Folk, flamenco and blues in church

Louis Flamenco
Louis Flamenco

ONE of the British folk scene’s fully qualified survivors will headline a concert showcasing traditional sounds from around the world at Wigan’s historic parish church next weekend.

The latest Acoustic Roots gig at the town centre place of worship sees an eclectic bill spanning music from two continents headed by veteran guitarist and singer Michael Chapman.

The Yorkshire-born musician came to notice on the folk circuit in the 1960s and 70s with albums such as his most acclaimed work Fully Qualified Survivor, and has drawn admirers from across the musical spectrum including rockers Supergrass, Lindisfarne member Rod Clements and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.

He will be joined at the parish church by up-and-coming blues singer Fabian Holland and teenage Leigh guitarist Louis Flamenco, who has drawn plenty of acclaim for his authentic performances of the rich and complex musical traditions of Andalucia.

Promoter David Cartlidge said: “All sorts of musicians think Michael is one of the best around, but he’s there for anybody who enjoys fine guitar playing.

“The World Cup has proved a disappointment but I’m hoping to provide an evening of music which won’t remotely disappoint people.”

Michael Chapman, Fabian Holland and Louis Flamenco will perform at Wigan Parish Church on Friday July 4. Doors open at 7pm and the concert starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £12.50 in advance, available at The Coven on Hallgate, Symphony Music on Market Street or from David by emailing dtcartlidge@gmail.com, or £15 on the night.