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Just announced: Harvey Mason Chameleon, 18th November.

Harvey Mason Chameleon

18 November / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Harvey Mason is among the most recorded and in-demand drummers of all-time. A legendary, multi-GRAMMY nominated session drummer, producer, composer & recording artist, he has worked with a pantheon of musical giants, including Barbra Streisand, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Bjork, Carlos Santana, Michael Jackson, John Legend, Seal, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has composed and written songs recorded by artists ranging from Nancy Wilson and Mary J. Blige to The Notorious B.I.G., Lupe Fiasco, Nelly/P. Diddy and T.I.

Chameleon, Mason’s  10th solo project overall, adds one more remarkable chapter to his legacy. A blend of R&B, urban and cutting-edge jazz, Chameleon takes its inspiration from the title track, which Mason co-wrote with Herbie Hancock, and is a knowing nod to Mason himself, aptly dubbed the “Chameleon” for his uncanny ability to perform so many styles of music. The album updates classic tracks that Mason either wrote or actually played on, such as Hancock’s “Chameleon,” Grover Washington’s “Black Frost,” Patrice Rushen’s “Before the Dawn,” Donald Byrd’s “Places and Spaces” and Mason’s own “Either Way.” Mason plays Band on the Wall with his new band Chameleon to support this release.

With a commitment to broaden his solo career, Mason says that he’s finally found a good balance. “It’s become more evident to me how much I love playing live and having interaction with band mates and music fans. I’m not a smooth jazz player or a straight-ahead jazz player. I’m more than all of that, I am the Chameleon.” He adds, “The best is yet to come.”

Just announced: John Smith, 28th November.

John Smith

28 November / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

John Smith is the guitar man from Devon who has quietly become one of the most exciting voices on the new British folk scene. Touring relentlessly as headliner and support act, he has opened shows for John Martyn, Iron and Wine, Seth Lakeman, Davy Graham, Richard Hawley, Cara Dillon, James Yorkston, Martin Carthy, Jools Holland, Tinariwen, Martin Simpson, Gil Scott-Heron and Chris Thile and is a regular on the festival circuit.

John plays the steel-string acoustic guitar, sometimes with a slide, sometimes on his lap, sometimes de-tuning the thing mid-song. He was named Young Acoustic Guitarist Of The Year in 2003 and hasn’t stopped to look back, unless it’s to pick up a banjo. 

Don’t miss this chance to catch John in the very special surroundings of St. Phillips Church. He is a dazzling and inventive guitarist with a jaw-dropping, unconventional percussive guitar style, and possessor of an unforgettable honeyed gravel growl of a voice that belies his age and background.

"The playing style he adopts may cause your jaw to hit the floor… he has all the flair for the gathering storm that made Jeff Buckley so attractive… one hesitates to mention Nick Drake but well, one already has done"  Word

“John Smith continually swoons audiences with his own strain of nu-folk. It is only a matter of time before he is enormous” – NME

Just announced: Alex Cornish + support Paul Gilbody, 17th November.

Alex Cornish + support Paul Gilbody

17 November / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Alex Cornish is a singer songwriter from Dunbar in Scotland, whose music you may well have heard on BBC 6 Music, Radio 2 or accompanying films and TV shows. He has toured with Alison Moyet, Amy MacDonald, Kathryn Williams and Tom McRae amongst others. He and his band travel the UK this winter, bringing you songs from his last three albums and his new fourth record "Beyond the Serenade". "Etheral singer songwriting in the vein of Radiohead" said the Telegraph and of his third album "No Shore" the Sunday Times said "a beautiful album that has mercury prize shortlist written all of it". Not to be missed.

Just announced: Hackney Colliery Band plus DJ, 29th November.

Hackney Colliery Band plus DJ

29 November / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

We’re thrilled to welcome back Hackney Colliery Band after a storming sold out show in January. This is music that appeals to the feet as much as to the ears.

The Hackney Colliery Band is east London’s unique take on the brass band. Featuring trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone and marching percussion, the band are totally acoustic and yet able to blow the roof off any room.

Hackney Colliery Band’s members have hugely diverse musical backgrounds, ranging from work with cutting edge jazz groups to the Royal Opera House, and from Jarvis Cocker to major international orchestras. This breadth of musical talent is clearly on display in their eclectic repertoire.

Mining nuggets of funk, hip-hop and high-octane rock from the musical coalface and throwing in a few chunks of Balkan brass, ska and contemporary jazz for good measure, the Hackney Colliery Band’s set list is as diverse as the London borough that gave them their name. Add the fact that the band stays true to its roots by bringing the tradition of mobile marching bands firmly into the 21st Century and you know that every gig’s sure to be unique.

This is high-energy, good-time music that’ll make you want move your feet.

Just announced: Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six special guests, 6th September.

Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six special guests

06 September / 20:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Labelled With Love & Debt Records present Louis Barabbas And The Bedlam Six.

In Association With The Association Of Independent Music (Aim) And Club Fandango.

Swing-fixated narrative folk squeezed through a filter of rock & roll. That’s how the Bedlam Six <www.bedlamsix.com> describe their sound. BBC 6 Music was a little more concise, however - simply calling it "Excellent in EVERY way!"

This is a band that scarcely pauses for breath; constantly touring and recording, they have performed all over the world - from UK, Ireland, the USA and Mexico, to sell-out shows across mainland Europe and the coastal towns of Australia, their tumultuous concoction of high energy and musical ingenuity has delighted crowds and critics alike. Over the years they have collaborated with the likes of Kirsty Almeida, Liz Green, Hope & Social and John Otway; shared stages with such disparate acts as Motorhead, I Am Koot, Sun Ra's Arkestra and The Buzzcocks; won praise from fellow musicians Supergrass, The Blockheads and UB40, as well as comedians Mark Steel, Sue Perkins and Julian Barratt.

Their new album "Youth" is out now on Debt Records.

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