This month we have we have brought Schtumm…. forward a week so as not to clash with WOMAD. We have had a wonderful run of Schtumm’s recently with the talent bar being set really high. Last month ended up with an acoustic jam after the curfew with the audience joining in and its was rather special.
This month we bring you something extraordinary. Cecilia Le Poer Power quite simply has the voice of an angel and she will transport you to somewhere really special. She has great musicians surrounding her and they sound angelic. We are so happy we have finally convinced her to do a Schtumm….
We have been big fans of Thieves of Time for ages and it has taken some time to find a date that would fit with their schedule… This is a fabtastik band ….. more deets below
*********************************** CECILIA LE POER POWER
Cecilia’s beautiful, haunting and timeless voice alludes to her Celtic roots and has the power to transport the listener somewhere very magical.
As well as so often being described as the voice of an angel, Cecilia’s voice could also be described as a cross between Eva Cassidy and Enya – Perhaps the etherial qualities of Enya combined with the free musical spirit and expressive song interpretation skills of Eva Cassidy. But, as helpful as comparisons may be for the unaquainted, through the timeless, cinematic and emotionally rich landscapes we are drawn into, Cecilia’s voice unapologetically belongs to her.
‘A unique voice which transcends musical stereotypes’
Music that is unselfconscious in design, timeless and with sweeping melodies is where we really see Cecilia’s voice shine. She is able to cross seemlessly between musical genres to create something new and transcendent for the listener and abandoning musical cliché in the process.
‘A masterclass in songwriting and song interpretation‘
Cecilia’s diverse music collaborations are a testament to the quality of her work and have ranged from Moya Brennan (Voice of Irish group Clannad), Classical Brit winners Blake, Catrin Finch (internationally renouned harpist and official harpist to the Prince of Wales), Wells Cathedral Choristers, Charlie Jones (Page & Plant / Goldfrapp), electronica artist Al-Pha-X, Maartin Allcock (Fairport Convention etc) to name a few.
Her original music has been used widely for placements in TV (including BBC TV) internationally and her voice is much in demand for bookings at home and much further afield. Performances have included The Barbican Hall (London), Glastonbury Festival and theatres and festivals around Europe.
A voice that is really special and unique. Amazing range and subtlety. Cecilia brings a whole new dimension to whatever she commits to’ Charlie Jones – musician Page & Plant / Goldfrapp
Elegant new vocal star’ The Guardian
When I first heard Cecilia’s voice I got lifted by powerful winds to sit with the angels and was given the privilege to witness and take part in the birth of a new one’ George Acogny – Composer, producer.
THE THIEVES OF TIME….
We have known Phil and Chris for a good few years and they are consummate musicians and brilliant songwriters. They make great songs and fabulous playing seem effortless. We have been looking forward to this gig for some time… Ben Gunstone reviewed them last year and we could not have said things better ourselves…… see below
REVIEW (Thieves of Time)
“Some people just make great music and sometimes you just don’t know why. I felt like that when I heard Steve Forbert for the first time. I felt like that when I heard Gene Clark and Richie Havens for the first time. And I felt like it when I heard Thieves of Time.
These are timeless love stories from up country: barroom tales, lovestruck tunes, lovesick and smoky ballads by the fireside, sung in rich harmonies. The sound is warm and full of guitar and mandolin. Every now and then, there are moments of slide and pedal steel, piano, bass and drums. But always the sun and the rain, and then the break in clouds. That’s the space where these songs are at.
“If you need signposts to their sound, maybe you would head to the west coast of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young or to the Cat Stevens songbook. Christian’s vocal is his own, but there are tones of the great Tim Hardin and even Bert Sommer. Add Phil’s plaintive harmony and you might think of the Finn brothers. The beauty of the thing here is you’ve heard this sound before, but you can’t place it exactly. And what’s more, it doesn’t matter – you’re just pleased to be here because it makes you feel good and it makes you connect with the good times and the sad times too.
You can laugh and cry, and by the end of the night you’ll be singing those tunes all the way home”.