LITTLEBOROUGH UNPLUGGED are acoustic music concerts featuring the best of national and international performers. These are held, from April to September, in the tiny Norman Church of St. Nicholas, Littleborough (DN22 0HD); an acoustically and aesthetically excellent intimate venue. The concert proceeds support Britain’s historic architectural heritage via the Churches Conservation Trust. Appearing at Littleborough Unplugged on Saturday 2-Sep-17 are Steve Bonham & the Long Road plus Sammy Carter (email email@example.com for info); take a look at “Steve Bonham & The Long Road – Riding on the Road” and “Sammy Carter – Mo Ghile Mear” on YouTube.
STEVE BONHAM & THE LONG ROAD Artisan Music! It’s a swampy brew of styles mixed from both sides of the ocean, appealing to the vagabond lurking inside men, women and children of all ages. Steve’s powerful singing and guitar playing along with his compadres Chris ‘the Bishop’ Lydon on tuba, keyboards, and cajon, and John (on-the-fiddle) Humphreys on violin, banjo, and mandolin just seems to communicate with everyone whatever their declared musical taste. High energy and compelling, the live sound mixes in a rootsy Americana feel to songs from recent albums: Songsmith, The Moon’s High Tide, songs from the new album like Riding the Road, London Midnight Talking and The State I’m In (The Mermaid Song) as well as classics from Steve Earle, Van Zandt etc, and an eclectic bunch of what Steve calls ‘bar room classics!’
Steve Bonham. Wide brimmed hat. Long dark coat. Guitar slung on back. 21 years on the road. A 100,000 miles and half a thousand hotel rooms. From the Berlin Wall to Atlas Mountains, from Sahara Desert to the streets of Hong Kong: a memory brewed in the long simmering soup of people and place. A man who has learned to watch and to listen, to walk and talk in the ebb and flow of meeting and parting. He is a chronicler of the human spirit in words and music. Three years ago after 15 years away from acoustic music he returned and released the well-received ‘Moon’s High Tide’ album.
With his follow up “Songsmith”, Steve was acclaimed as “a distinctive voice producing a body of songs which challenge, intrigue and beguile.” Now with his brilliant new album ‘‘The Murmuring of Thieves‘ he is on the road again delighting audiences all over the country.
“Steve earns the title of ‘Songsmith’ …a mixture of ideas and styles that any aspiring songwriter should hear.”
“He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk.”
Roisin Ingles, Irish Times
STOP PRESS “Very original songs and great arrangements and some wild Tuba playing. A good one.”
Dave Pegg – Fairport Convention
SAMMY CARTER – Just a wonderful interpreter of songs traditional and modern. Sammy is blessed with one of those voices that would still a raging crowd. Pure, powerful and expressive her singing has graced everything from shows, jazz and rock but it is acoustic music and folk that is her first love. After studying Theatre Studies and being involved in a variety of performance activities she switched direction to become a front-line doctor so her appearances are rare and treasured. After recording “The Woodworm Sessions” last year she has a series of concerts lined up in 2017 / 2018 Some alongside The Long Road who appeared on her recent recording and some solo including the main stage of Lichfield Festival of Folk in October.
“A voice both regal and forlorn in the same breath as if she were channelling Rapunzel.”
Cilian Fennell, Creator and Executive Producer of “Centenary” and “Should I fall from Grace”
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Help preserve beautiful historic churches by spending an evening listening to great music.