Country Music at Westfield House

 

2019 sees the start of our second year at this charming west London venue and we look forward to bringing you some superb music to enjoy.

The rest of the year Westfield House is a Members only Club but non members are welcome on our special (usually) Thursday evenings. However, as Club members are allowed to attend these events free you may wish to consider joining – if you think you may attend 4 of our shows in a calendar year it will probably be worthwhile.

This is a delightfully intimate listening venue situated just a 5 minute stroll from South Ealing station on the Piccadilly Line. Limited on and off street parking is available after 6pm. Hot snacks are usually available at the bar – especially handy if you are coming straight from work.

 

 

14th March 2019 - HANNAH JOHNSON & THE BROKEN HEARTS

 

 

Last year Hannah entertained us with two sets of classic country, western swing and her own UK Country chart topping hits accompanied only by her Dad playing a mean Dobro. This year she returns with her band and we feel sure those attending are in for a treat – we may even re-arrange the seating to make room for those who fancy a dance.

18th april 2019 - AGS CONNOLLY, & LEO RONDEAU

 

Ags is a huge favourite with our regulars and returns in classy double header with LEO RONDEAU. Leo, although now based in Austin TX, hails originally from the mountain area of North Dakota. In his writing, Rondeau has been heavily influenced by the dolorous and at times bleak illustrations of Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Townes Van Zandt. His marked presence within the scenes of his stories is even reminiscent of early Tom Waits tunes in their sombre appreciation of the darker realities of life. The listener finds a departure from these influences, however, in Rondeau’s trademark hopefulness.

This will be a very special evening indeed.

Leo Rondeau

2ND MAY - JOHN BELLAND - Best Seat in The House Tour

 

We are delighted that Westfield House will be the only London venue on John’s UK tour. Born in a not-so-well-to-do suburb of Chicago John Beland worked and hustled his way to being one of the most talented and in demand country music guitarists of the 1970s and ’80s. He was a long time member of LINDA RONSTADT’S touring band and musical director for RICKY NELSON; John worked with KRISTOFFERSON, PARTON, GARTH BROOKS, ARLO GUTHRIE and many, many more. He was a member of the FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS and was signed to APPLE RECORDS by RINGO STARR personally.

John will entertain us with a combination of stories about those heady days on the road and in the studio – the triumphs, the disasters, the parties, the personalities and the songs. He will perform a selection of hits he either played on, wrote or produced. There will be an opportunity to purchase John Beland’s excellent book “Best Seat in the House” at the show. 

 

 

 

 

                         Upcoming Events

 April/May 2019

 

 

For many years John Beland was the go to guy for quality country guitar. He was a long term member of Linda Ronstadt’s touring band, musical director for Rick Nelson and a Burrito Brother. He worked with Kris Kristofferson, Arlo Guthrie, Dolly Parton and many more.

John is coming to the UK in 2019 to promote his book “Best Seat In The House” which recounts the stories of those exciting and heady years. Audiences in the United States have been enjoying these evenings for a while, John entertains with a collection of anecdotes and songs with which he was involved in one capacity or another ......   you may well be surprised how many huge hits have John Beland on guitar.

                                                 www.johnbeland.com

 

Dates are being confirmed for April/May 2019 – promoters interested in a booking should contact chris@ootnpik.com to discuss.   

 
The Burrito Brothers (Gib Guilbeau and John Beland) 1983 in New Zealand performing "She's a friend of a friend" written by Gib Guilbeau and John Beland.

 

Join Chris Smith every Wednesday evening at 7pm (UK) for two hours of the country music tracks he personally enjoys. So - classic country, Outlaw, honky-tonk, Bluegrass, Western Swing, and memorable hits from two or three decades ago.

We find time for the best of the up-coming British country talent too, and from time to time welcome a special guest for interview.

 

Listen to previous interviews here

- Gretchen Peters

- Dale Watson

- Jace Everett

- Marty Stuart

and many more.

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