Retune rounds off 2021 with Soul To Soul Acoustic, The Retuners and Phoebe Austin at The Horn at the Half Moon
It’s the final Retune live show of 2021, and they’re rounding off the year in style with sets from Soul To Soul Acoustic, The Retuners and Phoebe Austin – plus there'll be home-made mince pies.
Soul To Soul Acoustic are Chloe Blackwell and former Bishop’s Stortford High School student Richard Burrell. Chloe’s enchanting, jazzy vocal is the perfect foil for Richard’s virtuosic playing.
Chloe says: “My latest musical projects have involved collaborations with various dance producers, which has pushed me out of my comfort zone and into new styles of writing. In 2022 I intend to come back to my own solo project; the style of that is still to be discovered, but I think it'll be a mix of modern and old school soul sounds.
“Collaborating with others was a great way to keep me focused during the pandemic. It was all remote work, so quite a different way to go about collaborating – a lot of sending versions and ideas back and forth!
"I find writing quite a cathartic process. I don't always write from personal experience, but I often will, which, as it is for most writers, is a form of therapy and an empowering way to materialise and process your thoughts and experiences.
"Getting things out of your head and into the world, whether through song or talking to a friend, is always a great way to honour what you're feeling and is a great practice for good mental health."
Looking ahead to Sunday's gig at The Horn at the Half Moon Inn in North Street, Bishop's Stortford, Chloe says: “It's going to be so great to perform to a listening audience again. It's always a pleasure and it's been so long.”
The Retuners comprise Retune founder Tom Ryder, saxophonist and whistle player Greg Camburn and double bass extraordinaire John Parker. It is the first time the band will have operated under the Retuners name, with plenty in store for 2022.
Phoebe Austin first played at Retune when she was 14, demonstrating songwriting and performance prowess way beyond her years.
The Retune doors open at 6.30pm and the night concludes at 9.30pm. Pay what you can on the door, with proceeds going to Retune’s charity, which promotes mental wellbeing through the creative arts.