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Live: The Handsome Family & Courtney Marie Andrews @ Union Chapel

Union Chapel is a cosy venue, perfect on a late winters evening.  People are bundled up in warm clothes settling onto padded seat cushions and cradling mugs of tea and cocoa in the soft coloured lighting, candle light and the kaleidoscope of the chapel’s rose window. The Handsome Family are enjoying a sell-out tour in part thanks to the support of opening act Courtney Marie Andrews.  This petite Arizonan introduces herself in a small, breathy voice reminiscent of a young Joni Mitchell or Nanci Griffiths. Just like Griffiths, when she begins to sing, all of that delicacy is replaced...

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Live: Ben Watt & Michele Stodart @ Union Chapel

Live: Ben Watt feat. Bernard Butler @ Union Chapel, London After a hiatus of some 30 years, Ben Watt released his second solo album Hendra in 2014. However Ben certainly hasn’t been lazy during that time; having recorded 11 albums as one half of Everything But The Girl he went on to work as a producer, DJ in the club scene, remixer, radio presenter and is the author of two memoirs. With his solo recording career now reinvigorated, Fever Dream followed in quick succession earlier this year and is the focus of this current tour. We are lucky to...

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LIVE: LLOYD COLE @ UNION CHAPEL, LONDON.

On this tour Lloyd Cole is only performing his classic songbook covering a period from 1983 – 1996 which comprises of hits from albums Rattlesnakes, Easy Pieces, Mainstream, Lloyd Cole and Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe.  Union Chapel is an intimate and relaxed setting perfect for an acoustic performance, with soft stage lights and the balcony lined with candles.  The audience are seated together in the church pews drinking tea and coffee (the venue still being a functioning church, no alcohol is allowed in the chapel area) it seems to add to the warmth and closeness of the...

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Live: Rosanne Cash @ Union Chapel

I first heard Rosanne Cash years ago, on a video recording of a show from sometime in the 1990s, featuring Cash with country/folk peers Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The three songwriters were sitting around in a semi-circle, each with a guitar, a microphone and a stash of songs that veered between the heartbreaking and the hilarious. No backing band, no light show, just pure voices and strange stories. Tonight was the first time I’d attended one of Cash’s shows and she proved that her voice, playing and songs now have even more extraordinary power to enchant. If...

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LIve: Difford & Tilbrook @ Union Chapel.

Two rock stars tumble out of bed, before finding themselves a cup of tea and gazing around at a packed room of spectators. Not something you often witness in a church and no ordinary start to a gig. Tonight, however, Union Chapel hosts a rare treat of Squeeze frontmen, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, staging an evening of songs and conversation entitled The At Odds Couple Tour. An elaborate stage set depicts a bedroom from the 1970s, strewn with guitars and mannequins and engulfed in highly patterned wall paper. The set references their emergence in that decade’s New Wave...

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Live: Patti Smith @ Union Chapel

The ground underfoot is dark, dank woodland and there are strange, other-worldly sounds whirling through the air, that may be ominous or might be soothing. This is the setting created by a huge video screen overhead and five musicians on one side of the stage. Leading the performance is Patti Smith, on the other side of the stage. Dressed casually in jeans and a dark jacket, her wild grey hair free around her shoulders, she still strongly conveys much of the look of her iconic punk priestess self of earlier times. However, tonight is a chance to hear her...

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