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John Craigie

The Royal Oak, Eccleshall

Saturday
Sep. 22


8.00pm

The Royal Oak, Eccleshall
25 High Street
Eccleshall
Staffordshire
ST21 6BW
01785 850065

Saturday 22 Sep 2018

Musically comparable to John Prine, with the humour and wit of Mitch Hedberg, the humble, gracious and hilarious John Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time. It’s no wonder that Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, and Todd Snider brings him gifts on stage. “John Craigie is a dude. Craigie presents himself as no more than that but he’s a tremendously talented dude with a guitar and a great voice that can tell a funny story. Craigie can follow that story up with an even better song.” – Glide Magazine Born and bred in California, Craigie has charmed audiences in all 50 United States and throughout much of Europe, with a DIY spirit seldom seen these days. While touring solo and with the likes of Todd Snider, the Shook Twins, Nicki Bluhm, and ALO, he has taken the stage at festivals, sold out venues, intimate house concerts, center camp at Burning Man and even Gregory Alan Isakov’s farm. He’ll make you laugh and make you cry, all in the same song. With a fan-base that is more of a continually-expanding circle of friends, his true passion is connecting with people through shared experiences, stories, and song. John Craigie finds his niche in delicate storytelling, via his voice and guitar. His new release ‘No Rain, No Rose’ is a beautiful collection of carefully selected stories, featuring many collaborations with close friends, including The Shook Twins and Gregory Alan Isakov. Regarding the title of the album, Craigie explained, “I took it from an old Buddhist saying ‘No Mud, No Lotus’, which basically means, you need the bad things to make the good things. I changed it to reflect my rainy city of roses…” paying respects to his current home in Portland, Oregon. http://www.johncraigiemusic.com

Greg Russell (solo) and Jack Rutter (double header)

The Met Studio

Monday
Oct. 08


8.00pm

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

Monday 08 Oct 2018

TICKET OFFER: Buy a ticket for Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Monday 3rd September 2018, and a ticket for Greg Russell & Jack Rutter, save £5 on the total price. £21.00 instead of £26.00 Possessed of an extraordinary voice that’s ‘full of character’ (The Telegraph), over the last 5 years Greg Russell has established himself as one of the most significant players on the U.K. folk scene. Playing guitar, bouzouki and singing, in 2013 he won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 won the Horizon Award from the same source alongside Ciaran Algar. Since 2016, Greg has also been involved in two critically acclaimed projects; The Transports (5 stars The Guardian) and Shake the Chains (4 stars The Guardian). The latter, a project put together by Greg which included Peggy Seeger, Martin Simpson and many more. Singing a mixture of original and traditional song in 2017, Greg released his debut solo album, Inclined to be Red, declared ‘a powerful statement’ (Acoustic), ‘excellent’ (RnR Magazine), ‘a splendid thing’ (Maverick) and ‘convincingly individual’ (fRoots). Jack Rutter Still in his mid 20s, Jack Rutter (Moore Moss Rutter, Seth Lakeman band, Jackie Oates band) is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist playing within the British folk tradition. His new solo set features a range of well known and rare traditional songs from a variety of sources, delivered with guitar, bouzouki or duet concertina accompaniment that complement his signature ‘honest, unaffected vocals’ (Yorkshire Evening Post). Jack grew up in the Holme Valley area of West Yorkshire, a place steeped in a wealth of traditional song and since graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc degree in Countryside Management in 2014, he’s gone on to forge a hugely successful career playing music professionally in various guises across Britain and Europe. In this new solo outing, the BBC award winning musician presents the traditional songs and narratives that are so important; all delivered with an easy going stage presence and rich unassuming Yorkshire charm.

Nathan Bell

The Royal Oak, Eccleshall

Saturday
Oct. 13


8.00pm

The Royal Oak, Eccleshall
25 High Street
Eccleshall
Staffordshire
ST21 6BW
01785 850065

Saturday 13 Oct 2018

He picked up glowing 5-star reviews for his album, I Don’t Do This for Love, I Do This for Love - a CD that deservedly won him huge media exposure. And, Nathan Bell ended 2017 on another high after being voted Male Performer of the Year in the Readers’ Poll at the influential AmericanaUK website. He had made a rare visit to these shores earlier that year for a double bill show with James McMurtry at Celtic Connections, and stunned a capacity crowd into hushed silence when he took the stage at Oran Mor. Reviewing the performance for AmericanaUK, writer Paul Kerr said: “It was a raucous crowd that faced Bell when he bounced onto the stage but within minutes he had them transfixed with barely a murmur to be heard, his confident delivery and wry humour demanding attention “Gruff and tender with a poet’s voice and a sincere sense of justice, Bell is the real deal…do yourself a favour and catch this true American troubadour. You won’t be disappointed.” Since returning to his home in Tennessee. Nathan has recorded a brand new album to be released here just before he returns and a ‘live’ album recorded in front of a sold-out crowd in Wales during his last visit will also get a UK release this year. Some media quotes: “Gritty and authentic” - The Telegraph “Really, really special” – Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland “Powerful – excellent” (5 stars) - Country Music People “Poetry is coursing through his veins” (5 stars) – Maverick magazine

Stephen Fearing

The Royal Oak, Eccleshall

Sunday
Oct. 28


8.00pm

The Royal Oak, Eccleshall
25 High Street
Eccleshall
Staffordshire
ST21 6BW
01785 850065

Sunday 28 Oct 2018

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. His last gig in Stafford in early 2017 is still regarded by many as one the best they've seen.. 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. His last release 'Every Soul's A Sailor' received widespread critical acclaim.

Lynne Hanson & The Good Intentions

The Royal Oak, Eccleshall

Saturday
Nov. 10


8.00pm

The Royal Oak, Eccleshall
25 High Street
Eccleshall
Staffordshire
ST21 6BW
01785 850065

Saturday 10 Nov 2018

We all carry a little bit of weight on our shoulders, but being compelled toward songwriting is a welcome burden for Lynne Hanson. At first listen, her warm, gritty, boot stompin' music leads you through the southern USA, though Hanson hails from Ottawa, Canada. Her sound is born honestly through a lifetime of experience and influence, expressed through the rock, blues and roots that bleeds from her very being. With a liberal amount of Texas grit and a polished Nashville sensibility, Lynne's songs are familiar and comfortable, yet fearless and strong. She likes things a little rough around the edges, but her deep bluesy croon is pure and full of fortitude. No matter what the song, there is a weight and a warmth to her expression. "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) With support from Amy Andrews from Nashville, USA