SUNDAY 12th NOVEMBER 2017
Our next concert at the Weem is the inimitable Mike Silver. Drawn to acoustic music from the age of 15, Mike was soon developing his skills as a floor-singer in folk clubs, forever learning from established visiting performers. Singing his own songs, telling his own stories, following his own road, Mike toured Britain and the continent extensively, forever gaining in confidence, strength and ability - to the extent that he was signed to Elton John’s Rocket Records in 1973, touring the USA with the likes of Dory Previn, and Ashford and Simpson.
Since those early days Mike has worked as a studio musician and backing vocalist for Charles Aznavour, Chris de Burgh, Ralph McTell and Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues — amongst other recordings appeared as a guest on Show of Hands Live 1992 — produced albums for Martyn Wyndham-Read (Jackaroo), Anna Shannon (Overland) – and his ability to write and perform songs which transcend so many guitar and musical styles is recognised by many, not the least, Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward, who recorded Mike’s song, ‘Maybe It’s Just Love’ on his solo album ‘Night Flight’.
Over the years Mike has accumulated an impressive portfolio of albums featuring a multitude of his own superb compositions. As an acoustic performer and singer-songwriter on the UK folk scene, he makes frequent performing trips to the Netherlands and Germany, and has released more than 12 solo albums Accompanied by his own multi faceted guitar playing, as well as the contributing musicianship of many other fine players, including Gloucester’s Johnny Coppin, with whom Mike has been touring and recording since 2005, the outstanding guitar work of Jo Partridge, his friend since the late 60s and more recently the wonderfully talented multi-instrumentalist Nils Tuxen (Denmark); each of Mike’s songs takes the listener on its own special journey…
"Mike Silver has a unique style, drawing from many influences including folk, rock, country and blues, all of which are evident, with an end result that is magical and should be a source of inspiration to songwriters everywhere.”
Trees Don’t Travel will open with a support set and as it’s a Sunday, we have an early start kicking off at 7.30 and finishing by 10.30 so you can wake up fresh as a daisy the following morning.
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