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 brilliant guitar duo from the Lake District, Erin Stephens and Jack Hartley combine dazzling technical skills with brilliant composition and arrangement.
They are individually among the top UK guitarists, and as a duo they generate a rare energy, thrilling their audiences with an uplifting and highly entertaining act.
Zero Fret Club:
Guitarists Jack Hartley and Erin Stephens make up Zero Fret Club, one of the UK's top instrumental guitar duos.
Both seasoned musicians in their own right, Jack & Erin share a love of instrumental acoustic guitar music, particularly Gypsy Jazz, a style first popularised by Django Reinhardt in 1930s France.
But there's more to them than any one genre. They cover a diverse range of influences and styles, from Blues and Jazz to Flamenco and Classical and have a fine collection of original songs. They perform with dazzling technical skill and engage brilliantly with their audiences.
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.