Square Roots 2nd Birthday Party – Please come along and celebrate with us!
Support: Marion Fleetwood
Friday 30th January 2015
The Square Tower
Doors Open: 7.00pm. Show starts 7.30pm.
Tickets available securely online here: www.wegottickets.com/event/296116
Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea or Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea.
You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address.
If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.
Yes it’s true! Square Roots Promotions is officially two years old!!
Our first official show as SRP was with the wonderful Otis Gibbs back in early February 2013, so to celebrate being two, we’re absolutely delighted to welcome back the truly world-class songwriting talents of Canadian star Dennis Ellsworth to the Square Tower for what will be his third visit to us, and his first in the main hall.
And as if that wasn’t enough excitement, we have also managed to persuade Jigantics and ex-ColvinQuarmby vocalist / fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist Marion Fleetwood to lend her awesome talents to the evening as support act.
We thank everyone who has supported us by coming to the shows and helping in whatever way they can – and we’d love to see as many of you as possible at this show so that we can say thank you in person and to present two of our favourite stars of this music that we all love for your enjoyment.
For those of you who have never seen Dennis Ellsworth before, we’d like to let you hear what others said of him when they saw him perform at one of our “house concerts”:
“Thank you for the Dennis gig last night. Felt privileged to be there – absolute quality” (Brian Hanson)
“We’d never heard of Dennis before, and know what you mean now about him being a big star in the future” (Rob Jenkins)
“What a wonderful time we had” (Paul Wild)
Dennis Ellsworth is a prolific songwriter. Lately he’s gotten into rhythm of writing, recording and releasing an album a year. In between records, he travels around the planet singing songs characterised by a kind of dark optimism that’s informed by early influences such as Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond and Kris Kristofferson.
Ellsworth can’t pinpoint what first prompted him to pursue music, but recalls singing ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’ in front of the mirror while brushing his teeth as a child. Since making the leap from the bathroom to the barroom, Ellsworth has toured Canada extensively, made inroads into the US and built a substantial following in the UK. In all, he’s released six records, all recorded live in a house or studio; two with his side project, Haunted Hearts, as well as Chesterfield Dweller of the Year (2009), the Strange Boat EP (2011), Dusk Dreams (2012) and his latest, Hazy Sunshine, in 2013 as a solo artist.
Although he’s refined his sound and approach to writing over the years, some things remain constant. One is an acoustic guitar he rescued from 1970’s era cottage in the Catskills; a guitar on which he’s written almost every song he’s put down on tape and believes has a lot to do with his gift for songwriting. Another is the emphasis he places on collaboration with the musicians he brings together for each album and the importance of allowing their unique voices as players to influence his songs.
Produced by Skydiggers guitarist, Josh Finlayson, and recorded over five days and wine filled nights at The Bathhouse, near Kingston, Ontario, Hazy Sunshine is a perfect example of how positively special that collaboration can be. “When I set out to make this album I wanted to isolate myself in the winter in rural Canada, and for that to contribute to the sound of the record, but we went in a different direction,” he says.
Although Hazy Sunshine represents a departure from Ellsworth’s past records, Dusk Dreams in particular,never before has the Charlottetown-based singer/songwriter released an album as heavily informed by his belief that, no matter how rough things get, if you lose hope you lose the ability to effect positive change.
The result is a seamless blend of modern East Coast folk and rock and roll with shades of classic Americana, roots and country haunting the edges; a set of songs that anyone who’s questioned their place in the world will find their own experiences reflected in.
While Hazy Sunshine dwells heavily on the necessity of remaining positive, it’s fuelled by the kind of dark optimism that’s always driven Ellsworth’s songwriting. “I’m hopeful but I’m not a firm believer,” he says, bluntly. There have been times that music has saved him, and times that it’s let him down, but aside from his beautiful and loving wife and their cat Winsloe, music has always been his truest friend and companion.
If you need him for anything, he’s probably out for a stroll with his wife. Either that or he’s on the road and maybe playing in your town tonight and, if so, you should be at his show.
This why we rate him as world class!
Marion Fleetwood will be best known to many you as a member of ColvinQuarmby, The Jigantics, Meet On The Ledge and the Gerry Colvin Band, and if you do know her, then you’ll also know that she is a top quality musician, as well as a top fiddle player, and multi-instrumentalist with a voice to surely die for!
She has played very few solo shows, so this really is a coup for Square Roots Promotions and you the audience – and with her proposed debut solo album reaching it’s “Crowd Funder” target within three days, that shows you exactly in how high esteem she is held.
Here’s what people have said of Marion:
“We were treated to Marion Fleetwood’s stunning version of Jane Siberry’s “The Valley”. Now I’m a big fan of top quality female vocalists such as Chris While (and indeed KD Lang), and I have to say that Marion Fleetwood is assuredly in that class. The voice is enough. Ethereal, emotive, passionate and at times siren-esque. The closing note of the song is greeted with genuinely affectionate applause, and a number of people standing up to show their appreciation – yes it was one of THOSE moments!”.
“Superbly crafted…haunting…sonorous…stunning…beautifully executed…captivating…incredible”.
Now have a listen for yourself:
2 top quality artists for £10?! Ridiculous isn’t it?! Happy Birthday to us….and thank you, our supporters, for making it possible for us to bring you this music…….