A500 Music Presents
Gary Edward Jones
With special guest Elfin Bow
Sunday 24th February 2019
Tittensor Village Hall
Stoke-on-Trent, ST12 9JG
Doors open 19:30 for 20:00 Start
**SORRY BUT THIS SHOW IS NOW SOLD OUT**
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should any tickets be returned
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
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.
Speak, Brother & Joe Dolman
Fulford Village Hall
Sunday 12th May 2019
Price £12 - *Bring your own drink*
A500 Music are always looking to bring something fresh and exciting to our shows, so we are particularly delighted to be able to announce the line up of this double bill coming to Fulford in May 2019.
Returning to Stoke, after previously co-headlining here with Wildwood Kin in 2016, are the incredible young band from Warwickshire, Speak, Brother.
Joining them on stage this time will be the sensational 22 year old Joe Dolman, who is already making huge waves in the music world and who, according to the likes of Radio 2's Janice Long, is on the verge of stepping up to a much higher platform.
Vulnerable, honest, ethereal: this is the music of Speak, Brother.
Boasting a powerful indie-folk-rock sound, with subtle hymnal and gospel tones, their story based anthems have drawn comparisons to the likes of Coldplay, Doves and Swell Season.
Having been featured on various live sessions for the BBC, Speak, Brother are now touring to support their new single 'Meet me in the Chaos', a song which draws inspiration from stories on their fanbase and has even utilised artwork associated with this.
"Frontman James Herring's voice encapsulates the tender vunerability of Athlete's Joel Pott, meeting with the soulfulness of Marcus Mumford. Speak, Brother's music showcases undeniable potential and poetry, while James' ethereal voice carrys his delicate lyricism and transports you into his world."
Andrew Townsend - Cross Rhythyms
For fans of James Bay, Passenger, Lewis Watson, Gavin James and Damien Rice; this is Joe Dolman
Joe is a singer-songwriter from Leamington Spa with two independently released EPs under his belt, landing him top 10 places in the UK and US iTunes charts. With each show, Dolman grows from strength to strength, picking up plays on BBC Radio 1 from the likes of Huw Stephens and playlisting spots on Apple Music's "Best of The Week" and Spotify's "Autumn Acoustic" playlists.
Listed as one of the top four acts at Radio 2's 'Festival in a Day' at Hyde Park, he has since taken his music around not only the UK but also overseas, including festival appearances at Reeperbahn in Hamburg and house concert tours across America.
"Skilfully crafting songs way beyond his years."
"There’s a sense of unforced innocence to his work."
The Luke Jackson Duo
& special guest April Jai
Tittensor Village Hall
Sunday 4th August 2019
Tickets £12 - TBA
Luke Jackson is one of the most exciting young singer-songwriters in the UK. Blending Soul, Blues, Americana and Folk, Luke's live performances are not to be missed. Two things that immediately stand out are his strong, mature vocal and the high quality of his songwriting. In 2013 Luke 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.
Luke is certainly no stranger to these parts and has been a regular performer at A500 Music shows since first coming here in May 2016.
He has appeared both solo and with his own trio, as well as alongside such internationally renowned talents as grammy winner Amy Wadge and Milwaukee's Willy Porter. So in homage to Luke's most recent live album 'Solo, Duo, Trio' it seemed fitting that he should appear in the only guise that we have so far missed and bring with him his talented cohort Andy Sharps, who between them comprise The Luke Jackson Duo.
For someone so young, Luke is a well-rounded and accomplished performer who brings something new to the stage with each visit. Whether it be a humorous observational story or a new take on another artist's classic song such as Bridge Over Troubled Water, Free Falling, Purple Rain etc. We can only wait in anticipation to see what he and Andy have in store for us at Tittensor.
We at A500 Music are particularly pleased to announce that supporting Luke and Andy in this intimate show at Tittensor will be one of the London's brightest up and coming young artists, April Jai.
Blending her love of Pop and Country music, April has developed a voice of her own, drawing influence from artists such as Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves and The Civil Wars.
Performing from a very young age, April has attracted listeners from around the world through her interpretation of others’ songs and her talent for song writing which is impressive both lyrically and sonically, with relatable words and an excellent range of traditional country instruments which give her music a strong American country sound.
Fulford Village Hall
Sunday 13th October 2019
Tickets £12 - TBA
Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into diehard fans for more than two decades, his journey being defined by an inquisitive love for humanity and the language that describes what we all hold to be true.
It's always a treat to be able to welcome Willy back to Stoke on Trent and for those who have yet to see Willy play live, you're in for the musical discovery for a lifetime.
Willy blurs the line between indie-folk and rock with his searing signature finger-picking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics, and playful, high-energy live performance style.
Sharing world stages with such musical icons as Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck, Tori Amos, and Paul Simon, Porter has also carved out a successful solo career as an artist who makes music that resonates long after the last guitar chord fades.
Equally accomplished as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, his songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence.
Willy Porter's live shows are guitar-driven events that are electrifying, dynamic, and wholly original in the way that his voice blends and fuses with his dizzying fret work.
"Willy plays rhythms that make me want to crawl inside his guitar and sleep there forever." - Tori Amos
"Thank goodness he doesn’t play the flute." - Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson
"I've really enjoyed my visits to A500 Music and the warmth the audiences there always bring! Thanks to everyone for a first- class evening every time. I can't wait to return!"
Willy Porter - Milwaukee
"Playing an A500 Music gig is always a pleasure and a great night. They fill the room with a lovely, attentive crowd who are a joy to perform to!"
Luke Jackson - Canterbury