Coming up in the L3 Lounge
St David’s Hall
October 2017 – April 2018
Amy Wadge & Luke Jackson,
Bella Hardy, Martyn Joseph,
Kris Drever, Cara Dillon & Sam Lakeman,
CCJO, Chris Wood, Tom Russell, Frigg
Informal, Intimate and Inviting
The L3 Lounge at St David’s Hall
THERE’S a veritable treasure trove for folk fans and jazz lovers in our L3 Lounge at St David’s Hall over the next few months!
This informal setting provides the perfect, intimate atmosphere for live music with a welcoming bar available at each captivating concert.
Roots Unearthed continues with 2014 BBC Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy (Tues 31 Oct), who enchanted the auditorium earlier this year in support of country star Mary Chapin Carpenter. Bella also won the BBC Radio 2 Best Original Song in 2012 for The Herring Girl, and has just released her critically acclaimed ninth solo album Hey Sammy. Her stunning voice creates twisted tales that touch on both the fantastical elements of Kate Bush and the lovelorn songwriting craft of Carole King.
Then there’s hot fiddles from cool Scandinavia as Finnish folk septet Frigg (Tues 21 Nov) present their mesmerising mix of bluegrass, Celtic and Balkan styles with even heavy metal influences shining through! Before the evening performance, there’s Frigg’s Finnish Fiddle Tunes Workshop in the L3 Lounge at 5.30pm where the band offer advice and tutorials to all string players – not just fiddlers! Classical, traditional, jazz and folk players are all welcome at intermediate and advanced levels.
Americana singer-songwriter Tom Russell (Weds 22 Nov) graces the L3 stage the following day with a tremendous back catalogue to draw from of 35 albums. He’s also published five books, and his songs have been recorded by icons like Johnny Cash and k.d. lang. In 2015, Tom issued the breathtaking 52-track folk opera The Rose of Roscrae, which Folk Radio UK described as “possibly the single most important Americana release of all time.” Plus, Rolling Stone labelled him “the greatest living folk-country songwriter.”
Don’t forget to cheer on the boys too in the Autumn Internationals as Wales take on Australia (Sat 11 Nov, 5.15pm), Georgia (Sat 18 Nov, 2.30pm), New Zealand (Sat 25 Nov, 5.15pm) and South Africa (Sat 2 Dec, 2.30pm). All the games are shown live on our big screen in our family-friendly L3 Lounge with delicious hot food served. The bar is open three hours before the kick-off of each match, so there’s plenty of time to grab a good seat and relax with a pint!
Into the New Year, and Martyn Joseph (Tues 16 Jan) is back by popular demand. The man dubbed “The Welsh Springsteen” is a jaw-dropping guitarist with a show-stopping voice whose wonderfully crafted tunes blend music and social commentary. Despite over 30 years in the business, Martyn remains as passionate as ever and continues to sing straight from the heart.
Also returning is Cardiff’s own Capital City Jazz Orchestra (Tues 23 Jan) for another exciting evening of jazz and swing. Since forming in 2007, CCJO have been joined by many revered special guests and that’s no different this time either. Sharing the stage is internationally renowned saxophonist and one of the UK’s most versatile musicians, Tim Garland.
Later that month there’s a really intriguing combination as Amy Wadge & Luke Jackson (Tues 30 Jan) channel the spirit of Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley from the same stage. Amy Wadge is the hugely successful artist who co-wrote Ed Sheeran’s most successful single Thinking Out Loud, which won the duo a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2016. Meanwhile, Luke Jackson has been making waves playing support slots to some of folk’s finest, and his fusion of Richard Thompson and Martin Simpson makes him one of the most exciting new talents on the scene.
Another former BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer comes to the National Concert Hall of Wales the following week as 2011 winner Chris Wood (Tues 6 Feb) demonstrates his uncompromising approach to songwriting. With gentle intelligence, he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.
Amy Wadge and Luke Jackson aren’t the only dynamic duo to appear either as husband and wife Cara Dillon & Sam Lakeman (Tues 6 March) perform poignant songs from Cara’s new album Wanderer. Both possess a natural warmth onstage with music that defies the typical pigeonholes. Mojo even went as far to say that Cara has “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful voice.”
Closing the Roots Unearthed season in style is Kris Drever (Tuesday 17 April), who scooped the 2017 BBC Folk Singer of the Year Award as well as Best Original Track for If Wishes Were Horses. Kris is also a vocalist with folk favourites Lau, and as an added little incentive to book tickets he’ll play a Best Of set with a sprinkling of new songs never previously performed live!
Head up to the informal, intimate and inviting L3 Lounge – a warm welcome awaits you!