Saturday 7 February

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A busy night: the Dock Soul Club maybe be more than usually populated by ex-Birdcage boys and girls celebrating a special birthday while over in Milton there will be (from Dave Jordan):

The next Barebones acoustic music evening at Milton Village Hall starring:

Jack Harris, who was a South by Southwest showcasing artist at 17 and the first international act to win the New Folk songwriting competition at The Kerrville Folk Festival, Texas. Previous winners include Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Gillian Welch and Devon Sproule.  He lives in London, and gigs all around the UK and in the USA and Europe, both as a headline performer and as a support act, opening for some of folk music’s biggest names, including Dick Gaughan, Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, as well as contemporary songwriters like Anais Mitchell and Jeffrey Foucault.  Jack’s live show is a riveting mix of song-craft and story-telling, adorned by intricate fingerstyle guitar and smoky, soulful vocals. Drawing from the narrative traditions of folk and blues music, Jack brings both into the here and now; a “born poet”, whose songs are steeped in myth and mystery.  http://jackharrismusic.com/

Jerry Williams, by contrast, lives just down the road in Milton.  She is universally rated as the very best of Portsmouth’s singer/songwriters.  Jerry was runner-up in last year’s News Guide Awards best solo artist category, is a finalist again this year and is hotly tipped to win it.  Since she last played for us, a year ago, Jerry has played the Victorious Festival (again!), Wickham Festival (twice!) several gigs in London and Brighton and opened for Chas & Dave (really!) and Fishermen’s Friends at the Union Chapel in London. You can see and hear her singing “Lavender Fields”, one of her original songs, here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-asXh4Wwhn8

There will also be some excellent surprise artistes performing short sets for your delectation and delight.

The usual rules apply, such as they are:

  • There is no admission charge, no tickets and no bookings.
  • There’s no PA – it’s entirely acoustic – and not much in the way of lighting.  Also, the furniture is a bit hard so you might want to bring a cushion.
  • We’ll have a collection where the audience is invited to contribute what they think it’s worth for a full evening of astonishing acoustic music.  The money is shared out among the performers listed above and pays for the hire of the hall.
  • Bring your own booze or soft drinks and/or nibbles.  The hall is not licensed for the sale of intoxicating liquor.
  • All this is why we call it Barebones!

Looking forward to seeing you there, Milton Village Hall, Milton Road, Southsea PO4 8PR at 8pm on Saturday 7 February.  Doors open at 7.30pm.

If you can’t wait that long, there is a music evening at Milton Village Hall on Saturday 24 January, in aid of Macmillan Nursing, featuring the Muvverpluckers, STRUMdiddlyumptious, Maggie Sawkins and Sue Apicella.  It is also free entry with a collection.


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

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