Live listening music in cosy venues
“It's a delight to play here. Long may it continue.” John Doyle.
“This is a great venue. I have really, really enjoyed playing here.” Martin Simpson.
“I really like this little venue.” Pierre Bensusan.
Nightflies formed in 2018 when three hugely experienced musicians and performers decided to get together and start a new venture making great music for pleasure and prosperity. Nightflies produce a glorious, classy sound covering classic and contemporary jazz, swing, latin, folk, rhythm-and-blues, (just a little) straight blues, popular songs and even some classical instrumentals, covering all modern musical eras. Gorgeous harmonies are provided by the superb and wonderfully complimentary voices of Karen Bates and Emma Stone. The line-up is based around Ken Appleby's distinctive fingerstyle acoustic guitar playing.
In October 2018 they were thrilled to have the excellent and highly-experienced double bassist Paul Smith join them to complete the rich acoustic quartet sound.
Definitely a 3 piece but sometimes a 4 piece A cappella band who love singing!
We have been singing and laughing together for 3 years now and have a combined height of 21’ 4” and combined age of 84 (in our dreams!)
We are “Bossy”, “Bubbly”, “Quirky” and “Cheeky” with a set that includes Chattanooga Choo Choo right through to a few of our own original pieces about life.
‘A slick evening's entertainment, highly recommended’ Chris Jaeger MBE, Worcester Live
‘An exhilarating performance and really entertaining singers‘ Lord Faulkner, House of Lords
‘You Sassy ladies are so entertaining and have such a lovely camaraderie‘ M.C.S
‘Blown away‘ VH & JK
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.
The absence of a bar also has the highly desirable effect of ensuring the ‘pindrop’ atmosphere is maintained, with audiences intent only on the music.
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.