Littleborough Unplugged

by | 11 September 2018 | Music, Retford

Littleborough Unplugged are acoustic music concerts featuring the best of national and international performers. These are held, from April to September, in the tiny Norman Church of St Nicholas, Littleborough DN22 0HD; an acoustically and aesthetically excellent intimate venue. The concert proceeds support Britain’s historic architectural heritage via the Churches Conservation Trust.

The Phil Langran Band (Folk, Blues, Celtic and Americana) are appearing at Littleborough Unplugged on Saturday 20th May. Phil’s songs are a powerful combination of immediacy and slow-burning subtlety. Their melodies instantly take up residence in the mind while the lyrics pack a considerable emotional punch. This is set off to great effect by Phil’s line in dry, laconic humour which accompanies the live show. The songs and lyrics are masterpieces of succinctness — all coming in around the three-minute mark — and seem to work effortlessly on several levels, belying the craftsmanship that has gone into their making.

Phil is not only a fine musician but also a writer steeped in the poetic traditions of Robert Lowell and Langston Hughes. The result is a brilliant intertwining of Americana, Celtic, folk and blues themes in distinctive original songs. Like all the best songwriters, Phil has created his own genre, where Harlem nights and New York cityscapes rub shoulders with the West coast of Ireland and scenes from Werner Herzog’s films, and none of them seems out of place. Phil is joined on stage by a group of musicians drawn together by the quality of his writing. The band features luminaries of the acoustic scene who all feature on the new CD which is set to reach a new audience for the band. Phil is undoubtedly one of the finest songwriters working on the acoustic scene today.

Avi supports — a talented singer and guitarist, who’s main influences are Amy Macdonald, Mumford and Sons and Gin Wigmore. Avi plays superb acoustic interpretations from various genres together with her original songs. Help preserve beautiful historic churches by spending an evening listening to great music. Tickets cost £10, or £8 if purchased 14 days in advance, and can be reserved by emailing or calling 07957 433215.