Review- Andrea Valeri Chapel Sessions 19.5.18

Italian Guitarist, composer, Andrea Valeri strikes the right chord in Netley

On a day of Royal proportions ‘The Prince of acoustic guitar’ Andrea Valeri on his third visit to Netley, proved he was worthy of the accolade as the sound of exquisite guitar filled Chapel Sessions music series at St Edward’s Church, Netley. Part of a week long UK tour of England and Wales, Chapel Sessions was indeed fortunate to secure this talented musician in between tours of Europe, Russia, Canada and Australia.

An attentive, appreciative audience of all ages, in beautiful surroundings illuminated by gently changing atmospheric lighting was the perfect setting for some of the most ethereal guitar music played and heard in the world today.

The much heralded UK return of Italian Andrea Valeri, 27, world renowned guitarist, composer and arranger from Pontedera, Tuscany arrived accompanied by quotes such as

“A Guitar Genius, one of the best Guitar players in the world” John Doan

If Tuscan smiles were translated into music notes, a whole symphony of beautiful music was to grace the Chapel Sessions stage.

With Valeri’s audiences across the world regularly attracting 2,000 plus, this was surely a treat to reach all the senses in the intimate setting of St Edwards.

First up, highly regarded young guitarist from Oxfordshire, Rory Evans with a fast and furious, well crafted set, sure to raise the tempo and the temperature. The ‘antipasto’ of the evening went down a storm with the audience of all ages including Hampshire Guitar students that cannot fail to have been inspired.

Anti Pasto savoured, it was the turn of the ‘Primo and Principale’ the first and main course all rolled into one and hot it definitely was.

Accustomed to playing to crowds of 2,000 plus in some of the most beautiful cities in the world, Valeri demonstrated the warmth of his Tuscan heritage infused through tunes from every continent. The Tango of South America – Tango and Vai; – the pulsing heartbeat of Africa, Afrisong, – the mysteries of St Petersburg, Russia, ‘White Nights in St Petersburg’ and an emotional song ‘La Lettera’ that made the hairs stand up on the back of the neck with a story of a young soldier who is shot and killed on the battlefield before he has chance to read the letter his mother has sent him. The gunshot percussion on Valeri’s signature Maton guitar, ricocheted through the building and caught the breath of the audience before an overwhelming applause. A poignant rendition of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ had all the audience singing along in heartfelt harmony.

A single set of almost two hours featuring tunes from Valeri’s aptly named 2014 album ‘Race Around the World’ plus some Rock’n’Roll in the form of Dire Straits ‘Sultans of Swing’ which saw Valeri down on his knees whilst playing apparently bearing the pain of two cracked ribs. Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Boots are made for walking’ went down well with plenty of audience participation.

Valeri treated all the senses to a taste of his Tuscan homeland with tracks from his current album ‘Mediterraneo’, including ‘The Heart beats in the sea’ reflecting on the red sunset of a Mediterranean Sea full of history and emotion plus ‘Young Gun’ written for Valeri by Australian guitar master Michael Fix (who will be coincidentally playing Chapel Sessions on 6th November) all came together to paint a picture, leaving a lasting impression an Italian masterpiece. The encore featured Evans and Valeri playing for the first time in concert, the evocative title track – Mediterraneo to whoops of joy from audience members. A film theme if ever there was one.

Without question this was the perfect concert on such a Royal day, a well received Chapel Sessions, not for profit concert, at St Edward’s Church Netley.

The return of Andrea Valeri will be much awaited.

Sonja Davison


Jenn Bostic returns to Chapel Sessions 25th April

Chapel Sessions Music St Edwards Church, Netley Abbey, Southampton presents Jenn Bostic and Band plus support from Kyshona Armstrong

We are delighted to welcome back Nashville based singer, songwriter Jenn Bostic who will be showcasing her brand new album “Revival”.

In 2017 she was named the  International Touring Artist of the Year at the British Country Music Association Awards.

Previous accolades have included the first international independent artist to have three singles—“Jealous of the Angels,” “Not Yet” and “Missin’ a Man”—playlisted at Radio 2, the most listened-to radio station in Europe. That same year she won five International Country Music Association Awards including “Best Songwriter,” “Best Female Artist,” and “Overall Winner.”

We are doubly excited that, fellow Nashville based, Kyshona Armstrong has agreed to kick off her UK tour at Chapel Sessions by adding an extra date to open for Jenn.

Those of you who experienced both Jenn and Kyshona in the sell out Nashville in the Round tour back in 2016 will know what a treat is in store.  Check out their websites and to find out the latest offerings from these two Chapel Sessions favourites.

Doors open 7pm, band on stage 7.30pm, Real Ale/Wine bar & Tea/Coffee available from 6.30pm in Church Hall. Tickets from Eventbrite or phone 07702980677

Jenn Bostic plus band & support from Kyshona Armstrong Wednesday 25th April St Edwards, Church, Netley Southampton

Chapel Sessions Music is proud to welcome back singer songwriter Jenn Bostic for the fourth time to Chapel Sessions Netley Southampton. Such is her popularity and continual hard work writing and composing songs both sides of the Pond we look forward to showcasing her brand new album #Revival which explores a bluesy gospel side to her work along with previously popular songs such as Jealous of the Angels and Not Yet. Much acclaimed by BBC presenters Bob Harris and Ken Bruce this new album is a treat from start to finish.

Jenn Bostic is a soulful singer/songwriter with a hint of blues, soul, country, pop and gospel. Her emotive songwriting and powerful vocals have been touching hearts around the world. “Jealous of the Angels,” written for her late father, was championed by both Smooth Radio and BBC Radio 2. She has performed the song on BBC Breakfast, Weekend Wogan, Good Morning Sunday and Songs of Praise, and the music video has over 3 million views on YouTube. She has had 4 singles playlisted at BBC Radio 2, the most listened to radio station in Europe.

In 2012 she won five Independent Country Music Association Awards including “Best Songwriter,” “Best Musician,” and “Overall Winner.” Bostic was also named “International Touring Artist of the Year” at the 2017 British Country Music Awards, where she gave a stunning performance that received the only standing ovation of the night.

She has performed sold out tours across the United States and Europe, and has opened for the likes of Richard Marx, Christian Kane and The Band Perry. Venues have included The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she has finished recording her new album Revival, with six-time Grammy Award winner Paul Salveson. The album is set to release in the spring of 2018.

Tickets from Eventbrite