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 WGT will contact you direct and give you a full 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 Danni, Georgia and Daren at this challenging time for musicians.
My now famous annual Gig in the Garden takes place on Sunday 12 July 2020. We have three fabulous artists to enjoy with a mixture of Americana/Country, Folk/Blues, Swing/Jazz/Reggae and classic songs as we welcome back three times AMAUK nominee Danni Nicholls, introduce the vibrant Georgia and the Vintage Youth and Daren Francis. Danni and Georgia both featured in My Best Songs Of 2019.
DOORS 15.00 / Daren 16.00 / Georgia 17.00 / Danni 18.30 (approximate)
TICKETS are very reasonably priced at: Adults £15 & fees (gate £18) / 11-17 yrs £8 & fees (gate £10) / under 10’s free! You can purchase these from
PROCEEDS From this event will be used to support the Purple Community Fund (please click on picture for more information).
Who are working in the Philippines alongside some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in Asia, many of whom live on the largest rubbish dump in the world. I spent three weeks there in July/August 2019.
I’m delighted to welcome back Danni Nicholls with her fabulous band. consisting of Thomas Dibb and Mark Lewis (both no strangers to Billericay). It’s no secret that Danni is one of my favourite artists and I can guarantee that we’re in for an outstanding live set to finish.
From a young age, Bedford born Danni, was soaking up American folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll music from her Grandmother’s record collection. When she inherited her Uncle Heathcliff’s 1963 Burns London Shortscale Jazz guitar (rumoured to have belonged to Billy Fury!) aged 16, all those influences came pouring back in the form of her own original material and has been flowing ever since.
Danni has released two critically acclaimed albums both of which were produced by bassist/producer Chris Donohue in Nashville and feature some of the city’s finest musicians including the legendary Al Perkins (Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, The Rolling Stones) Will Kimbrough (Jimmy Buffett, John Prine) and Steve Fishell (Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt).
2017 proved to be a wonderful year which saw Danni supporting Shakin’ Stevens on his 28 date major UK tour to opening one of only two UK shows for Lucinda Williams. In addition, Danni was invited to perform at the Americana Music Association UK awards in front of notables such as Imelda May, Jools Holland and Van Morrison and showcased at prestigious events such as Cambridge Folk Festival, Tonder Festival in Denmark and AmericanaFest in Nashville. Danni’s album ’Mockingbird Lane’ was nominated AMAUK ‘UK Album of the Year 2017.
Danni’s success continued into 2018 when she was nominated as AMAUK ‘UK Artist of the Year 2018.’ Danni was also nominated to the short-list of just five artists for ‘Best Country/Folk Act’ for the 2018 Unsigned Music Awards. 2018 also saw an official showcase at the Folk Alliance in Kansas, an invite supporting The Secret Sisters on their UK and Ireland tour in March.
Danni’s third album The Melted Morning was recorded and produced in Nashville by Jordan Brooke Hamlin (Indigo Girls, Lucy Wainwright Roche) in May 2018 and was released to critical acclaim early 2019 and is one of my top albums of 2019. Hear Your Voice has been nominated for an AMAUK song of the year award – watch this space.
It’s said that Danni’s vibrant, spell binding performances are guaranteed to “melt your heart into the soles of your cowboy boots.” And that her “passionate delivery, captivating velvet voice and charmingly engaging between-song banter compel you to fall under her spell.”
I absolutely love the elegance and beauty of her music
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country, all in a rich voice
One in a million …
Maverick Music Magazine
Georgia and the Vintage Youth
Georgia Crandon is a 23 year old from Essex with a big voice and big blonde hair to match – her retro jazz/swing style of music is both vintage and fresh. Georgia is another of a new breed of vibrant singer/songwriters that I’ve enjoyed in 2019. Georgia is accompanied by muso friends called ‘The Vintage Youth’ and she will be appearing as a trio with percussion and Saxophone. Taking influence from the likes of Paloma Faith, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday & Louis Prima, Georgia’s contagious melodies and reflective lyrics won’t fail to have your feet tapping along.
Georgia grew up listening to soul, Motown and reggae and these influences come through strongly in her music. Formerly into musical theatre Georgia gave all that up when she realised she was less interested in the dance routines and more interested in the Ray Charles tunes they were dancing to. That’s when she started gigging and writing her own songs.
Since then she’s released three EP’s, which have all have had airplay on BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing and local BBC Radio shows in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Kent, plus online radio stations. Her first EP ‘The Girl’ featured Dave Swift (Jools Holland R&B Orchestra) on bass and her second EP ‘El Reco’ featured some toasting from Neville Staple (The Specials). Now, her latest EP ‘Go Funk Yourself’ was produced by Mo Pleasure (Earth, Wind & Fire) and features John Waugh on saxophone (The 1975) which, she says “ain’t too bad for a Loughton girl!”
2019 saw Georgia & the Vintage Youth perform to thousands of fans across the UK in a massive 50 date theatre tour as a support band to Collabro culminating with a performance in front of a sell out audience at The Royal Albert Hall. Major festival appearances include The Isle of Wight, Cambridge Club and Cornbury. Not forgetting headline slots at the Green Note in Camden and the Essex Arms in Brentwood and the Brentwood Festival.
Now under the wing of new management, TALENTBANQ, Georgia embarks on the next chapter of her journey with ’The Vintage Youth’ as new music in the form of an EP is expected in 2020.
The evening enjoyed lively entertainment by talented singer Georgia Crandon
Ray Massey, Daily Mail
Essex Girl with a big voice, big blonde hair and a cool little jazz band called The Vintage Youth
I first heard Billericay lad Daren Francis busking in Billericay High Street last year. Suitably impressed, I made a donation and picked up his card thinking it would be good to have him play at my GITG. Little did I know that Daren has 25 years’ experience of playing at weddings and corporate events. With a wide repertoire, from 1950s classics to modern chart hits and a set list including Classic UK/American Rock/Country and some blues thrown in for good measure, he is sure to appeal to all generations and will be the perfect start to our afternoon’s proceedings.
HOW TO FIND US Billericay Rectory can be found on Laindon Road, CM12 9LD and is a 10 minute walk from Billericay station (25 mins from Liverpool Street). We are only 5 mins off the A127 and 10 mins off the A12.
PLEASE ENTER The Rectory Garden via the small gate to the left of the Rectory on Laindon Road, not by the gate next to the Community Garden / Car Park, as this will be locked!
PARKING You can park in Emmanuel church (next door) which is just a short walk from the Rectory. There is also parking on the High Street or in the car park behind Iceland.
WEATHER In the event of inclement weather, the ‘Gig in the Garden’ will take place in Emmanuel.
FOOD & DRINK As with other outdoor events here at The Rectory, you are encouraged to bring along a picnic to enjoy – alcohol allowed!
SEATING No seating is provided. Please bring a blanket or a fold-up garden chair (and something warm to wear – just in case!!) Please note, because of limited space, no tables, gazebo’s or parasols are permitted. Please be sure to take all your litter home with you.
PLEASE NOTE this is a listening event rather than a talking event. Please read Shhh … there’s a band playing!