Roman Candle Presents Michael Chapman
Saturday 29th September, 7.30PM.
Roman Candle is thrilled to welcome back Michael Chapman to St Mary's Creative Space, Chester. Special guest DBH.
Saturday 29th September, 7.30PM. £14 Advance tickets from Grey n Pink Records or SEE Tickets.
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. Signed to EMI’s Harvest label, he recorded a quartet of classic albums. LPs like Rainmaker and Wrecked Again defined the melancholic observer role Michael was to make his own, mixing intricate guitar instrumentals with a full band sound. 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.
“I had an art college education and on a rainy night in 1966 I went into a pub in Cornwall, but I couldn’t afford to pay to go in. So I said, I’ll tell you what, I don’t want to stay outside in the rain, I’ll play guitar for half an hour for you. They offered me a job for the rest of the summer and I’ve been at it ever since."
dbh is Daniel Bridgwood-Hill, a composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist based in Manchester, England. For a long time, he has had a hand in an inordinate amount of the great music emerging from Manchester’s music scene, his guitar playing driving the exhilarating racket of NASDAQ and the FTSE 100, and his contributions on all manner of instruments illuminating the music of Charles Hayward (This Heat), Kiran Leonard and Irma Vep, to name but a few.
As dbh, he plays solo instrumentals, conveying his passion for both folk and popular music with a languid guitar style and playful experimentation. He has released two albums to date – 'Mood' on Thread Recordings (2015) and 'Time Flies' on Crowfoot Records (2013) – and was also featured on the most recent volume of Tompkins Square's guitar compilation series, 'Imaginational Anthem Vol. 7'.
dbh has toured throughout the UK and Europe, sharing bills with artists including Daniel Bachman, Isasa, Simon Joyner and William Tyler.