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“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”
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I have spent time with Nathan while he worked on the beautiful guitar that he crafted for me last year. He is a gentle, self-effacing and rather private man, but his talent and special qualities strike you immediately. When you hear his songs, his beautiful voice, his superb playing and powerful performances you realise you are experiencing an artist who should be better known.
Take a look at the video of Nathan performing, linked below, and you will see what I mean.
I am really thrilled to have enticed him to perform for us at the Ale House. Come along to our intimate venue on a warm English summer evening and meet him. I guarantee you a rare, delightful evening of original music.
Appleby Kinsey will support.
"Nathan Ball is an extraordinarily talented UK songwriter, singer, guitarist and luthier. His beautifully written songs reveal depths of humanity and a keen eye for metaphor, while his intricate, finger picking style makes every note from his guitar shine."
A firm favourite on the underground festival circuit, Nathan’s poetic lyrics are matched with a powerful and distinctive voice and a rare and captivating guitar style. Following the success of his debut EP in 2009, Nathan was chosen as a finalist in the MOJO magazine New Voice competition in 2011. He then stepped away from the live music scene to concentrate on his other passion, building beautiful acoustic guitars, before recording his debut album Stand Up in 2015.
He supports Martha Tilston on several of her recent tours and features on her album ‘The Sea’.
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.