Retune #10 Sunday 3rd February 2019: WardnParker + Ben Sommers + Majelen

We were delighted to be back for our first show of 2019. It had been two months since the last event instead of the usual one month, and this was the first time we had attempted to put on a gig during a time as dark, gloomy and miserable as February! Fortunately we had another outstanding evening where WardnParker, Ben Sommers and Majelen substantially lifted all of our spirits.

A new aspect of our shows this year is that they are free entry – pay what you can. We are encouraging our audiences to contribute what they feel the night was worth to them, leaving this at their discretion while encouraging accessibility and enabling more people to access the project.

WardnParker are a dynamic duo.

It is impossible to take your eyes off Ben Sommers when he is performing.

Majelen won the audience over with some fantastic, percussive … Continue reading

Retune #9 Sunday 2nd December 2018: Ffion Rebecca + Two Ways Home + Zoe Wren

And so to the final show of a sensational first year for Retune. OK, so it was barely December, but we needed no excuse to offer free homemade mince pies to our guests, which added to an already mouth-watering evening of live music.

Despite the festivities and family celebrations, Christmas is a particularly challenging time for mental health, and a time when we reflect on those who are no longer with us as well as cherishing those who are. Statistically, it is a peak time for hospital admissions, and the dark winter days can lead to difficulties. This was the message passed on by founder Tom Ryder and director Greg Camburn at the start of the night. Another message we are keen to emphasise is that Retune exists in order to normalise but not glamorise the conversation around mental wellbeing. Mental health has almost become ‘trendy’ in recent times and there has been an element of bandwagon-jumping. It’s important that … Continue reading

Retune #8 Sunday 4th November 2018: The Kazans + DIDI + Anna Wells + Ben Sommers

Our November show was already looking special, with an unplugged set from Stortford favourites The Kazans preceded by indie singer/songwriter DIDI and piano-led Anna Wells. We then had some excellent news in the run-up to the show: Mozzy Green frontman and all-round outstanding performer Ben Sommers was going to treat us to a couple of songs to open the evening.

Ben is just phenomenal to watch and listen to. He is a musician that draws you in and keeps you enthralled, and there is very little you can do about it. He has not been playing live for some time, and oh how we’ve missed him. He sang two old songs of his – ‘Dark Clouds Of London’ and ‘Jesus Knife Fight’ and the audience were on the edge of their seats throughout. We can’t wait to have him back for our February 2019 show.

Back row from left: Retune directors Hailey Baker and Greg Camburn, Tom … Continue reading

Retune #7 Sunday 7th October 2018: Sabrina Francis + Minnie Birch + Tom Ryder

We seem to say this every time, but these nights just keep on getting better. Sabrina Francis and her fabulous band joined us all the way from Grenada in the West Indies. The Caribbean four-piece were on a European tour and playing in Madrid and Paris, as well as the illustrious Bishop’s Stortford! Hemel Hempstead’s Minnie Birch was also on the bill, as was local lad and Retune founder Tom Ryder, playing an extended set to open the show.

Tom started with the usual introduction to Retune but added in some more details about his own mental health struggles, and how he used songwriting as a coping mechanism to make sense of what was going on in his head. He played four original songs including One Room At A Time and One For The Team, before calling up Greg Camburn on the tin whistle to play a brand new track – Partners In Crime.

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Retune #6 Sunday 2nd September 2018: Liv Austen + Pat Crilly & Greg Camburn + LACK

Our final Retune of the 2018 summer played host to an eclectic trio of songwriters: Norwegian ‘scandi pop/country’ artist Liv Austen, the dynamic duo of Pat Crilly and Greg Camburn, and fresh on the scene LACK ahead of her debut EP release.

Tom Ryder kicked the night off with a cover of John Martyn’s Over The Hill and then introduced Lucy Kinsella, known by her stage name LACK. Joined by acoustic guitarist and drummer Chris Keeling, she performed two covers and a gripping original which featured Chris playing a track pad. The dark electronic song really grabbed the Retune crowd, and we look forward to hearing the LACK EP once it is ready for release.

LACK opened the show

Greg Camburn and Pat Crilly demonstrated why their music has endured so well over decades.

Liv Austen, joined by Jon Wright and Stuart Pringle, closed proceedings brilliantly.

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