+ very special guest Michael Chapman
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Doors, Bar and Margins Cafe serving hot homemade food open at 19:00
Curfew - 22:30
Union Chapel Bar open after the show.
You can book for dinner at Margins Cafe at 18:30 but you must have a reservation for access at 18:30. The Bar is also open to Union Chapel members who have tickets to the show.
Access to the cafe before doors open is via the side gate to the left of the main entrance to the Chapel on Compton Terrace.
We will email the menu and add it to the listing here shortly before the show.
If the early 6.30pm reservations are fully booked don't worry you can still come to eat from when doors open, the cafe is open through to the end of the interval.
Please note you must have a ticket to the show to come to Margins Cafe & Union Chapel bar.
There's lots of useful information in the Visiting section of our website.
As our venue is entirely seated and seating is unreserved it is best to arrive early.
Two of life's great wanderers JULIE BYRNE and MICHAEL CHAPMAN have a lot of time for each other. Chapman is an inspiration to Byrne due to his longevity as an artist who never stands still. Whilst Michael has been singing the praises of her latest album 'Not Even Happiness' and talks of being blown away by her unusual tunings when he first saw her play, this coming from the master is high praise indeed.
Now the mutual appreciation is set to continue as they share the bill at what will be a special night at the Union Chapel on November 13th.
Both artists released new albums in January to wide spread acclaim on either side of the Atlantic. Chapman's '50' (released on Paradise Of Bachelors), titled so to commemorate fifty years of touring, was recorded under the watchful ear of producer Steve Gunn and his undeniable late career masterpiece. Whilst Byrne's second album (out on Basin Rock) vividly archives what would have otherwise been lost to the road - bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast.
Both artists shine in the live arena. Chapman, who will open the bill, in full flow is a spellbinding experience as he builds hypnotic finger picked instrumentals on his acoustic guitar, combined with his impressive back catalogue of songs. Whilst Byrne enchants, leaving crowds mesmerised by her voice and warm presence, who find a real connection with Byrne's intimate songs. This feeling is often shared: “When the show has that magical spirit every person has contributed, even unknowingly, in creating a space of responsiveness to each other through vulnerability, through our unified experience and honesty about our sorrow and our emergence.”
Monday 13th November is sure to be one of those magical nights.
Recent praise for Julie Byrne:
"Here is something special" ***** The Times
"Byrne paints sublime, awestruck moments when simple things become overwhelming." Pitchfork, Best New Music
“there’s so much to love about Not Even Happiness: the lightness of the finger-picked acoustic guitar patterns, the flute and string interludes, the plaintive timbre in Byrne’s voice recalling fellow outsider folk figures Anne Briggs and Karen Dalton." **** MOJO
"the voice is a balm" **** The Observer
"with Not Even Happiness she’s spreading her wings musically" Album of the Week, The Line Of Best Fit
"otherworldy and other-timely... for all its dreaminess, it never seems fey or contrived... stunning." The Guardian
"one of the albums of the year" NME
"Her voice is usually cradled in the gentle fingerpicking of her acoustic guitar, subtly supported by orchestral arrangements that hover like faraway guardian angels." -New York Times
"With her softly echoing guitar and slight strings, Byrne channels some ancient wavelength, then suddenly sticks a pin in the universal." - NPR
"So perfect it's hard to believe it's real... Songs that feel complete, fully formed, as if they came to us via nature." - USA Today
Recent praise for Michael Chapman:
“Alongside the album’s end-of-days feel there is also a valedictory mood, the sense that, as with Blackstar and You Want it Darker, here is a man closer to the end than the beginning, haunted by memories and auguries, and communicating something of their uncanny twilight power.” – MOJO, Album of the Month
"the godfather of new cosmic Americana." The Guardian
"late-career triumph." **** The Times
"His stellar vocals and Steve Gunn's atmospheric production elevate this to one of the guitarist's best. Vindication here we come." Uncut
“A world-class songwriter. Terrifically unpredictable … beyond any genre tag.” Pitchfork