Alt folk songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Chris Cleverley appears live at York’s Forty Five Vinyl Café on Saturday 9th October. This is the first in a series of October dates, extending the nationwide release tour of his latest record Live From The Glass Isle.
Fresh from the main stages of some the UK’s premiere folk festivals this summer, Cleverley brings his renowned acoustic performance to one of York’s most intimate live music venues. Chris will be performing tracks from his new album; a series of stripped back recordings of songs from his previous two studio albums, arranged exclusively for solo guitar and voice. The project was recorded a stone’s throw from the foot of Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, on 1st August 2020; the pagan festival of Lughnasadh. At dawn that morning, Cleverley walked the spiral path of the Tor’s labyrinthine perimeter, ascending to the summit beneath a cleansing sunrise: “This old pagan rite of passage, commencing the harvest season, is so symbolic of facing a period of doubt and inconsistancy with hope and conviction. It carried immense meaning for me as we waded, knee-deep, through the mind-spinning uncertainty of the pandemic. It offered the perfect clarity & headspace to make these recordings. ”Recorded in one day with just two microphones and a Fylde Falstaff acoustic guitar, the project is a ‘live album’ for our imprisoned age. It is an expose of Cleverley’s intricate, masterful acoustic fingerstyle guitar playing, showcasing the unique and inventive techniques for which he has become renowned on the UK folk scene.
Support on the evening comes from York based traditional folk duo Painted Sky.