UPDATE MARCH 2023 It probably comes as no surprise to learn that this gig has been cancelled. Look out for a House Gig post!

STOP PRESS 10 SEPTEMBER 2020. It probably comes as no surprise, given the recent announcement from the Prime Minister, that we are going to have to postpone this event until a later date. Whilst churches are allowed to hold public worship we are not allowed to hold events/concerts – anything that isn’t an act of worship. I’m really disappointed about this, as are Dan and Monique. I’m hopeful it won’t be too long before we can arrange a future gig. Be safe and be blessed. Paul.

Another live music event in Billericay.  And I couldn’t think of anyone better to play at our first indoor event now that the government has given permission for socially distanced indoor events to take place. Tinderbox  will play at Emmanuel Church, Billericay, on Saturday 19 September at 19.30 hrs (Doors at 18.45 hrs).

Tinderbox are some of our favourite musicians, we count Dan and Monique as friends, they are really lovely people (as well as being accomplished musicians) and we are delighted to welcome them back to Billericay. They’ve always been very well received when they’ve played Billericay in the past.  You may remember: Saint Marys in February 2014; the Mini-Folk Fest in July 2016 and the intimacy of the Rectory in April 2018.

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). A Tinderbox gig is not to be missed!

Numbers are limited to comply with COVID-19 guidelines and everyone will be expected to social distance at 2.0 m. It also means there will be a separate entrance and exit, and you will need to sanitise on entrance and exit. People will be expected to fill up from the front and directed where to sit.  This is the best way to ensure everyone keeps their distance. 

FACE MASKS MUST BE WORN! Remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing. 


Tickets are £15.00 (plus fees) with proceeds going to Emmanuel. Please book your ticket by clicking on the link below


About Tinderbox

Bournemouth based Tinderbox are an award-winning acoustic duo featuring the ‘honey-like’ vocals of Monique Houraghan and the amazing intricate finger guitar technique of Dan Tucker.

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.’
Maverick Magazine

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.

In recent years Tinderbox’s music has featured in numerous television and film projects including ‘Aisling’s Diary’ (RTE1, Ireland), ‘Dr G Medical Examiner’ (Discovery Channel, USA), ‘Trinity’ (Channel 5 Entertainment, USA) and independent US feature film ‘The Bilbee Boys’ to name a few.


HOW TO FIND US Emmanuel Church 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.

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.

ONE WAY SYSTEM Please enter Emmanuel through the glass doors and exit through the fire exit. Toilets will be available (you may want to bring your own wipes) and anyone wishing to use these facilities will be required to leave via the exit and enter through the glass doors.

SEATING There is unreserved seating provided and this will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

FOOD & DRINK Please feel free to bring your own drinks and nibbles with you, but be sure to take all your litter home with you. I know, how can you eat and drink with a mask on? I’ll leave that one with you!

PLEASE NOTE This is a listening event. Please read Shhh … there’s a band playing!

CONTACT revpacman@btinternet.com / @revPACman / facebook.com/revpacman1

Tinderbox Poster September 2020 – vs2

Tinderbox Poster September 2020 - vs2

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