Friday, 24 January 2014

Arts In Leicester's November 2013 Music Diary featuring Matt Henshaw ...

Charlotte Carpenter’s Tea Party at The Cookie Jar

If you haven’t been to one of Charlotte Carpenters Tea Parties then I suggest you do. They’re usually held on the last Friday of the month in the Cookie Jar at the Crumblin’ Cookie. There’s tea and cakes to be had, cocktails in teapots, bunting, candlelit tables (sometimes) but most importantly, a great line up, in which Charlotte always features.

Tonight’s line up was no exception and had attracted a large number of advance ticket sales, including one person who had traveled from Belgium just for this gig. The large crowd meant that the candlelit tables were left out to make more room.

Matt Henshaw got the evening underway. Having recently re-located to Leicester, the well dressed Ilkeston born singer is rapidly gaining attention here. Not surprising considering the excellence of the voice he possesses.

Matt Henshaw at the Cookie Jar
Matt Henshaw at the Cookie Jar

It was a much stripped back performance, with only his delicately plucked acoustic guitar and some hand clapping backing up the soulful bluesy vocals. A great performance, only tainted by the distraction of constant chatter that started at the back of the room and crept forward throughout the set.

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