Live listening music in cosy venues
“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”
Last May the James Watson & Patsy Gamble band inaugurated the Ale House Concerts with an evening of delicious melodic, original jazz. It was a perfect warm early summer evening, with the songs of blackbirds drifting in through the open windows of this lovely, cosy 16th century hall.
The band are back to treat us once more to wonderful music and virtuoso playing.
As last year, Appleby Kinsey will be starting off the evening with their more folky, but still original and melodic style of music, this time in a trio format.
A fine evening is guaranteed.
The atmosphere at these concerts is unique. The audience sit at small tables, complete with candles and flowers, and bring their own wine and enjoy the intimate bistro-like atmosphere while in close contact with the performers.
The venue is small and tickets are few. These concerts generally sell out so be sure to get your tickets early.
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.
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 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.