One of the finest northern songwriters for the people, Mercury prize nominated and all round top bloke John Bramwell will visiting the Wightman Theatre in December. As fine a wordsmith as Morrissey, he will weave his beautifully haunting songs of a northern city life with banter and tales.
Based on the The New Yorker’s view ‘arguably the UK’s finest export’ Shrewsbury is in for a real treat of a performance as he describes ” songs of drinking and disaster “. The added irony, for those that know, is that the Wightman Theatre started life over 150 years ago as a temperance hall!
John will be supported by Dave Fidler.
Dave’s sound is heavily influenced by the country soul music of the deep South over in the US. Citing Bob Dylan, Peter Green and Tommy Emmanuel as his main inspirations, Dave adds a contemporary touch to the folk sound of years gone by.
Get your tickets early we expect this to sell out quick!
“stumbling through small life nowhere England
shaking hands with the big town idiot size
trying to pick up some ordinariness
from the shopping bag inspirational quiet” Junk Culture – John Bramwell
Although John didn’t have that song in his set tonight, the lyrics pretty much sum up his writing. Bramwell’s songs stumble through the shopping centres down to the pub and back, they shake hands with those characters you recognise and they pick up the ordinary and add the extra to become extraordinary beautifully constructed vignettes of modern day urban life. John’s downbeat repertoire is strangely completed by his deadpan banter delivered between songs and it’s obvious that a major part of the set is his growing rapport with the audience.
The evening was kicked off with another fine acoustic set from Flatlands and Garage Flowers, whose reputation is growing. Tony and Bonnie play like they are in your living room, so intimate and casual, yet with a quality of song writing and musicianship that would grace a much bigger stage. They were followed by another old friend, indeed the fisherman’s friend Louis Gordon, whose set this evening was a soulful set delivered with brim and gusto. Louis polished off some old favourites and crooned us into the first break.
John Bramwell is one member of the band I Am Kloot, I’ve seen them live and would recommend them, their northern sense of community and irony that is reflected in their crafted music comes across on stage as a conversation about life down the pub with your best mates. John as a solo artist maintains this intimacy and as we sat listening to the lyrical scenario’s as he spun them, we also watched intently his mastery of the guitar. The setting of an old temperance hall – The Wightman Theatre seemed an appropriate venue for songs of excess and regret.
Photos From The Event – Courtesy of Mr Paul Fuller
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