Date(s) - 01/06/2019
7:30 pm - 10:45 pm
The Bridge Inn, Topsham
A perfect opportunity to enjoy, compare and contrast two top singer songwriters who approach the art of songwriting in very different ways, and with very different backgrounds and influences.
Advance Tickets £8 + booking fee £10 on the door
GREG HANCOCK www.greghancockmusic.com
Based in the South West, Greg has built a strong reputation as a songwriter and performer over the last few years. His 2017 album “A303” was widely acclaimed for its highly original songwriting and rich lyrics dealing with many aspects of the human condition in modern life. A new album release will coincide with this tour. Titled “The State of My Hair” the reviews are just starting to come in…
Here’s the first:
“An intoxicating musical and lyrical cocktail of Al Stewart and Ray Davies, infused with his own unique brilliance as a guitarist and songwriter, Hancock mines memories from childhood to middle age, from hanging out with fellow teens playing at being grown ups drinking Thunderbird wine to seeing the creases and marks slowly appearing in the mirror.
Reflective and wistfully melancholic, but suffused with the warm glow of a life lived, his songs speak of lessons learned, hearts broken, people lost to time and of dreams that refuse to fade with the years. It may be very personal, but the feelings and experiences strike universally recognisable notes.”
Mike Davies (Folking.com)
REVIEWS OF 2017 ALBUM “A303”
**** A delightful collection…Great stuff! R&R Magazine Jan 2018
“A303″ is the finest folk album I have had the pleasure of listening to for years.” Blues and Roots Radio Review
EM MARSHALL www.emmarshall.com
‘Em Marshall is a singer songwriter who lives on the fringes of Dartmoor in Devon. Alongside arrangements of traditional material, her songs are snapshot chapters of her story so far; from the life spent growing up in an ex-mining town in the Midlands, the twists and turns of the heart, to the tangled roads that led far and out into the wider world.
Alongside solo performing, she has played extensively throughout the UK with Devon folk duo Crow Puppets, and Tim Jones and the Dark Lanterns. Recently, the title track to the album has been sung live in session on BBC radio’s Devon and Cornwall, promoting a show supporting west country folk legend Geoff Lakeman.
Her vocal style carries a rare richness of sentiment, and with it conveys a sense of tenderness, longing and reflection.’
BEN MORGAN-BROWN www.benmorganbrown.co.uk
Ben Morgan-Brown is a folk-singer with a small ‘f’ – though there may be traces of Bert Jansch, Nick Drake & Michael Chapman in his dextrous guitar playing and gently lulling voice, his music is distinctly his own.
Named by FATEA as one of the ‘Top Ten Future Stars of 2018’, since the release of his debut E.P. ‘Cold Rooms’ in December 2017 Ben has been performing extensively across the South West and beyond, with appearances at ‘How The Light Gets In’, ‘Bridport Folk Festival’ ‘Cornwall Folk Festival’ amongst others, and has opened for established and upcoming artists including John Bramwell (I Am Kloot), Harbottle & Jonas, Daria Kulesh, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage and Tim Jones & The Dark Lanterns.
With new music already described by BBC Introducing as ‘reassuring… comforting… and yet challenging’ Ben is currently working on new recordings for release in 2019.
“sheer understated brilliance… this is class…” – BBC Introducing
“absolutely beautiful…” John Bramwell (I Am Kloot)