New Routes – Max Bianco, Eli Bre and Chris Cleverly
Another instalment in the New Routes series, an evening of acoustic, folk and roots artists.
Set out cabaret style with candles on tables, it’s a comfortable and intimate space to listen to the best emerging and established artists from the area.
Born in the northeast of England, singer songwriter Max Bianco was a founding member of the once-hyped-band The Jar Family – following personal differences, the band parted company in early 2018. Max had already made a name for himself in the south of England and went on to form his new band The BlueHearts later that year.
Winning ‘Best Song’ in the 2018 Cambridge Band Competition landed Max and the BlueHearts into Kimberley Rew’s studio (Katrina & the Waves/ Walking on Sunshine) to record their Debut EP. They later returned to the studio to record their first full-length album ‘Harlot Moon’ which was released in April 2020.
An astute and heartfelt songwriter and social commentator – Max’s songs take you on a journey through love, life and the world around you. He has recently been back in the studio with fellow BlueHeart and piano maestro Sean O’Hanrahan to record a new duo album, set for release in November 2023.
Genuine talent like this doesn’t come around too often – if you get the chance to see Max play live, do. He’s destined for great things.
Swiss-born singer/songwriter Eli Bre released her debut album in Madrid in 2016. She has since taken her guitar around the world to write, record, perform, and practise her craft. Her latest release “Murder Ballad” is a slide guitar-heavy tale inspired by New Americana sounds. Eli Bre’s next album, partly written in New Yorker lockdown, is to be released in April 2024 in Cambridge, UK, where she is currently settled. Her autobiographical lyrics punch through a brooding Country Folkrock sound, captivating audiences with a penchant for self-reflection.
Chris Cleverley was born under a solstice moon, in the honeysuckle mysticism of a late 80s Midsummer. As his fledgling days unfurled, the symbolic sounds of ‘Hunky Dory’, ‘Gracelands’ and ‘Ladies of The Canyon’ echoed from the woodchip walls of the South Birmingham terrace where he was raised; quiet and curious, saturnine and shy.
Here, the soul of a young artist was shaped.
Fast-forward three decades; Four nationally acclaimed albums under his belt, and ringing endorsements from The Times, Telegraph and BBC6 Music. Cleverley’s boundary-shattering ‘Dream-Folk’ songwriting & astonishing fingerstyle guitar place him firmly among the new-wave of pioneering artists carving an uncharted path through the UK acoustic landscape.
His visceral lyrical style was shaped under evenings lost to the Lo-fi American-Indie Greats, as Sufjan Stevens, Conor Oberst and Elliott Smith weaved through the lantern light and shimmering incense.
Emerging as a true guitar-man, his elaborate alternate tunings, percussive rhythms and ambient sound design have come to command the full spectrum of emotions, from pindrop silence to rapturous applause. Meanwhile the bold, unflinching precision of his songwriting shines a light on universal human themes, exploring displaced people, pervasive artificial intelligence and the awesome healing power of nature.
With replenishing calm and warm humour, his one-man live show occupies the space between a concert performance and a yoga nidra meditation; Jarringly raw, hauntingly serene and effortlessly 21st Century.
7.30pm – Doors
8.00pm – Chris Cleverly
8.45pm – Interval 1
8.55pm – Eli Bre
9.40pm – Interval 2
9.50pm – Max Bianco
10.35pm – Finish
This show is Unreserved Seating
Doors open at 7:30pm
Music From 8pm
Curfew at 11pm