Sadly this year’s First Light festival will not take its full normal form. But here at the Seagull we have partnered with First Light to bring you a series of smaller concerts and workshops from the acts you could have seen at the full festival.
Best of all with support from Arts Council England – we have been able to keep the costs really low.
Please note that all of these events are in our new upstairs studio performance space – which sadly has no lift. Access is via three flights of stairs.
John Ward Band
Sunday 18th July
(plus booking fee)
You may remember Lowestoft-based, John Ward Band’s wonderful performance on the main stage at the 2019 First Light Festival and also heard the wonderful song First Light, he wrote and performed specially for the online Winter Solstice event. We are to have John give our inaugural First Light Sessions @ The Seagull concert in the newly refurbished Seagull Studio and he has extended his band for the occasion. John, Lynne and Les are thrilled to welcome the superb talents of Christina Alden and Alex Patterson to join them for this performance. They will be performing a collection of John’s popular songs from his local area and beyond. The songwriting process behind some of the songs will feature in John’s Songwriting Workshop which will run earlier on the same day at xxxx (time to be agreed).
QUOTES ABOUT JOHN WARD:
“John is a poet and a lyricist, a writer and arranger of the top order” — Richard Grainger, Folk Singer and Festival Organiser
“…magnificent songs… this man and his excellent band are one of the UK music scene’s best kept secrets” — Stephen Foster, BBC Radio Suffolk
“A singer-songwriter and guitarist to watch out for” — The Times
” Sargasso … with John’s wide song writing lens and easy way with a chorus, it is not hard to imagine a few of these tunes being picked up and covered by bands like Fairport Convention” – Fatea
“ Life Drawing …the hardest thing about writing this review has been trying not to repeat all the superlatives I used up with 2016’s Sargasso. More fine songwriting, more great playing, more excellent recording and most importantly, a really good listen.” — Fatea
” … killer harmonies …”—Grapevine
“The John Ward Band is folk at its finest” — East Anglian Daily Times
“The audience loved it, gave them one of the most enthusiastic responses the Club has seen in over 30 years and demanded that they be booked again” — Folk on the Moor, Devon