July 8, 2017
Due to circumstances beyond our control, this show has been cancelled. Dennis and Kinley have postponed their UK tour this year, but will be hoping to re-schedule for next year. If you purchased your tickets via We Got Tickets then you will automatically receive a refund. I have contacted everyone else who has bought tickets and have arranged refunds or ticket exchanges. If for some reason I haven’t contacted you, please e-mail us at email@example.com in order to arrange your refund. Again apologies everyone that bought tickets for this Sold Out show – we’ll see you at the next one! Thanks, Ken.”
Dennis – “Amazing! What a fabulous songwriter! Dennis has a voice like velvet! A privilege to be in the unadorned presence of such a talented wordsmith!” (Robert Chaffey, SRP)
Kinley – “Beautiful and serene!” (RTT)
Saturday 8th July 2017
The Tea Tray,
31 Osborne Road,
Hants, PO5 3LR.
Tickets £10 for each show in advance. £12 on the door (if not sold out).
Doors Open 7.30pm. Show Starts 8.00pm.
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Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at The Tea Tray itself – so why not treat yourself to a cup of coffee and some delicious food in this beautiful and quirky cafe run by Fark & Nicky? You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address (which you’ll find here on the website!) If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.
Once again, we’re so pleased that we’ve been able to announce another show in our favourite small venue, The Tea Tray!
And we’re doubly pleased to announce that following Dennis’s sold out show here in January as part of our “Americana Series”, he will be returning again this Summer and he’ll be bringing with him one of his musical partners, the sublime singer and violinist Kinley Dowling, who you will find if you check out the videos below which feature both artists. As you’ll see from the videos, there is musical magic in the air when these two play together and that’s what makes us so excited about this particular show! The venue will only hold 40 people, so tickets for this one are limited and it may be advisable to grab your tickets early!
Dennis Ellsworth (Canada)
Dennis brings his, at times, breathtaking back catalogue of songs to the Portsmouth again and his last 3 shows here have all sold out and had the audience purring that they had felt privileged to be there, and that they were convinced that he was going to be a big star in the future.
Ellsworth makes no secret that his songs are characterised by a kind of dark optimism that is informed by early influences such as Roy Orbison, Kris Kristofferson and Neil Diamond (he recalls singing “Forever In Blue Jeans” in front of the mirror while brushing his teeth as a child!).
And although he’s refined his sound and approach to writing over the years, some things remain constant. Like his acoustic guitar that he rescued from a 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.
But while his latest album “Romantic As It Gets” dwells heavily on the necessity of remaining positive, Ellsworth himself says bluntly “I’m hopeful but I’m not a firm believer!”. 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.
Kinley Dowling (Canada)
Kinley is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. While she’s well known as a member of Newfoundland’s indie ensemble Hey Rosetta!. she’s also an emerging singer-songwriter and recently released her solo debut album “Letters Never Sent” in October 2016.
Kinley is one of the most sought after string players when a group decides to make an album, and she has recorded on over 50 records over the span of her career.
She’s also seen multiple appearances with Grammy-winning artist Anne Murray. She has also toured Australia, USA, Canada and Europ multiple times appearing at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Mumford & Sons Gentlemen Of The Road tour.
“This promises to be a magical evening! World class talent, up close and personal! Don’t miss it!”
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