Festival Launch Show with Luke Concannon

When:
June 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
2018-06-15T20:00:00+01:00
2018-06-15T23:00:00+01:00
Cost:
£10 (£8 adv £7,50 students)

We are honoured to have number 1 hit songwriter, performer and musician ‘Luke Concannon’ performing an official warm-up show prior to a performance with ‘Ed Sheeran’ in June!

 

Joining Luke will be singer song writer, the wonderful Daisy Chapman and the Frukes

In 2013, Luke headlined our closing show to a packed out crowd, vowing to one day return.

He’s back and he’s here to launch the 2018 Westbury Festival!

The festival is taking place later in October but we’re putting together a very special showcase to launch the official program of events.

This very special intimate show with one of the UK’s most gifted songwriters, from the grass roots all the way to pop success, Luke’s journey has seen his humble beginnings manifest into being among the influential and inspiring artists of the 21st century. Quoted as being one of Ed Sheeran’s biggest Herod, you’ll understand why, when you see Luke deliver his inspiring and naturally captivating performance.

 

 

 

 

This show is supported by our Festival friends at GM3music

 

 

Here's a bit about Luke in his own words...

I was Born in Leamington Spa, England, to an Anglo-Irish home full of Folk and soul music. It was a pretty happy scene, with the smells of vegetarian Whole food, the quietness of my folks meditating in the evenings, and regular Gatherings of the Irish side where us Grandchildren were immersed in the long nights of guitars, whistles, voices, dancing, and raucousness. I was singing before I could speak, and having the gift of dyslexia, drew and dreamt well, but had plenty of problems fitting into mainstream education. At the age of twelve I ended up at a Catholic Liberal Arts school, with bass-player John Parker. We became good friends, sitting in a room for hours after school playing and writing. We Evolved in to the Duo ‘Nizlopi’. The difficulties at school later inspiring our number one hit, ‘The JCB Song’.

We wrote and performed enthusiastically, and by 2001 were touring the country promoting our first album, Half These Songs Are About You, from open-mic nights to sold-out shows. There was a magical feeling of having our feet in two different camps: one in the folk sessions we had played in since childhood, and the other in our love for contemporary music, much of it black music (Jazz, Soul, Gospel, Ska, Hip-hop) A cottage industry grew around us to act as our record label; a full-time indie run from our spare room. The freedom of being on our own label suited us very well, and we later turned down offers from majors in order to retain a sense of self-governance and an adherence to our own ethics. We were an underground, atavistic, folk/hip hop act, playing some exquisite gigs around the country!

In 2005 we released ‘The JCB song’, a unique Father-and-Son song, and with the poignant online video, the single became a hit. Suddenly our humble Duo blew up to be a prime-time television “pop” act, playing in the Wembley arena, touring Europe, and becoming a million-record-selling success.

We got to take our music to people all over the world, meet and collaborate with our heroes [Danny Thompson, Rory Mcleod, Alastair Mcintosh, Benjamin Zephania, Damien Dempsey], and shine. We counted artists such as Daniel Day Lewis, Tony Benn, and Jamie Cullum amongst our admirers, and other young songwriters such as Ed Sheeran cite us as a major influence on their music. Our back catalogue of two albums and four EPs contain riches far beyond our one mainstream hit song. The rapid growth and intensity, however, were too much for a tiny label to handle, and by mid 2008, amidst the stress and strain, Nizlopi and FDM Records decided to take time out. After a four-year respite, we came back in the Summer of 2013 and played some lovely shows and wrote some new songs.

In 2009 I hitchhiked from England to Palestine to live intentionally, wildly, and boldly. I wrote as I went, inspired by the people and places found when going with the wind. A bear found me at dusk in my wild camp in the mountains of Transylvania. A strong Fisherman’s broken heart sang purely. I received some of the legendary Anatolian hospitality from a family who plucked me from the roadside, eventually arriving in Palestine to volunteer as a peace worker. After falling in love, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. The trip was inspiring and renewing. It woke me up. I began to see: If these people can work under the hardest of circumstances twelve hours a day just to survive, then why can’t I give my all to the art I love?

The music born from this trip is infused by my heightened sense that we are one people and one land all over the world. We are in this together, and if we act with that awareness, we slowly become sane and whole again. These songs are for the poorest, the Broken in nature, and for that which gives Life. They are a contribution to the movement for social and ecological justice…and some are even good to dance to! All of these stops have led to my debut album ‘Give It All’, a record that contains the joy and the tears of these years in the wilderness. The album launched in theAutumn of 2013, and has toured Europe since. I am now working on a new set of songs and based in Boston, America with my sweetheart.

And here's Ed Sheeran saying a bit about Luke...

 

 

 

Self titled ‘Sinner’ Songwriter, Daisy Chapman is an incredibly well-travelled pianist and vocalist who draws influences from the anti-folk world. It’s hard to pinpoint Daisy’s unique style, but think Sandy Denny meets Regina Spektor and you’re close. Every song harbours a dark story of love, lust and loss told through her exquisite voice with Sue Lord on violin bringing the performance to harmonious climax every time. Daisy has shared the stage with prog rockers Crippled Black Phoenix (members of Portishead and Hawkwind) as well as Jenn Bostic, but her sound is very much her own. Prepare to be moved.

 

 

 

 

 

We also have appearance from the fabulous Frukes.

Frome based ‘The Frukes‘ have fast become one of the most seasoned and entertaining ukulele orchestra’s in the South-West. They’ve graced the stage at some major festivals up and down the country and maintained their humble roots with performances at smaller events in the area.

The Frukes don’t just play…they sing, perform and entertain! Be sure to arrive on time to catch this very talented band of performers from our neighbouring town


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