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Upcoming events at The Convent – June-Aug 2015

include Finlay Quaye, Ciaran Lavery, Cara Dillon and more

Copyright  Photographer Mark Jarvis

Copyright Photographer Mark Jarvis

The Chapel at The Convent in Gloucestershire offers world class live music
and events in a high tech and intimate venue. The Convent has played host
to Ed Harcourt, Lisa Simone, Fairport Convention, Sir Ranulph Fiennes,
Charles Spencer, Eliza Carthy and a host of legendary names in the live music

All gigs are broadcast live via Netgig Follow the LINKthe world’s first pay per view broadcasting channel.

About The Convent – The spectacular Grade II-listed convent in 22 acres of land
in South Woodchester, near Stroud, Gloucestershire boasts a members’ club,
restaurant, three bars, a hotel and the live music venue – The Chapel, with a
capacity of 125 people for a truly intimate performance. The venue is rife with
relics from the time of the nuns, religious icons mix with modern art. There’s
even a mysterious face in the wall in one of the bedrooms. The ambience is
imbued with history, music and magic. The venue was recently lauded in The
Times as a top Cool Hotel.

netgig.co.uk, based at The Convent, is the first pay-per-view broadcasting
channel in the world and live streams events from The Chapel. Ed Harcourt,
Fairport Convention and Boo Hewerdine have joined legendary talents such as
Lisa Simone to perform extraordinary and intimate live gigs in The Chapel.

Please check with The Convent website before setting off confirming times etc.
2 June 2015: DOUG MacLEOD plays the blues 9-11pm, £10.50
Winner of the 2014 Blues Music Awards for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and
Acoustic Album Of The Year: There’s A Time , the 2013 Blues Blast Music
Award for Male Artist Of The Year, and perennial Blues Music Award
nominee, is a prolific singer, songwriter, engaging storyteller, and masterful
guitarist born in the blues and rooted in the American tradition. Bluesdoodles said about his latest album Exactly Like This …sound that is full of key changes, beats and tempos that keeps your musical ear appreciatively engaged.

6 June 2015: CUT CAPERS plays SKA from 9-11pm, £8.50
Cut Capers are an eight-piece band that formed in Bristol in late 2011, with a
style based in hip-hop, swing, ska and roots reggae. They burst onto the UK
circuit, playing gigs and festivals up and down the country with high energy

8.30-10pm, Choir Members family/guests & Club Members:
£5 Adults/£3 Under 16’s. Non Members: £7 Adults/£5 Under 16’s.
The summer concert this year focuses on the art of the story within song.
The Ladies choir have been working on a number of challenging pieces over
the past few months including the beautiful ‘Speak to the Child of Love’ by
Allen Koepke and Kurt Bestor’s haunting ‘Prayer for the Children’. These
inspiring pieces are interspersed with some well-known favourites including
Hamilton’s ‘Cry me a River’ and Briscusse’s ‘Pure Imagination’.

The Men are set to entertain you with their fabulous rendition of Bruno Mars’
‘Billionaire’ and inspire you with Ginsberg’s beautiful setting of Shakespeare’s
twelfth night poem ‘O Mistress Mine’. Only there second outing as a choir
the men have come on leaps and bounds and promise some pieces that will
bring a smile to anyone’s face.
And as you would expect both choirs come together to offer you some
rousing joint numbers to include ‘Somebody to Love’ (Queen) and ‘Down by
the river to Pray’ (O brother where are thou?).

13 June 2015: MAIA play SCI-FI FOLK/DISCO ROCK 9-11pm, £8.50
MAIA are self-proclaimed sci-fi folk evangelists and have spent the last 3
years touring and playing festivals and as a result have morphed and matured
into what has been described as “Harmonic psychedelic sci-fi folk and disco
Winners of the Yorkshire Gig Guide award for ‘Outstanding Live Band’ in
2014, MAIA are taking a break from recording to play a string of dates to
showcase some of the new material from their forthcoming album to be
released in the Autumn. Their genre busting mix glides easily from sweet
stunning vocal harmonies to complex blissed out grooves; punctuated by
echoing banjo, shimmering mandolin, spooky brass and captivating vocal

18 June 2015: KAZ HAWKINS plays JAZZ 9-11pm, £10.50
With support gigs under belt such as Van Morrison, Nanci Griffiths, Chris
Farlowe, Matt Andersen & special duets with Belfast’s Brian Kennedy & The
Professor Pat McManus. Kaz launched her debut album GET READY and
received a raft of top notch notices.

19 June 2015: WES FINCH plays FOLK 9-11pm, £8.50
Singer/songwriter Wes Finch is ready to hit the road with his new, and first
fully studio-realised album Awena. Produced by Gerry Diver (who
has worked with the likes of such folk music new bloods as Lisa Knapp, Sam
Lee and O’Hooley & Tidow, as well as on his own acclaimed solo album), the
new album is forged out of a Fruitful collaborative year together.

20 June 2015: MIDSUMMER MASQUERADE BALL 8pm-1am, £40
Come, dress in all your finery, and celebrate Midsummer’s Eve
Drink and dance in decorous delirium
While the sun is high and the night is long
What magic awaits…
Welcome cocktail
Live music, DJs, dancing and magicians!
Transport A shuttle bus will run from Stroud Train Station – timings tbc (seats must be
booked in advance)
There will be prizes awarded on the night for Best Costume, Most
Flamboyant Mask and Most Glamorous Couple – so get creative!

9-11pm, £15
Hartlepool based The Jar Family are five individual songwriters and
musicians, who decided that, rather than strive for success in isolation, they
would join forces to pool their talent.
Although on paper the idea of five very different and charismatic
personalities with a wide range of musical styles working together
harmoniously seems unlikely, the stunning results of their work to date speak
for themselves. Taking their name from the donations jar they passed around
at early gigs, the band are a tight knit group who had the foresight to realise
that they were stronger collectively than they were individually.

9-11pm, £8.50
Being chosen for Folk Radio UK’s ‘Song of the Day’ just ahead of release on
March 22nd confirmed the universal appeal of this new dynamic duo. And
being played on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Music Show was another boost,
having been selected as one of the nine tracks out of almost 300 from the
music critics on Fresh on the Net new music platform in February.


9-11pm, £20
Music is very much in the blood for Scottish-born Finley Quaye. He’s the
youngest son of jazz musician Cab Kaye, half-brother of guitarist Caleb
Quaye, and brother of jazz musician Terri Quaye.
In the late 90s he reached the UK Top 20 twice, with ‘Sunday Shining’ and
‘Even After All’. His reputation was established by Maverick A Strike, released
in September 1997, the year he went onto win the 1997 Mobo Award for
Best Reggae Act, and the 1998 BRIT Award for Best British Male Solo Artist.

9-11pm, £10.50
Paper Aeroplanes specialise in an intoxicating brand of Alt folk. Singer Sarah
Howells has one of those voices that is impossible to ignore, a soaring yet
fragile instrument of the finest kind; and their heartfelt lyrics and gorgeous
melodies are guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye and sooth your troubled
soul. The 2013 album Little Letters (Navigator Records) was released to a
barrage of acclaim from critics and fans alike, and saw the Welsh band
embark on an epic series of dates across Europe, selling out many iconic
venues including London’s Union Chapel.

23 July 2015: CIARAN LAVERY plays SINGER/SONGWRITER 9-10pm, £8.50
Ciaran has already racked up over 9 MILLION plays on Spotify,
an unprecedented feat for such a new artist.
Ciaran Lavery found his musical voice through the simplest of means “…
listening to old 80s singles on my sister’s record player.” Cutting his young
teeth in various (often noisier) incarnations over the last decade – that voice is
now as soothing as it is timeless.

24 July 2015: CARA DILLON plays FOLK 9-11pm, £20
If you don’t know the voice of Cara Dillon, you’re in for a treat. If you are
already amongst her legions of admirers around the world, you know you
have something special in store. A Thousand Hearts, Cara Dillon’s fifth solo
album, is another small masterpiece of song and emotion, ethereal and
radiant, beautifully honed and perfectly true.

9-11pm, £10.50
This “orchestra” seamlessly weaves trance-based blues music, harkening
back to John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf, with a drunken minor swing
comparable to some of Tom Waits’ darker works. Marty O’Reilly and The Old
Soul Orchestra deliver an enthralling and passionate performance, which
often leaves them out of breath and the stage littered with broken strings
and bow hairs.

1 August 2015: HANNAH ROBINSON a SINGER/SONGWRITER: 9-11pm, £8.50
Singer-songwriter Hannah Robinson’s blues-tinged vocals belies her age.
Performing as a soloist and with her band, in London as well as in her native
Dorset, her busy live schedule sees her playing venues such as The Bedford
and Salisbury Arts Centre, and festivals including Larmer Tree Festival,
Purbeck Folk Festival, and the Isle of Wight Festival.
2015 sees the release of ‘Water, Carry Me’, a brand new four track EP of
original material, following her 2012 debut album ‘Oil and Turpentine’. In
this, Hannah is working alongside musicians including Scott McKeon (Lana
Del Ray, Tom Jones), Paul Beavis (Robert Fripp, Robbie McIntosh), Rob
Mullarkey (Laura Mvula, Jamie Cullum) and Steve Smith (Sandi Thom, Robbie
McIntosh), developing her sound.
Hannah’s songs blend her nonchalant, percussive guitar style with soulful
melodies and lyrics full of personal experience and rich imagery owed to her
art school education.

9 August 2015: HUNTER AND THE BEAR plays ROCK 9-11pm, £10
Fresh off their extensive UK tour, which saw them performing the length of
Britain, melody-driven rock four-piece Hunter & The Bear are ready for a
summer release with their road-tested new material.
No strangers to the stage, having already earned their stripes performing at
shows from small venues in the furthest corners of the Scottish Highlands to
supporting rock legend Eric Clapton, the release comes ahead of an exciting
summer for the group who, amongst a host of other festivals, will be
performing for the first time at Reading & Leeds.

15 August 2015: SAM KELLY TRIO plays FOLK 9-11pm, £8.50
Sam is a 22-year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally
hails from the depths of Norfolk. As a young child, Sam’s only link with folk
music was through the Gaelic songs that his Irish grandfather taught him. But
he has never lost his love for traditional music, and this passion pours out of
him in every note he sings.
Sam’s debut EP, entitled ‘Your Way Home’, was released in March 2013,
featuring Beth Porter (Eliza Carthy Band) on cello. This created a buzz of
interest in the folk scene for Sam’s music, being described by Bright Young
Folk as a ‘captivating introduction to a name we’ll be sure not to forget’, and
gaining him support slots with the likes of Cara Dillon, Jim Moray and
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman as well as a number of headline slots. His
musical journey ranges from reaching the final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent to
being selected for the first ever EFDSS Artist Development scheme.

9-11pm, £15
The familiar saying “everything is bigger in Texas” comes to mind when
describing powerhouse Country vocalist and Texas native, SaraBeth. Born
and raised in Dallas, SaraBeth is a contemporary country singer-songwriter
who is making her mark in Nashville as the sweetly southern artist with an
edge. The smart, beautiful and talented songstress is quickly earning fans
with her spirited vocals and energetic live performance.