20180914: Friday 14th September: Boxwood Chessman; Sheri Kershaw; Robin Gillan
Support: Matthew Harris
The Boxwood Chessmen are a semi-acoustic four-piece band from East Anglia and Middlesex, raiding a fabulous musical pantry stocked with the finest roots ingredients - Folk, Americana, Angliana, hokum and a light dusting of swing, all delivered with panache and fun... pretty much anything goes into the pot. They call it Gloriana. Their current album 'Delusions of Grandeur', a mix of traditional and self-penned material, confirms just how truly entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable this band is.
The Boxwood Chessmen are Penni McLaren Walker (lead vocals, guitars, bouzouki, whistles, kazoo, accordion and percussion), Steve Collins (vocals, e-melodeon, melodeon, ukulele, harmonica, guitar, kazoo and percussion), John Campbell Armer (vocals, bass, guitars, percussion and other noises and Bryan Causton (vocals, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki and percussion).
Sheri Kershaw has been writing and performing her own songs since way back in the early seventies and has developed her own inimitable style. Her recent work showcases her fantastic song writing and vocal skills, and a typical set includes soulful ballads written straight from the heart, laced with numbers with almost a West Coast American feel, right through to more hard-edged blues numbers, all delivered by three incredibly talented musicians, Sheri herself (vocals and guitar), Martyn Hewitt (guitar) and Chris Brimley (guitar and bass).
"For such a slight lady, Sheri's vocals pack a real punch and she undoubtedly possesses one of the most natural and expressive voices on the circuit." Andy Kilvington
Robin Gillan is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and singer, known for his authentic and emotive playing of old-time American and British traditional music. Described as a polymath musician, he delivers songs with power and sensitivity, whilst his fiddle playing conjures up backwoods mountain scenes and soft rainy pastures. Equally adept at 5 string banjo, fiddle, harmonica, guitar and melodeon, Robin's playing has rawness balanced by technical ability, which produces an archaic sound rarely achieved in the 21st century.
In the two decades that he has been active on the folk scene, Robin has worked with many artists, including the late folk legend Tom Paley.
Old sea shanties, Appalachian tunes and Folk songs all converge with a side dish of original material. Newmarket based Matthew Harris delivers a unique and varied repertoire that will leave you humming and smiling and thinking that maybe the banjo isn’t so bad after all....
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £10(door), £9(advance), £8(members).