Double Header: Aynsley Lister | Ian Parker
Friday 31st August
Bar: 7:00pm / Doors: 7:30pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £15.00 General Admission
Seating: Cabaret Unreserved / Standing
"Superb" - The Times
"His guitar playing is a fire hazard" - Mojo
When explosive natural ability collides with fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley Lister; an incredible guitarist whose brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary song writing fuelled with the kind of heart and soul that’s missing from so much modern music. Whether passionately writing and recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live shows, one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning. With over 86,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music.
In 2008 Aynsley's huge crossover potential saw him sign to Manhaton Records, where he released the best two albums of his career to date. Produced by Steve Darrel Smith and featuring Paul McCartney guitarist Robbie Macintosh, 2009's 'Equilibrium' exposed Lister in his best ever form, throwing all his musical influences into a delicious melting pot that delivered sultry melodies, full throttle hard rock riffage and introspective ballads. 'Equilibrium' received fantastic reviews and stormed into Classic Rock’s Top 50 Albums of 2009. The subsequent tour saw Aynsley playing to sold out shows to over 16,000 people whilst opening for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, after which he and his band relocated to the Tower Arts Centre and with the tape rolling, nailed a cracking rendition of their high-octane live set to produce the storming 'Tower Sessions' record, which was consequently voted ‘Best Live Album’ in the 2011 Blues Matters Writers Poll.
Since recording the albums “Home” in 2013 and “Eyes Wide Open” in 2016 on his own record label Straight Talkin’ Records, Aynsley has received some of his greatest reviews to date after features in Guitarist Magazine, Classic Rock, Blues Matters and HiFi Magazine.
"Music is a release for me. When I play I get lost in it and it's a very happy place to be" - Aynsley Lister
Nothing to prove and still so much to say, Ian Parker remains an act not to be missed
UK Blues Federation
A songwriter genuinely literate, sometimes almost literary, Ian is an original craftsman. His ability and willingness to share with his audience is what sets him apart.
Ian's career took off in the summer of 2003, when he signed to Ruf Records following a personal introduction to US record producer, David Z (Prince - Purple Rain). His debut album 'INSIDE' was released in October of that year.
Further albums, live DVDs and extensive tours of Europe and the USA followed, with Parker always seeking new musical avenues to explore. To this end, Ian is something of journeyman, guided by his art and his self-confessed emotional need to express his soul through music.
Following the release of Politik Blues in April 2015, Ian refocused his attention on the Stratocaster-driven blues music he began building his reputation on, more than twenty years ago. Joined onstage by David Jenkins (bass), Chris Finn (drums) and his long-time collaborator Morg Morgan (keys), Parker is entering a new and exciting phase of his remarkable career. Freed from the shackles of being the new kid on the block vying for attention in an over-saturated market, Parker approaches his music these days with the calm, self-assurance which accompanies one who has, to some extent, been there and done it. Nothing to prove and still so much to say, Ian Parker remains an act not to be missed.