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Absolute Acoustic

Thursday 1 February 2024 - from 7.30pm


We’re delighted to welcome See You Down The Front podcast back as it presents another Absolute Acoustic evening.


Headlining on this occasion will be Jenny Colquitt who has had a storming couple of years with her releases, festival appearances and tours. Named as one of RnR Magazine’s 'Ones to watch for 2022', powerhouse artist Jenny encompasses a unique combination of indie folk, rock and pop.


Winner of the 2021/2022 FATEA 'Female Artist of the Year' award and the 2020/2021 GSMC Award for best female solo singer/songwriter, Jenny's music is described as fit for film and storytelling at its finest.  A voice that uniquely combines the melodic undertones of artists such as Eva Cassidy and the rawness of Alanis Morissette. She writes with soul, lyrical vulnerability and style to accompany her musicality both through keys and guitar.


Supporting Jenny will be rising Cheshire artist Joel Gardner. With one hand placed firmly in Pop, Rock and Groove and the other in Trad, Roots and Folk, Joel’s music is built on infectious melodies, introspective lyrics and intricate guitar playing. His songwriting style and sound is often compared to the likes of Paul Simon and Frank Turner while drawing on influences from guitar virtuosos such as Andy McKee, Jon Gomm and John Butler.


Joel’s music celebrates the simplicity of one man and a guitar. Despite its stripped back instrumentation, Joel throws out an enormous sound for a one-man operation using only a kick drum and elaborate percussive guitar playing, his songs are instantly accessible and memorable. Performing live, his shows are an explosion of positive energy, charisma and showmanship honed from relentless gigging.  Joel has supported US Chart topping band The Revivalists’ James Gillespie and Axel Flovent amongst many others. Over the years Joel’s music has won him an array of awards including the ‘Danny Kyle Award’ at Celtic Connections and Wath Festival’s ‘Young Performer of the Year Award’.’

God & Star Signs, his most recent release is an anthemic yet bittersweet folk rock song exploring themes of dementia and lost love underpinned by Joel’s signature intricate guitar playing.


And opening the show will be Caitlin Gilligan from the rolling hills of rural Galloway.

Now based in the North West of England, her songs still echo the wildness of her Scottish youth. Stirring age-old folk songs into a set of bare-boned and poetically crafted originals, she demonstrates refreshing insight whilst simultaneously summoning the voices of times gone by. She draws much inspiration from folk giants such as Anne Briggs, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen as well as traditional vocal music of Scotland, Ireland and America.

She has supported artists such as Martin Carthy, Martin Simpson, Sam Amidon, Rachel Sermanni, Emily Portman, Rachel Newton and The Rails. She played her debut Cambridge Folk Festival in 2019, where she was a selected highlight on The Den Stage. This year she has already secured some notable gigs such as Cottingham Folk Festival, where opened for The Unthanks.


Tickets £10. Doors 6.45pm. Opening act 7.30pm.

Please note, our museum galleries are closed during events. 


Jenny Colquitt


Caitlin Gilligan


Joel Gardner

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