Chapel Arts as the name suggests is a Bath performance space for the arts focused mainly on music and within that mainly folk and “roots” styles but which also caters for jazz, blues, country and indie styles and others types of performance such as the occasional contemporary burlesque show. Although I have assiduously checked their listings for most of the time we have been in Bath and despite the fact that we have been at various times quite regular patrons of their basement café I had not until very recently found anything that I really wanted to see. I was beginning to think that I might fail in my goal of seeing something in every main venue in Bath so I was greatly relieved when I noticed that an American performer by the name of Brooks William,s rated as one of the top 100 acoustic guitarist in the US, or some such ranking, was billed under the blues category.
I have always been of the view, since I first went to live in Australia, that climate, or if you prefer, the weather, has a real and profound impact upon a culture and society. Coming from Britain where I grew up with long cold and often snowy winters I learnt to spend long evenings and even days indoors reading, watching TV, playing music and to some extent playing board games although I wasn’t especially interested in those. It became very clear to me that the Australian lifestyle and general attitude towards life and its problems had much to do with the generally beautiful climate. Sydney has a temperature range that is especially conducive to outdoor pursuits be they at the beach, on the water or in the bush. Sports that can only be played in summer in Britain can be quite comfortably played all year round in Sydney and many other parts of Australia. I remember my friend and former squash partner exclaiming “we’re here already, this is paradise!”
I have posted before on events at Burdall’s Yard, one of the performance venues for the Performing Arts students at Bath Spa University. In the run up to Christmas I have booked tickets for a number of new events and we attended the first of these last night. Billed as an “evening of music and entertainment” it included stand-up comedians, singer-songwriters, a poet and an “emerging burlesque talent“. All the performers were students except for top of the bill, Gavin Osborn, who I had never heard of, which means nothing of course, but you can read about him here and here.