A500 Music Presents
William the Conqueror
With special guest John Dhali
Sunday 4th March 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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Cornwall trio William the Conqueror have been picking up praise from far flung corners ever since Ruarri Joseph took the step to go public with his erstwhile secret alter-ego. The band's debut album, Proud Disturber of the Peace, was released in the summer to widespread critical acclaim, and their shows have been steadily winning over fans up and down the country. After a summer of festivals, followed by a tour opening for Loose label-mates Danny & the Champions of the World, the band are now readying themselves for a run of headline shows.
The indie-rock three piece sees Ruarri joined by bassist Naomi Holmes and drummer Harry Harding, channelling classic blues and roots through a grunge/indie filter, with diverse influences including The Doors, Ryan Adams and The Lemonheads.
Praised for their grit and authenticity by the likes of The Guardian and NPR’s Ann Powers, they made their mark at AmericanaFest in Nashville, signing to Loose, and going on to pick up a nomination at the UK Americana Awards 2017, where they shared the stage with the likes of Van Morrison, Richard Thompson and Ethan Johns.
"a mighty launchpad for what's yet to come" Q ★★★★
"a thumping Southern rock and Americana grungy gumbo that hits you right between the eyes" Express ★★★★
"William The Conqueror is well and truly here to conquer' if not the world, then certainly our hearts" GodisintheTV
Opening for William the Conqueror will be John Dhali two time winner of 'best solo act' at the Staffordshire and Cheshire music awards.
John continues to wow audiences wherever he goes and has already played alongside such renowned artists as Scott Matthews, Frank Turner and A500 Music favourite Willy Porter.
Since his last performance at Fulford, the 23 year old has signed his first record deal with 'Kidda Records' which he hopes will help propel him to a bigger platform and once you've seen him on stage, you won't question the possibility of that happening. John’s live performances are something special and his unique soulful blues voice, stunning lyrics and infectious tunes will remain in your head for days.
"His songs are prayers, mantras, lessons to be learnt. I watch with immovable awe, my cheeks physically aching from my whopping great grin" - Leah Hamer, REBEL Magazine
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.
With Lauren Barth & Jesse Aycock
Fulford Village Hall
Sunday 13th May 2018
Tickets £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