Double the usual audience were treated to this great live session on BBC Radio Devon yesterday with Geoff Lakeman & Em Marshall as technical issues in Truro meant that BBC Cornwall listeners were temporarily diverted in our direction.
I expect they were delighted to tune in to the Fitz show and hear all about the great gig tonight in the beautiful Ashburton Arts Centre (Friday 21st September). This is an event worth crossing the Tamar for! (listen from 2:13:10) Geoff wisely pointed out that this ex-Methodist church will have been built for great Wesleyan hymn-singing acoustics and that is absolutely right, it’s a beautiful space, ideal for the kind of live music we will hear tonight.
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Get there at 7pm to be sure of getting in. There’s a bar for half time and many of the pews have been replaced with comfortable chairs. Music starts at 7.30pm with local singer-songwriter Em Marshall who’s previewing her debut EP The Building Light (listen at 2:16:50 to hear her sing the captivating title track, I was completely transported.) Em’s gorgeous son Rowan was listening outside the room, with dad Tim Powell-Jones, thoroughly enjoying hearing his mum’s beautiful music.
Geoff Lakeman will be playing songs from his own fantastic debut album ‘After All These Years’. I love this album and Geoff delivers with power, authenticity and a lot of humour too. He’s been playing and singing for around 50 years but it wasn’t until he retired that his sons (Seth, Sam and Sean) managed to persuade him to record his own record and get out there and gig. Maybe this is what’s keeping him looking and feeling so lively? Geoff accompanies himself with his Charles Wheatstone ‘crane duet’ concertina which looks shiny an new but was actually crafted in 1926 and is an ex Salvation Army instrument. Highly portable and the perfect companion to his vocal. Listen at 2:23 to hear him play ‘Farmers’ Song’, a heartfelt lament on behalf of all the farmers in Devon and Cornwall who may have been tuning in.
Wow this is going to be a good night!
See you later….
Katie (the “redoubtable… one-woman powerhouse” 😉)