ONE WINTER'S NIGHT CHARITY CONCERT - at THE YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE - FRIDAY 8th JANUARY 2016. PRODUCED BY GT LIVE SESSIONS. SPONSORED BY LAB, BLUE TREE RECRUITS and VIVID IMAGINATIONS. THE EVENT RAISED £5,000 FOR THE ROYAL SURREY COUNTY HOSPITAL and SHOOTING STAR CHASE. 

 

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ONE WINTER'S NIGHT - Review January 2016

On a cold, wet Friday in the second week of January, it takes something special to blow away the post-panto blues. One Winter’s Night did exactly that. Organised by Guildford musician Gavin Thomas, this charity concert featured nine eclectic local acts (if we allow Portsmouth temporary Surrey status) playing acoustic songs to an appreciative audience in an atmosphere that was simply magical. On the strength of this first outing, it deserves to become a midwinter tradition in its own right.

Having hosted Guilfest’s second stage for many years, Gavin decided to partly plug the hole left by the festival’s demise by running a one-day outdoor event last July at the Tup on Chertsey Street. He called on his extensive network of musical contacts and collaborators, most of whom are regular performers at his Thursday night Open Mic sessions at the King’s Head on King’s Road. The result was One Summer’s Day and Guildford music fans turned up in droves. As the seasons changed, Gavin decided to repeat the dish but adjust the recipe – and One Winter’s Night was born.

On a perfectly lit stage, reminiscent of Jools Hollands’ best Hootenanny efforts, and with the help of superb sound, a range of performers each gave us a handful of songs, mostly originals and all delivered with skill and heart. In this short review it isn’t possible to do justice to every act, but it would be fair to say that the standard started high and never faltered.

20-year old Rebecca Jayne began with a faultless country set that was all sweet vocals and deft fingerpicking. She was followed by seasoned singer-songwriter Jim Cozens, whose finely crafted songs and soaring voice proved we were in safe hands.

Betsa Collins brought her mum, Jackie, along and their family harmonies added a bright pop sensibility. They were followed by Gareth Howells, whose emotional solo set was an aperitif to the later appearance of his band, Hampshire residents and regular Surrey visitors, Bemis.

Sophie and Vikki charmed the crowd with their stunning voices and big personalities. And the first half came to a gorgeous climax with the bluesy, rocky, downright funky guitar and brass of Harry Baker and his band.

Those who thought the second half would follow the same pattern soon had to reconsider. Special guests The Dirty Carols brought along their uniquely filthy take on popular songs and the audience were soon eagerly anticipating their most risqué rhymes. Under the circumstances, Joe Waller’s poised rendition of perhaps the evening’s most poignant songs was even more remarkable. He was followed by the returning Rebecca Jayne and Jim Cozens, whose treatment of Jim’s “I want more” is surely destined for greater success.

Jonas and Jayne, fresh from the Chris Evans Radio 2 breakfast show, treated us to a collection of perfectly pitched Americana, complete with dobro, banjo and achingly beautiful harmonies. And Bemis topped it off with their familiar folk-pop anthems that got everyone rocking in the aisles. It only remained for Gavin Thomas to lead the ensemble with the only slightly unseasonal “Here’s to the Spirit of Christmas”, also written by Jim Cozens. And with that we trooped out into the damp winter’s night feeling warm all over.

One Winter’s Night was sponsored by three local businesses: Lab, Blue Tree Recruits and Vivid Toys and Games. So far it has raised more than £5,000 for Shooting Star Chase and St Luke’s Cancer Centre.

(Review courtesy of S. Prichard. Puttenham)

ONE WINTER'S NIGHT POSTERS - DESIGNED BY THREE GREEN PIGLETS

Following the success of the One Summer's Day festival in July, we're very excited to confirm that the GT LIVE SESSIONS will be running ONE WINTER'S NIGHT - an eclectic collection of acoustic performances from the very best of our local singers and songwriters. It will take place for one night only on the main stage at The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Friday 8th January 2016. 

All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the St Luke's Cancer Centre at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, and to the children's charity Shooting Star Chase.

We're thrilled that the lovely folks at Lab have put themselves up as the main sponsors for the event, and they are now joined by the teams at Blue Tree Recruits and Vivid Imaginations (the UK's number one toy and game manufacturer) as sponsors for the evening. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

This unique event will include performances from: Betsa Collins, Joe Waller, Sophie & Vikki, Jim Cozens, Jonas and Jane, Harry Baker, Rebecca Jayne, Bemis and The Dirty Carols.

One Winter's Night will be a TICKET ONLY EVENT, and all tickets are on sale NOW (priced at £10 each) from the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre box office. (Telephone 01483 440000).

If you can't make it to the event, but still want to donate to our fundraiser, then PLEASE visit our Go Get Funding page. 

For enquiries, please email GTLIVESESSIONS@YAHOO.COM

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