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Michael Chapman w/ Henry Parker
Friday 5th October at 8:00 pm
This self-styled old white blues guy from Yorkshire is one of the most under-rated musical heroes of our time.
The guitar and voice of Michael Chapman first became known on the Cornish Folk Circuit in 1967. Playing a blend of atmospheric and autobiographical material he established a reputation for intensity and innovation. Hastily signed to EMI’s Harvest label he recorded a quartet of critically acclaimed albums. LPs like ‘Rainmaker’ and ‘Wrecked Again’ defined the melancholic observer role Michael was to make his own, mixing intricate guitar with affecting lyrics and a distinctive, direct vocal style.
The influential album ‘Fully Qualified Survivor’, featuring the guitar of Mick Ronson and Rick (Steeleye Span) Kemp’s bass, was John Peel’s favourite album of 1970. Electric guitar featured more prominently as the 1970’s continued, with tracks like “New York Ladies” and “Firewater Dreams” on ‘Millstone Grit’ showing a guitar master pursuing sounds and textures. He was a regular session contributor to Radio One, and BBC TV broadcast two Chapman Band performances as part of their Sight and Sound series.
A lively and accomplished improviser, Michael also gained a reputation for re-working material, both before an audience and on record, showing Michael to be a jazz musician in spirit if not in sound. ‘The Man Who Hated Mornings’ showed the respect Michael commanded among musicians, with supporting performances from Andy Latimer of Camel, Keith Hartley and violinist Johnny Van Derek.
Earning a reputation as ‘a musician’s musician’, Chapman has never looked back and does not keep still. With continued success on tours of the USA (which continue to this day), plus a head-spinning back catalogue and ongoing new material, Michael is surely one of Yorkshire’s most prized musical exports. His latest full length offering, ‘Fish’ (2015) – an album of delicate yet dynamic instrumentals – gained much approval from existing fans as well as pulling in new audiences. Of the album, Folk Radio UK say, “Beautifully constructed, an album with light and shade, not just a random collection of tunes.”.
We are thrilled to have him perform at this intimate venue, along with (what could be a perfect choice of support act), up-and-coming Leeds guitarist and songwriter, Henry Parker.
For in-depth information (and biography) we highly recommend Michael Chapman’s website
Michael continues to turn heads. Here are some live videos.
Advance tickets £12.50
On The Door £15
“A player of complex, dextrous flair.” – Andrew Male (The Guardian)
Click here for this fascinating Guardian review
Advance ticket price may be subject to booking fee.