PAST MUSIC PRODUCTIONS 2018/19
The Stillhouse line-up features mandolin, guitar, double bass and vocal trio, presenting original songs and instrumental material with roots in bluegrass and contemporary folk. Together, they have created a captivating and complex sound characterised by melodic original songs alongside soaring mandolin, guitar and bass-led instrumental pieces and beautiful songwriting.
2017 marked the first anniversary of the band, as well as the release of their first EP, ‘Love is the Weight’, which they have been busy sharing with their burgeoning audiences across the UK and are looking forwards to releasing their first full length album in 2018.This trio cause a stir with their wonderful musicianship and superb well-arranged material, completely captivating their audience from the first note.
Born in Yorkshire, Robin’s first instrument was the violin, before he started to play and study the guitar at music college, later participating in master classes with the eminent Venezuelan guitarist, Alirio Diaz.
In 1997 Robin performed Joaquin Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez' with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (under Carl Davis) to an audience of three thousand. The same year he gave the premiere of his own 'Concerto Primavera', with the same orchestra and to date has composed four other concertos - three for guitar and one for piano.
Robin has collaborated with artists as diverse as Luciano Pavarotti, Lesley Garrett, Russell Watson and American soprano Denise Greaves to British rock bands Deep Purple and Jethro Tull and has toured extensively with the American jazz/soul singer, Madeline Bell. His musical travels continue to take him all over the world.
Nick Drake is one of the most revered and loved of all this country’s singer/songwriters, recording three Albums between 1969 and 1972, but almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974, aged only 26, his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest and a worldwide re-evaluation of his genius, Nick Drake has become a National Treasure.
A number of years have passed since singer/guitarist Keith James first introduced his beautiful series of concerts entitled ‘The Songs of Nick Drake’. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in live concert form. The result has been well over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 1,500 shows at venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain – even the Glastonbury Festival.
‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ - The Independent
Lucy Nolan and Becki McIlroy founded the Chroma Harp Duo in 2016 when they met during their postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. They are passionate about expanding the harp duet repertoire and were invited to give the European premiere of Paul Patterson’s harp duet, ‘Scorpions’, a piece for which they were awarded first prize in the ensemble class at the Camac Harp Competition in London and the UKHA prize for the best performance of a work by a British composer.