Live listening music in cosy venues
“It's a delight to play here. Long may it continue.” John Doyle.
“This is a great venue. I have really, really enjoyed playing here.” Martin Simpson.
“I really like this little venue.” Pierre Bensusan.
A traditionally glorious celebration of Christmas in the lovely, intimate Ale House with classy original folky jazz music from Appleby Stone.
We are thrilled and delighted to have our friend Greg Knowles join us on percussion. Greg has appeared at the Ale House twice before, once performing with Mo Foster & Friends and once with Appleby Kinsey. He is the UK's leading cimbalom player (though he won't be bringing one with him on this occasion!) and a superb interpreter of music. We are greatly privileged to have him join us. His playing will make the evening even more special.
Of course, there will also be Jan's home-made mince pies.
Playing drums at an early age in bands, orchestras and brass bands Greg studied formally at the RNCM with Gilbert Webster. He went from there to London to work with Peter Maxwell Davies.
He started working in studios and West End Shows, playing with various artists including Nigel Kennedy, Madonna, Freddy Mercury, Pet Shop Boys, and Echo and the Bunny Men.
Greg also worked with Ray Russell and Mo Foster at The Montreux Jazz Festival.
He has worked on movie sound tracks for Lord of the Rings, Ravenous with Damon Albarn, Hunger Games with The Punch Brothers, and most recently Hercules for composer Fernando Velasquez.
He has been writing library music for 25 years, and provided music for the wedding scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Recent engagements at the Royal Opera House in Winter's Tale for composer Joby Talbot, and now MD in Wolf Hall for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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.
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.
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.