Once again, Sanctuary Café is pleased to host Slide guitarist, Gospel Blues singer and songwriter Bryn Haworth.
Performing in Lymm URC at 7:30 pm on Saturday 13th November, including songs from his new album "Ready of Not"
Tickets are available from Eventbrite by clicking here.
A fabulous evening not to be missed!!
“Ready Or Not”
New album by Bryn Haworth – renowned musician
Released by BMH Music
© 2021 BMH Music BMCD037
Available from www.brynhaworth.com
and all streaming services from Sept 28th 2021
Bryn Haworth – ‘the UK’s Ry Cooder’.
To those in the know, no introduction necessary I reckon! Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, he has released some twenty-two albums and several singles since the 1970s as well as guesting as guitarist on many other albums by rock and folk artists. He continues to tour in the UK, appearing mostly at smaller venues and at prisons. He has also appeared three times at the UK Greenbelt Festival. His chosen instruments include guitar (particularly slide or bottleneck guitar) and mandolin.
He recorded sessions for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 in 1974, 1975 and 1976, and made two television appearances on BBC Two's The Old Grey Whistle Test. Also in the 1970s, Haworth appeared on the weekly ITV television show "Pop Gospel", presented by Berni Flint.
One point of interest is that Bryn is playing on the new, posthumous, Gerry Rafferty CD REST IN BLUE – GERRY RAFFERTY’S NEW CD! Bryn contributes to 5 tracks on this posthumous release, marking 10 years since Gerry’s passing. Produced and released by his daughter Martha, the album is getting 5 star reviews on Amazon and is currently No 1 in the Americana chart and getting 5* reviews in the press.
Below is a review by Stewart Henderson. Poet, lyrist and broadcaster
To consider the remarkable 50-year career of guitarist, songwriter and lauded session musician, Bryn Haworth, is to walk through rock music’s Hall of Fame. For starters, Bryn’s early days were spent as a key member of the late 1960’s London-based Atlantic Records house band, The Fleur de Lys, working with such soul greats as Isaac Hayes, and Dave Porter who wrote many of the Sam & Dave hits for Stax. And then there was the famous night in 1968 at the music industry premier hangout, The Speakeasy, when Jimi Hendrix, an enthusiastic admirer of Bryn’s guitar playing joined Bryn and The
Fleurs’ for an ad hoc performance as they played Purple Haze and Red House together.
Bryn eventually decamped to the U.S.A. to join a new band, Wolfgang, managed by legendary promoter, Bill Graham, appearing on bills with Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead. Come 1973 Bryn was back in the UK, signed to Island Records, recording the first of his two albums for them, ’Let The Days Go By’. A move to A&M followed later, with another brace of albums, including the Nashville recorded, ‘Grand Arrival’.
During this period, touring with the likes of Fairport Convention and Traffic, and appearing on John Peel’s Radio 1 Sessions and BBC 2’s showcase, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Bryn began to establish his reputation as a go-to session player with his revered slide guitar deemed an essential for many artists. As Richard Williams, the person who signed Bryn to Island Records stated, he is ‘a musician’s musician’.
…And so to Bryn’s new album Ready Or Not, which distils and amplifies just some of the remarkable pedigree, and pilgrimage, outlined before. The eleven tracks illuminate the concerns and reflections on ‘the midnight cry’, as in the masterful, ‘Great Story’, opening title track. Over the past months, Bryn has been listening in the uneasy silence to the babel tumult, to produce an album of wise warnings and enfolding solace. Blues, country, gospel and rock and roll respectively take their turns on the floor with the latter of those musical styles to the fore in Boom Baby Boom, the witty lyrics enhanced by an impeccable arrangement.
We Never Thought This Could Happen, is a most moving country contemplation on the events we’ve collectively experienced of late. Then, track four brings a subtle and effortless gear change with the smooth and sassy, Walk Away, a driving home in the early hours instrumental. The longing for belonging permeates All I Need Is A Home with Bryn’s wistful vocal emphasizing the lyric’s universal pining for settlement and security. Environmental concerns drive Enough Is Enough, a stewardship song arising out of the My Tree Matters campaign, which protested against the proposed felling of historic woodland …’listen to the birds crying ‘mercy please’… …This artfully segues into the timely Let’s Work Together. Originally penned by Wilbert Harrison it became a 1970 major chart hit for Canned Heat. Bryn goes to the blues-to-the-very-boots of the song to fashion a
chugging, corking 12-bar.
In recent years Bryn has released three albums for prison inmates arising out of his ongoing faith- commitment to those in prison. The country ballad, I Had A Dream, is inspired by Jesus’s words in the New Testament, Matthew: Ch. 7, ‘build on the Rock and not on sand’. With all due respect, Johnny Cash, a fellow prison visitor, could not have empathised better.
The final three tracks, continue in a similar stirring spirit with Call On Me, a Latin rhythm
co-write with Eric Clapton keyboard player, Chris Stainton. This leads into the transcendent toe-tapper that is Holy Spirit Of God, suitably preparing us for the final, sublime instrumental, Doxology, a beatific guitar riff on a C16 melody which can be traced back to the Genevan Psalter hymnal.
For a far-sighted summing up of this outstanding and commanding album, I’ll leave that to the person who knows Bryn best, soul-mate Sally Haworth. When her husband signed that two album deal with Island Records back in the 1970’s, Bryn said he was happy to record just one album. As Sally discerningly and paradoxically observed, “Ready Or Not…is that album!”…. And so it has gloriously and authoritatively come to pass.
Produced by Bryn Haworth
Associate Producer and Engineer Neil Costello
Drums Paul Beavis, Terl Bryant, Henry Spinetti
Bass Dave Bronze, Matt Weeks
Keyboards Chris Stainton, Mark Edwards
Percussion Karlos Edwards
Guitars Bryn Haworth, Neil Costello
Mandolin and Vocals Bryn Haworth
Backing Vocals Mal Pope, Bryn Haworth