A500 Music Presents
with special guest
Sunday 13th Otober 2019
Fulford Village Hall
Stoke-on-Trent, ST11 9QT
Doors open 19:30 for 20:00 Start
Admission by advance ticket purchase
Price £12 - *Bring your own drink*
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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 of 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."
"Thank goodness he doesn't play the flute."
Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson
In a change to the original bill, we are now pleased to announce that supporting Willy will be an old A500 Music favourite, Wes Finch.
Now residing in Coventry, Wes is a singer, songwriter and guitarist with a unique and engaging style who creates a sound that is both gentle and vulnerable but also epic in proportion.
It is perhaps testament to his ability that he was chosen to support such folk icons as Billy Bragg and Martin McCarthy.
Wes continues to write, record and tour as a solo artist, with his own band and his poetry inspired side project The Mechanicals, winning new fans and friends wherever he plays.
"A blast of originality, primal energy and musical magic in a market saturated with cloned artists and homogenised songs"
Gerry Diver (Producer)
Willy Porter - Angry words
You are light (Live at The A500 Club)
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 1st December 2019
*Bring your own drink*
For our last show of 2019, it's back to Fulford to present a special joint headline show of Mersey sounds, when we host one of Liverpool's finest and most respected singer-songwriters, Pete Riley.
And joining Pete on stage will be Shamona; one of the hottest young bands to come out of the city in recent years.
Born and raised in Liverpool, Pete Riley has been playing music ever since he can remember. At the age of 12 he played his first gig performing Beatles covers and realised that this was what he was going to do with the rest of his life.
In the mid 1990's, Riley moved from Liverpool to North Carolina where he and his band, Treehouse teamed up with legendary American rock band Hootie & the Blowfish and were the first to sign for their Atlantic Records subsidiary label, Breaking Records.
In 2001, Riley joined the band of South Carolina singer-songwriter Edwin McCain and spent several years touring together, also appearing on McCain's albums; Far From Over, The Austin Sessions, Scream and Whisper and Lost in America.
In 2010 Riley moved back to England and in recent years has been writing, recording and producing with numerous artists from around the world, including Edwin McCain, Narada Michael Walden, Maia Sharp, Angie Aparo, Kevin Kinney, Henry Priestman (The Christians) and most recently with Amy Wadge, with whom he has toured and released three studio albums.
Shamona are one of Liverpool's most exciting young bands. This powerful trio from Crosby formed at school five years ago and have built up a reputation as a formidable live band in recent years.
The band pride themselves on performing as many live shows as possible and as a result have played many famous venues and festivals in and around the U.K. Performing in such diverse venues as Liverpool's "Royal Philharmonic Hall" "Goodison Park" (home of Everton FC) and "Liverpool International Music Festival" to name but a few. All of this has helped the Liverpool three piece to build up a loyal fan base. During 2017 the band also embarked on their first ever European headline tour which included 6 sold out shows.
They have opened for many national touring acts and have received plaudits and endorsements from the likes of Edwin McCain (platinum selling US singer/songwriter), Dave McCabe (The Zutons) Nile Rodgers (Chic) Garry Christian (The Christians) and Tom Clarke (The Enemy).
Pete Riley - King of nothing (live)
Tittensor Village Hall
Sunday 23rd February 2020
Tickets £12 - TBA
Rodney Branigan - Americana music with virtuoso presentation and a touch of comedy thrown in for good measure.
The Texas-born troubadour, who learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville and put it all together in London, has played all types of music in all types of venues in his storied career. His adventurous, boundary breaking guitar playing style has led to performance invites across the USA, India, Africa and Europe.
In 2018 Michael Eavis asked him to headline in front of 15,000 people at Glastonbury Abbey, when Paloma Faith was forced to pull out at short notice and on the strength of this performance he was invited back to headline the Acoustic stage at the 2019 Glasto Festival, where again, he went down a storm!
Rodney is an impossibly talented musician and has shared stages with likes of Jack Johnson, Billy Sheehan, Frances Cabrel, Bad Finger, Slim Jim Phantom, Bo Didley, Talvin Singh, Angelique Kidja, Alabama 3, Billy Bragg, Preston Reed, Show of Hands, Seth Lakeman, Andy Mckee and Preston Reed.
It is often suggested that Rodney has invented a new genre, which he would describe as "Full contact folk music"
"A living legend" - BBC Cambridge
"Outstanding showmanship" - Whispering Bob Harris
"A multi-instrumentalist with a rich and soulful voice comparable to Jeff Buckley" - Music Week
& James Kirby
Fulford Village Hall
Sunday 26th April 2020
Tickets £12 - TBA
Luke Jackson is one of the most exciting young singer-songwriters in the UK. Blending Soul, Blues, Americana and Folk, his live performances are not to be missed. Two things that immediately stand out are Jackson's 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.
For someone so young, Luke is a well-rounded and accomplished artist 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, Luke's performance is guaranteed to blow you away.
Teaming up with Luke Jackson for the first time, A500 Music are pleased to introduce an artist new to ourselves, James Kirby.
James is an acoustic singer-songwriter from Oxfordshire who plays heartfelt melodic songs that have captivated audiences of all ages for the last ten years.
With two albums already under his belt, James is currently touring the UK, Europe and USA to promote his latest release ‘Everything to Fight For'.
With gritty vocals and a unique guitar style, James Kirby is definitely not one to be missed!
'Beautifully Done' - BBC Radio Introducing / A-List
All You Have (Live @ Trinity Theatre)
Flame (Live @ Trinity Theatre)
"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