Our monthly local showcase welcomes up and coming artists, alongside some special guests. In April, Ashcroft Presents...
Dream indie pop from Blair Dunlop
“One of the UK’s Finest Songwriters" is touring his first new studio release since 2018. For a man still in his twenties whose debut album Blight & Blossom, won the coveted Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, whose 2010 debut EP is now a collector’s item and who was declared the “vital bridge between Brit folk's first and latest flowerings” by Q Magazine, one might think it easy to rest on the laurels of an already successful career but that’s certainly not the case; constantly searching for new sounds and techniques, Blair’s new music is already sounding unlike any of his previous releases.
“From the outside, when listening to the music of Blair Dunlop, you get the impression that though he’s something of a natural talent he continues to work hard to progress both his songwriting and musicianship… you can hear the folk heritage coursing through his veins as well as the originality he brings to the genre.” - Songwriting Magazine 2021
Fiery folk from Ellie Gowers
Ellie has been making an impression wherever she lands. Her music embeds a fierce energy that echoes the 60’s folk revival scene and she is known to hold pride of place on stage with her strong and lucent vocals. Her songs are built from a childhood love of literature and traditional folk song, but also discuss the more modern narratives of the present day.
Fresh talent with much promise from AJ Wander
UK artist AJ Wander a London-based pop singer-songwriter, the son of a pianist father, grew up in the suburbs of south-east London. Following a move to Sydney, Australia, AJ eventually returned home to the UK. His single Time Out was written in the wake of “an explosive breakup”, and the realisation that the kindest thing to do was to let his 'first love' go.
Event: Friday 8 April, 8pm
Tickets: £7 advance, £10 on the door
Book your tickets to see Ashcroft Presents...Blair Dunlop + AJ Wander + Ellie Gowers at Hampshire Cultural Trust's Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham now!
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