Chapel revels in the English folk revival with gigs
In a little less than a year since launching his solo career, Gavin Davenport has quickly established himself as one of the leading young singers of traditional English song.
His debut album Brief Lives (collecting traditional and broadside ballads) has won universally superb reviews and cemented his reputation as a singer capable of standing alongside the great names in English traditional music.
His distinctive voice and passion for the tradition caught the ear of folk-rock legend Ashley Hutchings and Gavin now sings with latest incarnation of The Albion Band and in The Morris On Band.
Gavin recently won praise for his performance in the triumphant revival of Peter Bellamy's "The Transports" at Sidmouth Festival and produced by Jude Kelly OBE, where he took the role of Abe Carman, (previously played by AL Lloyd and Peter Bellamy himself).
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A multi instrumentalist, capable of playing acoustic guitar, anglo concertina, cittern, mandolin, clawhammer banjo and more, Gavin is also a compelling and impressive unaccompanied singer capable of holding an audience rapt through the twists and turns of some of the big ballads.
Were this not enough, he is an award winning songwriter "in the tradition" providing material for Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman, Lady Maisery, Keith Kendrick and the Albion Band amongst others.
Gavin is currently working on his second solo album The Bone Orchard, due for release this year with the acclaimed fiddler Tom Kitching (Pilgrim's Way) who will join him on tour.
He plays Bath Chapel Arts Centre on Thursday, March 14.
Tickets cost £8 in advance.
Jim Moray is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in traditional folk music today.
After four ground-breaking and award-winning albums – 2003's BBC Radio2 Folk Album of Year Sweet England, Jim Moray in 2006, fRoots Critics Poll and Mojo Folk Album of the Year winner Low Culture in 2008 and 2010's In Modern History – he now finds himself at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians.
His imaginative reimagining of English traditional music blended with orchestral flourishes, guitars and electronics soon found him saw him gracing stages at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and WOMAD.
Now he comes bearing Skulk (2012), his fifth and perhaps best album yet.
Catch him when visits Bath's Chapel Arts Centre tomorrow.
Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10 in advance.