A summer of fantastic music from some of the best musicians living locally. There's an amazing line-up each week, with some new performers to Forest Arts who are already making their name in the music scene, locally, nationally and internationally as well as some outstanding old friends. These are free events, but we ask that you book in advance to ensure a seat.The bar will be open, so come along, kick back and enjoy some wonderful music every Thursday evening this August.
Suggested donation £4.
Tinderbox; the award winning contemporary folk duo originally formed in 1997 and feature Dublin born singer-songwriter Monique Houraghan and UK guitarist/songwriter Dan Tucker. With five studio albums and one live album under their belts, Tinderbox have amassed an impressive catalogue of self-penned music. Inspired by artists such as James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and Counting Crows, the songs explore a myriad of poignant themes.
Tinderbox’s latest album ‘All Grown Up’ has received stunning reviews across the UK with Maverick Magazine lauding it “…a strong candidate for album of the year”; and FolkWords hailing it “…a five star album – no question”.
In addition to countless headline shows across Europe Tinderbox have opened for high profile acts including Joan Armatrading, 10cc, John Renbourn, Chris Difford and Hazel O’Connor amongst many others.
Gorgeous - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
Outstanding…refreshingly natural - Dai Jeffries R2 Magazine
…highly accomplished musicianship; with a deliciously pure voice and a lush embroidery of strings – Tim Carroll, Folkwords
Robbie Jessep is an acoustic musician and teacher from Devon who has recently moved to the New Forest and plays guitar, mandolin and bass, records and composes music in the style of folk guitarists Tony McManus and John Renbourn. An early musical hero of his was Hank Marvin, and for many years an old tennis racquet had to suffice as a substitute for a real guitar, spending many an hour in his bedroom pretending to play “Apache”! A little later the classical guitar beckoned and began having his first formal guitar lessons at age 14.
In 2015 Robbie released his first CD of his own arrangements and compositions on the Chalkhills label- “The Road to Easterbrook” is an album of acoustic instrumentals about the people and places one meets on their journey through life, and also their learning journey as a musician. In 2018 work began on his follow up CD, which is provisionally entitled “Sally in The Woods” (a ghostly wood near Bath near which Robbie used to live). Robbie plays handmade Brook guitars, in various tunings- namely CGCGCD, and DADGAD. He also helps write for their online magazine “Babbling Brook”.
Coosticks is singer-songwriter Graeme Wey, a musician from Dorset, who plays regularly around the area performing his own songs and very sing-along-able covers. He is soon to release the second volume of his popular Seven Imaginary Songs series, the first of which is available on streaming services and on CD. He believes in the power of melody and tries to make the kind of songs that get stuck in your head for days after you've heard them.
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