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“This is a great venue. I have really, really enjoyed playing here.” Martin Simpson.
“I really like this little venue.” Pierre Bensusan.
“This is a rare venue, intimate, atmospheric, extremely well-run with devoted attention to every aspect, sound, ambience, lighting, decor and conviviality. Bring your own refreshments, relax and be entertained!” Karen Bates.
“What a fantastic hidden gem of a venue!” “It‘s like a private party among friends. Enjoy the banter.” “A jewel by the hill” “Keep it secret”
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We are delighted to present a wonderfully talented young singer-songwriter at the Ale House next March.
Her performance lifts you, almost like an illusion of flying. She combines literary, lyrical, heartfelt, personal songs with a gentle mastery of the guitar, a wonderful voice and a delightful, confident rapport with her audience.
As an indication of the scale of her talent, Anne-Marie was chosen to support the great Ralph McTell at a concert recently at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.
Anne-Marie will be a big star of the UK folk scene one day soon. Come and see her first at the Ale House!
Anne-Marie Sanderson's voice is evocative of birds in flight - soaring, gliding, swooping - and it finds its home among the tall trees of her deft guitar work. Describing Sanderson's distinctive indie-folk music in these terms is apt; she is an artist who casts a careful eye and attentive ear to the natural environment, alternating between wide-eyed wonder and wry observation. As well as drawing from a host of musical influences, some of Sanderson's songs pay homage to literary greats, and she is currently recording a collection of songs inspired by authors including Robert Macfarlane, Barbara Kingsolver, and Doris Lessing.
2018 sees her heading out on the road for a bevy of solo dates around the UK. A native of Cumbria, having recently returned from several years of performing her music in the States, Sanderson is currently based in Warwickshire. Gentle but persistent, the stream of Sanderson's musical output carves an ever-deepening channel, determining its own path.
“Anne-Marie Sanderson makes songs that ripple, peacefully, like circles in the water—full of gradual but unstoppable outward motion... delicate, but by no means flimsy, folk.”" - Ned Lannaman, The Portland Mercury
“...like a more symphonic Laura Veirs [...] Sumptuous.” - Higher Plain Music
“...confessional, literary folk... delicate and powerful at once...” - The Modern Folk Music of America
“...soulful, sensitive, accomplished and engaging; you can feel her heart in her songs as well as
witness how well crafted they are.” - Heidi Glynn-Finnegan, Sing for your Supper
The Ale House
The Ale House is a delightful and intimate concert venue, with warm acoustics.
Despite its name, there are no bar facilities at The Ale House and events there do not normally make alcoholic drinks available for sale. Most events, however, are bring-your-own. Wine glasses are made available.
In the 16th Century The Ale House was a place to serve ale to the parishioners of Colwall after church services. Nowadays, while having all modern facilities, it retains its ancient charm, with oak beams and leaded windows.
It is situated adjacent to St James the Great Church in Colwall. From the main B4218 going through the main part of Colwall, turn down Mill Lane, which is just north of the railway bridge. Go past Colwall Village Hall and the church is about half a mile further down the lane.
Park in the large car park next to the church and walk through the churchyard to the Ale House.
For reasons of safety parking is not allowed immediately adjacent to the building.
The Ale House is fully equipped for wheelchair access.
There is a pull-in space by the main door at the south end of the building (shown in the picture) for drop-off.