Column Acoustic at Plymouth's Devonport Guildhall
COLUMN Acoustic are in celebration mode this month with a special New Year Party at Devonport Guildhall tomorrow night that features double the usual amount of acts over two stages.
The regular monthly Monday event has switched to a one-off Saturday night slot to showcase even more great acoustic local artists.
Topping the bill is none other than Plymouth's premiere country punk ensemble Crazy Arm, pictured, trailblazing their forthcoming acoustic album with a rare acoustic show.
Following a triumphant plugged-in White Rabbit return gig after their five week jaunt around the continent, just before Christmas, this promises to be a very special intimate performance not to be missed.
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Crazy Arm are first-time visitors to Column Acoustic, but several artists who have played one of the six previous sessions will be returning once more.
Mudskipper from the Exeter, featuring Jo Hooper on cello, proved really popular addition to the line up in October and return by popular demand as do Raise the Roof, the four-piece barbershop quartet.
Also on the bill are three-piece, female-fronted ensemble Caris, plus rootsy blues band Psychology of Risk from Dartmoor, Platypus UK featuring the sublime voice of Nigel Smith, Fashionably Late, the amazing Wendy, and Charlotte, the blind singer, from Exeter.
Performances will take place in the Mayors Parlour at the back of the main hall and also for the first time in the cafe downstairs, where Russian musician Dmitry will head up the unamplified session.
"Performers and punters alike have commented on the superb quality of the sound at these events," says organiser Marc Gardiner, "which is partly due to the fabulous acoustic of the parlour and also to the experience of our sound engineer Nick Western."
Marc hit on the idea of the potential of creating an acoustic cafe in the beautifully restored Guildhall last year at around the time of the Jubilee weekend.
"We wanted to put on something that challenged people's perception of Devonport – by inviting folk here for recreation.
"We have had to give lots of people advice on how to get here because they've never been before.
"And the positive feedback we've had has been brilliant."
Delicious food is available in the cafe tomorrow night and the evening starts at 7pm and runs through until midnight. Tickets are £6 on the door.