|Victoria Hume, described as "Really beautiful stuff" by BBC6 presenter Lauren Laverne|
Thursday 2nd August: Keith Davis
Keith is probably the most accomplished blues guitarists you will hear and a firm favourite at The Robert Gillow. He comes all the way from Bristol to play here and it is always a great pleasure to welcome him back.
A classic blues singer and a simply amazing guitarist, he'll be performing a mixture of “straight” blues, ragtime/hokum styles and slide/Dobro guitar and is widely regarded as one of the great British acoustic entertainers.
Thursday 9th August: Pete Morton
Pete Morton is one of the best songwriters in the UK today. He has been performing to audiences worldwide for over two decades with his unique and involving style of songwriting and traditional singing.
His songs are an unruly mix of humour, politics, religion, love and social comment, wrapping their way around the folk tradition. His stageshows are intense and dynamic, the national Guardian pronouncing him “not only impressive but a revelation … totally original” and fRoots magazine said he is “… amongst the best the British roots music scene has produced in living memory.” They are absolutely right.
• More info: www.petemorton.com
Thursday 16th August: Victoria Hume
Victoria is a songwriter brought up in Dorset and based in London since 1998. She plays guitar and piano with “definite shades of Joni Mitchell and John Martyn”. Her music has been described as “nothing less than sublime” by The Troubadour and “refreshingly unique ...a pleasure to hear” by Blogcritics.
Her new album Landing took three years to make and will be on sale on the night:
• More info: www.victoriahume.com
Thursday 23rd August: Pat Simmons + session
Last year, local multi-instrumentalist, singer and digital artist Pat Simmons came to the Gillow to celebrate his 65th birthday. He sang, played the guitar, fiddle and whistle at various times – a mixture of traditional folk songs and tunes, some blues numbers and original compositions.
After an hour or so the solo performance ended and other friends and musicians joined in and entertained the crowd with a very fine session until the early hours. It was excellent music and it was a superb session and Pat insists that it be repeated this year, so they will. It will be a party and you are invited.
Thursday 30th August: Phil Saunders
Phil is a solid, stonkin’ bluesman who will entertain and delight you. He plays guitar and harmonica and sings, and whether he is playing his own material or rejuvenating classic blues numbers by the likes of Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson, T-bone Walker or Jimmy Reed his music is down to earth, genuine and heartfelt.
He is a favourite at local festivals such as Solfest, Brampton Live and Sedbergh and says “I have developed a fingerpicking style of guitar playing because I often drop plectrums and can’t be bothered to pick them up”.
More info: www.reverbnation.com/philsaunders
• The Robert Gillow is at 64 Market Street, Lancaster, LA1 1HP. Tel: 01524 36092. Official web site: www.pubfoodlancaster.co.uk