Larkham and Hall
Thursday 6th April 2023
£12 Advance £14 Door
LARKHAM AND HALL are stalwarts of the Bristol music scene, having played separately and together in the city for a couple of decades – along the way, Elliot Hall garnered the ‘Bristol songwriter of the year’ award. As songwriters, they dig deep into real-life stories to bring bittersweet narratives of hardships, travel, work, love and family. Inspired by the folk, country and blues movement of the 1960s and 1970s, their music is often said to be reminiscent of the great songwriting of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen. They are inspired by the stories of everyday people – their strength and resilience, heartache and loss. Their interest in mental health extends into their work with their own music and mental health charity (Mind Your Music) and years of music workshops in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres. Elliot and Sarah are also music teachers and teach from their houseboat in Bristol Marina.
Elliot is known to bring several guitars on stage – his travel-scarred Martin guitar, the Crafter he has written 2,000 songs on, his beloved green Stratocaster (which has many stories attached) and his nylon-string Spanish guitar. Elliot also has a passion for flamenco music, which is audible throughout his songs. He and Sarah both play guitar and mandolin, and their vocal harmonies have been crafted and polished over ten years of playing music and singing together. Although their music loosely falls into the Americana/roots genre they cut across a wide range of styles using guitar, Spanish guitar, mandolin, percussion and harmonica.
They love to entertain an audience with stories of their travels, interspersing songs with light-hearted humour or a tale to bring a tear to an eye, backing up the songs with the inspiration behind them. Audience members will leave feeling as though they have been on an intimate, emotional journey with Larkham and Hall. Always a very special night and not one to be missed if you enjoy quality, lyrical songwriting and fine musicianship.
To find out more head to: www.larkhamandhall.co.uk
Acoustic, Folk, Country/Americana, Blues, Singer-songwriter
‘A rough, gruff and tumble voice that pulls away at lyrics this good is the kind of daydream we need in England to reignite a spark for credible new songwriters. Fans of folk, poetry and rock ‘n’ roll should pay attention to this wholly earnest and breathtakingly awe-inspiring rogue’
Alex Lee Thompson – NME
‘The music is replete with skills of Elliot’s songwriting skills and the hypnotic musicality of Sarah’s vocals. The duo are singers of songs, troubadours of melodies; they bring the traditions of English folk with a tale to tell, often shining a light into the darker corners of life’s experiences’
Liz Aiken – Bluesdoodles
‘Between them, Elliot and Sarah take the smoky-room, rare-steak, bourbon-laced sound of his voice and weave in the softer, country-edged sound of hers to concoct a powerful brew – one you’ll want to taste again and again. In fact, when you listen to this music be ready for its essence to linger in your head for days.’
Tim Carroll – folkwords
‘All is shot through with rare honesty. ‘Cold’ is as heartbreaking in its simplicity as it is in its romance. Heroic and compelling.’