The number of tickets available only reflects our allocation and not the total tickets remaining for the event.
We do not post out tickets. See faqs for more info.
A glorious shared bill with Samantha Whates and David Ward-MacLean
Samantha Whates – A Young Woman Who Takes The Popular Song Beyond The Boundaries
Sometimes, a song is playing and the room becomes absolutely still and quiet. There is no interruption save for the singer’s measured breathing as it balances airlessly on the melody. A single instrument picks out only as much notation as is necessary to frame the piece. A great song needs very little embroidery to keep us interested because all the pattern you need is in its story and the telling of it.
“Village Kids”, a song very much in the folk tradition, does exactly that. But its deceptively simple setting is merely a platform for the creation of a wider musical context. I can’t remember when a song and a singer stopped me in my tracks quite like this. Even more outrageous is the fact that it’s taken two years and a perfunctory point towards You Tube for me to discover her. Clearly, that state of affairs cannot persist and it won’t be long before her songs reach much further into the public consciousness.
Samantha is a Scot living in London but she is no exile. Musically speaking, she is already a citizen of the world and her work is the product of an inquisitive, enquiring mind. She takes her identity with her everywhere and always, but she sings with insights gained by listening to other voices. It’s music that flits back and forth across borders almost undetected and, perhaps because of that, risks going almost unnoticed too.
Her album, Dark Nights for Brighter Days, recorded at Castlesound Studios, was released late last year. The studio seems to be the right place for young musicians with new ideas that spring from the deep well of tradition. The record really is a revelation insofar as it is a startling debut from the kind of young artist that we all seem to have been waiting for. One who can make time and space stand still, becalm the mind and ease the soul. Hear her. More Great New Music on FreshTracks
Dave’s delivery has the rawness and grit of some of the greatest bluesmen but he has a complexity and tenderness to his arrangements reminiscent of Nick Drake or John Renbourn, his hands never settling on the fret board for too long.
At times aggressive and remorseful, such as the delivery of “I don’t mind dying ‘cause I do it every day” during Brainstem Blues, a track that grapples with the id, ego and superego and their fight for supremacy. At other times hopeful and nostalgic such as The Killing’s “Rain on the roof and that song you love, even the part that I never get right… Giving out gifts on a sable night, with a re-born moon above…”.