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Friday, December 1st, 2017
7:00 PM
1 RSVP
Our award Winning bookshop hosts three fantastic artists.

Jack Hopkinson
"Captivating, beautifully tempered vocals and a stage presence that exudes confidence and draws you in hook, line and sinker."
- A. Chamberlain - The Picture House, Stratford
"He's got such a great voice"
- Brody Swain (BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Introducing)
Hailing from the small town of Kenilworth in Warwickshire, Jack Hopkinson is a singer-songwriter playing folk-pop Americana mixed with a little bit of Country. In 2015 he released his debut EP When You Wanna Be that reached the top 25 of the iTunes chart, followed in 2016 with his 2nd EP More Than Just. In support of these records he's played over 500 gigs in 3 years. This included a self-funded and self-booked successful US tour, taking in a winning showcase at the famous Eddies Attic in Atlanta, securing him a recording of the show and a return visit.

Taking influence from James Taylor, Ryan Adams, Foy Vance and John Mayer, Jack's songwriting delves deep into the body, heart and soul.
With 3 EP's and a live record under his belt, Jack is about to release his debut album in spring 2018.

Two Ways Home
Two Ways Home are the songwriters and alt-country duo Isabella Mariee originally from Vienna and Lewis Fowler, who grew up in Gloucestershire. Now based in London, the pair have gone from strength to strength since a trip to Nashville inspired a new name and direction for their musical partnership.

In the two years that have passed since the release of their debut EP 'Wood For Trees'(March 2015), the band have enjoyed radio play across the UK & Europe, toured internationally sharing stages with artists across the country/Americana spectrum from Phil Vassar to Red Sky July and have been featured extensively in print publications including Maverick Magazine, Record Collector and The Sun, with the latter describing their sound as crystal clear harmonies tinged with melancholy. Although their live setup is sometimes an acoustic duo or trio, Two Ways Home often play as a five-piece band with Chris Brice (drums), Michael Clancy (electric guitar) and Dominik Told (bass).

The acclaimed follow up EP, 'Better Days' (Dec 2015) highlighted as a stunning piece of art by One on One Music secured their reputation as a key player in the UK country & folk scene, with single 'Just For Now' played across BBC Regional Radio, Amazing Radio and on Chris Country among others. Described by The Upcoming as unique, unexpected and brilliant, interest in their music has also led to increasing demand for Two Ways Home as a songwriting team, with other artists turning to the duo to bring their distinctive sound to collaborations and co-writes.

The pair recently released their third EP, 'Closest Stranger' which features four brand new songs, including co-writes with Logan Brill, Demi Marriner and Adam James. In their own words: We are so excited for people to hear the new EP. This record is super special to us, it's the first time we have put something out which includes co-writes. It's a true collaboration of London and Nashville. We recorded everything in London and got it mixed and mastered with two of our friends in Nashville and it features both UK and American writers.

Ben Williams
A Manchester based singer-songwriter who moulds the classic song-writing sound of Paul Simon with the laid back nature of Jack Johnson, Ben Williams is a difficult artist to pigeonhole and is all the better for it. His second album 'Put It On Ice' is due for release in February 2017. Completely self-penned and featuring a selection of the finest musicians in Manchester, Williams has delivered a gem of an album. Often quirky, sometimes funny, and occasionally more reflective, the songs demonstrate a fantastic range of approaches and ideas.

Thanks to a busy touring and busking schedule around the UK and Europe, Ben's song-writing and singing have matured since his debut album, which was described by R2 magazine as 'guaranteed to bring a smile to your face', and by Janice Long as 'so beautiful'. The single 'Hold Your Fire' was played on the Dermot O Leary show on BBC Radio 2, and 'I Can Do That' received heavy airplay form BBC Introducing in Manchester. BBC Radio 2 also played Ben's Christmas song 'Too Cold For Snow' on Christmas Day.

Having started as a busker, Ben Williams' rise to prominence in the music industry has been truly impressive. Grammy award winning producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Paulo Nutini), who knows a great musician when he sees one, describes him as an excellent guitarist and great to have around on a recording session, while drummer and producer Steve White (Paul Weller, Style Council, Oasis) called him great guitarist and top musician.

Jack Hopkinson 9.45 -10.35
Two Ways Home 8.45 - 9.30
Ben Williams 8.00-8.35

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Once the acts are on stage the door will be closed. If you are late, you will have to wait for a break in set (between songs or at the end of the set)
We are a fully seated venue. No food or drink permitted as we have a licensed bar.

£5 if pre-booked, £8 on the door