Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Martha Tilston (plus guests)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

“Martha Tilston has carved her niche with sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. It is an engrossing set.. She captures both the harshness and enchantment of life, with the salt of sea air almost palpable.”
The Guardian

Includes special screening of The Clifftop Sessions: Eight musicians and a camera crew collide with guitars, a grand piano and a roaring fire; The art of song captured like never before on film. Watch the film and be taken away to this spine-tingling night in Cornwall, followed by performances from Martha & guest musicians from the film including Nuala Honan, Clayton Blizzard and many more.

Greg Cordez

Ear Trumpet Music presents regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

“The themes are melodic, memorable, and often beautiful, but there’s an intelligent, exploratory side to the music that ensures that it transcends mere ‘prettiness’.”
The Jazz Mann

Bassist & composer Greg Cordez comes to The Wardrobe Theatre to play a one-off show celebrating the release of ‘Last Things Last’, his second album and follow up to the acclaimed ‘Paper Crane’. Greg will be joined by local musicians Jake McMurchie – Saxophones, Pete Judge – Trumpet, Steve Banks – Guitar and Matt Brownn – Drums. Bristol-based songwriter and producer Harvey Causon will also be providing an intimate opening set of songs featuring soft, glitching electronica, a deft take on contemporary R&B, and reeled by his rich vocals, that sound far more world wearied than his 19 years.

‘Last Things Last’ explores the themes of coincidence, optimism and the slow dissolution of a personal relationship. ‘Cherry vs Des Moines’ take a distant and dispassionate view of the landmark court case between the Cherry Sisters (widely regarded to amongst the worst musical acts of all time) and the Iowa Supreme Court. ‘Figlock’ pays tribute to street cleaner Joseph Figlock, who had the misfortune to break the fall of two babies, on separate occasions, falling from the tower block in which he swept. The title track tells the story of a person in a state of flux over the durability of a relationship and whether to commit to the decision to begin the process of disentanglement. ‘Low Winter Sun’ was named after the beautiful vistas and winter light observed during late night and early morning walks around Brooklyn and the West Village. ‘Clementine’ is a tribute to a high school crush and ‘All That Is’ an exploration of fatherhood and lake swimming.

Influenced by the work of Reid Anderson, Todd Sickafoose and Charlie Haden, Cordez also further explores the music of Paul Motion, Mogwai, Ethiopiques and Gram Parsons to create a diverse and contemporary soundscape in which both the music and musicians explore space, timbre, melody, and dynamic shape. “With each day that passes, it appears to me the distance between elation and the desolate narrows and the sense is that these two themes run concurrently, says Cordez. “As best I could I wanted to represent this in both the music and in the album artwork.” The beautiful performances of Cordez’s band and the contributions of producer Ben Allison make for a heartfelt, fragile and elegiac sophomore album release.

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Young Waters (plus Spindle Ensemble)

Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar. Their exhilarating rhythms and intricate melodies, coupled with a repertoire that combines startling original material with traditional folk songs, makes for a captivating stage presence. 2017 has seen the band record a full length album at Peter Gabriel’s legendary Real World Studios which will be released in April 2018 to coincide with their UK tour.

“Energetic, original … excellent stage presence and varied, enchanting material … extremely deserving winners of the Bath Folk Festival New Shoots Competition 2016.”
Bath Folk Festival

Spindle Ensemble are an experimental instrumental quartet from Bristol’s music collective ‘Bloom’. They perform original compositions by Daniel Inzani that hover cinematically somewhere between jazz, folk and classical idioms, taking inspiration from artists such as Moondog, Eric Satie and Mulatu Astatke. Their debut album, Bea, was released as a luxury gatefold vinyl edition via new label Adderwell Music in Nov 2017.

“Beautiful sounds, definitely a band to watch.”
Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3, Late Junction

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Little Unsaid

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

Echoing the melancholic power of Leonard Cohen or Nick Cave, The Little Unsaid specialise in “songwriting of a real rich quality, all held together by an intensity of approach” (Clash). Having spent the last year touring Europe and garnering critical acclaim, the band are touching down at The Wardrobe for an intimate night of “extraordinary music” (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2) that harnesses rock, folk, electronica, jazz and lead man John Elliott’s powerful vocals.

“Entrancing… songwriting of a real rich quality, all held together by an intensity of approach, by a focus on the emotional weight music can carry.”

“Extraordinary music. This is an amazing act.”
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Martin Carthy

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated “Waiting for Angels” was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played.

“Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all.”
Q Magazine

“Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers.”
The Telegraph

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys (plus The Drystones)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

Having already recorded and produced over 10 acclaimed records, had multiple live sessions and airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, it’s hard to believe that 24-year-old Cornwall-based folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Kelly has only been performing live for 4 years. As a child, Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing songs, and play tunes on his melodeon. This awe and passion for Celtic music, coupled with a love for the heavy riffs of classic rock and blues, and a voice described by Mike Harding as ‘one of my favourite voices ever’ has led Sam on to produce some of the most exciting music on the British folk scene in recent years. With folk luminaries such as Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, and Cara Dillon waxing lyrical about Sam’s live set, it seemed fitting when he was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award for emerging artists at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

“Really fabulous stuff.”
Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2

The Drystones (Alex Garden and Ford Collier) are two fine and talented emerging folk musicians. Somerset based they started out arranging lively jigs played on guitar, fiddle and whistle and then emerged on the scene with storming sets at Priddy Folk Festival and continuing on to perform at such festivals as Sidmouth Folk Week, Bath International Music Festival, Warwick Folk Festival, Bromyard Folk Festival, The Village Pump Festival, and Purbeck Folk Festival to name a few. 2017 has seen their third album “We Happy Few” released to great acclaim. It was produced by Will Lang (known for his collaborations, Nitin Sawhney, PBS6, Halsway Manor) and this time was recorded by Julian Batten at the Loft Music studios in Newcastle. Whilst touring the UK extensively they have supported Ray Davis, Steeleye Span, and The Elephant Sessions, Seth Lakeman at Sidmouth and Martin and Eliza Carthy at Cecil Sharp House.

“The Drystones technical prowess and stylistic awareness speak for themselves.”
Tom Newell ,Songlines 2017

An Evening with Gecko

Expect songs about Tooth fairy admin, long haired folk heroines, ignored characters from Italian renaissance paintings and lots of animals. Gecko has taken two successful shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and appeared at Glastonbury, Bestival, BBC Radio 1 & BBC 6 Music.

“It made me instantly happy.”
Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“Guaranteed to put a smile on even the grumpiest of faces…an absolute favourite.”
Gary Crowley, BBC London Introducing

“Raising a laugh and a lump in the throat all at once is a good trick – possibly the best. Gecko makes it look easy. A gifted young comic songwriter with charm and style to spare…what sets him above many of his contemporaries is his restlessly inventive approach to character. One song offers what may well be the defining chorus of a generation.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby


Experimental live music and Baroque-pop mash-ups; gender-twisting visuals and gothic storytelling: this new work is an exploration of ‘the Doppelgänger’ – devised and performed by a pair of real life doppelgängers.

With an uncanny blend of European 1630s-inspired retrofuturism and 1930s wrestling, DoppelDänger explores the boundaries between self and other, gig and theatre, and questions representations of femalehood on stage.

Eugénie Pastor and Shamira Turner are associate artists of award-winning Little Bulb Theatre. After years of being mistaken for one another, they decided to lean into it, heavily. Together, they are interested in blurring the territories of theatre and music, extravagant multi-tasking, and reclaiming what it means to be two women on stage.

“The highlight comes in She Goat’s DoppelDänger, two artists linked and the limbs and singing… strange compositions, like Björk’s dissonant combinations of simple vocal melodies laid out with humour over complex sonic productions.”
The Wire

Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre
Supported by & developed at Camden People’s Theatre
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

How To Win Against History

Henry Cyril Paget was one of the Earth’s wealthiest men, until he lost it all by being too damn fabulous. 5th Marquis of Anglesey blew his family’s colossal fortune on diamond frocks, lilac-dyed poodles and putting on simply amazing plays to which nobody came, causing a very 19th century scandal. His fabulous flame burned brightly, briefly and transvestitely until he died at just 29, after which his outraged family destroyed every record of him ever having had existed.

Seiriol Davies’s fierce, hilarious, tragi-gorgeous, ripped-up new musical is a true story of being too weird for the world but desperately not wanting it to forget you. A frothy, glossy costume drama musical about expectations, manliness, disappointment and the stories we tell to convince ourselves it’s all going well, and the moments we realise it’s not.

How To Win Against History was the solid gold, sparkly-diamond-studded hit of Edinburgh Fringe 2016.

“A work of genius.”
★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

“Gleeful, ludicrous – a larky collision of Gilbert & Sullivan and Monty Python.”
★★★★ Time Out

“Deliriously entertaining.”
★★★★★ What’s On Stage

WINNER: The Stage Edinburgh Award & Broadway Baby Bobby

Seiriol Davies is a composer, writer and performer from Anglesey, Wales. He trained with Thomas Prattki at LISPA, and has made work with companies like Punchdrunk, You Need Me, One Tenth Human, Giant Bird, Kristin Fredricksson & Beady Eye, Rififi and Boileroom, with whom he won the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award. “Mess”, which he created with Caroline Horton & Co, premiered at the Traverse, Edinburgh in 2012, winning awards including The Stage Award for Acting Excellence and an Argus Angel. He was Cyril Millions in the cult retro-punk time-travelling music hall act Underbling & Vow, wrote and performed with Weimar-glam art band Temper Temper and was a founder member of the Brighton-based performance collective Beatabet.

No performances on 4th or 5th November.

Nick Cope

Nick Cope is a professional singer and songwriter and has over 20 years of experience in music, including international success as lead singer and songwriter with The Candyskins in the 1990s. He now writes and records music for children and has established a fanatical army of little people and their parents, from all over the world.

His five CD’s of original songs for children have become a must have for thousands of young families. Nick performs all over the UK at all the major art and music festivals including Edinburgh Fringe and Book Festival, Hay and Cheltenham literary festival and hundreds of theatre and arts centres.

“Funny, profound, educational, our children have talked about everything from gravity to grieving thanks to Nick Cope’s songs. Our family’s favourite singer/songwriter.”
Lucy Porter

“A brilliant show.”
★★★★★ Edinburgh Reporter

“Even the shyest of kids will warm to his unpretentious style.”
★★★★ Fest Magazine