Canadian group The East Pointers come to Barton’s Ropery Hall

Blurring the lines between traditional Celtic tunes and popular music, The East Pointers bring their “smart maritime folk” to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall next Friday (February 1)

The East Pointers are three young men from Canada whose talent and penchant for traditional Celtic tunes of decades past greatly belie their respective ages.

Formed in 2014, each member of The East Pointers – banjoist/vocalist/step-dancer Koady Chaisson, fiddle player/vocalist Tim Chaisson, and guitarist/vocalist Jake Charron – is an accomplished musician in his own right, and their union produces a blend of Celtic tunes, songs and step-dances molded into something uniquely Canadian through a history which goes back generations.

“The group writes about real life, sketching out its joys and sorrows in vivid strokes,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk. “Their authenticity makes their instrumental tunes practically cartwheel and infuses their lyric-driven songs with poignancy.”

“It’s no surprise that with their dazzling musicianship and wildly entertaining live shows The East Pointers have connected with audiences right across the globe, making new, original roots music the hippest, most vibrant thing going,” she went on.

Their second album, What We Leave Behind, reflects on the traditions of Canadian Celtic music, where it comes from, and what it means to the people.

With a captivating balance between their traditional-sounding instrumental tunes, and catchy radio-ready songs, The East Pointers reach out with open arms to a wide range of listeners, inviting them to discover a new love of folk music.

The gig starts at 8pm and tickets to see The East Pointers cost £15 in advance or £17 on the door.  Advance tickets can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person from The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

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Night Terrors with Gerard Logan

Spine-tingling tales of the supernatural from E.F. Benson’s brilliant collection of ghost stories, Night Terrors.

This is masterful storytelling from Gerard Logan, who from the deceptive comfort of an easy chair will transport you to a darker, more sinister world where the unexpected and the unexplainable will intrigue and disturb.

F. Benson is now most famous for his humorous series of novels exploring the world of Mapp and Lucia, but in the mid-twentieth century he was more renowned as the author of what he called “spook stories”. The tales are dramatic, haunting and hugely memorable.

Gerard Logan is widely acknowledged as an outstanding exponent of the solo performance.  He won The Stage Newspaper’s “Best Solo Performer” Award at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival for his performance in Shakespeare’s great narrative poem “The Rape of Lucrece” which, alongside “Wilde Without the Boy” (Gareth Armstrong’s dramatisation of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis) and “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” he is currently touring internationally. He won the “Best Actor” award at the 2014 Buxton Fringe Theatre Festival for his performance in “Wilde Without the Boy”.

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he won the Bancroft Gold Medal, other credits include leading roles in TV, film, radio and classical and contemporary theatre roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company (where he received an Olivier Award).

Night Terrors is directed and dramatised by the award-winning Gareth Armstrong who has combined the roles of actor, director, writer and teacher throughout a career that has taken to him to more than 50 countries.  He has been a member of the RSC, worked at Shakespeare’s Globe and in the West End. He has directed a wide repertoire of work all over the UK as well as in Europe and America.

Since his one-man show, ‘Shylock’, he has specialised in creating solo theatre pieces with other performers and playwrights, and has written a book on the subject – ‘So You Want To Do A Solo Show’ published by Nick Hern Books.

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Collister & Fix 

With the launch of a brand new CD coinciding with their UK October 2019 tour dates, Collister & Fix are in the throes of creating another beautiful mix of self-penned and emotionally intelligent interpretations of classic pop/folk/rock songs … the excitement is building already!

Christine and Michael’s first CD collaboration, Shadows & Light was released in 2017. Recorded remotely between, Brisbane, Germany, the Isle of Man and New Zealand it magically captures the delightful effervescent quality of their brilliant live  performances.

She draws her inspiration from the Celtic mysteries of the Isle of Man, in the middle of the Irish Sea. He has both the dry deserts of Australia and a German heritage in his blood. Between them they create a rare musical synergy, that transcends cultures and musical traditions to enrapture audiences wherever they perform. With Christine’s sultry, sensuous voice and unsurpassed brilliance in range, combined with Michael’s exquisite guitar playing, the listener is forever transported to places in the soul where only music can take you.

Christine paid her dues on the British folk circuit before becoming part of the Richard Thompson band, with which she toured for three years. She has since graced numerous Thompson recordings and is still his “go to” vocalist for select engagements. Over the years, she has shared the stage with Martin Simpson, Bonnie Raitt, The Bangles, Richard Thompson and Loudon Wainwright III. She then performed as part of the Gregson and Collister duo, with five critically acclaimed albums, and currently has a thriving solo career, releasing 12 of her own albums, Christine now divides her time between the Isle of Man, Los Angeles and Australia. You can hear the intricate map of her life in every note she sings.

Michael is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s finest acoustic guitarists.  Born in Wollongong, he was mentored during his early career by the legendary Tommy Emmanuel. He has won three Golden Guitars and numerous other awards in Australia, and tours widely throughout the world, particularly in Europe, but also in China, Japan, Thailand, South Africa and New Zealand. Michael is also an internationally recognised composer, whose music is widely heard in TV shows and documentaries all over the world. He was named as one of top 20 “Best Australian Guitarists of all time” by readers of Australian Guitar Magazine.

Christine and Michael’s paths first crossed in 2014, when they tutored at the Winterbreak Music Retreat on Queensland’s Tamborine Mountain. Combining her voice with his guitar playing was a no brainer in terms of talent and temperament, and the Collister & Fix duo was born. Collister & Fix’s combined talents, passion for music and overall love of life are a delight for any audience to witness. Their performances strike a wonderful balance between their unique arrangements of timeless melodies of popular tunes and their own unforgettable compositions. Well-loved repertoire from contemporaries such as Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, the Beatles and Bonny Raitt are represented alongside classic ballads of Ewan MacColl and Declan O’Rourke.

In early 2017, Collister & Fix toured Australia, performing at festivals and concert venues, receiving a rapturous reception wherever they appeared.

 “I can’t get that beautiful music from Saturday night out of my head. I kept thinking ‘his is as good as it gets!” – Tuggerah NSW concert review, Lynne Cowie

“Christine Collister’s singing was powerful and emotional, shifting effortlessly from soft and angelic to knock you out Janice Joplin style. Michael Fix’s guitar

was equally superb. He provided tasteful support in the most charming way and would then explode into amazing virtuoso runs across the finger board, all

impeccably tasteful and clean”. – Troubadour (Woy Woy NSW) concert review, Michael Fine

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Arcade: Heidi Talbot & Adam Holmes

For the first time Ireland’s Heidi Talbot and Scotland’s Adam Holmes are joining forces to tour, write and record an album of original material together. Between them they have been nominated for multiple BBC Folk Awards, SAY awards, Irish music awards and played for First Ministers and US Presidents.

This new collaboration will see the pair work under the name “Arcade”, with plans to record and release a new album of songs in 2019 produced by Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow).

Heidi Talbot was born in Ireland, became a folk star in the USA as a member of the Irish American band Cherish the Ladies, and now lives in Edinburgh. With a background like that, it’s hardly surprising she should develop a style that switches easily between Celtic and Americana, but subtlety is Talbot’s magic ingredient. From her gossamer voice to the delicate re-working of traditional and contemporary material that has earned her rave reviews for her records and live performances.

The girl from Co. Kildare, who spent several years in New York, slips effortlessly between musical worlds but retains a personal modesty rooted in traditional folk.
“A voice that’s both awestruck and tender” The New York Times

Edinburgh based singer song writer Adam Holmes with his band The Embers combine the rhythm and blues, country and folk music textures of classic artists such as The Band, Neil Young and Ryan Adams and The Cardinals.

Adam’s musical education began in the infamous folk clubs of Edinburgh taken along by his mother, a huge fan of UK folk music. He witnessed the legendary live sessions that took place. His father’s influence was equally strong, a love of classic American singer songwriters (notably Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt) which he passed onto to his son, now evident in the transatlantic quality to Adam’s music.

 

 

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