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Stuart McCallum @ Wainsgate Chapel
Sep 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Stuart McCallum @ Wainsgate Chapel | United Kingdom

Stuart McCallum is a Manchester based guitarist, best known for his work with The Cinematic Orchestra . He has also worked with some top jazz names, including Ari Hoenig, Ira Coleman, Tim Garland, John Surman and Kenny Wheeler. In this solo acoustic setting, Stuart uses three different acoustic guitars to play some of his own original compositions as well as re-imagining and re-sculpting some well-known jazz standards into fresh shapes. Stuart admits to influences from Pat Metheny to Bill Frisell, Bon Iver to Jerry Douglas and Gerald Finzi to Kelly Joe Phelps. His use of loops, soundscapes and open tunings evokes a combination of chilled-out bliss and sublimated yearning, creating music that is a balm for the soul.

Have a listen…

Heritage Open Day 2016 @ Wainsgate Chapel
Sep 11 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Heritage Open Day 2016 @ Wainsgate Chapel | United Kingdom
Friends of Wainsgate Chapel invite you to come and experience this stunning Grade II* Listed Building and Burial Grounds. Wainsgate will be open for Heritage Open Day from 2-4pm on Sunday – entry is free, donations towards the upkeep of the building and its grounds welcomed.
  • Wadsworth Environment Group will be running their fabulous fundraising tea and cake stall.
  • The Organ will be played by Professor David Baker and students.
  • Wainsgate artists will have some of their studios open.
Bus from Hebden Bridge to the bottom of Wainsgate Lane – once an hour on Sunday from Commericial Street, or Hebden Bridge Station. Disabled Parking next to the Chapel, otherwise on street parking nearby and short walk up the lane.
ARQ @ Wainsgate Chapel
Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ARQ @ Wainsgate Chapel | United Kingdom

“A masterclass in empathetic playing, with superb solos and a rhythm section of the highest calibre. Don’t miss these virtuoso musicians when they come to town.” Phil Webb, Restormel  Arts.

For the past two years ARQ has built a substantial and wide ranging audience for their “deliciously upbeat, groovy and thoughtful jazz” (Jazz UK). They released their first album ‘August’ to critical acclaim in 2014 and have been touring nationally since then.

Alison Rayner has had a lengthy career as a bass player and composer, touring and recording with Afro-Latin group the Guest Stars in the 80s; subsequently working with players such as Tal Farlow, Sharon Freeman, Jayne Cortez and Denardo Coleman, Ian Shaw, Jean Toussaint and John Etheridge. Now, as a leader, she ties together many of the strands of her numerous musical influences.

Alison Rayner: double bass/composer/leader
Deirdre Cartwright (Guest Stars and BBC TV’s Rockschool programme): guitar
Diane McLoughlin: saxophone/composer and leader of Giant Steppes Jazz Orchestra
Buster Birch (leader of South London Jazz Trio): drums.

“In a Jazz age with an abundance of technical excellence – and ARQ have it in great quantity – we look for something else as well. ARQ bring to the stage a musical bond that is expressed in such fun and joyful moments that it is a pleasure to be in the room with them. Jazz of the highest quality.” Phil Rose, Birmingham Jazz

“Everyone was blown away – and dancing at a jazz gig…!”  John Riddell, Nottingham Jazztrane

Kirk McElhinney @ Wainsgate Chapel
Oct 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Kirk McElhinney @ Wainsgate Chapel | United Kingdom

“Kirk’s sound is a melting pot of sonic bliss”   Nitin Sawhney

Manchester singer/songwriter, whose last album, World Gone Blind, recorded at Limefield Studios in Manchester UK, was released in January 2014.

Kirk McElhinney (guitar, vocals)
With John Ellis (keyboards)

“Kirk’s sound is a melting pot of sonic bliss”   Nitin Sawhney

“New and fresh with a familiarity about it that took me back to music I had known and loved in the past”. Daily Express

Here is Kirk McElhinney in conversation…

“You describe Bert Jansch as your guru – what was his influence on you?”  “He changed it all for me, in his playing. I’d never heard anyone play like that. He’s a great songwriter – a pure craftsman – and his guitar playing’s out of this world. It constantly hits the spot and I’d try and work it out and think ‘what’s he doing?’”

More of this interview at http://www.kirkmcelhinney.com/about/

See and hear Kirk performing with John Ellis

Skloniste @ Wainsgate Chapel
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A new work by acclaimed Todmorden-based composer Ailis Ni Riain for classical accordion and video which commemorates the Siege of Sarajevo.

Sarajevo, 1994. The city is under siege. Sniper fire kills civilians every day. The citizens of Sarajevo run to avoid being shot. They all run for one thing: shelter. Sklonište (shelter) was spray-painted throughout Sarajevo to guide its citizens to underground shelters. The siege lasted 1,425 days – a long time to have to run for your life. Ailís Ní Ríain (music), Dermot Dunne (accordion), Sarajevo-based Jim Marshall (images) and the citizens of Sarajevo combine to present an alternative reflection on the longest siege in modern warfare. Expect the surreal, the tragic and the humour of a people determined to survive.

Taster:  https://vimeo.com/145801913