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Stephen Fearing

The Met Studio

Monday
Feb. 20


8.00pm

The Met Studio
The Met Studio
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Eastgate Street
Stafford
ST16 2LT
01785 254653

Monday 20 Feb 2017

Without question one of the finest singer-songwriters working today. From his sure and ringing acoustic guitar playing and his beautifully rich voice, to an ear for a wonderfully wrought lyric and melody, the guy is quite a wiz. Vancouver Province You may have caught Stephen Fearing at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival with his Band Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. He visits Stafford as part of UK tour in February 2017 as a solo artist. Stephen Fearing is one of Canada’s finest guitar players and a unique vocalist who has shared the stage with everyone from Merle Haggard and Buck Owens to Richard Thompson and Martin Carthy. Praised by music writers worldwide, Stephen Fearing is a much sought after musician who rarely slows down. A veteran of the international touring circuit, he’s performed extensively throughout North America, the UK and Ireland both as a solo artist, with the award winning roots trio Blackie & the Rodeo Kings and with songwriter Andy White as Fearing & White. As a recording artist, he’s released eight solo albums plus four with The Rodeo Kings and two with Fearing & White. He’s received multiple Canadian JUNO nominations and awards for his work. Stephen has performed on Canadian award shows, national music programmes and countless major festivals. He has enjoyed heavy radio play both in Canada and the US and made many videos

Krista Detor

The Met Studio

Monday
Mar. 13


8.00pm

The Met Studio
The Met Studio
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Eastgate Street
Stafford
ST16 2LT
01785 254653

Monday 13 Mar 2017

She is not just a songwriter, nor accomplished musician, nor poignant entertainer - I have been awed by the soul-punching talent of Krista Detor.." - WNC Magazine (Feb. 2015) MusicDish magazine calls her work: "..like Richard Wright’s 'Manchild in the Promised Land' or the musical equivalent of Akira Kurosawa’s 'Dreams';" The Allmusic Guide calls her “An artist of rare ability with a deep poetic gift,” and Rolling Stone, "A small miracle." Krista Detor’s solo albums have reached national and international prominence, including #1 on the Euro-Americana Chart, and placement within the top 10 of the U.S. Folk and Independent Music charts, but she is no ordinary songwriter: Detor has been involved in several award-winning collaborations, including the highly-acclaimed 'Wilderness Plots,' (PBS national), for which she and fellow writers, including American College of Arts & Letters inductee author Scott Russell Sanders, were recognized by the Indiana Legislature for contributions to the arts (2010), and which resulted in (2) Emmy nominations and a Golden Eagle award. She was the only American woman invited to The BBC's Darwin Songhouse Project, Shrewsbury England (2009); Says Neil Pearson, Producer of the project: “Krista is one of the very finest modern songwriters at writing within character; and her ability to convey the emotions of the people that inhabit her songs is utterly convincing and believable...” Her last album Barely (2015) reveived widespread critical acclaim and was named Fish Records album of the Year. Krista will also be premiering material from her new album to be released in mid 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LjaeCuIqYUI

Krista Detor

The Hive

Wednesday
Mar. 15


8.00pm

The Hive
The Hive,
5 Belmont,
Shrewsbury,
Shropshire,
SY1 1TE
01743 234970

Wednesday 15 Mar 2017

She is not just a songwriter, nor accomplished musician, nor poignant entertainer - I have been awed by the soul-punching talent of Krista Detor.." - WNC Magazine (Feb. 2015) MusicDish magazine calls her work: "..like Richard Wright’s 'Manchild in the Promised Land' or the musical equivalent of Akira Kurosawa’s 'Dreams';" The Allmusic Guide calls her “An artist of rare ability with a deep poetic gift,” and Rolling Stone, "A small miracle." Krista Detor’s solo albums have reached national and international prominence, including #1 on the Euro-Americana Chart, and placement within the top 10 of the U.S. Folk and Independent Music charts, but she is no ordinary songwriter: Detor has been involved in several award-winning collaborations, including the highly-acclaimed 'Wilderness Plots,' (PBS national), for which she and fellow writers, including American College of Arts & Letters inductee author Scott Russell Sanders, were recognized by the Indiana Legislature for contributions to the arts (2010), and which resulted in (2) Emmy nominations and a Golden Eagle award. She was the only American woman invited to The BBC's Darwin Songhouse Project, Shrewsbury England (2009); Says Neil Pearson, Producer of the project: “Krista is one of the very finest modern songwriters at writing within character; and her ability to convey the emotions of the people that inhabit her songs is utterly convincing and believable...” Her last album Barely (2015) reveived widespread critical acclaim and was named Fish Records album of the Year. Krista will also be premiering material from her new album to be released in mid 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LjaeCuIqYUI

Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

The Met Studio

Monday
Apr. 03


8.00pm

The Met Studio
The Met Studio
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Eastgate Street
Stafford
ST16 2LT
01785 254653

Monday 03 Apr 2017

Two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011. Soon after the joining of the pair, the duo were signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012 released their debut album, The Queen’s Lover. Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene. “The press coverage and folk club reports have been glowing and rightly so” (R2 Magazine). In January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award. Following the award win, Russell and Algar toured the country in April and, after completing school and University Exams in May, began touring again at the beginning of June - a schedule which saw them play venues and festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention as well as appearing live on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. After recording their second album in the November of 2013, again with Fellside, Russell and Algar received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The second album, The Call, was then released in July receiving 5 Stars in fRoots, 4 Stars in both R2 Magazine and The Telegraph and a host of other brilliant reviews, Bright Young Folk describing it as an “outstanding show of maturity” with “enormous promise”. Their latest album ‘The Silent Majority’ was released to critical acclaim in 2016.

Lynne Hanson & the Good Intentions

The Met Studio

Monday
Apr. 24


8.00pm

The Met Studio
The Met Studio
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Eastgate Street
Stafford
ST16 2LT
01785 254653

Monday 24 Apr 2017

LYNNE HANSON and The Good Intentions (CANADA) are known for their hard-living style of music, mixing gritty ballads with driving roots-tinged guitar. Lynne Hanson's deep bluesy croon is pure and full of fortitude, and she's drawn comparisons to Lucinda Williams, with a touch of Gillian Welch thrown in. In her brand new release Uneven Ground (April 2017), produced by Winnipeg’s Scott Nolan, she explores the realm of giving sound advice through songwriting and fighting back against the devil within us. With a liberal amount of Texas grit and a polished Nashville sensibility, it would be easy to assume the Canadian songwriter came from the southern USA.The songs are brimming over with imagery and cleverly penned lyrics and fall into the next generation of roots and blues music while still respecting traditions. Lynne Hanson has toured the US, Europe and the UK, either solo or with her band The Good Intentions. She’s showcased in Austin, TX and Memphis, TN, toured in support of Grammy nominated artist Gretchen Peters and Steve Forbert, and opened for Grammy-award winning guitar legend Albert Lee. She received a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination in 2009 and won the prestigious Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award in 2010. "Somewhere in the heartlands, in a town called 'Americana USA,' nestles a particular variety of singer-songwriter. Someone who views a melodic sensibility through the bottom of a whiskey glass. Canadian songstress Lynne Hanson could run for mayor of that town." - Trevor Raggatt - R2 Magazine - 5 stars "She's made the only roots rock record of 2014 to hold a candle to Rosanne Cash's "The River and the Thread." - Michael Barclay - The Cambridge Times

Lynne Hason & The Good Intentions

Biddulph Up In Arms

Wednesday
Apr. 26


7.30pm

Biddulph Up In Arms
Biddulph Up In Arms
01782 523277

Wednesday 26 Apr 2017

LYNNE HANSON and The Good Intentions (CANADA) are known for their hard-living style of music, mixing gritty ballads with driving roots-tinged guitar. Lynne Hanson's deep bluesy croon is pure and full of fortitude, and she's drawn comparisons to Lucinda Williams, with a touch of Gillian Welch thrown in. In her brand new release Uneven Ground (April 2017), produced by Winnipeg’s Scott Nolan, she explores the realm of giving sound advice through songwriting and fighting back against the devil within us. With a liberal amount of Texas grit and a polished Nashville sensibility, it would be easy to assume the Canadian songwriter came from the southern USA.The songs are brimming over with imagery and cleverly penned lyrics and fall into the next generation of roots and blues music while still respecting traditions. Lynne Hanson has toured the US, Europe and the UK, either solo or with her band The Good Intentions. She’s showcased in Austin, TX and Memphis, TN, toured in support of Grammy nominated artist Gretchen Peters and Steve Forbert, and opened for Grammy-award winning guitar legend Albert Lee. She received a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination in 2009 and won the prestigious Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award in 2010. "Somewhere in the heartlands, in a town called 'Americana USA,' nestles a particular variety of singer-songwriter. Someone who views a melodic sensibility through the bottom of a whiskey glass. Canadian songstress Lynne Hanson could run for mayor of that town." - Trevor Raggatt - R2 Magazine - 5 stars "She's made the only roots rock record of 2014 to hold a candle to Rosanne Cash's "The River and the Thread." - Michael Barclay - The Cambridge Times

Lynne Hanson & The Good Intentions

The Hive

Saturday
Apr. 29


8.00pm

The Hive
The Hive,
5 Belmont,
Shrewsbury,
Shropshire,
SY1 1TE
01743 234970

Saturday 29 Apr 2017

Lynne Hanson and The Good Intentions (CANADA) are known for their hard-living style of music, mixing gritty ballads with driving roots-tinged guitar. Lynne Hanson's deep bluesy croon is pure and full of fortitude, and she's drawn comparisons to Lucinda Williams, with a touch of Gillian Welch thrown in. In her brand new release Uneven Ground (April 2017), produced by Winnipeg’s Scott Nolan, she explores the realm of giving sound advice through songwriting and fighting back against the devil within us. With a liberal amount of Texas grit and a polished Nashville sensibility, it would be easy to assume the Canadian songwriter came from the southern USA.The songs are brimming over with imagery and cleverly penned lyrics and fall into the next generation of roots and blues music while still respecting traditions.

Dan Walsh

The Met Studio

Tuesday
May. 09


8.00pm

The Met Studio
The Met Studio
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Eastgate Street
Stafford
ST16 2LT
01785 254653

Tuesday 09 May 2017

‘Dan the Banjo Man’ annual solo return to The Met Studio and play his home town. As one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as 'the real deal' (UNCUT). He has three critically acclaimed solo albums and many tours of the UK and recent successful trips to USA, Canada, Germany, India and New Zealand to his credit. Having made his name with duo Walsh and Pound and now a member of the award winning Urban Folk Quartet, as well as guest appearances on stage and on record with the Levellers and Seth Lakeman, this unique and eclectic musician has stunned audiences across the world. His eclectic and innovative approach has led to many exciting collaborations alongside his solo work and the UFQ including tours with Northeast concertina legend Alistair Anderson and recent work with sensational Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan as well as Canadian country singer Meaghan Blanchard. 'The real deal, a demon picker' - UNCUT 'Eclectically inspired and consistently brilliant' - FROOTS 'Incredible, you must see him' - JANICE LONG, BBC RADIO 2

Dan Walsh

The Hive

Wednesday
May. 10


8.00pm

The Hive
The Hive,
5 Belmont,
Shrewsbury,
Shropshire,
SY1 1TE
01743 234970

Wednesday 10 May 2017

As one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as 'the real deal' (UNCUT). He has three critically acclaimed solo albums and many tours of the UK and recent successful trips to USA, Canada, Germany, India and New Zealand to his credit. Having made his name with duo Walsh and Pound and now a member of the award winning Urban Folk Quartet, as well as guest appearances on stage and on record with the Levellers and Seth Lakeman, this unique and eclectic musician has stunned audiences across the world. His eclectic and innovative approach has led to many exciting collaborations alongside his solo work and the UFQ including tours with Northeast concertina legend Alistair Anderson and recent work with sensational Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan as well as Canadian country singer Meaghan Blanchard. 'The real deal, a demon picker' - UNCUT 'Eclectically inspired and consistently brilliant' - FROOTS 'Incredible, you must see him' - JANICE LONG, BBC RADIO 2

Jonathan Byrd

Biddulph Up In Arms

Wednesday
Jun. 14


7.30pm

Biddulph Up In Arms
Biddulph Up In Arms
01782 523277

Wednesday 14 Jun 2017

JONATHAN BYRD is “one of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years,” says Rich Warren of WFMT in the Chicago Tribune. Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe says, “This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine’s gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark’s lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett’s wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey’s knack for the revealing image.” Byrd grew up singing in the Southern Baptist church, where his father preached and his mother played piano. After four years in the Navy, he returned to home to play in rock bands. It was at an old-time fiddle festival in the mountains of southwest Virginia where his writing began to change. Assimilating the sounds of southern traditional music, Byrd wrote new songs in an ancient style. After 10 years as a full-time touring songwriter and 7 acclaimed albums, it seems this native of Cackalacky is getting the attention he deserves. After the positive reaction to his last years tour Jonathan is back in June with his Pickup Cowboy Johnny Waken and it is not to be missed.