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Jan
19
Sat
2019
Saskia @ ACE Space
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

 

Saskia

Saskia describes her songs as “a little too meaningful to be pop, and a little too contemporary to be folk”.  What we know is ACE Spacers who saw her supporting the Jaywalkers loved her music and we immediately booked her, along with her band, for this headline slot.
Saskia is a 26 year old independent English singer songwriter from London who tours the folk and acoustic scene year round. Frequently compared to Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Eva Cassidy for her pure, clear voice and nu-folk style repertoire, her music blends the classical simplicity of folks songs with contemporary moods, melodies and meaning.
Previously one of the worlds youngest Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapists with a practice on Harley Street London, in 2014 she left it all behind to pursue a career in music. She has since had three releases, run three successful crowdfunding campaigns and won a substantial arts council grant to tour her debut album Gentle Heart (2016).

Saskia’s website

+ Jon Wilks

Jon Wilks is a music journalist, guitarist and singer of traditional folk songs. While he’s perhaps better known for his guitar skills and his work on the Grizzly Folk website, his live shows are an amusing mix of folk song performance and conversation, throwing in tidbits of weird and wonderful information about the original singers and collectors that he has come across during his journalistic research.

The folk music press had these lovely things to say about his debut album, Songs from the Attic…

  • “His love for folk music manifests itself throughout this lovely album.” – Folk Radio UK
  • “Songs From the Attic is a genuine, carefully considered album which is made with a lot of heart. It deserves to be noticed.” – Bright Young Folk

Jon Wilks website

Tickets: £12 (£10 Early Bird – by 5 January or when limited tickets have been sold if earlier)

Tickets are available locally in advance from Hogan Music with no booking fee or click here to buy tickets from wegottickets

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The ACE Space bar usually stocks draught ale eg Good Old Boy (£3.50 pint), bottled / canned beers, lagers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Interval drinks may be ordered in advance. Note bar is cash only.

Seating is normally informally grouped around tables in the main hall. Come early for the best choice of seats.

N.B. Due to nearby construction work, there is no car parking and very restricted turning capacity at the venue so please use the nearby car parks (£2 for the evening) or look for on-street parking other than in St Nicholas Road, so as not to inconvenience local residents. Most parking spaces in Bartholomew Street are free after 6pm.

8pm start  (Doors open: 7.30pm)

Jan
26
Sat
2019
The Blue Bishops – live music @ The Croft Hall
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Blues but definitely on that rocky edge. Join us for one of our classic cafe format evenings with great music. Over the years The Blue Bishops have built a reputation both for their studio albums and live performances. Acknowledged as one of the best live bands on the circuit, on first seeing them at the Bishopstock Festival in Devon back in 1999, Robert Cray remarked ‘I will have to watch my back’. Radio 2’s Paul Jones has called their studio work ‘Superb’ and the music press has consistently praised the calibre of their recordings and live shows.

 

Feb
23
Sat
2019
Faustus @ St Lawrence's Church, Hungerford
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Benji, Saul and Paul return to give you their unique take on English folk music.

Faustus us a English tradition folk trio, nominated in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, featuring three of the leading lights of their generation of folk artists: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

‘Death and Other Animals’ received the 2017 German Critics Award (Schallplatenkritik Bestenliste) in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter/World Music category. It has received at 2018 nomination for the Maltzhaus Plauen Music Music Prize.

Faustus have been touring with The Tranports, a revival and reworking of Peter Bellamy’s ballad opera, which has received stunning reviews and five stars from the Guardian. They are working alongside the University of Exeter on a collection of 19th century texts from the Lancashire Cotton Famine, one of their musical settings having recently featured on BBC Radio 4.

’One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ **** The Guardian

Mar
9
Sat
2019
The Songs of Leonard Cohen – Keith James @ The Croft Hall
Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line.

The chilling announcement of Leonard’s passing marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility. A Man of Grace. Our World misses him very much!

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving close to 400 concerts to well over 100,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career in music. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and Andalucia, Spain

Included in the concert are Cohen’s well known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah alongside his rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Also included are Keith’s dramatic and absorbing performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence.

‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’  Sunday Times

Mar
16
Sat
2019
Contemporary Young Musicians @ The Croft Hall, Hungerford
Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Showcasing the stars of tomorrow.

Once again local young musicians and students from the Academy of Contemporary Music will get the opportunity to perform in an intimate cafe setting. The line up has yet to be finalised, but Beth George the
star of our last concert will be performing. Beth is a singer, songwriter and pianist with influences of Birdy and London Grammar. She uses a loop pedal to create beats and harmonies for original songs as well as to put twists on covers.

If you want live, modern music in a chilled-out setting look no further. Bring a group of friends along to catch the stars of the future. Bar available.

See ArtsforHungerford.com for details of performers nearer the time.