Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon / Bradley Johnston Sunday 19th September

Music in the Church Gardens returns for it’s 2021 series! One hour of music from local artists performed in the open air in the heart of Fenham.

A chance gig between Bradley Johnston (“A brilliant young guitarist” – The Crack Magazine) & Lindsay Hannon (“A voice soulful, brooding & unselfconscious in its longing” – Jazz Journal) led to a discovery of a mutual love of guitar & vocal duos; Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass.Lindsay and Brad’s shared appreciation for the albums “Take Love Easy” and “Fitzgerald and Pass…Again” inspired them to join forces and recreate some classic hits, such as “The Very Thought of You”, “Take Love Easy” and “Aint Got Nothin’ but the Blues”. They perform songs from those albums with eloquence and humour, as well as original arrangements, under the moniker ‘Hand to Mouth’.

“No doubt about it, Hand to Mouth are a class act, in fact they don’t come much classier. Bradley can turn his hand to just about anything from Django to Pat Metheny or, as was the case last night, Joe Pass. Likewise, Lindsay’s mouth can encompass the world between old-time Mississippi blues singers to Joni Mitchell and beyond or, as was the case last night, Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae.” (Lance Liddle, BSH, Nov. ’20).

“Some projects just work from the start, they just do… Lindsay Hannon and Bradley Johnston’s debut performance at the Jazz Café (Newcastle, UK) in the autumn of last year attracted a full house” (Bebop Spoken Here).

The Garden Concert Series began in the summer of 2020 as a way of showing our support for local musicians who found themselves without work (or income) during the COVID restirctions. Such was their popularity, that they are returning in 2021!

One hour of music in the Church Gardens from 3pm – 4pm. Donations on the day are welcome. Drinks & Chairs are available – but do bring a rug or a picnic if you prefer. Please follow COVID guidance given on site on the day of the concert.

As our concerts are weather dependant, if the sun is shining we gather in the garden. If the weather isn’t on our side we will relocate to the Church. Please note that the church building has a much smaller capacity to allow us to maintain social distancing. The first 50 seats reserved will be for the Garden & Church if the weather is bad; the remaining seats will be for admission to the garden only. We will keep these numbers under review, and these figures may change as the season progresses.

Date and time

Sun, 19 September 2021

15:00 – 16:00 BST

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