Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Gillow Folk Line Up for July features Roger Wilson and John Harper

Roger Wilson - at the Gillow this week
Folk is back at the Robert Gillow, Lancaster, throughout July - and once again, the venue has some amazing artists lined up, including the rare musical talent of Roger Wilson this week and the talented John Harper later in the month.

Roger Wilson (Thursday 7th July) is a unique and extraordinary guitar and fiddle player, with a wonderful voice and immense capacity for original and inspired songwriting.  He has gained enviable international acclaim for his musicianship with such artists as Sarah Grey, John Tams, the USA-based House Band, Chris Wood and Martin Carthy.

He has three solo albums to his credit - The Palm of Your Hand (1988), Stark Naked (1994) and You Look Familiar (2007) and featured on countless others - and spent two years as the mainstay of the orchestra in the award-winning theatrical milestone “War Horse” in London’s Drury Lane and recently toured with a revitalised “Lark Rise To Candleford”.

Ace Local band Moorgate (appearing Thursday 14th July) comprise Simon Booth playing melodeon and harmonica; Richard Robinson playing clarinet; and Tony Cooke on guitar.

All three have been playing folk dance music for years (with The Ran Tan Band, Free Reed Band, Shake A Leg, One Foot In The Gutter, Slur et al.) so this is one belting-good ceilidh band!

The music comes from all over Great Britain and other parts of Europe and has strong melodies, subtle harmonies and traditional dance rhythms.

John Harper makes another welcome visit to the Gillow on Thursday 21st July - an exceptionally talented guitarist and singer.

John is a regular Lancaster entertainer who always dazzles everyone with his powerful renditions of British and American contemporary songs, his own compositions and traditional folksong.  He's the kind of performer who delivers music to make you sing!

A month of great folk music closes out with Keith Davis (Thursday 28th July), a firm favourite of  at The Robert Gillow. He comes all the way from Bristol to play in Lancaster - a classic blues singer and a simply amazing guitarist and technically the most accomplished bluesman in the country.

He performs a mixture of “straight” blues, ragtime/hokum styles and slide/Dobro guitar and is widely regarded as one of the great British acoustic entertainers.

• More information on music and other events at the Robert Gillow on their official web site: www.pubfoodlancaster.co.uk

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