Live Jazz and Acoustic Music in Bristol

This year I have been selective with the artists I promote within the acoustic programme. For the Autumn I have chosen three artists of the highest quality; one new to me, and the others well established high class practitioners who continue to go from strength to strength with new ideas and songs. Hope you like the choice.

On the Jazz front, the search is on to find a venue where we can use the Baby Grand piano. I hope to find somewhere before Christmas, however it might mean a spell of hibernation while the hunt goes on.

Cheers, Ian

Oct 16 Willy Porter 28 Emerging Talent 30 Stephen Fearing
Nov 8 Christine Collister and Michael Fix

Willy Porter (USA)

Tue 16 Oct 7:30 for 8:15 (£12/10)Hen & Chicken Book Δ

Willy Porter

Willy Porter continues on a musical and personal odyssey spanning over two decades, 11 albums, and multiple continents. His journey has been defined by an inquisitive love for humanity and the language that describes what we all hold to be true. Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar-driven grit, soul, silence and muscle – at times electrifying, dynamic, and unique in the way that Porter’s moody baritone voice blends and fuses with his fret work.

Willy has toured the UK before but not for a while. In addition to making a life in music, Porter finds ways to make an impact on local and international levels. He is an active supporter of Advocates of Ozaukee, a shelter and treatment facility for victims of domestic violence and abuse in Mequon, Wisconsin. His annual benefit concerts have raised more than $100,000 for this organization to date. He is also an Ambassador for ‘Guitars for Vets’, a Milwaukee-based International organization that works to improve the lives of veterans by providing them with guitars and music lessons.

I found Willy on iTunes six years ago. Went to see him live and joined the converted. ~ Al Kooper (Bob Dylan/ Blood, Sweat and Tears)

His songs and stories are engaging and entertaining and he is a very fine guitarist, a treat to kick off the autumn acoustic programme........read more

Emerging Talent by JPN

Sun 28 Oct 7:30 for 8:15 (£14/12)Hen & Chicken Book Δ

Emerging Talent

This autumn the Jazz Promotion Network (JPN) is launching a programme of double bill concerts featuring graduates from the jazz courses at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Leeds College of Music, and taking in venues in Sheffield, Birmingham, Nottingham, Lyme Regis, Bristol and London.

The Emerging Talent project aims to bridge a gap that exists between jazz courses and the early years of a young musician’s career. Jez Matthews, a jazz promoter based in Sheffield, and the instigator of the project, explains that many students struggle in the first few years after graduation to find opportunities to sustain musical projects and develop their artistic careers. As a result they are forced to focus on less ambitious work in order to make a living. Developed by Jez Matthews and the JPN Board, and supported by funds from the the Arts Council, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Leeds College of Music,

The scheme is a pilot, which it is hoped will lead to a much wider scheme taking in musicians from a broad range of music courses and youth music schemes from across the UK. The bands for the pilot were nominated by their respective courses in Leeds and Birmingham and showcased to promoters at the JPN conference in 2017. I chose two bands from the four on show. For band members and some music samples...........read more

Stephen Fearing (Canada)

Tue 30 Oct 7:30 for 8:15 (£13/11)Hen & Chicken Book Δ

Stephen Fearing

If you have never heard or listened to Stephen Fearing before, then you should immediately add this experience to your bucket list of things to do before you die! He is without doubt one of the finest singer- songwriters on the planet, producing a string of brilliant songs on the widest variety of subjects that he manages to get to sound different from each other, yet all have the 'Fearing spirit of truth’ running through them.

As well as a brilliant guitarist (his captivating voice speaks for itself) he writes all of his own material and is quite outstanding in solo performance. He is also well known for his work in the ground-breaking Americana trio Blackie and the Rodeo Kings that have seen huge success in Canada and the States; as well as touring the world, over the last six years.

Fearing has released ten albums as a solo artist, featuring musical guests including: Bruce Cockburn, Margo Timmons, Rose Cousins, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, and Sarah McLachlan. When not working behind the microphone, he spends time producing records including Suzie Vinnick’s JUNO Award-nominated album Happy Here. “I really enjoy collaborating with other artists. It’s a blast and, as a bonus, gives me a chance to learn and expand my skill set.”.......read more

Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy…masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style. ~ Acoustic Guitar Magazine

…a king amongst minstrels. ~ Halifax Chronicle Herald (Canada)

Christine Collister and Michael Fix

Thu 8 Nov 7:30 for 8:15 (£13/11)Hen & Chicken Book Δ

Christine Collister and Michael Fix

...boundary breaking is routine for Collister and makes her one of the finest grown-up vocalists on the planet… ~ Q Magazine

Christine Collister’s career now spans an incredible 34 years! Over that bridge of time she has released 20 albums, a DVD celebrating 20 years in the business and a single with the BBC: the theme tune for The Life and Loves of a She-Devil in 1984. Throughout, she has mesmerized and astounded with her unique blend of soul, blues, pop, jazz, country and folk, and today she remains as powerful, subtle and effortless as ever.

Following a fruitful association with The Richard Thompson Band, Christine enjoyed a period of critical and commercial success in a seven-year partnership with Clive Gregson. She also toured and recorded with the female super group Daphne’s Flight. In 2017, 21 years after their first collaboration, they've released a highly acclaimed album: Knows Time, Knows Change on Fledgling Records. With a hugely successful tour of the UK in the spring of 2017 under their belts and sounding better than ever, there are plans to make this a regular part of their collective touring life.

… a voice personally delivered by God. ~ The Times

Christine has always enjoyed the collaborative process and has been an integral part of many and varied musical projects over the years. Her most recent collaboration with brilliant Australian guitarist Michael Fix has been a successful and a delightful surprise for them both. 2018 sees them return to the Australian Festival scene. They are very excited to be performing together for the first time this October/November in the UK......read more

Christine Collister can sing the birds down off the trees and send them back with a tiny flick of her vocal chords. ~ Mojo