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17th May 2014, 7:30 p.m.
James Watson & Patsy Gamble Band, with Appleby Kinsey
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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
This event was held on Saturday 17th May 2014
Comments received about this event:

"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."

Feedback from our guests on the night

"The evening was artistically perfect."

Neil Poulter

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

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.

The absence of a bar also has the highly desirable effect of ensuring the ‘pindrop’ atmosphere is maintained, with audiences intent only on the music.

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.