Bonnie Prince Billy
+ London Sacred Harp
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
All times are subject to change on the night
19:00 - Doors, Bar and Margins Cafe serving hot homemade food open
22:30 - Curfew
Union Chapel Bar open after the show.
Margins Cafe serves hot homemade food. It is open to all ticket holders when doors open at 19:00. Limited 18:30 dinner reservations are available above, when tickets go on sale. The Bar is also open at 18:30 to Union Chapel members who have tickets to the show.
On the Menu at Margins Cafe:
Please check back for menu
Access to the cafe at 18:30 is via the side gate to the left of the main entrance to the Chapel on Compton Terrace.
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.
Bonnie Prince Billy
Bonnie Prince Billy's latest album Best Troubadour pays homage to a long-time and forever hero, the late Merle Haggard. A singer who, some 25 years previously, first performed in public by playing a Merle Haggard song, Bonny has often cited Merle’s work in performance, on records and in conversation with anyone who w as around, even talking to Merle himself for Filter magazine in 2009.
Merle’s body of work was considered by Bonny for a record such as this for some time, but his passing in April of 2016 almost put a stop to it. The goal was to participate in the handing forward of the songs of a living legend, as Merle had done so many times in his own career.
Best Troubador flips through his song book, landing on pages unmoored from their time and located anew. Moving from 1978 to 1969 to 2003 to 1981 allows the album to circle Haggard’s music in a simulation of thought and memory, slipping around from spot to spot as if they were discrete impressions, unknown but knowable yet. Dedicated to new life and old, Best Troubador is wistful and bittersweet and no lament at all, but a tribute instead, for the triumph of a life spent in unending pursuit of the goal: new and expressive music, as our inspirations and heroes once sang it.