Live listening music in cosy venues
“This is a great venue. I have really, really enjoyed playing here.” Martin Simpson.
“I really like this little venue.” Pierre Bensusan.
“This is a rare venue, intimate, atmospheric, extremely well-run with devoted attention to every aspect, sound, ambience, lighting, decor and conviviality. Bring your own refreshments, relax and be entertained!” Karen Bates.
“What a fantastic hidden gem of a venue!” “It‘s like a private party among friends. Enjoy the banter.” “A jewel by the hill” “Keep it secret”
We are delighted to present at the Ale House Karen Bates, an exceptionally talented singer and award-winning songwriter. Karen is a vastly experienced performer and entertainer as a solo artist, fronting jazz bands and as a session musician. Here in this lovely intimate venue in Colwall she combines an engaging personality with a set of beautifully crafted original songs.
Appleby Kinsey will be playing a longer set of their folky and jazzy original songs and a few surprise covers.
There will be no bar at this event. You are welcome to bring your own drinks. Wine glasses will be provided.
H Bragen: «In this clone world it isn’t cool to be natural. But anyone who can take you to several places within a few minutes has something unusual and that is what tips you on your head. Karen laughs with an audience because she connects with people easily but somehow that same laughter melds into something deeper when she sings her own songs. Listen to ‘Goodbye 31’ and ‘Speak The Truth’ and maybe you will feel it too.
I once asked an old music biz friend of mine how it had been when he saw Karen playing a tough gig in London…
"The thing was", he said , "they were just ignoring the other acts but when Karen started to sing, they shut up."»
A quartet of guitar, saxophones, flute and double bass, Appleby Kinsey continue to create a distinctive, natural acoustic sound, with rich melodies, beautiful original songs, and masterful playing.
Hannah West joined the group in January 2016 as double bass player. Hannah is a talented and versatile musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, teacher and composer.
Talitha Cole and Emma's Stone's voices combine in beautiful harmonies over lyrical, catchy, original songs in a variety of styles, from Latin jazz to folk.
Since 2010 Appleby Kinsey have been playing weddings, festivals, cruise boats, bars, restaurants and have a dedicated following in the region. They have a large repertoire of original songs in various genres ranging from cool jazz to straight pop and contemporary folk, using an appealing mixture of these styles. They have released one album, ‘Begin Again’ on CD and download, containing 14 original songs. Tracks from ‘Begin Again’ are regularly played on BBC Local Radio.
The Ale House
The Ale House is a delightful and intimate concert venue, with warm acoustics.
Despite its name, there are no bar facilities at The Ale House and events there do not normally make alcoholic drinks available for sale. Most events, however, are bring-your-own. Wine glasses are made available.
In the 16th Century The Ale House was a place to serve ale to the parishioners of Colwall after church services. Nowadays, while having all modern facilities, it retains its ancient charm, with oak beams and leaded windows.
It is situated adjacent to St James the Great Church in Colwall. From the main B4218 going through the main part of Colwall, turn down Mill Lane, which is just north of the railway bridge. Go past Colwall Village Hall and the church is about half a mile further down the lane.
Park in the large car park next to the church and walk through the churchyard to the Ale House.
For reasons of safety parking is not allowed immediately adjacent to the building.
The Ale House is fully equipped for wheelchair access.
There is a pull-in space by the main door at the south end of the building (shown in the picture) for drop-off.