Sarah McQuaid plays Chapel Sessions 14th November

We are delighted to be able to bring singer/songwriter Sarah to Chapel Sessions.  Check out her instrumental prowess and her beautiful voice by listening to some of the many varied tracks featured on her web site then buy tickets to see her live (book early for this one to avoid dissapointment).

Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences:  “I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever,” wrote The Huffington Post.

With the release of her new album, the Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter has expanded her battery of instruments to include piano, electric guitar and drum, and it’s drawn critical raves internationally: Dutch music magazine Heaven hailed it as “an early contender for folk album of 2018,” the UK’s fRoots said it was “a collection to savour” and the USA’s PopMatters called it “a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.”

The support for Sarah’s Session is cellist Joe Pritchard, Royal Academy of Music, who plays on her latest album ‘If you dig any Deeper it could get dangerous’

Tickets available from Eventbrite


Australia meets Isle of Man – Michael Fix and Christine Collister

For those of you who missed last night’s Chapel Sessions concert welcoming singer Christine Collister and Australian guitarist Michael Fix, here are some photos to remind you why you must gather all your friends for the next time they return in 2019. Unmissable. Check them out.

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