20200327: Friday 27th March: Showcase: Katie Spencer; Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke; 2point4. CANCELLED
Like the expressionistic brushstrokes of a landscape painter, Katie Spencer conjures vivid landscapes through the medium of song. Curating intimate studies using her unique finger picked acoustic guitar style and an assured warm voice, Spencer underlines the sense of space that surrounds her home by the sea in Hornsea, East Yorkshire.
The striking imagery that rings through her ethereal songs creates a universe of sound and storytelling. Her mesmeric live performances have seen her play world-renowned stages, at the likes of Cambridge Folk Festival and Celtic Connections as she assembles a dedicated fanbase from all corners of the country.
“The way Katie plays is never contrived, showy or imitative; it sounds true … a world-class folk guitarist”- fRoots
Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke have been playing together since the early 70s, firstly as a duo, and then, in the mid 90s, as members of their blues band So Long Angel. They then reverted to the duo format, although more recently, after they have toured as part of The Spikedrivers Roots Revue in 2012, the Fran McGillivray Band, a trio with drummer Roger Nunn, was formed.
In 2013 they released the first Fran McGillivray Band CD "Some Luck", which is made up mainly of original songs written by Fran and Mike, some featuring special guest Alan Glen blowing some great harmonica. The songs have a broad range of tones, textures and themes, but they're all rooted in the music they love - the Blues.
2017 saw the release of Midnight Call, another album of original songs with blues, country and Americana stylings and featuring special guests Alan Glen on harmonica, Mike Paice on sax and Martin Smith on lap steel.
In Autumn 2018 they toured as Saints and Sinners, a project where they joined the Spikedrivers to form a five piece band exploring the connections between blues and spirituals. A second tour followed in Autumn 2019. They have completed the first Saints & Sinners album and this will be released to coincide with the 2020 autumn tour.
Right now, they’re working with Roger on a new Fran McGillivray Band album which they hope to have ready for release in a few months, and they’re busy with duo and trio live shows.
"Really top musicians" Fatea Music
2point4: An acoustic duo from Kent who perform original and traditional roots music with a jazzy-swing blues flavour and songs ranging from humorous to social commentary. Dominic Abrams and Geoff Sandiford have been entertaining audiences in various bands and ensembles (they being the 2 and others adding the 4 in 2point4), ranging from Ceilidh to Cajun and gypsy swing to blues for years. Recently they've been performing musical documentaries of local histories to sell out audiences.
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £10(door), £9(advance), £8(members).