Thursday 4 August 2016

Dave Stewart Entertainments - Church Keys Tour - Lake Poets, Fraser Anderson and Steepways - Friday 29th July 2015

On Friday 29th July St Lawrence, Evesham resonated with the sounds of the future.

The concert was organised by Dave Stewart Entertainment & The Churches Conservation Trust (who look after the stunning church and 349 other ones around the country). It was part of nationwide series of concerts in churches called the "Church Keys" tour.

These concerts have seen Chris Difford from Squeeze, Nick Kershaw and even Dave Stewart himself play!

I kicked off the bill on Friday with songs from my new upcoming album with Steepways. It was delightfully strange to strip the rockier songs back and play them just with an acoustic guitar in a holy space, rather than blasting them out with my five piece band in a sweaty London bar!

Next was Fraser Anderson, fresh from playing on the same bill as Kula Shaker, this jet setter had a great guitar style with lots of dynamic interplay - he even used a sponge under his guitar strings at one point to get an unusual soft muted sound.

Completing the night was the talented Marty from The Lake Poets. This man has the voice! Something special about the way he sings that reverberated wonderfully in the dramatic surroundings.

Fraser has lots of interesting gigs coming up including a Spanish double headliner with Pete Doherty, Marty is playing some great festivals including Under the Apple Tree Festival in September and my next gig is with the full band in a sweaty London bar - The Gladstone! Saturday 13th August.
For you that don't know the Gladstone has been sold and this will be the last time we play this beautiful place. I first played there in 2006 promoting my debut album 'Don't look up' with Tom Corneill who was promoting his debut 'I asked an Angel'.
I have played there a dozen or so times since and will be genuinely sad to see it close. The place always looks busy when I have been but the landlord has decided to sell, this is very sad for the scene and will be missed by many.

On a lighter note did you know that Dave Stewart co-wrote the Shakespeares Sister hit single "Stay" under the pseudonym "Jean Guiot"?

PS Big Thanks to Tim from Even Lode Productions who did a fantastic job not only with the sound on the night but the lights as you can see.

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