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In support of Relay for Life Cancer Research Lincolnshire we’re very pleased to welcome back this unique duo who have stretched the boundaries of what can be done in the acoustic blues genre, by creating the sound of a five piece band played by only two members. Using live looped bass lines they combine harps, guitar, vocals and floor stomp box to give a full band sound.
We’re delighted to welcome back this acoustic roots duo, who will take you on a joyous musical journey mixing elements from world, folk and jazz. Featuring music from New Orleans, Cuba, Brazil and Eastern Europe, as well as cajun, bluegrass and boogie. Between the two of them they carry with them more instruments than the average orchestra.
Café Portico joins Lincoln Inspired to host another popular music Friday featuring musical entertainment provided by singer, songwriter and Lincoln Inspired music patron Elliott Morris, plus a support act. Doors open at 7pm. Food available from 7.30pm with a variety of tasty plates from around £10 each. Come and dine or just come and listen.
The supremely talented singer song writer Andrew McEwan returns to Café Portico, this time for a solo performance by The Warbirds guitarist. Siting such influences as The National, Bob Dylan, Doves, Ron Sexsmith, Cherry Ghost, Ryan Adams expect an evening of earnest and well crafted acoustic, indie music.
Living out many people’s fantasies, Stu Larsen, of ‘no fixed abode’, travels the world following opportunities wherever they take him. Luckily for us, he carries with him his guitar and a catalogue of acoustic folk songs to share. With tours through Australia, Japan, the UK and Europe be sure not to miss him as his trail winds through our venue for an evening.
Café Portico favorites The Warbirds return with an evening full of beautifully written, heartfelt indie-pop songs. The boys have courted a lot of coverage of late, chances are you’ve heard them either on BBC Radio Lincs (as their National Tip for the song ‘Kid On The Street’), in any Co-op around the country (as their artists of the week) or at the Oxjam music festival in Lincoln.
Come to Café Portico for a bit of Bazil in Blighty. In celebration of Mardi Gras we will be hosting a Brazilian themed evening, including cocktails, beers, food, live Samba music and dancing tutorial.
The evenings itinerary looks like this:
7.30pm- free Caiprinha cockail
8pm- Food with Brazilian background music
9.30pm- Live Samba band
10-11pm- A professional Samba dancer to teach some moves to up and coming ‘Strictly’ customers!
11-12pm- Brazilian music and more drinks
“Svarc’s passionate and articulate delivery as a guitarist and composer of considerable range and scale make him one of the most individual figures active on the British scene today.” -Matthew Bourne
‘The sounds of Nik Svarc’s trio are unmistakable. Svarc’s creative use of effects is spellbinding.’ -Jazz @ The Grove
Tom Morris is an ambitious performer. Within his band, Her Name is Calla; he leads through wild dynamics and near-claustrophobic intensity.
Relatively new to releasing solo material outside of HNIC, he’s already amassed a healthy back catalogue of five EPs and one full length over the course of 18 months. His second album, ‘And You Were The Hunter’ however, sees Morris take stock and explore a bigger sonic palette – sparse and fragile acoustic ballads now blend with full band performances, giving his immaculate songwriting an extra dimension by wrapping it around new ideas and new sounds.
Released on Morris’ own Olynka Records, the album is as personal a document as you’re likely to find in amongst the current crop of singer/ songwriters. Recalling the brutal honesty of Elliott Smith, and the diverse and prolific output of Ryan Adams, the album tells a story of its own, from desolation to euphoria, from an emptiness to the ecstatic.
“ ‘And You Were The Hunter’ is a breathtakingly beautiful set of songs from an artist who is rapidly maturing into something special”
Echoes and Dust
It’s time to share the next series of events at Café Portico. We have a range of fantastic music nights coming up covering piano and guitar, indie, funk, soul and jazz. And, if that didn’t whet your musical appetite, there’s also an evening with Lydia Bauman where we’ll be discussing the life and works of landscape and Oxfordshire artist, Turner.
Tickets can be purchased directly from the café during opening hours or by calling 07956 653156 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
The team @ Café Portico
The Freeloaders Quintet play cool jazz with a hint of funk and soul, creating a unique blend of jazz standards from the classic era of cool and modal jazz with a fresh and contemporary feel, mixing original arrangements to bring the music up to date so it’s emergent and full of flavour.
Turner created a revolution in painting at the beginning of the 19th century, responding to a modern industrial landscape with a freer style and new approaches to composition.
This completely unique duo has stretched the boundaries of what can be done in the acoustic blues genre by creating the sound of a five piece band played by only two members. How?
The idea is simple – Chris loops the double bass played live on the first 12 bars, thus giving him the opportunity to pick up the harps on the second round. Simultaneously, Aidan is providing guitar, vocals and floor stomp box to give a full band sound to an otherwise conventional acoustic duo. This original idea has never been seen before in the blues genre and the band hopes to set a precedent for what can be done live with only two musicians. We’re impressed!
Acoustic roots duo, Mambo Jambo, will take you on an intriguing and joyous musical journey mixing elements and sounds from world, folk and jazz; featuring music from New Orleans, Cuba, Brazil and Eastern Europe, as well as Cajun, bluegrass, boogie, and their own compositions. Between the two of them, this duo carry with them more instruments than the average orchestra with Pete on guitar, vocal, banjo, percussion, tres (traditional Cuban guitar), ukulele, accordion, suitcase (!) and Frankie on saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar, vocal, and percussion.
With the backing of top producers and a newly-won place on Fearne Cotton’s Radio1 playlist, Billy Lockett’s flair for piano and guitar has landed him a distinctive style, aided by a soulful voice, charming lyrics and enough allure to leave crowds muttering choruses into the night… and you thought Northampton only made good shoes?
Following another acoustic tour of the UK, That’s Not Me will be playing an intimate, acoustic gig at Café Portico, bringing their mix of country and blues with a modern indie feel. You can look forward to a variety of music from foot stomping banjo action to rough blues and harmonious acoustic folk/indie tunes. Lincoln’s own NME-reading hillbillies will be sure to entertain!
The Karl Svarc Trio smoothly blends elements of blues, country and world music, creating organic rhythms with the lyrical sensibility of a poet. Singer/songwriter Karl Svarc is provides vocals and guitar; Sean South is on lead guitar, and ‘Easy’ Bob Reid plays the harmonica. Expect a laid back evening of superb harmonies born of musical kinship and shared delight.
This is a night not to be missed!