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ESME BRIDIE is a singer, songwriter and acoustic guitar player. An experienced performer who’s played at the The Royal Albert Hall in London and The Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room in Liverpool. Her debut album ‘Today it Rains’ was released last year on Klee Music who describe Esme’s style as “mature beyond her years’ and having “a rare quality of songwriting craftsmanship”. As the lead singer of soul, jazz, pop band Necktr, Esme has shown her versatility and gained some valuable co-writing experience which has enabled her to perform as in ensembles across many UK cities including London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Leeds.

HENRY BATEMAN’s music inhabits the worlds of ambient, progressive rock and folk music – somewhere between Peter Gabriel, Neil Finn and James Taylor. He’s doing his own thing; at the age of just 22, he’s already releasing his third solo album ‘Hide & Seek’. Henry graduated from the UK’s largest and most burgeoning music conservatoire, Leeds College of Music, with a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Composition. It was here he was also awarded the Conservatoire Prize for Popular Music in 2017, and for Songwriting in 2018.

RIC NEALE is a musician and songwriter. As well as releasing work as a solo artist (notably 2015’s “All That Counts”, 2016’s “Pencil” and 2017’s “Ric Neale Does Pet Sounds” and 2018’s LULLABIES FOR PARENTS, all are live piano and vocal recordings), he has also written music for other artistic projects. Ric worked as Songwriter, Musical Director and performer in the sell-out show “Dancing Bear” with Jamie Fletcher and Company at The West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds and The Palace Theatre in Manchester and, with his band The Housekeeping Society, wrote and performed in the show “Dancing With the Orange Dog” which toured nationally. They also created the piece “45RPM” for the art exhibition “Thud, Crackle, Pop” in partnership with visual artist Pete McKee which was shown all over the country and featured at the prestigious Festival No.6. Ric was commissioned along with spoken word artist Rob Reed to create the theatre piece “Never Worn” for Wakefield Literature Festival in 2017. Two songs Ric co-wrote got into the top ten of the UK Songwriting Contest in 2013 and he was invited to write a segment in Andrew Dubber’s book “The 360 Degree Deal”. He’s recently been touring the UK performing the entire Beach Boys’ album Pet Sounds to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Donations on the door. Suggested £3 – £5. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Music from 8.00 – 10.15pm approx. ABK closes at 10.30pm.