16th December British Folk Guitar Wizardry of the Highest Order at 33 Chatsworth Rd

Get down to 33 Chatsworth Rd (the old dentists) this Friday for an evening of mesmerising British Folk, Avant Garde and solo electric guitar talent. Doors and bar open from six serving mulled wine and cider, ales and whiskey. The Horse Loom\Where to start to describe The Horse Loom? The best acoustic guitar player in the country? Maybe. The most unique marriage between British folk music avant garde guitar playing and punk rock spirit? Certainly. Wonderful? Definitely. Under-rated? You’ll have to ask him about that.Northumbrian guitarist and singer Steve Malley would doubtless be extremely embarrassed to read any of these things. That says a lot. Steve played guitar in Crane in the early 90s whose post-Husker Du take on The Byrds-meets-DC hardcore earned them a deserving reputation as one of the UK’s finest live bands. He would go on to play in Kodiak Four Frame and then most notably The Unit Ama. The Unit Ama existed in direct contrast to their (musical) peers from America. Whereas a cold and cool approach was favoured by the bands from across the pond The Ama dropped any of this façade and opened themselves and their music to possibilities of accident and misfortune creating a live experience that was truly inspiring. I say with total sincerity that they changed a lot of people’s musical outlook forever. The Horse Loom sees Steve take this approach and apply it to his love of folk music. Combining folk structures and melodies with his incredible guitar playing has made The Horse Loom something truly unique. Getting Steve (a fireman by day) to play gigs these days is next to impossible so don’t miss this.” – Chris Summerlinhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wleD3WvJXDQ Nick Jonah DavisNick Jonah Davis a Nottingham based musician is the latest in a long line of solo guitarists who have been compared to Fahey (and who it has to be said have cited Fahey as an influence) but the comparison is largely needless or at least has been filtered through a very European/Celtic sensibility to the point of remaining but a distant echo. Though Of Time and Tides does move through differing moods (including a bright waltz in the closing ‘Fred and Evelyn’) the largest influence here is the damp autumnal melancholy of Bert Jansch – who is increasingly becoming some kind of ur-figure himself. Two pieces ‘Cold Wind on the Long Mynd’ and ‘Nine Stones Close’ could take Jansch’s lugubrious whisper with ease and the guitar playing has much of the same poise and fluidity. Of Time and Tides also has a great sense of age about it: at times it’s tempting to think of it as having a Gothic lineage but something like a British Primitivism might be more accurate. In the main this is music that sounds of age weathered and elemental. Ours is a moment rich in solo guitar players all exploring and expanding on an already deep tradition; and once again Tompkins Square has found a young musician who appears to be right at home within it and will be worth following for the future to see where he might take it next. – ‘The Liminal’http://soundcloud.com/nick-jonah-davis Ruban ByrneThe man behind the guitar textures of psych folkers Hush the Many and Indiana emerges from retirement. A rare chance to catch his mesmerising ambient solo electric set. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua4cnf0dI9c”