A500 Music Presents
Willy Porter & Luke Jackson
Sunday 14th October 2018
Fulford Village Hall
Stoke-on-Trent, ST11 9QT
Doors open 19:30 for 20:00 Start
**SORRY BUT THIS SHOW IS NOW SOLD OUT**
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An opportunity like this only comes along once in a while as two of the most captivating artists you will ever see, come together for an incredible night of music at Fulford.
The Washington Post calls Willy Porter "a dazzling acoustic guitarist with a moody baritone," while the Boston Globe describes him as "an acoustic picker with the Olympian speed of Leo Kottke bolstered by rootsy vocals and twisting, offbeat lyrics."
Milwaukee's Willy Porter has toured with Tori Amos, Paul Simon, and Jethro Tull, whose leader, Ian Anderson, said of him: "Willy Porter's music demonstrates admirably that the technical excellence of his guitar-playing will never overwhelm the essence of the song itself. In perfect symbiosis, the disciplines of performance and songwriting combine together to create the unique work for which he is admired by professional peers and audiences alike. Oh - and a damn fine singer too. Thank goodness he doesn't play the flute."
His music is engaging, original, and occasionally haunting and between songs he tells hilarious stories, perhaps inspired by his background in improv comedy.
As those who have already seen Willy Porter at one of our shows will tell you; Willy's shows are an absorbing experience of musical artistry and human kindness.
Joint headlining with Willy Porter is another favourite of A500 Music, Luke Jackson
Luke is a rising young Roots singer/songwriter from Kent.
With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, he is a confident and captivating performer who has been making huge waves on the live acoustic scene, supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Karine Polwart, Oysterband and Martyn Joseph.
In recent years Luke has toured with Marillion, playing large venues across Europe, as well as performing solo in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
According to Acoustic Magazine, he is "an outstanding heir to the likes of Richard Thompson and Martin Simpson". With a wealth of finely-observed narrative songs, his most recent mini-album, "This Family Tree" emphasises the exceptional maturity and versatility of one of the most exciting young singer songwriters and live performers on the circuit.
Willy Porter and Luke Jackson are two artists of different generations; different nations even but both are exceptionally talented and engaging. This is definitely going to be one of those shows that you must not miss.
A500 Music aim to present quality live music in a friendly and intimate environment.
We seat our audience at tables in a cabaret style and because we always hope to be near capacity, we allocate seating to our guests according to when they purchased their tickets.
By inviting you to bring your own drink, we are making the evening an inexpensive as well as enjoyable experience.
Drinking glasses will be available on the night and we also provide free hot drinks.
Fulford Village Hall
Sunday 2nd December 2018
Tickets £12 - *Bring your own drink*
For our final show of 2018, A500 Music are delighted to welcome the fabulous Honey Ryder to Fulford for what we are billing as our 'Pre-Christmas party'.
Formed by singer Lindsay O' Mahony in 2009 and initially a duo, Honey Ryder released their folk influenced debut album 'Rising Up' to widespread critical acclaim. This led to the band supporting both Will Young, on a nineteen date theatre tour and Michael Bolton in arenas across the UK.
When Honey Ryder started sketching ideas for their second album, 'Marley's Chains', they had no idea that they were about to embark on a journey that would take them to a five star recording studio in Thailand and to Nashville to write with a host of Grammy award-winning musicians. Were it not for the sumptuous, country and folk inspired pop songs that they brought back home to London, the trio would have had to pinch themselves to be sure the past two years had actually happened.
This is a band who pride themselves on producing country and folk infused music, that is both classic and contemporary and fits with the current trend for a return to real music.
Gary Edward Jones
Tittensor Village Hall
Sunday 24th February 2019
Tickets £12 - *Bring your own drink*
On sale - TBA
Gary Edward Jones is a half-Maltese, half-Scouse singer-songwriter and producer, currently residing in Wales with his wife and fellow musician Elizabeth (Elfin Bow).
With a passion for wood carving, a love of guitars and the curiosity about this little revolving ball we all live on; he lovingly crafts heart-achingly beautiful songs inspired by early Motown, Blues and Folk music.
After stealing his brother's guitar at the age of eleven, Gary began writing songs; imitating those of his idols, Lennon & McCartney, Tim and Neil Finn and the legends that are Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Gary's original songs cross styles and genres with versatility and accomplishment. His sound is a warm acoustic blend, with lyrics that are both intelligent and relevant.
Gary's debut album 'The Cabinet Maker' is a biographical work which is honest and heart-felt. Following a rich folk tradition of personal story telling that taps into humanity's shared experience, it reflects facets of both his own life and the lives of those close to him. Emotionally charged and filled with soaring melodies, these nine well-crafted songs represent just a small part of Gary's repertoire
Having spent years, resisting the temptation to capitalise upon his similarities to Paul Simon (which are both visual and vocal), Gary finally capitulated and spent more than two years studying Simon's finger-picking style and perfecting the subtle nuances of the American folk singer's voice, to perfect an authentic sound. All of this hard work finally paid off when Jones was signed-up to undertake an 80 venue tour of his multi-media show “Something About Simon” commencing at Liverpool in Autumn 2018.
Although Gary's gig at Tittensor will showcase his own brilliant original music, it will be a surprise if we don't hear at least one Paul Simon classic and having seen him play live recently ourselves, we feel sure that by the end of the night, his songs will have filled your hearts and he will feel like an old friend.
"Gary Edward Jones is an undiscovered gem! His songs are beautiful and he is a brilliant live performer too."
- Amy Wadge
"Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in a contemporary style... Lots of vast American horizons under the blanket of a starlit night. Gary Edward Jones will soothe the soul."
- Tom Baxter