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17th May 2014, 7:30 p.m.
James Watson & Patsy Gamble Band, with Appleby Kinsey
© Pindrop Events Limited. 2016
James Watson & Patsy Gamble Band, with Appleby Kinsey
Saturday 17th May 2014, 7:30 p.m.
James Watson & Patsy Gamble Band, Appleby Kinsey
The Ale House, Mill Lane Colwall WR13 6HJ (map)
This event was held on Saturday 17th May 2014
Comments received about this event:
Feedback from our guests on the night

"Wonderful music. Top venue - Keep it up! Thanks."

"Very pleasurable evening, amazing music very personable and enjoyable. Thank you very much. Appleby Kinsey were especially good."

"Loved it! Would come to anything like this again. Vocals were wonderful - just loved that hanging back behind the beat. Superb material. Where does the band perform regularly (locally) please.

"An atmospheric evening of fabulous, exciting music in a unique venue. The moths came in through the window & danced with delight. Loved it!" : Siou

"Fantastico! Wonderful atmosphere, superb ambience, the music was good too!"

"Music very folky and jazzy ... Great!! Lovely rhythms & atmosphere" : Birmingham Gerald Zimbabwe

"Excellent - surpassing expectations - really loved the unity of the first group [Ed: Appleby Kinsey] together - lovely melodies and harmony of female voices. Lovely intimate venue though a little restricted - especially if you all grow in popularity. Many thanks."

"Appleby Kinsey: very enjoyable and soulful. Particularly liked the lady on the wind instruments [Ed: Emma Stone]. James Watson & Patsy Gamble Band: Excellent, highly original and very soulfull" (South African)"

"A real treat - thank you. Wine and nibbles a lovely extra."

Neil Poulter

"The evening was artistically perfect."

The James Watson and Patsy Gamble Band perform at this delightful, intimate venue in Colwall, just to the west of the Malvern Hills. Virtuoso classical and jazz guitarist James Watson and award-winning jazz saxophonist Patsy Gamble are individually acclaimed and busy artists. They come together to produce sophisticated, original and exciting music. This event is a rare opportunity to see such world-class musicians in concert in close-up and is one not to be missed. They are joined by James' brother Tristan on guitar and James Henstock on percussion.

They are supported by another four-piece band, Appleby Kinsey, who have been building up a following in the three counties region. They play original songs, sometimes with a latin jazz feel, sometimes closer to contemporary folk. With Catherine Kinsey's silky voice, perfect for their genre, and Emma Stone's fabulous improvisation on saxophone and flute, they make an engaging sound. Their music is based around Ken Appleby's acoustic guitar playing and Tristan Crawley's double bass.

There will be no bar at this event, but a glass of wine is provided free with each ticket. You are welcome to bring your own bottle of wine. Wine glasses with be provided.

Please see the venue description for information about parking.

The Artists

James Watson & Patsy Gamble Band:


James Watson is a virtuoso classical / jazz guitarist and composer. Patsy Gamble is a world class saxophonist. Individually they have very active, acclaimed careers as performers and recording artists. Together they make one of the most exciting and original combinations around, playing an entrancing style of energetic and sophisticated acoustic jazz.

The line-up includes James' brother Tristan on guitar and James Henstock on percussion.

Appleby Kinsey:


A quartet of guitar, saxophones, flute and double bass, Appleby Kinsey continue to create a distinctive, natural acoustic sound, with rich melodies, beautiful original songs, and masterful playing.

Hannah West joined the group in January 2016 as double bass player. Hannah is a talented and versatile musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, teacher and composer.

Talitha Cole and Emma's Stone's voices combine in beautiful harmonies over lyrical, catchy, original songs in a variety of styles, from Latin jazz to folk.

Since 2010 Appleby Kinsey have been playing weddings, festivals, cruise boats, bars, restaurants and have a dedicated following in the region. They have a large repertoire of original songs in various genres ranging from cool jazz to straight pop and contemporary folk, using an appealing mixture of these styles. They have released one album, ‘Begin Again’ on CD and download, containing 14 original songs. Tracks from ‘Begin Again’ are regularly played on BBC Local Radio.



The Venue

The Ale House



Mill Lane Colwall WR13 6HJ (map)

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.

Disabled Access

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.