November 23, 2018
“In past times we would have called Bennett Wilson Poole a supergroup! Danny Wilson (Danny & The Champions Of The World, Grand Drive) and Robin Bennett (The Dreaming Spires, Saint Etienne) join forces with Tony Poole (Starry Eyed And Laughing), producer extraordinaire, and King of the electric 12 string Rickenbacker!”
With Special Guest: Hannah Rose Platt
Friday 23rd November 2018
The Square Tower
Doors Open 7.15pm. Show Starts 7.45pm.
Tickets £14 each (£16 on the door if not sold out).
Tickets available securely online at: www.wegottickets.com/event/441389
Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea, Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea or Harbour Records in Emsworth. These won’t be in the shops until a bit nearer the time. 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.
“Authentic Americana doesn’t get any more reverent, respectful or remarkable than that!” (No Depression)
Another coup for Square Roots Promotions, and a show that will have you beaming from the off! This Americana ‘supergroup’ have just released their debut album to rave reviews all round and we’re mighty pleased that they’ve agreed to come and raise the roof off the Tower for us all! Not only that – they will be joined by special guest, the sensational Hannah Rose Platt! How about that for a top quality line up?!
Combining their voices, guitars, and songwriting to marvellous effect in a collection of songs that began as uplifting acoustic music and just grew into something far more wide-ranging and transcendent, providing balm, inspiration and succour for these troubled times. In past times we would have called Bennett Wilson Poole a supergroup. We could do still!
Certainly the roots of this collaboration lie back in those very different days, back in the 70s with a man called Omaha. Peter O’Brien, editor of the legendary fanzine Omaha Rainbow, was a great friend and supporter of Starry Eyed And Laughing, the English Byrds, whose precocious young guitarist, one Tony Poole, could dazzle on the twelve-string Ricky.
“A bit of musical heaven from a Rickenbacker fronted band!” (Rocking Magpie)
Peter was a school teacher in South London, and one of his charges would be the young Danny Wilson. Danny went on to form bands with his brother Julian; Soulgreen and then Grand Drive; and Peter took Tony to see them and made the introduction. Meanwhile Robin Bennett and his brother Joe, out in Oxfordshire, were founding the Truck Festival and performing as Whispering Bob and then Goldrush, basing their two-part harmony style on that of Julian and Danny with Grand Drive.
In the aftermath of Grand Drive Danny connected with the Bennett brothers who formed a major part of the floating first incarnation of Danny And The Champions of The World, and when they left to concentrate on The Dreaming Spires he saw it as the perfect time to work with Tony. It turned out really well: “He has an incredible overview and vision. On “Hearts And Arrows” (2011) he came out with some of the most incredible signatures on songs, some of the best parts I’ve ever heard myself framed by. He’s probably the most talented person I’ve ever worked with. So I always wanted to do it again.”
“Bennett Wilson Poole fairly teems with delicious melodies and glorious harmonies!” (Folk Radio)
Through Danny, Tony would soon meet, and later work with, the Bennett brothers:
“I remember dropping in to The Spires’ studio at Steventon one December to listen to their latest songs, and Joe put an electric twelve-string in my hands”. He would help them out with both their “Searching For The Supertruth” album, and the “Paisley Overground” project for Brighton’s At The Helm Records.
Around the same time Danny and Robin were trying to make good on a long-held intention to write together, and failing to contrive meetings in person they connected on Facetime. It proved successful; three songs came from the hook-up and Robin would wake the following morning with another running round his head. They realised there would be enough to make something of this and they also recognised they needed to be working with Tony.
“As pure a slab of joyous British Americana as you could wish to hear!” (Folk Radio)
All three speak in the rosiest of terms of the collaboration and their excitement at its imminent release is palpable. That it will arrive in the season of renewal and rebirth seems entirely appropriate; “Out of all the records I’ve made, it’s the one that, on the point of release, I still really, really love as much as I did at the moment we finished it.”
“A gentle brand of Americana, soaked in the sounds of the 60’s and 70’s but informed by every revival since. If summer ever arrives, this will surely be the soundtrack to it!” (Red Guitar Music)
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