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The Brothers Gillespie

April 29, 2024

Tickets £13 / £12 concessions
Doors open 7.30pm, gig starts 8pm
This gig is for a seated audience

Described by Folk Radio UK as ‘weaving an especially compelling magic’, and ‘showing British acoustic music in its best possible light’, Northumbrian duo The Brothers Gillespie make music that is animated by lyrical songwriting, fine fingerstyle guitar playing, multi-instrumental musicianship and ‘the glorious tones of their blood harmony’ (Sam Lee). Brothers James and Sam Gillespie found their sound growing up in the fells and valleys of Northumberland, their songs often describing relationships with wild places and the experience of finding oneself in a world alive with soul. The music comes to them most strongly when walking in the borderlands with their packs and instruments which remains a regular practice for them. This spirit is channeled into their live performances which have a rare and intimate energy, both ethereal and earthy, romantic and radical. The brothers have travelled far and wide with their music and have played at Cambridge and Sidmouth Folk Festivals and opened for Lankum and Sam Lee. In 2021 they featured in the English Heritage ‘Songs of England’ recording series that appeared on BBC Radio 4. The release of their new album ‘The Merciful Road’ (‘pure magic’, Living Tradition) in Spring 2022 saw them embark on their most extensive national tour to date. ‘The Merciful Road’ was recorded in a cottage by the banks of the river Tweed and like their previous album ‘The Fell’, it blends rootsy, acoustic elements to create a rich warm sound with a touch of vintage magic. In some ways it is an album about finding the thread of love and belonging in a world that seems to be nonetheless unravelling.

“Anyone who has seen the brothers live will surely attest that it is an experience that will stay with you. There is a feeling of warmth that exudes from them and affects everyone in the room” – Folk London

“Not since the minimal chamber folk of Simon And Garfunkel has two voices and an acoustic guitar sounded so absolutely perfect.” FATEA

“Stunning songs beautifully sung and played. Without doubt a classic in the making from a duo potent with potential.” – Northern Sky

“Uncluttered, simply but intoxicatingly arranged and adorned by their magical harmonies, musically steeped in the earth, grass and leaves that mark the pathways, this is a road you really need to travel.” – Bright Young Folk

Support: Elly Tree
Elly is “the writer of quirky, intelligent and irresistible songs performed with a driving baritone ukulele and a voice that seems to summon up the gods” (Katherine Tait.) She performs solo and with other musicians – probably solo on this occasion.

“Beautiful songs, lovely singing, fab uke playing and sublime bass”. Driving contemporary folk combining sharp observational lyricism and soaring melodies” Jeremy Johnson. “Artful songs that catch you off guard with wistfulness one moment and power the next. Songs that come from life but create a world which is strange and compelling.” Astrid Coxon of Interesting Times Gang..A mash-up of art-folk, pop, indie with a touch of ska, the sound brings passion and flair to upbeat and softer material.


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Mon, April 29
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Church St, CO1 1NF Colchester, United Kingdom


Colchester Arts Centre