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Luke Jackson

The Met Studio

Monday
Oct. 02


8.00pm

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

Monday 02 Oct 2017

Luke is a Singer/Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. With a bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a confident and captivating live performer. He was also winner of Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year 2014” and now again in 2016. His debut album ‘More Than Boys’, produced by the acclaimed Welsh Singer-Songwriter Martyn Joseph, was released in 2012 to great reviews, as was the follow up ‘Fumes and Faith’ in early 2014. In 2015 he released a 7 track EP with his trio, ‘This Family Tree’, which was described in a 5 star Maverick review as ”Two words. Bloody brilliant” and it further reflected his development as both a writer and performer. November 2016 saw the release of Luke’s 3rd full studio album, “Tall Tales and Rumours” to universal critical acclaim, which Maverick, in a 5 star review, described as “a brilliant, thoughtful album – Jackson shows talent beyond his years”. Whilst Acoustic Magazine noted “Jackson has been compared to a young Richard Thompson and for once these are not empty words”. Luke is an ever present in the live music scene, gigging relentlessly all over, and he remains a prolific songwriter in demand across the United Kingdom and Europe. Reminds me of Jeff Buckley, which can only be a good thing – Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2 Every so often a new voice emerges, one so stunning that it knocks you sideways. Jackson has been compared to a young Richard Thompson and for once these are not empty words - Acoustic Magazine

Blair Dunlop with support from Brooke Sharkey

The Met Studio

Monday
Oct. 30


8.00pm

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

Monday 30 Oct 2017

Blair Dunlop has been writing…and writing…and writing! Collaborating with his trusted writing partners of Dave Burn (AHAB), Gita Langley and Ed Harcourt, who will also be producing Blair’s next album, Blair has compiled a new collection of songs already being billed as the modern Heartbreaker. He is now locked in the studio with producer and collaborator Ed Harcourt and will release his new album in early 2018. October will see the first unveiling of this new material with ‘The 4 Walls Tour’ and a supplementary EP to support the tour featuring 3 new songs from the forthcoming album. 'Blair Dunlop is a cult hero, an artist whose work is adored by those who come across it.' CLASH MUSIC Special Guest: Blair will be joined on the tour by ‘special guest’ Brooke Sharkey who featured in The Guardian’s Future 50 (Nov 2016). ‘The sparse fragility of Sharkey’s music and her intimate delivery mean that it gives up its charms slowly, but very surely. ‘

The Stray Birds

The Wightman

Sunday
Nov. 12


8.00pm

The Wightman
14a, The Square, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1LN
01743 290704

Sunday 12 Nov 2017

The Stray Birds continue on their path to World domination, rapidly becoming one of the hottest bands on the US roots music circuit and now making the same kind of impact much further afield. It is a pleasure to welcome them back to the UK. The Stray Birds have been flying high since the 2012 release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album. Two years, hundreds of gigs, and thousands of highway miles later, the genre-melding acoustic trio prepares to make its Yep Roc Records debut. Known for their songwriting, instrumental virtuosity and gorgeous three-part harmony singing, their most cohesive and ambitious album to date, Best Medicine reached the top of the billboard Bluegrass Chart. Their latest album Magic Fire (produced by Larry Campbell) topped a number of Americana / bluegrass charts in 2016. The band – multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charlie Muench – hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. All three are classically-trained musicians who’ve been making music of all kinds since childhood (before they reconnected through the local music scene, de Vitry and Muench first met in middle school orchestra); however, they were also all raised with a steady diet of music ranging from pioneers like The Carter Family and Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys to the joyous invention of The Beatles and The Band, to the groundbreaking artistry of Jimi Hendrix. www.thestraybirds.com

The Stray Birds

Hare & Hounds

Wednesday
Nov. 15


8.00pm

Hare & Hounds
106 High Street
Kings Heath
Birmingham
B14 7JZ
0121 444 2081

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017

The Stray Birds continue on their path to World domination, rapidly becoming one of the hottest bands on the US roots music circuit and now making the same kind of impact much further afield. It is a pleasure to welcome them back to the UK. The Stray Birds have been flying high since the 2012 release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album. Two years, hundreds of gigs, and thousands of highway miles later, the genre-melding acoustic trio prepares to make its Yep Roc Records debut. Known for their songwriting, instrumental virtuosity and gorgeous three-part harmony singing, their most cohesive and ambitious album to date, Best Medicine reached the top of the billboard Bluegrass Chart. Their latest album Magic Fire (produced by Larry Campbell) topped a number of Americana / bluegrass charts in 2016. The band – multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charlie Muench – hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. All three are classically-trained musicians who’ve been making music of all kinds since childhood (before they reconnected through the local music scene, de Vitry and Muench first met in middle school orchestra); however, they were also all raised with a steady diet of music ranging from pioneers like The Carter Family and Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys to the joyous invention of The Beatles and The Band, to the groundbreaking artistry of Jimi Hendrix. www.thestraybirds.com

Martyn Joseph

The Met Studio

Monday
Dec. 04


8.00pm

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

Monday 04 Dec 2017

Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other. He's a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn’s work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. www.martynjoseph.net