Grayshott Folk Club

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Grayshott Folk Club presents: HOME SERVICE
Saturday 21st October 2017 at 7:30 pm

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Home Service

The mighty award-winning Home Service return with their sensational new line-up, featuring John Kirkpatrick’s resounding vocals, a roaring 4-piece brass section and the searing guitar of Graeme Taylor.

Home Service, considered by many the greatest ever folk-rock ensemble, was formed in the early 1980s by a core of musicians who had been part of the influential line-up of the Albion Band in the previous decade (John Tams, Graeme Taylor, Bill Caddick, Howard Evans, Michael Gregory and Roger Williams). The outfit released a single and three albums; by the time of the last of these, "Alright Jack", the band was at the height of its powers, and live Home Service shows had attained genuine legendary status, but sadly they split in 1987.

The reunion of this classic band came about after the discovery, in early 2011, of some previously unheard live recordings made by their former sound engineer on a couple of cassette tapes that have languished in the back of his wardrobe for the last 25 years. These recordings, made at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1986, exhibit a power and commitment that was never fully captured in the studio, so a live album release immediately became inevitable. With an album to promote, live performances were the obvious next step. So, with everyone truly inspired by the might of these recorded performances, Home Service was very much back in business, winning the BBC Radio 2 award for Best Folk/Roots Live Act in 2012.

They suffered another setback in 2015, when their lead singer John Tams retired from the band, but have risen from the ashes with the help of the legendary John Kirkpatrick, with whom they have recently released the first album of entirely new material for 30 years, which has won them 5-star reviews! Home Service live is still the very mightiest of sounds that could grace any stage, with nothing remotely comparable in the folk-rock arena in terms of maximum visceral and emotional impact. The original songwriting and of course John K’s supreme singing voice, the unmistakable, signature magisterial brass section and its adventurous arrangements, Graeme's searingly majestic electric guitar lines soaring aloft, Michael's punchy yet quirkily sensitive percussion, all augmented by Andy Findon's saxes/flute, Steve King's keyboards and Rory McFarlane’s solid bass – all adding up to a truly glorious noise.

Their incandescent, incendiary, and absolutely magnificent performance is totally unmissable: no argument.

What are you waiting for? Get your tickets pronto before they disappear.

Adults £18/Under 16s £9

Call Des O'Byrne at the ticket hotline on: 01428 607096

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