Bridget St. John & Michael Chapman
Date Friday 12 June 2015
Time 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8JP
Cost £12.50 advance and are available online now from SEE Tickets, Skiddle & WeGotTickets. Also available in person from our bar (01772 499 425) & Action Records (01772 884 772).
The Continental is delighted to be welcoming back folk legend Michael Chapman, this time on a double-header bill with the equally highly regarded artiste, Bridget St. John.
BRIDGET ST. JOHN
"The best lady singer-songwriter in the country" John Peel
Bridget St John is best known for the three albums she recorded between 1969 and 1972 for John Peel's Dandelion record label. Peel produced her debut album Ask Me No Questions.
Bridget also recorded a large number of BBC Radio and Peel Sessions and toured regularly on the British college and festival circuit. Her first stage performances were proposed and staged by Bernard Brandon, her drama mentor at Sheffield University in 1964-5. An accomplished guitar player, Bridget credits John Martyn and Michael Chapman as her "musical brothers".
It's truly fitting to her original work that she has asked Michael to tour with her.
The guitar and voice of Michael Chapman first became known on the London and Cornwall folk circuits in 1967. Playing a blend of atmospheric and autobiographical material he established a reputation for intensity and innovation. Signed to EMI's Harvest label he recorded a quartet of classic albums. LPs like 'Rainmaker' and 'Wrecked Again' defined the melancholic observer role Michael was to make his own, mixing intricate guitar instrumentals with a full band sound.
The influential album 'Fully Qualified Survivor', featuring the guitar of Mick Ronson and Rick (Steeleye Span) Kemp's bass, was John Peel's favourite album of 1970. 'Survivor' featured the Chapman 'hit', "Postcards of Scarborough", a characteristically tenderly sour song recounting the feelings of nostalgia and regret.
Chapman is one of the finest finger picking style guitar players around today. As part of a continuing musical lineage that includes the likes of John Fahey, Jack Rose, Ralph McTell, John Martyn, Davey Graham & Bert Jansch, Chapman is still as active as he ever was, always releasing new recordings and playing better than ever.
Recent collaborations with Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and the American 'primitive school' of guitar players have opened up a whole new audience of admirers in the UK, USA and Europe.
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