Working in conjunction with 'Down by the River' we are hosting a regular, intimate, relaxed afternoon of live music, comedy and poetry.
Great food, good craic, the perfect way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon. All ticket sales go direct to the artists.
Swing Manoche -24th September
Taking their name from the French for gypsy swing, Swing Manouche are a hard swinging gypsy jazz outfit. This is a must not only for gypsy jazz enthusiasts but for those keen to explore this distinct genre of music which was at the cutting edge of the thriving jazz scene during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Expect gypsy jazz standards, such as classic tunes by the great Django Reinhardt and originals written by the musicians Mick Shoulder and Giles Strong (guitars), Paul Edis (clarinet) and Neil Harland (double bass).
‘Accessible, uplifting music, brilliantly performed by four top musicians’-BeBopSpokenHere
Sunday 8th October - Maddison's Thread - A Thomas Hardy Lunch
Literature-influenced songwriter Lee Maddison takes you on his personal journey through the works of Hardy, Wordsworth and Yeats, whilst Claypath Deli serves up their take on one of Thomas Hardy’s favoured meals: ‘kettle-broth’. The Claypath Deli version of this parsley and onion soup will be served with their delicious organic wholemeal bread, baked from scratch on the premises.
This year Maddisons Thread launched their second album and celebrated multiple sold out shows.
Edwina Hayes 19th Nov
Edwina Hayes beautifully written songs have rightly gained her a reputation as a talented Folk tinged Americana singer/songwriter. She is one of those musicians who seems to be constantly on the road - over the years Edwina has toured with Loudon Wainwright, Nanci Griffith, Roger McGuinn, KT Tunstall and Gretchen Peters. She has sang with Fairport Convention, opened for Van Morrison and Jools Holland as well playing just about everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall.
With an eclectic range of influences ranging from Bob Dylan, Carole King to Van Morrison and Gillian Welch, Edwina released her debut album Out On My Own in 2005 on Warner Brothers to critical acclaim. Produced by Clive Gregson and Nick Drake producer John Wood, the record featured Dr Hook's Dennis Locorriere as a guest vocalist and became a favourite on Michael Parkinson's BBC Radio 2 show.
Pour Me a Drink was released independently in 2009. Much more stripped down and acoustic than Out On My Own, Nanci Griffith covered the title track and Edwina's version of the Randy Newman song Feels Like Home was played in the movie My Sister's Keeper which starred Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin. The track has since had over eight million plays on You Tube. Edwina has released her third album 'Good Things Happen Over Coffee' and touring constantly she continues to attract wonderful reviews and fans worldwide.
'Edwina Hayes is a haunting honeyed solo songwriter' - The Guardian
'The sweetest voice in England’ - Nanci Griffith
'Sweet-voiced songwriter who has a fine line in gentle, country-tinged material' - Time Out
Greg Genre - 3rd December
Greg Genre (what a name!) has all the accoutrements of a blues singer: voice – check; guitar – check; harmonica – check; but whereas a blues singer might drone on about waking up in the morning and reaching for the bottle because his mistress has ran off and left him with just his dying dog and an unpaid Netflix account, Greg walks a decidedly different path. Indeed, on one of his tunes - Realigion he sings, ‘I get up early in the morning, I sing for peace and love for everyone and everything.’ And yes, you did read that song title correctly: ‘You might call it religion, I call it Realigion, this is true living sharing peace and love’ says Greg.
He’s very much a glass half full kind of guy (‘If your glass is half empty then fill it to the top’), and is also liable to add hip-hop elements to his songs with a lilting rap flow. At other times, such as on Crazy for Peace, he sounds like Nick Cave at his most contemplative. Greg also puts his money where his mouth is, donating all of the proceeds from his latest album ‘Make your Own’ to Musicians Without Borders.
‘Greg Genre is a singer/songwriter from Newcastle who exudes more warmth than a 15 Tog duvet’ – The Crack