINES

     “This is a brilliantly unique sound – a duo of piano accordion and percussion defiantly unbounded by British traditions as they stride into world music.” 
THE SCOTSMAN     

 

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Mar
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

Mark Flanagan

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Mark Flanagan is probably best known as guitarist for Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, an association that began in 1988 and continues to this day.
Born in Liverpool, Mark started playing ukulele at the age of eight. He got his first guitar at the age of 12 and was soon entertaining friends and family along with his father, a good player and singer himself. .
Mark moved to London in 1988 where his neighbour happened to be Jools Holland. Mark jammed with Jools at the Edinburgh Festival that year, joining Jools' band soon afterwards. Over the years with the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Mark has performed with many of the biggest names in the industry - Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Paul Weller, Amy Winehouse, BB King, Al Green to name but a few. As well as appearing on all Jools' award-winning albums, Mark also played acoustic lead guitar on Devil and the Deep Blue Sea a track on George Harrison's last album Brainwashed. A live performance of this track appears in Martin Scorsese's film, Living in a Material World, a film about George Harrison's life. Additionally Mark appeared with Jools and the Orchestra in Richard Linklater's film Me and Orson Welles, starring Zac Efron.
Mark continues to make a name for himself as a solo artist with his own catalogue of songs, written on Dobro and acoustic guitars. Performing solo  Mark wows his audiences with fine guitar playing and songs written from the heart.
 Mark's first album The Chosen Few received excellent reviews in the Folk/Roots/Blues community and featured guest appearances from Jools Holland, Sam Brown, Seckou Keita and Rico Rodriguez
Down The Wire, Mark's second album, was co-written and performed with old friend Jimmy Bergin. This record is alt/country in flavour , romantically inclined, and features a stunning guest vocal appearance by Ruby Turner.

 

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Oct
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

Eduardo Niebla

Please note that this gig is not at our usual venue but at St Mary's Church, Upper Lake , Battle.

“Stunning flamenco jazz guitar pyrotechnics.” “The undisputed highlight of this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Quite simply brilliant.” (THE SOUND).  

Some of you may have seen his blown away performance at The Big Green Cardigan a couple of years ago, If you are already among his admirers around the world, you know you have something quite extraordinary in store. The virtuoso Spanish guitarist makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers; brilliant flamenco jazz fusion, exquisitely performed, full of passion and verve. Eduardo’s has appeared all over the world from india to the Olympic games and everywhere in between and played with everyone from the Dante String Quartet to George Michael. 
For us tonight he accompanied guitarist Matthew Robinson; an amazing opportunity to hear world class guitar playing at its very best.

Supported by Sean De Burca, who has been named as one of the greatest guitarists worldwide under the age of 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. This evening is an unmissable for lovers of guitar music of any kind. 

 

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