Alex Seel and Greg Hancock will be touring around the UK with a show involving some of the very top names in UK contemporary songwriting.
For all info about the artists etc please visit the tour website at www.circletour.co.uk

All CircleTour2020 and solo gig dates listed below...

[Announcement:  Sadly, due to circumstances beyond our control all Circle Tour gigs are cancelled until May.  We will review the situation of those gigs nearer the time.]

Up coming shows...

May22

Songwriters Circle: Greg Hancock, Alex Seel & Chris Cleverley

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, Taunton TA4 2RE

Greg is returning to one of Somerset’s top venues - Cotleigh Brewery - after a very well received songwriters circle last year with Alex Seel and Sarah Yeo. This year alongside Greg and Alex will be one of the very finest of the new generation of alt-folk singer-songwriters and guitarists, Chris Cleverley. You’ll be able to sample not only some of the best contemporary acoustic music, but also some of Cotleigh’s delicious ales!

Chris has crafted a reputation as a songwriter of singular ability with original and traditional material resonating deeply with UK-wide audiences. His thought-provoking words dissect themes as diverse as deteriorating anxious minds, damaging gender constructs, literary heroines and hospital beds, all the while reflecting a keen intellect and strong social conscience. Underpinning this songwriting flair is a powerful affinity with his chosen instrument. Described as ‘Impressive’ by The Telegraph, Chris is fast gaining the accolade of being among the most masterful, inventive and unique fingerstyle players on the scene. Continuing the legacy of his heroes Nic Jones, John Martyn and John Renbourn, the essence of the folk revival abounds in his memorable music.

www.chriscleverley.com

Songwriters Circle: Greg Hancock, Alex Seel & Tennyson's Twin

St Katherines Priory, St Katherines Road, Exeter EX4 7JY

Greg and Alex met about 5 years ago in Exeter and immediately recognised in each other a kindred musical spirit. Both are songwriters who produce powerful, unusual songs accompanied by intricate and unique guitar styles. Both write rich, poetic lyrics that hang around in the memory long after being heard. Both are concerned with the place of people and love in the grand scheme of modern life in a way that is universally relatable and warm – never preachy or off-putting. Their songs are very human. They can be heartbreaking... but humour is never far away. There are, however, marked differences in the influences that have led to how they sound now. Greg developed his guitar style from 1970s English guitarists such as Nic Jones and Dick Gaughan, and with a big influence from Joni Mitchell who also radically changed his approach to lyric writing and song structure. Alex came more from a blues, pop and Americana tradition with a greater influence from Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Lyrically, Greg’s songs are often more involved with storytelling and narrative, while Alex weaves poetic images into lines that get right to the heart of the matter. They both acknowledge the early influence of John Martyn and Nick Drake. Since their early days, however, they have each developed styles that can not be defined by genre. There are touches of jazz, flamenco, blues, pop, classical, country and folk styles throughout their work. Greg and Alex did a handful of gigs together in 2019 and decided to build on the positive reaction to those concerts with a tour in 2020. On this tour they will sometimes perform one after the other, and sometimes take the stage together to take turns to introduce and perform a selection of their work. This format allows for greater spontaneity and interaction between the two performers - and between them and the audience.

After their show in London in 2019, these were a couple of reactions: “... each with a guitar but different approach to both writing and playing that complimented each other excellently. I think what impressed me the most was the respect they had for each other and their music. It was a night of real quality with songs that all came from the heart and experience, so there was happy and sad, victory and defeat and lots of memories.” Fatea – Tony Birch

“What an incredibly amazing night of music!” Adam Jenkins

About Greg: “A master guitarist, exquisite songwriter and beautiful arranger of music” Stevie O’Connor - Blues and Roots Radio

Greg’s 2019 album “The State of My Hair” “An intoxicating musical and lyrical cocktail of Al Stewart and Ray Davies, infused with his own unique brilliance as a guitarist and songwriter” Mike Davies – Folking.com

Greg’s 2017 album “A303” “**** A delightful collection. Great stuff!” R&R Magazine

About Alex: “..great rootsy feel with some lovely harmonic twists.” Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6

“one of Britain’s finer songwriters.... he’s also a gifted guitarist...exquisite fingerpicking beautifully complements a nicely judged vocal performance” R&R Magazine

Alex’s 2019 album “Spell on a Tin Drum” "****His gorgeous vocals dominate this album, evoking Paul Siebel in lyrics and hints of Jeff Buckley in sound - he depicts an impulsive nature while also remaining grounded in clarity...Seel manages to grasp the listener within the poetry of his words...spell- binding lyrics". Maverick Magazine

www.greghancockmusic.com www.alexseel.com

Joining Alex and Greg on the night is Tennyson's Twin.

Tennyson’s Twin is the performance name of singer-songwriter, Sarah Hayes.

Originally from Somerset, Sarah is a singer-songwriter now based in Falmouth, Cornwall. Her songs cover a range of different genres, including singer-songwriter, folk, ballads,blues, blues rock, Americana and pop. With a vocal style often described as ‘haunting’ and ‘sensual’ her emotive lyrics deal with subjects ranging from love and loss, to historical tales and the landscapes of the West Country.

Sarah began her professional musical career in 1994 as lead singer for Somerset folk band 'Romany', alongside guitarist Paddy Scot & fiddle player Glen Titmus, playing a mix of traditional folk songs and original acoustic works in the pubs and clubs of Somerset. During her time with Romany, she discovered a talent for song-writing.

In 2001, Sarah joined cover band 'Beyond Blame' as lead singer, playing a wide-range of well-known popular songs for outdoor concerts, pub gigs, weddings and private parties.

After an extended break to pursue an academic career as a historian, Sarah returned to singing in November 2013. Organising a concert on behalf of the University of Exeter, ‘Industrial Folk: Songs & Stories of Working Life’, at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, Sarah took to the stage with Michael Mathieson (Mad Dog Mcrea), Olivia Dunn (Phil Beer Band, Other Mother) & singer-songwriter Reg Meuross.

Adopting the name of her favourite poet, Sarah embarked on a new solo career as ‘Tennyson’s Twin’. Launching her first EP ‘Time Traveller’ in February 2016. The name reflects her long-standing love of poetry, art, history and landscapes which inspire and influence her song-writing. 2020 sees the release of a new album that promises to be something very special.

www.tennysonstwin.co.uk/

Tickets £10 Doors 7.30. Performance 8.00.

For more information please call Twigg's Gigs on 07508 169 049 Or email sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk

Songwriters Circle: Greg Hancock, Alex Seel & Bob Gallie - CANCELLED

The Old Theatre Royal, 12 Old Orchard Street, , Bath BA1 1JU

www.circletour.co.uk Three top singer-songwriters make a return visit after their well received concert in 2019, to present a SONGWRITERS CIRCLE concert in this great, atmospheric venue. Greg Hancock, Alex Seel and Steve Dagleish will take the stage together and then, in turn, perform selections of their compositions. This is a perfect format to compare and contrast styles and techniques, and there will be plenty of interaction - both musical and verbal between the performers!

Greg Hancock only began performing a few years ago after many years living overseas but has quickly built up a solid reputation as one of the UK’s most original songwriters and skillful guitarists. He makes observations on the human condition that can be serious, but are always imbued with a wry sense of humour and an unexpected turn of phrase. There are echoes of influences such as Nic Jones, John Martyn and Joni Mitchell in his work... but the overall sound is completely his own.

“A master guitarist, exquisite songwriter and beautiful arranger of music... one of the finest songwriters in the UK and should be heard by as many music lovers as possible!”

Blues and Roots

Alex Seel’s songs go right to the heart of the matter. Whether he’s exploring themes of love, life or modern society, he weaves his deceptively gentle lyrics around subtle and sophisticated melodies and song structures. More Americana and blues influenced than Greg, his virtuoso guitar playing ranges from the sweetly melodic to a crisp punchy rhythmic style that is entirely unique.

“His voice is a thing comprised of equal parts comfort and mystery, and it perfectly suits the songs, which are intimate but at the same time just a little bit untamed.”

folkradio

Bob Gallie is the epitome of a modern-day troubadour: relentlessly gigging around the South West and holding audiences entranced wherever he performs. His songs are emotional, perceptive and engaging. His voice ranges from a gentle, almost spoken sound to a powerful melodic crescendo, soaring into the stratosphere. Bob has performed at festivals and venues all over the South West , where he is now based, and his native Wales. He has a firm following of fans – a group that is added to at every gig. Once heard, never forgotten!

Songwriters Circle: Greg Hancock, Alex Seel and Odette Michell

CICCIC, Memorial Hall, Paul St, Taunton TA1 3PF

www.circletour.co.uk

A performance by three of the UK's most respected and original songwriters and musicians.

What is the CIRCLE TOUR 2020? In Spring 2020, award winning and highly respected singer-songwriters and guitarists Greg Hancock and Alex Seel are touring the UK - and meeting up with some of the leading names in contemporary UK songwriting - to present a series of concerts in the Songwriters Circle format. The idea of doing a whole tour like this developed after the very positive audience response Greg and Alex got in 2019 to some concerts they gave in this format. For the Concert at CICCIC in Taunton on 25th September, Greg and Alex will be joined by one of the most exciting rising stars of the UK acoustic scene, Odette Michell.

What happens at a SONGWRITERS CIRCLE? This increasingly popular style of performance allows the audience to not only enjoy the work of three individual performers, but encourages comparison and contrast of style, technique and general approach to songwriting. The performers take the stage simultaneously, and then take turns to introduce and perform their songs. This allows for musical and verbal interaction between the artists. It is an intimate and informal format that offers a richer variety and is a really engaging experience for the audience.

Who is performing? Greg Hancock only began performing a few years ago after many years living overseas but has quickly built up a solid reputation as one of the UK’s most original songwriters and skillful guitarists. He makes observations on the human condition that can be serious, but are always imbued with a wry sense of humour and an unexpected turn of phrase. There are echoes of influences such as Nic Jones, John Martyn and Joni Mitchell in his work... but the overall sound is completely his own. “A master guitarist, exquisite songwriter and beautiful arranger of music... one of the finest songwriters in the UK and should be heard by as many music lovers as possible!” Blues and Roots

Alex Seel’ssongs go right to the heart of the matter. Whether he’s exploring themes of love, life or modern society, he weaves his deceptively gentle lyrics around subtle and sophisticated melodies and song structures. More Americana and blues influenced than Greg, his virtuoso guitar playing ranges from the sweetly melodic to a crisp punchy rhythmic style that is entirely unique. “His voice is a thing comprised of equal parts comfort and mystery, and it perfectly suits the songs, which are intimate but at the same time just a little bit untamed.” Folkradio

Odette Michell Things have been moving at something of a pace for Odette ever since she released her debut EP 'By Way of Night' in 2018. The EP showcased a bold and emerging talent within the British folk and acoustic music scene and garnered high praise, earning Odette her first national and international radio plays on both BBC and Folk Radio stations. In January 2020 Odette won Female Artist Of The Year at the 2019 FATEA Awards, "One of the brightest new names to have emerged full-grown on the country’s folk scene in recent years." Folk radio uk

www.circletour.co.uk

Songwriters Circle: Greg Hancock, Alex Seel and Odette Michell

Bristol Folk House, 40a Park St, Bristol BS1 5JG

www.circletour.co.uk

A performance by three of the UK's most respected and original songwriters and musicians.

What is the CIRCLE TOUR 2020? In Spring 2020, award winning and highly respected singer-songwriters and guitarists Greg Hancock and Alex Seel are touring the UK - and meeting up with some of the leading names in contemporary UK songwriting - to present a series of concerts in the Songwriters Circle format. The idea of doing a whole tour like this developed after the very positive audience response Greg and Alex got in 2019 to some concerts they gave in this format. For the Concert at CICCIC in Taunton on 25th September, Greg and Alex will be joined by one of the most exciting rising stars of the UK acoustic scene, Odette Michell.

What happens at a SONGWRITERS CIRCLE? This increasingly popular style of performance allows the audience to not only enjoy the work of three individual performers, but encourages comparison and contrast of style, technique and general approach to songwriting. The performers take the stage simultaneously, and then take turns to introduce and perform their songs. This allows for musical and verbal interaction between the artists. It is an intimate and informal format that offers a richer variety and is a really engaging experience for the audience.

Who is performing? Greg Hancock only began performing a few years ago after many years living overseas but has quickly built up a solid reputation as one of the UK’s most original songwriters and skillful guitarists. He makes observations on the human condition that can be serious, but are always imbued with a wry sense of humour and an unexpected turn of phrase. There are echoes of influences such as Nic Jones, John Martyn and Joni Mitchell in his work... but the overall sound is completely his own. “A master guitarist, exquisite songwriter and beautiful arranger of music... one of the finest songwriters in the UK and should be heard by as many music lovers as possible!” Blues and Roots

Alex Seel’ssongs go right to the heart of the matter. Whether he’s exploring themes of love, life or modern society, he weaves his deceptively gentle lyrics around subtle and sophisticated melodies and song structures. More Americana and blues influenced than Greg, his virtuoso guitar playing ranges from the sweetly melodic to a crisp punchy rhythmic style that is entirely unique. “His voice is a thing comprised of equal parts comfort and mystery, and it perfectly suits the songs, which are intimate but at the same time just a little bit untamed.” Folkradio

Odette Michell Things have been moving at something of a pace for Odette ever since she released her debut EP 'By Way of Night' in 2018. The EP showcased a bold and emerging talent within the British folk and acoustic music scene and garnered high praise, earning Odette her first national and international radio plays on both BBC and Folk Radio stations. In January 2020 Odette won Female Artist Of The Year at the 2019 FATEA Awards, "One of the brightest new names to have emerged full-grown on the country’s folk scene in recent years." Folk radio uk

www.circletour.co.uk