Michael Chapman with support from up-and-coming Leeds guitarist and songwriter, Henry Parker.
This self-styled old white blues guy from Yorkshire is one of the most under-rated musical heroes of our time.
The guitar and voice of Michael Chapman first became known on the Cornish Folk Circuit in 1967. Playing a blend of atmospheric and autobiographical material he established a reputation for intensity and innovation. Hastily signed to EMI’s Harvest label he recorded a quartet of critically acclaimed albums. LPs like ‘Rainmaker’ and ‘Wrecked Again’ defined the melancholic observer role Michael was to make his own, mixing intricate guitar with affecting lyrics and a distinctive, direct vocal style.
The influential album ‘Fully Qualified Survivor’, featuring the guitar of Mick Ronson and Rick (Steeleye Span) Kemp’s bass, was John Peel’s favourite album of 1970. Electric guitar featured more prominently as the 1970’s continued, with tracks like “New York Ladies” and “Firewater Dreams” on ‘Millstone Grit’ showing a guitar master pursuing sounds and textures. He was a regular session contributor to Radio One, and BBC TV broadcast two Chapman Band performances as part of their Sight and Sound series.
A lively and accomplished improviser, Michael gained a reputation for re-working material, both before an audience and on record, showing Michael to be a jazz musician in spirit if not in sound. ‘The Man Who Hated Mornings’ showed the respect Michael commanded among musicians, with supporting performances from Andy Latimer of Camel, Keith Hartley and violinist Johnny Van Derek.
Earning a reputation as ‘a musician’s musician’, Chapman has never looked back and does not keep still. With continued success on tours of the USA (which continue to this day), plus a head-spinning back catalogue and ongoing new material, Michael is surely one of Leeds’ most prized musical exports.
We are thrilled to have him perform at this intimate venue, back in his home town, along with (what could be a perfect choice of support act), up-and-coming Leeds guitarist and songwriter, Henry Parker.
For in-depth information (and biography) we highly recommend Michael Chapman’s website: www.michaelchapman.co.uk/
Check out Henry Parker here:
Michael continues to turn heads. Here are some live videos.
Green Man Festival, Wales 2014: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqDMcGZp7Lc&t=79s
Beverley Folk Festival 2017: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkj3Sldxyi8
… and for good measure, here’s Henry Parker at Doncaster Roots Festival last year: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4bVoIxg4Ec
Advance tickets £12.50
On The Door £15
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