Duotone supported by Waterfahl on 11th January 2019
What a great start to the Big Ginger Tom Music calendar of events. Over 70 people were enthralled by the skills of Duotone as he layered cello, guitar and vocals into a wondrous sound.
The evening was opened by Waterfahl, a Danish couple who now live in Abingdon. With Finn on guitar and BVs and Hanne on vocals, harmonica and keyboard they played songs from their album 'Sharp Flats', including their "radio hit" (in Denmark), Urban Caveman, which included some enthusiastic audience participation.
Duotone, aka Barney Morse Brown performed two great sets accompanied on most songs by Jane Griffiths on viola. Barney songs from all his albums in between opening the first set with 'A Life Disappearing' and closing it with the incredibly energetic and complex 'Greetings Hello' where he left his bow very much the worse for wear and the audience in a state of raucous amazement.
'Little White Caravan' opened the second set, the wonderful 'Martha' also featured and the set closed with the last (and title) track on his latest album 'A Life Reappearing"
Barney and Jane left the stage to rapturous applause and Barney came back to do 'You Don't Need Church' for an encore.
It was a glorious evening of music.
Gilmore & Roberts supported by Tom Griffin on 9th November 2018
On a wet blowy evening nearly 80 people turned out to see a great evening of live music from Gilmore & Roberts and Tom Griffin.
Tom did a very well received set, with only an hours notice, as unfortunately our planned support act, Martha Bailey, had car problems and couldn't get to the gig.
Katriona & Jamie did two great sets featuring many tracks from their ne album A Problem of Our Kind and some from their back catalogue. Especially well received were Kat's song The Things We Leave Behind about her aunty Pauline and Jamie's song The Smile and The Fury.
They finished with an acapella version of the Dawes song A Little Bit Of Everything and of course were called back for an encore when they did the song Wrong Country, which was deemed "too silly" (Jamie's words not mine) for the album, and is a great song to send people on their way with a smile on their faces.
We look forward to having them back in October 2019, when there will be an additional band member in tow as the couple are expecting a baby in January.
Fred's House supported by Adam Barnes on 13th October 2018
"A rebel rousing act" is how one of the audience described Fred's House. They had the audience clapping, foot tapping and even some dancing as they provided their usual blend of folk-rock. They performed to our largest audience to date of 90 people all of had a great time.
The evening was open by Harwell's own Adam Barnes who had flown inform Zurich the night before having just does a small European tour. He sang a collection of songs from his latest album "Vacancy at NASA" as well as some old favourites and was called back for an encore where he did his version of Abba's Dancing Queen.
Fred's House opened with "This Little Boy" and covered songs from their back catalogue with songs "Looking Glass", "Earthquake", "Bonny and Clyde", "Standing Next To Me" and many tracks from their new album, including "Can We Just Pretend", "Charity Shop Song" and "Bad Place".
It was a super evening, though tinged with a little sadness when Vix announced that Griff would be leaving the band at the end of the year to pursue a project with his partner Hannah Elizabeth. We wish both the band and Griff well with their future endeavours.
Jacob & Drinkwater supported by Tom Griffin on 18th September 2018
This was our inaugural House gig held at our home Abingdon in "The Lean To".
About 20 people attended the intimate evening which was opened by Tom Griffin with his urban blues and songs influenced by the songs of the dustbowl at the turn of the 20th Century. Tom had everyone singing along to his version of "Lonesome Traveller" and warmed the audience up nicely for Jacob & Drinkwater.
Tobias and Lukas were thoroughly entertaining with their playing, which they make look so effortless, and their usual banter between themselves and with the audience. They played favourites such as "Polyphonic Life" and "Parallel" as well as some new songs which will be on what was to be their new EP, but will now be an album.
They were so enamoured with the acoustics of the room, that they played completely unplugged, it was a phenomenal sound.
We will be making "The Lean To" a venue for future unplugged evenings so watch this space.
Ranagri supported by Kiva on 8th September 2018
Over 60 people attended this event and both bands gave tremendous performances which were extremely well received by the audience.
The evening started with Kiva, who were performing as a 5 piece for the first time with addition of a fiddle player. It was a fine set and set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Ranagri played an inspired couple of 45 minute sets, with the wooden hare in the corner of the hall looking on. There was a mixture of old favourites such as High Germany, The Hare and P is for Paddy as well as some songs for the forthcoming album.
When they played their last song, "Better" they had people enthusiastically dancing and clapping. The call for an encore was deafening and they duly obliged of an unplugged Sad Songs/Voices.
It has to be one of the best gigs I have seen and it was an absolute privilege to have put it on.
The Willows supported by the White Horse Whisperers on 8th June 2018
An audience of over 50 people came on a warm summer's evening to hear The Willows.
The evening was started with a wonderful unplugged set from the White Horse Whisperers who were playing the their penultimate gig. By coincidence we first saw the WHW supporting The Willows at the Unicorn.
The Willows did 2 x 45 minute sets opening with The Visitor and included old favourites such as Bella's Fury and Shores of America. They also did material from their forthcoming album including their new single False Light.
Ben was full of his usual long rambling stories and Cliff got in on the act with his HAREndous joke (you had to be there!)
The evening was all too soon over after the encore of Absent Friends, apparently Pete, their sound engineer, complains if it isn't in the set list!
The Black Feathers supported by Nikki Petherick on 11th May 2018
Over 70 people came to this fantastic evening of acoustic music.
Nikki played original tracks from her two EPs, this being her first outing since the release of the second EP Hourglass. She was given a rapturous round of applause at the end and led Ray to say "I hate it when the support act is that good..." at the start of their set.
The Black Feathers set included songs from their back catalogue such as Down by the River, Lighthouse on Fire, Holy Water (my personal favourite) and Goodbye Tomorrow as well as tracks from their soon to be released EP The Ghosts Have Fed Well.
It was a evening of raw emotion, wonderful harmonising and precise guitar playing mixed with stories of factory tours, visits to a well known Swedish store and the joys of owning a BMW. By the end of it people were dancing at the back and everyone sang along with the encore, it was a memorable occasion.
Kadia supported by Elizabeth & Jameson on 17th March 2018
On a cold snowy evening over 40 brave souls came out to hear Elizabeth & Jameson and Kadia.
Hannah Elizabeth (Said the Maiden) and Griff Jameson (Fred's House) shared a lovely set of their own material and a couple of covers (Bob Dylan's Blowin in the wind and Fleetwood Mac's Everywhere) as well as some amusing stories.
Kadia then entranced us with a mix of their own material and traditional folk songs which of course, being folk music included a few murders, adultery and girls called Nancy. The lads also did a solo spot each, Chris did Jim Moray's Sounds of the Earth, David did Rutter's The Annabelle Lee and Lee started the second set with A Rose in April, based on Jon Boden's version.
The evening closed with an unplugged encore of The Parting Glass. What a wonderful evening.
Jacob & Drinkwater supported by Anne-Marie Sanderson on 12th January 2018
"Excellent evening & looking forward to the next" and "Brilliant night" were some of the comments received from some of the people in the 50+ audience for this thoroughly entertaining evening. The opening set from Stratford on Avon's Anne-Marie Sanderson had some lovely guitar work and harmonies and was well received.
This was the first night of Jacob & Drinkwater's January tour. They hadn't seen each other for six weeks before the gig, and Lukas (Drinkwater) had only just got back from Australia the day before, but you would have never have known it they were on top form both musically and with their chat between tracks.
It was a great way to kick off the 2018 calendar of events for Big Ginger Tom Music.
Harri Endersby supported by White Horse Whisperers on 22nd November 2017
This was a wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary folk music, with White Horse Whisperers kicking of the evening with foot stomping songs such as the Gloucester Volunteer.
Harri Endersby and her husband Rich then were on gig 6 out of 10 gigs in 10 nights starting in North Shields and finishing in Dorset. They did two sets of Harri's music inspired by things such as her student flat in Durham (Shadows), to the sunsets on her native North East coastline (Golden Hour).
The 30 or so who battled the elements on that wet an windy night were treated to a great night of music. We will hear much more about Harri in the future.
Robert Lane supported by Brodie Johnson on 22nd September 2017
The audience in the King Charles Room at th Kings Head and Bell in Abingdon were treated to a lovely set of covers and some her own material from the Abingdon school girl Brodie Johnson, who's mature voice defies her young age.
Robert Lane entertained us with his mix of songs fro his previous albums, some new material which will be in his upcoming album and some covers from his influences which include Ray Davies and Eric Clapton.
It was a lovely evening.
Gilmore & Roberts supported by Charlie Law on 24th August 2017
Our inaugural gig at The Orchard Hall, Harwell Village Hall saw Gilmore & Roberts and Charlie Law perform to an enthusiastic audience of over 50 people. Charlie bookended his set with two unplugged numbers and performed several numbers from his latest EP This Could Be The Day.
Gilmore & Roberts performed songs from their ten year (and 5 album) career as well as some new material such as the opening song, Bone Cupboard. They had the audience clapping and singing on several occasions, but none more so than to their closing song White Wheeled Limousine (a Bruce Hornsby cover) and encored unplugged with Ghost of a Ring.
It was a great evening and we look forward to putting on more music in Harwell Village Hall in 2018.