The Horn at The Half Moon

North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire

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22nd September 2021

ANNA WELLS

 

 

Anna is an artist we have seen progress from her first nervous steps a few years ago to the accomplished performer she is today. Her first Album is Circles, an easy-listening, quasi classical-crossover pop album. Some mellow tunes and some definite foot-tappers. Vocal clarity and mixed arrangements featuring mellifluous saxophone hooks, smooth bass lines and tasteful drum grooves. Something here for everyone.

Anna proved she has so much more confidence, not only as a performer but in herself. She sells her music with style and aplomb. She really loves a medley and her talent allows her to move between classics and other favourite songs, with barely a shift but before very long you are tapping your foot along with the newer beat.

Truly fantastical set of new songs, old songs and medleys to lift the heart.

We also had a full list of supporting artists:- Bill Tarran - Host and MC, Pete Croft, Jay Williams, Eleanor Hewins, The Maystones, Joe Hazell and Troi

 

15th September 2021

Dave Sutherland

Last week Dave Sutherland returned for a special concert showcasing songs from his new album 'Last Drop of Empty.'

 

There is a huge amount that has been said, not only about the history of this Dave's 4th studio album, but also the chronology of how long it has taken. Recorded in LA, Sweden, Jersey and London, ‘Last Drop of Empty’ is produced by the Grammy award winning Producer, Stacy Parrish and legendary Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna bass player, Jack Casady. Jack also plays bass on the album.

 

Dave's long anticipated return to Stortford was a real coup for many reasons. Firstly, because Dave is happy to come back to his friends at the Acoustic Club to make his new Album available but also because our venue encourages the audience to listen. The new album was been delayed by the obvious effects of Covid but having a planned 80-minute set gave time for the explanation of how each track came about. Dave is such an accomplished writer and performer that the evening flew by in a blink of an eye. No sooner had he started it was time for the last song and the inevitable sale of CD's. The performance was remarkable in that Dave used his 12 string for the first time in ages and this really enhanced two of his tracks.

 

Many thanks to Dave for such a terrific performance and for Pat Crilly and Greg Camburn for their contribution to the evening. It was so good to see them together again.

 

8th SEPTEMBER 2021

6 Acts 4 songs

 

Steve Ingrey

There are Bluesmen and then there is Steve Ingrey. A classic Bluesman with an encyclopaedic repertoire of blues from its foundation to the present day. A Terrific set ranging from the 1920’s to the 1980’s

 

Paul Booth with Si Lee

Paul Booth accompanied by Si Lee on bass was a lesson in well thought out and personal songs

Jenny Salmon

Jenny is part of the prolific writing duo of Salmondwhite. A singer songwriter from Hertford with a bubbly personality and a voice to match! What a vocal range and what great self penned songs.

 

SYN

Syn was a bit of a mystery in truth before she arrived and not often do we have players singing R&B but my oh my! What a fantastic vocal performance! Such clarity and such tone. Just brilliant!!

 

Cut the Mustard

Dave and Martin are regular player on the local live music scene and are members of so many groups and duos it is difficult to keep tabs on them both. They are very accomplished players and combined to produce a varied sound including blues, folk and pure acoustic with a “Cut the Mustard” twist.

The Maystones

The Maystones are a local band more used to playing heavy metal and loud music but are expanding into acoustic music. Their set was as essentially 2/5ths of a rock band and they gave us a welcome mixture of self penned and covers. A great set.

 

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