Sun 29 April, 2018 – 8pm – The Blue Boar Hotel, Maldon, CM9 4QE
Tickets: Maldon TIC 01621 856503
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Brooks Williams, from Statesboro, Georgia USA creates a super-charged acoustic music that draws heavily on both his blues and Americana roots. In 2013 Williams was nominated best male vocalist by the UK’s foremost roots-music mavens, Spiral Earth. AmericanaUK says, “he has a beautiful voice that you just melt into.” He has that way of delivering a song that plays with the line the way a slide guitarist teases the notes from the strings. Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists. The San Antonio Light says that Williams is a “fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!” Over the years he’s picked alongside Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Paul Jones, Little Feat, Maria Muldaur, Shawn Colvin and Leo Kottke, to name but a few. His craftsmanship is incredible, timing impeccable, thrilling to hear between warm and engaging storytelling. A regular performer in Maldon, he also runs weekend workshops at The Blue Boar Hotel where a small focussed group can chill and immerse themselves in all things guitar in the pleasure of his company and expert guidance.
CHARLIE DORE with JULIAN LITTMAN
Sun 20 May, 2018 – 8pm – The Blue Boar Hotel, Maldon, CM9 4QE
A respected songwriter for others, Charlie enjoys a multi-faceted career that includes acting, comedy-improvisation, writing for radio and composition for film and TV as well as performing live.She has had success with her songs being covered by George Harrison, Tina Turner, Celine Dion, Paul Carrack, UB40 and a UK No 1 ‘Ain’t No Doubt’ for Jimmy Nail. Her songs have won two Ascap awards, an Ivor Novello nomination, the Overall Grand and the Folk Prize from International acoustic Music Awards and Best Album Lyrics (Cheapskate Lullabyes) from Indy Acoustic Project. Charlie is joined by her musician, composer, singer-songwriter and longtime friend, Steeleye lead guitarist Julian Littman. He has played and performed with artists from Gerry Rafferty, Charlie Dore and Dexy’s Midnight Runners to Sister Sledge and Phillip Bailey. Appeared in an abundance of TV & Film roles ( notably Evita, London Boulevard, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), to West End musicals such as “We Will Rock You.” and “125th Street” amongst many others. Together their natural repartee and easiness creates a beautiful creative partnership.
Sat 9 June, 2018 – 8pm – The Sunny Sailor, Maldon, CM9 4LE
Are We There Yet? is the long awaited 5th solo album by Paisley born singer songwriter Jill Jackson, a record that bears the hallmarks of a 25 year musical journey that has taken her from Paisley to Top of The Pops to playing in every State of America (50 States in 50 Days…..yes really!) In the time since 2012’s 5-star reviewed The Ones That Got Away, Jill temporarily relocated to Nashville where she became immersed in Music City’s culture of storytelling song-writing. Personal struggles and a bucket list hike of the Grand Canyon saw the Celtic Connections award winning artist return overflowing with lyrical and musical inspiration. These momentous changes of life and reflective nature flow through every word and note of the 10 new songs on Are We There Yet? – an uplifting, accomplished, mature record. Produced by Boo Hewerdine (Eddi Reader, Emily Barker), Are We There Yet? combines innovative, playful arrangements that would not sound out of place in Lindy Hop, Harlem or the heart of the deep South. With an unabashed embrace of gleeful, melodic choruses delivered in Jill’s unmistakeable warm and heart-wrenching voice.
Sun 24 June, 2018 – 7.30pm – The Blue Boar Hotel, Maldon, CM9 4QE
Boo Hewerdine is one of the great songwriter performers in the business, a unique talent and creative force. As a recording artist, Boo’s first tentative steps came with the band, The Great Divide before the formation of his much-loved eighties group The Bible and a career that subsequently bloomed such that he is now in constant demand as a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher and live concert performer. Boo is perhaps more regularly associated with Brit Award winning singer, Eddi Reader and together they enjoyed international success with the Hewerdine written hit song Patience of Angels in 1995. He also produced Reader’s Sings the Songs of Robert Burns, an album now viewed as a folk classic. He has written songs with major artists such as Sia, Kris Drever (Lau), Duke Special, Chris Difford (Squeeze) and Eddi Reader. He first came to Maldon as part of the duo State of the Union with Brooks Williams and that incredible night endeared them both to Maldon audiences ever since. Boo’s Songwriting Workshops, where he empowers others to achieve their creative aspirations, are something of a legend with weekend retreats run locally at The Blue Boar Hotel. In his solo concerts he delivers this rich tapestry of song in a brilliant evening through the hands and voice of the writer himself with his customary dry wit and light-hearted tales weaving the evening together.
Thurs 13 Sept – 8pm – The Town Hall, Maldon, CM9 4RL
Tickets: Maldon TIC 01621 856503
Daphne’s Flight are Chris While, Julie Matthews, Christine Collister, Helen Watson and Melanie Harrold. They are all accomplished, contemporary songwriters, musicians and renowned singers who draw on their collective wealth of talent and varied styles weaving folk, blues, jazz and pop together with striking harmonies. Supported by a range of instrumentation, beautiful arrangements and percussion, they produce a unique sound. The combination of five female voices; a powerhouse of harmonies leaves the audience breathless and has brought them much critical acclaim. Their eclectic tastes also sees them dipping into new and vibrant arrangements of classic covers such as the Beach Boy’s ‘God Only Knows’ and Elvis Costello’s ‘Ship Building’. An evening with Daphne’s Flight is gloriously filled with their infectious energy, humour and passion.