A songwriter’s circle is a concert format that has become very popular in the USA and is increasingly catching on in the UK too. Three solo performers take the stage at the same time. They then take it in turns to introduce and perform their songs. Interaction between the performers can often be interesting, and comments from the audience are also welcomed which makes the concert more interactive.
It provides a showcase for more than one artist, which is entertaining for the audience as it offers greater variety and the opportunity to compare and contrast styles.
The artists too will often adapt their choice of songs to respond to the choices of the others, so more spontaneity is achieved. The artists will often collaborate on one or two songs too.
The concert will be in 2 halves of 1 hour each, with an interval.
GREG HANCOCK www.greghancockmusic.com
Greg Hancock is a singer songwriter from Devon who only started performing at the age of 50, although he has been writing and composing all his life. He quickly built up a reputation as a top class guitarist and a writer of unusual, intelligent, lyric-led songs that reflect on the quirkier aspects of modern life.
His early infuences were from the UK folk and singersongwriter world of the 70’s and 80s, later discovering Joni Mitchell and incorporating part of her approach to composition into his own.
In 2017, he released his first full length album, “A303” to wide acclaim:
“**** a delightful collection” RnR MAGAZINE
“..one of the finest albums of the year.” FOLKCAST
“the finest folk album I have listened to for years” BLUES & ROOTS
ALEX SEEL www.alexseel.com
Alex is a solo singer-songwriter and virtuoso finger-picking guitarist with roots in folk and blues
From Devon to London, Ireland and back to London he has picked up a style reminiscent of the 70’s contemporary folk troubadours. He combines this with lyrics relevant for today’s world. He has released several collections of songs, the most recent being an 8 track EP, “Circles”
“..one of Britains finer songwriters..and a gifted guitarist.” RnR MAGAZINE
“Perfectly crafted and full of warmth” FATEA
“A small, bright gem of a record.” FOLK RADIO UK
IONA LANE www.ionalane.com
Iona Lane is a young, upcoming folk singer and musician who is currently studying for a BA Hons (Folk) degree, with a scholarship, at Leeds College of Music under the tuition of Jim Moray, Nancy Kerr and Bryony Griffith. Performing a mix of traditional and original folk songs, Iona has been praised throughout the scene for her delicate yet powerful vocals, which have been captivating audiences up and down the country.
A real rising star… FATEA
An utter treat! DOWNEND club
Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door. Please visit our ticket page for more details.
Here is Greg performing Fremington Beach: