Award-winning songwriter David Ford returns to tour new album Animal Spirits, his most ambitious record to date.
Having gained a reputation as one of Britain’s finest songwriters and one of the very few with the willingness and expertise to tackle matters of politics and current affairs, Ford presents Animal Spirits, a new collection of songs regarding Economics and the part it plays in 21st Century life. Having spent two years researching for the project, Ford has managed to seize this important, but admittedly dry, complex subject and deliver an album of accessible, emotive and engaging songs that try to make sense of an increasingly confounding world. Showcasing Ford’s impressive sonic range from heavy-stomping rock and raw-throated passion to delicate piano balladry, Animal Spirits represents a highlight in a celebrated career.
A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal, Ford’s mesmerising live performances regularly sell-out venues on both sides of the Atlantic. As well as playing headline shows to his devoted and loyal fan base, he has toured with and supported artists such as Elvis Costello, Ray LaMontagne, Aimee Mann, Sara Bareilles, Gomez, Aqualung, Richard Ashcroft, Suzanne Vega, Augustana, Ingrid Michaelson and Jakob Dylan.
Hailing from the South Coast of England, Ford has been lauded by press and public alike throughout his fifteen year solo career. His debut album, I Sincerely Apologise For All The Trouble I’ve Caused, was included in both The Times and Word Magazine‘s top ten albums of the year and his fourth album, Charge, was described by press as his “best album to date. ” His records have achieved number one slots on iTunes and in February 2014, a bizarre twist of fate saw him travelling to Paris to receive the French Grammy award for song of the year.
Despite countless plaudits, the songwriter flies below the radar for many, a subject he has documented in a book entitled, I Choose This – How To Nearly Make It In The Music Industry. Yet Ford’s exquisite songwriting and powerful live performances ensure he remains one of the UK’s most important singer/songwriters in the eyes of critics and genuine music lovers. Animal Spirits only serves to cement this reputation.
“Unmissable – 5 out of 5.” The Guardian
“One of Britain’s best.” The Times
“Genuine depth and striking authority.” Rolling Stone
Smart, angry, witty, emotional songs, delivered with raw-throated passion.” The Telegraph
“Puts everything into every word.” The LA Times
“David Ford is the eternal thrill of a young man going way too far and pulling it off.” Word Magazine
“Sends a chill up the spine.” The Sunday Times
Support Abe Partridge
Abe Partridge is one of the most respected songwriters and visual folk artists in Mobile, Alabama.He released his second full-length release, Cotton Fields and Blood For Days, in January 2018 to rave reviews and substantial airplay on Americana radio and landed Partridge a lengthy feature in The Bitter Southerner. Ranging from the earthy to the surreal, from the spiritual light to the depths of depression, Partridge draws listeners in with a combination of southern gothic storytelling, dark humor and gripping intensity. Savannah Morning News said, “The singer/songwriter has emerged in the last two years as a tour-de-force of a live act, with the DNA of folk heroes named Townes, Bob and John, combined with his own unique perspective of rock ‘n’ roll and his Southern homeland.”
Partridge made his debut at The Bluebird Café in Nashville, July 2018 and brought the house down with his passionate performance.He toured the Netherlands and Belgium November of 2018 and performed at the prestigious 30A Songwriter Festival in Santa Rosa, Florida, in January of 2019 along with performers such as Jason Isbell, Steve Earle, Shawn Mullins and more.
Alan Harrison of THE ROCKING MAGPIE said, “…Partridge sounds like a prodigy of Townes, Guy and Rodney the way his lyrics poetically twist and turn via a grizzled and lived in voice over a jagged acoustic guitar”.
Tony Paris of CREATIVE LOAFING ATLANTA said, “ To call Partridge a singer-songwriter/ guitarist would be a disservice. He’s far more than that. He doesn’t just wear his heart on his sleeve, but rips out the one in his chest, putting what’s pumping through his veins on display.”
Jim Halfpenny, producer of the DRIPPING SPRINGS SONGWRITERS FESTIVALin Austin says, “Abe Partridge is that special kind of singer/songwriter who has the ability to connect with just about any audience. His songwriting is top notch and his stage presence and song delivery are nothing less than stellar.Everyone should keep an eye on Abe Partridge -his future is bright.”
Partridge is currently putting the finishing touches on a new album he is recording with Nashville guitarist/producer Shawn Byrne. His new album is expected to be out by the end of 2019
Book a table for pre-concert dining
Acapela Studio provides pre-concert dining between 6.00pm and 7.30pm from our wood burning pizza oven. To view the current menu visit here.
Please purchase your concert tickets first before booking a table. We will not accept any table bookings that do not have a corresponding ticket purchase.
Then return to the event page to book your table, by selecting the date of your event, number of diners and time you require table. The times shown are the only vacancies left. Please complete your email and phone number as this is required to ensure your table is allocated. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email and text.
If on the date you have chosen no tables are available - no times will be shown and the booking system will revert you back to todays date - PLEASE ENSURE YOU BOOK THE CORRECT DATE!
PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE RELIES ON THE INCOME FROM DINING TO ENSURE WE CAN BOOK ALL THE GREAT ACTS PERFORMING.
Income from the provision of pizzas is very important to the venue and if you have booked a table it is a requirement that all people sat at tables order food - a salad alternative is available to pizzas. Please do ensure that all individuals will be ordering on your table - if this is not the case please cancel your table so others who are looking to dine can do so. Our apologies to raise this but recently we have had many tables (some very large) where less than 50% of those sat at tables have ordered food. Financially this is a real problem to the sustainability of the venue.
- All seating at tables must purchase a pizza - so please do not book a table if everyone is not eating.
- Please ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before the time slot allocated to order your pizzas prior to your booking time.
- Tables not seated within 15 minutes of the allocated time may be lost and allocated to other audience members wishing to order pizzas.
- If you wish to book a table for 6 or more please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that all of our pizzas are made fresh to order and cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven. It may take up to 45 minutes to be served during busy periods.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO BOOK A TABLE YOU CAN STILL ORDER PIZZAS ON THE NIGHT (USUALLY ON BUSY NIGHTS NO LATER THAN 7.15PM) AND WE WILL SERVE THEM TO YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE SAT IN THE VENUE - IN A PIZZA BOX.