CANCELLED A final decision to cancel this event was taken on 26 April. This is because of the social distancing in place as a result of the coronavirus. If you have bought tickets, I will contact you directly and arrange a refund. I’m hoping this may be rescheduled later in the year, but that is dependent on government guidelines. You can always buy a ticket for The Event That Never Happened as a way to support Joe at this challenging time for musicians.
Joe Slater might be a new artist to many of you, but, I have to say, Joe is one of the most talented, accomplished, passionate and dynamic young musicians I’ve seen in a long while and is someone to look out for – he certainly has a big future ahead of him. Joe’s gigs at Camden Chapel and the Green Note were real highlights for me in 2019. It goes without saying I’m absolutely delighted that Joe will be playing his ‘Rock and Soul’ at Billericay Rectory on Friday 22 May 2020. Joe featured at No:6 of My Best Songs Of 2019. This really is a gig not to be missed!
Hailing from Croxteth, Liverpool, and at just 23, Joe has a wise head on young shoulders. He says: “Its not about the past it’s all about the future. Real music is about passion and feeling. I want people to feel my music.” When you see him, you’ll know what he means!
Joe delivers a smooth saturating blend of rock, blues and soul that is well beyond his years. Joe’s songwriting and unique vocals take listeners on a journey comprised of energetic sing-alongs and anthemic ballads, full of interior and reflective moments that only the greats could inspire. With 6 instruments under his belt and musical inspirations from The Beatles, The Boss, Dire Straits, Bob Dylan and Oasis … Joe blurs the lines between Blues, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Joe recorded with Rock ‘n’ Roll royalty. His ‘State of the Ark’ EP was produced by ” Kipper” (Sting and many more), engineered by Cameron Craig (Adele and many more) and Mastered at Abbey Road Studios.
Since the release of ‘Lady’ in November 2018, Joe has been on an exciting journey. He was picked up by BBC Radio 6, released his EP on British Airways, became Caffe Nero’s Artist of the Month, secured a residency at The Hard Rock Hotel; Marble Arch and headlined two sell-out shows in London and Liverpool. Joe released the ‘Lost In Time’ EP late 2019 and Joe’s single ‘To The Creator’ is number two in my top songs of 2019.
Joe is making serious waves in London, having performed at the first year anniversary of The Ned, the launch of Soho House White City and on London Live TV (see below). Last summer Joe performed with his band at a series of major festivals including The Isle of Wight, Cornbury, Bootle and Liverpool International Music Festival. He is a resident artist at the new Hard Rock Cafe, Oxford Street and opened for The Christians at the famous Cavern Club, in his home town of Liverpool.
You can read an interesting Q&A with Joe on the Fred Perry website
“Lady carries such absolute conviction you can’t help but get swept up in its gravitational pull. He’s clearly a man on a major musical mission.” Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6
“With his raspy voice, perfect pitch and soulful delivery, Slater is unquestionably destined for stardom …” London Hollywood
“One To Watch” The Liverpool Echo
“He has a total grasp on the most stunning vocals and lyricism. (…) he is just so unbelievably talented, soulful and natural in his delivery and form. His voice and aura just fills the space.” The Music Site
About House Gigs
A House Gig provides a unique experience for both artists and audience in an intimate setting and is quite unlike any other gig you will attend – that’s why artists (and audience members) are always asking to come back! Some of my most favourite gigs have taken place in my lounge!
A House Gig is a private invitation only to the Rectory from Paula and myself. You can contact me on email@example.com if you’d like to be considered for a place and I’ll get back to you to confirm your attendance. Maximum two tickets per person – spaces are limited! I usually receive more applicants than places but I do set up a reserve list.
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 Joe will play two sets from 7.30 pm (ish!). We’ll provide some hot food during the interval (with a veggie option) all for the amazing price of £20 (payable in advance, please – I’ll give you details about how to pay when your invitation is confirmed). There will also be a reasonably priced honesty bar available!
A House Gig is a cosy (!?) affair and, whilst we provide seating for most people, some of you will be required to sit on the floor – we’ll provide a comfy cushion for you (we have plenty of these) – so you might want to dress accordingly! Just so you know, we always encourage folk to swap around for the second set!
HOUSE GIGS: PRICE INCREASE Due to the growing number of artists charging VAT and an increase in fees, Paula and I are no longer able to subsidise gigs as we have done in recent years and so House Gigs from May onwards will increase to £20 – we have charged £15 since 2016. Many of you have suggested we should have increased prices a long time ago but this was something we were reluctant to do. However, I’m sure you’d agree that £20 is still exceptional value for two sets by amazing artists and a fabulous meal.
PLEASE REMEMBER A House Gig is a listening event rather than a talking event. Read Shhh … there’s a band playing!