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An Unexpected Event with Danny Cawley and John Bramwell…

April 23, 2011

Sometimes, things happen and you look back and you think. Wow – that was something just a little bit special. That happened to us last year when we were invited to an art preview at The Queenston House Art Gallery. No, we’d not heard of it either. But it’s a private house in West Didsbury, and Laura, the owner, exhibits art. That was one of those special evenings when you get to make new friends – and it’s not very often you can say that Johnny Bramwell (“I Am Kloot”), did a solo acoustic session in the living room. Well, he did. And it was very special.

John Bramwell

John Bramwell

And last night (Friday), we had another of those moments. We’d been invited to The Cornerhouse to see the opening night of Danny Cawley’s exhibition. If you’ve not discovered him before, please do. Check out his website and get yourself down to The Cornerhouse. Danny’s big thing is that music and art go together. They don’t exist, one without the other. He made it clear that his art is to be appreciated against a backdrop of music. And that’s just how we appreciated it.

Josephine

Josephine

Opening the show was Josephine, a tiny little singer but with an amazing voice. With just a guitar, she totally filled the annexe at The Cornerhouse, with her quirky style. If you like Bic Runga, you’ll probably like Josephine. Well worth checking out.

Next act up was Jo, from The Travelling Band, doing a solo set. And this was where art and music fused in a very magical way. Behind Jo was a backdrop of a film of Danny creating his art. An immensely powerful mix. But possibly, the most powerful and poignant moment, was when Jo played his version of “Waterfall” by The Stone Roses. Played by The Travelling Band at the recent funeral of Cyril, Clint Boon’s father… Collective silence.

Jo sings. Danny paints.

Jo sings. Danny paints.

Jo sings. Danny paints.

Jo sings. Danny paints.

Next up was Mr Bramwell – and this takes us back to our night in December. We’re aware that some people might pay their right arm to see I Am Kloot, let alone a solo gig, by the man of the moment. So, big thanks go to our lovely friend, Alison, who literally knows everyone and alerted us to this fabulous event. And that’s why some things take an unexpected turn of events. Who’s have thought we’d be this so up close and personal?

John Bramwell

John Bramwell

John Bramwell

John Bramwell

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