Sat 14th May: The Beguilers/ Kayiate Kodialy

The Winemakers Club
41A Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4AN
Ph 020 7236 2936
Doors 7.00 pm. Music from 7.30 pm. Nearest tube Farringdon, 3 minutes walk.
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The Winemakers is a stunningly atmospheric candle-lit stone arch in the vaults of Holborn Viaduct, three minutes walk from Farringdon tube station, attached to a beautiful independently run wine, whiskey & craft beer bar.

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Fred Thomas’ latest album ‘The Beguilers’ weaves crafted song-writing into the narratives of poems by William Blake, Emily Brontë, William Shakespeare, James Joyce, Walter Savage Landor and Thomas Carew. Drawing on a wonderfully strange repository of musical influences – English folk, Joao Gilberto, Minimalism, the Aka Pigmies, The Beatles, and the English Madrigal School – Fred Thomas’ settings delicately bring the poets’ images and metaphors to life with finely wrought harmonies and luscious melodies. Joining Fred for his album launch will be an all star line-up assembled specially for the occasion: Pete Flood (Bellowhead), Alex Bonney (Bill Frisell), Nat Keen (Flying Ibex), Liam Byrne (Damon Albarn), Dave Shulman (Cleo Lane), all unified by the hauntingly beautiful voice of Ellie Rose Rusbridge (Beardy Man). Expect spell-binding poetry, unearthly grooves and hypnotising interplay from a special group of musicians for a unique and one-off performance at The Winemakers Club. Limited edition copies of ‘The Beguilers’ will be available for sale.

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“a beautiful thing….The Beguilers is absolutely gorgeous” – Guy Garvey, BBC Radio 6

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“The Beguilers’ version of Blake’s ‘London’ is the finest setting of the poem that I know – the human ear adorned with manacles more beautiful than any earring” – Tim Heath, Chair of the Blake Society

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“The Beguilers make these classic works come to life” – The Liminal

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“The Beguilers start with songs based on some of the greatest poetry in the English language, but it’s the combination of Ellie Rose’s haunting voice with Fred Thomas’s beautiful compositions that give this band its unique and unclassifiable quality – a treat equally for lovers of poetry, jazz, classical music and folksong” – Peter Slavid

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Fred Thomas: “Extreme sensitivity to colour and nuance….Fred Thomas is brilliant” – BBC Music Magazine

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Ellie Rose: “A rare and totally individual talent” – Sam Lee, Nest Collective

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Alex Bonney: “His reputation places him at the heart of some of the finest contemporary music-making” – Fiona Talkington, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3

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Liam Byrne: “Liam Byrne gave a glittering performance and proved able to be skittish, throw a tantrum and come to a sweet resolution, all in a brief sequence of notes.” – The Guardian

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Pete Flood: “A bit like Keith Moon. He’s all across everything, all of the time” – Charles Hazelwood, broadcaster

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Kadialy Kouyate is a musician, a singer songwriter inspired by the West African Griot repertoire. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerising kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles. He has headlined the WOMAD stage with Baaba Maal, and has recorded with Mumford and Sons and Baaba Maal, resulting in a no.1 record in South Africa. This Mumford and Sons / Baaba Maal colaboration was released in the UK this April. He has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in their 2012 Julius Caesar production, has played Woodstock wuth the Afro Celt Sound System to an audience of 750,000 people, and graced the stages of The Royal Festival Hall, the O2 Arena and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, to name just three. He’s a wonderful, gifted musician, and a brilliant addition to the Winemakers stage.

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