Michael’s 50 years on the road ...

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Michael Chapman performing at The New Continental, Preston
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Michael Chapman performing at The New Continental, Preston

This year marks guitarist and songwriter Michael Chapman’s 75th birthday and 50 years since he went on the road professionally in 1966.

To coincide with the celebrations, Michael’s new instrumental album, ‘Fish’ has just been released on US imprint Tompkins Square and is already garnering praise.

To mark this important milestone in his life and career Michael Chapman is touring the UK with BJ Cole on pedal steel and Sarah Smout on cello.

The trio will be playing material from Michael’s incredible 50 year performing history as well as some new and experimental music.

BJ Cole & Chapman go back a long, long way to the early 1970s.

This stripped back trio also features Chapman’s favourite musical instrument, the cello, which many fans will recall featured strongly on his classic 1970 album ‘Fully Qualified Survivor’.

Chapman first became known on the London and Cornish folk club circuits in the late 1960’s.

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 ‘Fully Qualified Survivor ‘ defined the melancholic observer role Michael was to make his own, mixing intricate guitar instrumentals with a full band sound.

The gig takes place at Hebden Bridge Trades Club on Thursday, April 28.

Tickets from box office 01422 845265 (11am-6pm).

Coming Next week

Don’t miss an interview with Halifax singer/musician Patrick McCallion who releases his latest single Voices on February 26.

You can get a sneak preview following the link on our website www.halifaxcourier.co.uk on Saturday. Just look our for the story in the entertainment section.

And also don’t miss our brilliant competition to win one of five pairs of tickets to see the amazing Bootleg Beatles when they play at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax on March 14.