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Gypsyfingers : REVIEW Live at Acapela Studios

Tonight was another glorious evening of music at Acapela Studio as Gypsyfingers brought the full band to the best chapel in Wales.
Gypsyfingers aka Luke Oldfield (Vocals, EleGypsyfingers live Acapela Studio Cardiffctric & Acoustic Guitars) and his wife Victoria (Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar & French Horn) are augmented tonight by Pat Kenneally (Drums & Keyboard), Simon Hedges (Bass) and Tali Trow (Acoustic Guitar), 6 String Bass, Upright Bass & Piano) for their first ever Welsh gig. And there can be no better venue than the acoustically brilliant Acapela Studio.
The Duo have just released their new album, Stranger Things, the follow up to 2014’s Circus Life, which came like a Pandora’s Box of delights are they experimented with a multitude of styles and sound to produce an eclectic , heady mix. Featuring Victoria’s classical influences, Luke’s folk and rock background, add in a dash of hip hop and electronica and you still won’t come close to the delights that album holds.
As is regular at Acapela, tonight the band had two 45 minute sets to delve into their two albums and pluck out the jewels.
The band take to the stage and Luke & Victoria put on their horse and rabbit masks as featured on the cover artwork of Stranger Things. First two songs up are from the new album, opening with the instrumental Sophie’s Dream and Half World.
For the full review by Nick Baker visit http://macwoodfleet.blogspot.com/

Logicaltramp concert review

Logicaltramp concert review Cardiff Acapela StudioThere is a lot of snobbery surrounding ‘Tribute’ Bands. I’ll set my stall out straight away and state that I have no problem whatsoever with Tribute Bands. In many cases, these bands provide the only outlet of hearing great songs live once again in a ‘Live’ context.

I’ve seen several tribute bands over the years. Some good, some bad. But when they do it well, a Tribute Band can give a great night of entertainment.
I’ve never seen a tribute band for Supertramp before so I have no benchmark for comparison. However, I doubt I’m going to see a better Supertramp Tribute Band than Logicaltramp.

They needed some serious instrumentation to bring those classic songs to life and they did so with plenty of elan and style.
Consisting of

Gary Hopkins – Lead Vocals (Rick Davies Songs) – Keyboards & 12 String Guitar
Tamas Csemez – Lead Vocals (Roger Hodgson Songs)
Anthony Clayton – Guitar
Serge Sainte-Rose – Piano/Keyboards
Laurent Hunziker – Saxophones/Harmonica/Backing Vocals
Alex Kundig – Bass/Backing Vocals
Grant Wildy – Drums

the band delivered an evening of top quality performances which did justice to the original recordings.

Concentrating on the classic albums Crime Of The Century & Breakfast In America, the band gave us two hours of classic Supertramp – with additional tracks from most of the Supertramp catalogue of albums.

Beatrix Players – Concert review

Concert review Cardiff Acapela StudioIn 2017 – Beatrix Players took the Prog Magazine Limelight Award – the award for the best up and coming band or artist in the Prog sphere. Tonight, they showed the Acapela audience exactly why they were worthy recipients of that esteemed Award.

Beatrix Players are – Amy Birks on Lead Vocals, Amanda Alvarez on Cello and Jess Kennedy on Piano & Backing Vocals. Accompanying them on Violin tonight was Maria Kroon.

At present, Beatrix Players have released one album, called Magnified and released several singles from said album. The majority of the album was played live tonight. And there were a couple of new songs put in the set. Even a cover song.

Showing very little sign of nerves but an engaging vulnerability, Amy Birks leads the ladies through a set of two halves. Anyone who has Magnified and enjoyed it would have appreciated that the majority of the album got an airing tonight. And it sounds even lovelier live than on record.
Obviously, with a limitation of instrumentation, the live sound is a perfect fit in Acapela where acoustic instruments sound particularly impressive. And Maria’s violin added another colour to the sepia beauty of the arrangements.

Jamie Oliver meets the “King” of Pizzas – Hywel Wigley!

Jamie Oliver Acapela CardiffWhere do you go if you want advice on how to make the very best pizzas in Cardiff?

Well Jamie Oliver obviously knew the best person to speak to was Acapela “Pizzeria King” – Hywel Wigley!

The pair shared tips on what makes the very best pizza and I think it’s fair to say that Jamie had to agree that a wood fired pizza oven is undoubtedly the best and that the new Gypsy Jazz pizza launched at Acapela this week is going to take some beating!

The NEW Gypsy Rock pizza from Acapela  – Proscuitto ham, caramelised red onions, fresh spinach, muslirooms, bechamel sauce, mozzarella Mmmmmmmmmm

Try out the new pizza at any concert or on our Thursday Night is Pizza Night evenings…see events pages for more information.

The new pizza menu can be viewed at our DINING website page.

(Oh and I suppose we should come clean that Hywel was invited to an event organised by Jamie….and possibly he has never heard of Hywel’s legendary status as the King of Cardiff Pizzas – but makes a great story anyway!)

 

Christmas concerts – the best in Cardiff?

Christmas concerts in CardiffChristmas concerts in CardiffWe are delighted to announce that we have a superb line up of Christmas concerts throughout the month of December.

Our “12 Nights of Christmas PLUS 1” kicks off on December 1st with a mix of party music nights and Christmas themed events.

Check out all the events below and book early, as many of these are now almost sold out!

So whether your coming alone, with a partner, friends or the whole office party…you can be sure of a great night out, this Christmas at Acapela.

Happy Christmas !

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