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”
Harpist John Harris and guitarist Matias Weston played such a superb short set of their brilliant distinctive music last December supporting the wonderful Martha Tilston that we just had to get them back to perform a full evening for us, this time with their full 5-piece band.
Their playing is an energetic alchemy of traditional and modern styles, from obscure gaellic tunes to fresh Latin rhythms, beautiful original tunes and arrangements.
And they make a perfect match with all-original and acoustic group Appleby Kinsey who will also be performing some new matieral.
It will be a warm evening of fine music and good company, so join us!
Taeppeda is the Anglo-Saxon word for Tapestry and this exciting new folk group skilfully interweave the old with the new. Bright, traditional tunes are played alongside original ones and given a backing of colourful funk, jazz and Latino rhythms. Celtic harp, fiddle, percussion, and acoustic guitar combine to produce a vibrant sound which is currently wowing audiences in the South West.
The band are led by harpist John Harris who has previously worked with artists such as Miranda Sykes (Show of Hands, Sykes and Preston), June Tabor, Alan Burke (Afterhours) and many others. Taeppeda have recently released a new album entitled ‘Faster then a Greyhound Can Run’.
“Textured musical beauty”Time Out.
“A resonant sound, brimful of imagery and sensation”The Irish World.
“…a fresh bright sound to the playing…The one solo instrumental track is ‘Leaping from the Nest’, which is a nice harp piece from John Harris.” Living Tradition
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.