EAST Devon’s Otterton Mill has just released tickets for its Autumn music season.
In what promises to be an outstanding programme of acoustic music, highlights include international blues legend Dana Gillespie, and one of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters James Keelaghan.
The Mill's gigs are held in the intimate environment of its restaurant. It’s a magical setting for an exciting musical series featuring a range of musical styles including blues, folk roots, and americana.
Mill co-owner Caroline Spiller said “The Mill is a truly unique music venue, which is loved by audiences and musicians alike. It’s why we’re able to attract such critically acclaimed artists time and again, and why The Guardian named us "The mill that rocks.”
Thursday September 18 – Doug MacLeod tickets £14.00 A first Mill visit from this US blues genius. Winner of the 2014 Blues Music Awards for Acoustic Artist of the Year and Acoustic Album of the Year (There’s a Time), Doug is a master of original blues in the American tradition. Known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry (bottleneck and finger-style), warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances, Doug is also a storyteller, bringing characters alive through his music. Don’t miss! www.doug-macleod.com
Thursday September 25 – Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock tickets £13.50 Songwriter Huw and multi-instrumentalist Maart first met on a Fairport Convention tour bus in 1995. Huw went on to conquer the British folk scene with previous singing partner Tony Williams, and is now a regular BBC Radio 4 contributor. Over a 30 year career, Maart has toured and recorded with everyone from Fairport, Jethro Tull, The Mission, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mike Harding, Robert Plant, Midge Ure and many more. Together, Huw and Maart deliver an evening of warmth, humour, beautiful songs, foot-tapping tunes, and stories that will captivate and enthral. www.maartinallcock.com/Huw&Maart
Thursday October 2 – Lizanne Knott with Bill Reveles tickets £14.00 A first Mill visit from this Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter. Longtime fan Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 says: “Absolutely gorgeous music. We’ve rarely had as big a reaction to any artist in recent years than we’ve had for Lizanne Knott”. Her seductive almost hypnotic vocals, intelligent poetic lyrics and natural warmth combine to make her a captivating performer, and a rare talent. Playing with Bill Reveles on guitar. www.lizanneknott.com
Thursday October 9 – Dana Gillespie Trio tickets £15.00 A first Mill visit from this multi-award winning blues diva. With over 60 albums to her credit and a career spanning 45 years, Dana has played support to Bob Dylan, runs her own music festival in Mustique (graced by the likes of Mick Jagger among others), had lead roles in hit West End shows (most notably as the original Mary Magdalene in the 1st London production of Jesus Christ Superstar), and enjoys a worldwide following. This international blues legend will play with Jake & Artie Zaitz on guitar and double bass respectively. www.dana-gillespie.com/
Thursday October 23 – James Keelaghan with Hugh McMillan tickets £14.00 A long-awaited return for one of Canada's finest singer/songwriters. Multi-award-winning James has a devoted worldwide following for his masterful storytelling, faultless guitar, coffee-rich baritone voice, and passionate live performances. A wordsmith par-excellence, James writes intelligent songs that touch on universal emotions and leave his audiences spellbound.
James is playing with multi-instrumentalist Hugh who plays mandolin, bass, fretless bass, 8 string bass, pedal steel, lap steel, and more! www.keelaghan.com