Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis – 27th October 2018

We are delighted to welcome Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis for a return concert on 27 October, at the usual time of 7pm.

For full booking instructions, including suggested donations, please have a look at our concerts page.

Multi-award-winning folk musicians Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis first met at university in Brighton in 2010 and started performing around Brighton as a duo, playing folk and blues songs. They have become two of the most respected and innovative musicians on the British folk scene, and are the main songwriting partnership behind the hit folk band Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys.

They continue to play together throughout the UK at folk clubs, music venues and festivals, performing inventive interpretations of tunes and songs (in between humorous anecdotes and stories of their misadventures). An evening of most pleasurable musical entertainment is guaranteed!

You can find out more about them by visiting Sam Kelly’s website.

Sam and Jamie performed for Maxability a few years ago. The event proved so popular that, ever since, audience members have been entreating us to bring them back! The enforced cancellation of our previously scheduled ensemble has enabled us to oblige, and thankfully the lads were not booked to play elsewhere that night!

Their work has attracted numerous rave reviews. Here are just a few edited highlights:

About Sam Kelly:

‘What a beautiful singer. He has that really rare male voice, that soft-edged tone, you know those beautiful tenor voices of the 30’s and 40’s… it really draws you in.’
Kate Rusby, fRoots magazine (on the ‘next big thing’).

‘Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul. I’ve seen him perform live a few times and he’s amazing.’
Cara Dillon

‘I think this guy is absolutely brilliant…. His voice is beyond sublime.’
Mike Harding

‘Amazing, thrilling music.’
Mark Radcliffe, Radio 2 Folk Show

‘A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously… Check him out!’
Sean Lakeman

About Jamie Francis:

‘Fantastic banjo player’
Mike Harding, the Mike Harding Folk Show

‘Stealing the banjo from the clutches of Mumford and Sons’
Huey Morgan, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, BBC Radio 2

‘Exemplary Banjo’
Folkradio.co.uk

‘Superb banjo picking’
Folkall.blogspot.co.uk

Don’t take our word for it – have a look for yourselves!



Grier Piano Trio – 7th July 2018

We are delighted to announce the final concert of the summer season, after which there will be a break until mid-September.

The Grier Family Trio – Francis (Piano), Savitri (Violin) and Indira (‘Cello) – will be performing for Maxability on Saturday 7th July at 7pm. Early booking is strongly recommended in view of their huge popularity, and the delightful programme they have selected, which is as follows:

  1. Beethoven: “Spring” Sonata in F, Op 24, for Violin and Piano
    (Although this popular sonata takes little more than 20 minutes to perform, its joyful mood and sparkling melodies justly earned it the epithet “Spring” after the composer’s death.)
  2. Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 40
    (It was on his way to premiere his piano & cello sonata that Shostakovich read Stalin’s statement in Pravda attacking his music as “bourgeois”. This initiated a difficult period for the composer, including the emotional turmoil of a divorce instigated by a love affair – all of which is reflected in this breathtaking work’s relentlessly unremitting and deeply felt rhythms and harmonies. An unforgettable experience for the listener!)
  3. Beethoven: Piano Trio in E Flat, Op 1 No 1
    (The Opus 1 designation is misleading – Beethoven was already 25 years old when he composed the three Opus 1 Piano Trios. He gave them this classification because he considered them sufficiently substantial (and marketable!). Indeed, the sublime second subject of the opening movement reflects an emotional maturity that we might expect of much later works.)

As usual, the concert will begin at 7 pm, but you are free to arrive from 6.30 to reserve your place(s) and enjoy a pre-concert glass of wine or juice. The concert will finish before between 8.45 and 9.00, followed as usual by supper, with wine.

For full booking instructions, including suggested donations, please have a look at our concerts page.