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Friday, November 17th, 2017
7:00 PM
Comfy & Acoustic 2017.
Our award winning bookshop hosts another fantastic lineup of acoustic music from across the UK. Music, coffee, cake and wine.

Get the lower price of £7 by pre-booking. £10 on the door.
Doors open at 7pm, come early to get a good seat.

Stage times:

Dolly Mavies 8.00-8.35
Arcelia 8.50-9.30
Findlay Napier 9.45-10.45

Findlay Napier:
As defined in the title of his remarkable 2015 solo debut VIP: Very Interesting Persons (No.2 in the Daily Telegraph's top dozen folk albums that year), Scottish singer-songwriter Findlay Napier categorically commands musical VIP status.
He now turns those same supreme songwriting and storytelling gifts, allied with magpie-minded imagination and truly magnificent vocals, to his adoptive home town, on VIP's hotly anticipated follow-up, Glasgow.
Continuing his collaboration with Boo Hewerdine, the new album combines freshly-penned originals with classics and rarities from Glasgow's vast and colourful ballad canon, by authors as diverse as Hamish Imlach and The Blue Nile. Together, they form an extended musical love-letter to Scotland's metropolis, celebrating 20 years since Napier first arrived as a student, swapping his idyllic Highland childhood home for the 14th floor of the city's notorious (and since demolished) Red Road flats.
Napier's own songcraft today vibrantly reflects this increasingly rich stylistic melting-pot a mix he's played no small part in creating, especially the cross-fertilisation between Glasgow's folk and indie communities, as both co-host of a long-running open-mic night, and promoter of the decade-old Hazy Recollections concert series. In 2016, too, Napier launched the Glasgow Songwriting Festival, a weekend of workshops and performances which completely sold out its inaugural outing, and returns in 2017. In between putting the finishing touches to Glasgow, Napier also toured in spring 2017 with acclaimed contemporary protest-song showcase Shake the Chains.
Despite these ecumenical enthusiasms, Napier himself remains happy to identify as a folk singer even if he does enjoy stretching the term's already elastic parameters. I do fit that one-guy-with-a-guitar template, he says. As well as calling himself a folk singer, he simultaneously aspires to another, likewise timeless role: I do love that old-fashioned, all-round idea of an 'entertainer' - I think it's a brilliant thing, he says. But then that's totally what the best folk singers are; they'll have you in absolute hysterics, in between punching you in the gut - people like Loudon Wainwright, John Prine, Michael Marra: that's the absolute pinnacle, as far as I'm concerned.

The core trio of ARCELIA is GAVIN ALEXANDER TERESA GALLAGHER & SIMON FOSTER now regularly joined by MARTIN ELLIOTT on bass and PERRY WHITE on piano.
Arcelia (pronounced Ah-KELL-ia meaning 'treasure chest' in old Spanish) is a soulful folk trio from the valleys of Kent. An exquisite sound which has been likened to Crosby Stills & Nash, America, Paul Simon and Squeeze (they regularly perform and tour with CHRIS DIFFORD). They have also been in demand as a support act for the likes of Scott Matthews, Oysterband, Coope Boyes and Simpson, Boo Hewerdine, Michele Stodart and Maddy Prior.
Following up their 2014 debut Wrap Your Bones, on their new album the band continues to evolve into an exceptional songwriting and performing unit, further exploring stunning songs of everyday life and loves.

Dolly Mavis
Dolly Mavies is a Singer/Songwriter from Oxford; with Welsh roots and soulful sounds, Dolly's music captivates, with haunting vocals and ambient tones. Her combination of folk, soul and acoustic guitar create an emotive and poetic soundscape channelling life, love and loss

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No other food or drink to be brought into the premises.
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NOTE: If you are late you'll have to wait for the acts to finish their set/song to avoid interrupting the performance.