A500 Music Presents
With special guests Lauren Barth & Jesse Aycock
Sunday 13th May 2018
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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Carter Sampson is an Oklahoma born singer/songwriter with a big voice, who is blessed by a musical family legacy that includes Roy Orbison.
Carter makes a welcome return to the UK after her wonderfully received performances at both the Kilkenny Roots and Glastonbury festivals.
Her journey as a naturally independent, free-spirited musician has seemed almost predestined at times. Aged 15, she began experimenting with sound as a way to pass the time; now her creativity has matured into the dedicated and passionate performance that makes her a favourite female vocalist.
This inspiring artist averages around 220 shows a year across the globe but although she travels for the love of making music, Carter is no stranger to awards and was named a Top 12 Finalist in the 2012 Mountain Stage New Song Contest and more recently won first place in the general category of the Chris Austin Song writing Contest at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, N.C. – with her song "Wild Bird".
Reflecting on the long road that she has travelled so far, Carter says "I feel like I am right where I am supposed to be, doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing,"
"With her ever evolving sound reaching a new apex, Sampson might have just released her masterpiece." Red Dirt Report
"In modern society, inventiveness doesn’t always guarantee success or approval; the same can be said about modern music but what does seem to be winning is creative expression within the comfortable confines of familiarity; and Carter Sampson is winning." - Joe Mack, Currentland Magazine
Carter will be joined on stage at Fulford by fellow Oklahoma residents, Lauren Barth and Jesse Aycock.
Lauren Barth is a traditional troubadour of her generation, a guitarist and poet since an early age.
Her craft is delicately reminiscent of the great singer-songwriters of the 1970’s. Lauren’s music nods to the muses – Neal Cassady, Gram Parsons, Big Sur, the California desert, and the many roads that lead from here to there and back again. Her delicate finger-picking and sweet songs of love and loss bring a style that lies somewhere between Nashville and Laurel Canyon, western swing and psychedelia
Jesse Aycock is a singer/songwriter from Tulsa who has built a strong fan base, both nationally and internationally. His style touches on everything from traditional folk, psychedelic, country, and early rock, which makes him appealing to a wide audience.
Jesse has recently toured, playing lap steel/pedal steel/guitar with Paul Benjaman Band, The Secret Sisters, and Hard Working Americans.
"If opportunity should come one’s way to see these two, take note and heed its call. This enterprise is accessible, enjoyable, and filled with the nuances of well-fashioned material that is often lost on the music products of the world" - Liveforlivemusic.com
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.
Willy Porter & Luke Jackson
Fulford Village Hall
Sunday 14th October 2018
Tickets £12 - *Bring your own drink*
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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.
Fulford Village Hall
Sunday 2nd December 2018
Tickets £12 on sale 14th May 2018
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.