Tinderbox are some of our favourite musicians, we count them as friends and they are really lovely people! We’ve seen them several times over the years both locally, at the Wessex Folk Festival as well as at the smallest venue in London (the basement of the Green Note in Camden).
They’ve always been very well received when they’ve played Billericay – most notably playing a storming set at the Mini-Folk Fest in July 2016. However, this time, we can enjoy them in the much more intimate setting of a House Gig on Friday 27 April 2018.
About House Gigs
Update, 28 March 2018: This gig is now sold out and will be a duo featuring Dan and Monique.
A House Gig is a private invitation only gig. You can contact me on email@example.com if you’d like to be considered for a spot on the floor and I’ll get back to you to confirm your attendance. I usually receive more applicants than places, so I can’t guarantee you a place, though I do set up a reserve list. Maximum two tickets per person – spaces are limited!
Doors will open at 7.00 pm (or 6.45 pm if you’re so excited you can’t wait or you simply want more drinking time!) and Tinderbox will play two sets from 7.30 pm (ish!). We’ll provide some hot food during the interval (with a veggie option) all for £15 (payable in advance, please). There will also be a reasonably priced honesty bar available!
A House Gig is a cosy (!?) event and, whilst we provide some seating, some of you will be required to sit on a cushion on the floor – we have plenty of these – so you might want to dress accordingly! Of course, we always encourage folk to swap around for the second set!
Bournemouth based Tinderbox are an award-winning acoustic trio featuring the ‘honey-like’ vocals of Monique Houraghan; the amazing intricate finger guitar technique of Dan Tucker; and talented multi-instrumentalist and session musician Bob Burke completes the dynamic trio!
With five studio albums and one live album under their belts, Tinderbox have amassed an impressive catalogue of self-penned music. Inspired by artists as diverse as James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Counting Crows, their songs explore a myriad of poignant themes that range from war and the environment to lost friendship, global travel and (of course) love. Their most recent album 2017’s All Grown Up was runners-up in FolkWords Best Albums of 2017 Awards.
BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson has described Tinderbox’s music as “Gorgeous”. R2 Magazine’s Dai Jeffries branded the music “Outstanding … refreshingly natural” and FolkWords columnist Tim Carroll commended the “… highly accomplished musicianship; with a deliciously pure voice and a lush embroidery of strings”. Acoustic Magazine labels their music “Lovely, hooky and mellow.” R2 magazine suggests their tunes “Stick in the memory from the start.”
‘Seeing this band live will be an experience which remains long in the memory.’
After meeting in North Yorkshire in 1997, Monique enticed Dan to return to her hometown of Dublin where they worked on writing and performing new material for the next four years. They then travelled the world for two years taking their sweet and mellow sound to countries such as America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Hong Kong, and Thailand.
Since settling in Bournemouth in 2004, Tinderbox have performed countless headline shows to capacity crowds. Additionally, they have opened for many international acts including: Joan Armatrading, 10cc, Hazel O’Connor, Cara Dillon, Ralph McTell and Squeeze’s Chris Difford as well as appearing at a host of Folk Festivals right across the UK. In May 2010, after returning from a successful tour of the USA they went on to win an award for ‘The Best European Group’ in Caceres, Spain.