Gig Announcement! – Fragile Lucy & Friends 18/3/23

Saturday 18 March, we welcome Fragile Lucy, Cat Elliot, Anita Foxall, Tiniuc and Hummingbird Sings to the Bunker.

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Pantry opening time!

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Sharing the simple joy of coffee – with everyone

There’s something beautifully normal, simple, and luxurious at the same time about an excellent cup of coffee.

Better yet is the joy of sitting in an inspiring, welcoming space to sip it and pass the time of day.

We believe that coffee and joy are for everyone, which is why at The Art House you can ‘pay forward’ a hot drink for anyone who can’t afford one.

The coffee is the same high quality, fresh in-house roast no matter whether you pay or not – and the welcome is the same, too. This is what mutual aid looks like – generous, warm, open-hearted. We like to think the whole world could look like this.

Thank you so much to each and every person who pays forward drinks, support us as a regular donor or just comes in and buys a cuppa.

These small acts of kindness and connection can mean the world to somebody who is having an awful time.

Find out more about our community cafe and pantry project here:

Jani – founding director

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GIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Sorry to hear you’re a bassist II

Touching Bass with Steve Lawson, Grant Sharkey, Rick Foot, Paul Armfield, and Alex Tiniuc helping us raise money for our Community Pantry

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GIG UPDATE: Professor Elemental joined by Stuart ‘Sweetchunks’ Blakeledge on Fri 21 April!

It’s been 10 years since Professor Elemental first performed here (somebody really ought to send him home, 2013 was a long time ago!).

We’re delighted to announce that Stuart Blakeledge of The Sweetchunks Band fame will be joining the Prof to make the night extra shenanigan-y.

An award winning hip hop artist and accomplished host, the Professor has performed all over the world at everything from festivals to wedding parties, hip hop shows to bizarre burlesque. A regular on the worldwide convention and festival scene he has played everywhere from Canada to Cambodia.

On stage, the Professor is a wild combination of music and comedy, incorporating improvisation and new material for each live show.

Along with his live performances, Professor Elemental has notched up ten albums, novels, comic books and an embarrassing large range of merchandise. You might also hear his dulcit tones on video games, Disney cartoons, adverts and radio plays. There really is no one quite like the Professor. Why not have a wander through the website to find out more? 

Chap hop’s leading exponent’  The Wall Street journal

‘Breathtaking freestyle rap’  The Guardian

‘Fast and fluid…loveably bonkers’   Londonist

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GIG UPDATE – Pip Summers & Kristianne Drake to support Greg Rekus & Chloe Hawes

Local acts Pip Summers and Kristianne Drake will be joining touring musicians Greg Rekus and Chloe Hawes (Manchester) on Thursday 30 March at The Art House.

Greg Rekus – Riot Folk Punker – is on his ‘Death and Taxes’ tour, his passion for music is bursting at the seams. It is the driving force that keeps him constantly on the road, and cranking out album after album of folk punk goodness. During live performances, audiences are treated to an entertainer who treats the stage as his home. With high energy and infectious enthusiasm, Rekus has a natural ability to engage with a diverse assortment of crowds from around the world. His lyrics speak to common experiences, such as drinking in a favourite hometown bar, or the simultaneous joy and heartache of falling in love, but also do not shy away from making pointed political commentary, coloured with the anger and frustration that comes along with it. Delivering each line with a force that is rivaled by few other solo artists, Rekus emphasizes his words with every strum of his guitar, pounding the beat out on his custom-built stomp box. His hard work has already gotten him to places he never thought attainable, and as far as he’s concerned, the only way from here is up.

Chloe Hawes – unique, transatlantic, sound combines modern British folk with the cinematic sentimentality of classic Americana and a punk rock outlook. Chloe’s triumphant tragedies tell tales of late-night misadventures, lost love and a yearning for both the past and the future with the singer/songwriter at the peak of their powers on latest release ‘Finn’.

Pip Summers – regular performer at The Art House, Folk-punk transfemme trash mammal performing shouty acoustic originals.

Kristianne Drake – is a regular on the local DIY scene in southampton, performing spoken word at poetry events, gigs, house shows and festivals as well as being an artist, photographer and organiser of DIY Southampton.

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GIG ANNOUNCEMENT: An evening with Franck Carducci & Mary Reynaud

An intimate evening with French superstars, Franck Carducci & Mary Reynaud who will be playing naked versions of their classic songs using only a piano and an acoustic guitar.
A few surprising covers will be added to the repertoire.

Tickets here

£7 presales / £10 on the door / £3 students-children

About Franck Carducci

Think Genesis, of Alice Cooper and David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd too. But eventually, you will no longer think of anybody else!

Following the release of the highly anticipated « Torn Apart », featuring special guest Steve Hackett (Genesis), the « Tearing the Tour Apart » hit the road in Europe and Franck reinforced his show as one of the most irresistible in the rock scene. 2017 saw the release of a live DVD/BluRay of the tour, which, after about 100 dates, ended with a standing ovation on stage of the Loreley « Night of the Prog » festival in front of 6000 people.

Carducci, as Master of Ceremonies, leads his Rock ‘n Roll Circus where each of his players embodies a side of his music. Your senses will not be given a second of rest while these characters take you to a place where dreams are kings, emotions are queens and musical genres are crossed with no borders.

September 2017 was the start of « On The Road to Nowhere » where the band won the « Best Overseas Band » award from UK magazine « Classic-Rock Society ».
After the release of his 3rd opus « The Answer » in November 2019, Franck hit the road again in 2021/2022 with his “Fantastic Squad” for « The Answer Tour » with a highlight supporting Sting in front of 15 000 people.

Immerse yourself into the spectacle and let yourself go as you embark on a journey into a colourful, flamboyant and fun musical universe, which is open and accessible to all.

About Mary Reynaud

Mary is a professional musician, singer, guitarist, performer, songwriter and designer of decorative objects. She mainly performs with her eponymous project of Folk-Americana compositions.

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What’s on – March 2023

You have a packed month of events to choose from this March! Come and enjoy local music, touring performers, poetry, storytelling and cabaret. It’s also time for Southampton Seed Swap

Thursday 2 March
Drag n Drop, written & performed by Ri Baroche

A FREE fundraiser for Mermaids & the Brianna Ghey fund, donate what you can to these two important causes. Preview this show before it heads to Femfest, part of the Brighton Fringe.

Friday 3 March
Charlie Smith & friends present a fundraiser for our community pantry

Saturday 4 March
The Travelling Talesman presents: Birds, Beasts and Bad Magic (ONLINE ONLY)

Friday 10 March
Big Joe Bone – foot stompin’ Delta/Blues

Saturday 11 March
Dave Hubble’s pub quiz

Sunday 12 March
Seed Swap

Friday 17 March
Lexi Wolfe: It’s Haunted, They Said (2) (ONLINE ONLY)

Saturday 18 March
Fragile Lucy and friends

Thursday 23 March
An evening with Franck Carducci & Mary Reynaud

Saturday 25 March
Sorry to hear you’re a Bassist fundraiser for the community pantry

Sunday 27 March
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Thursday 30 March
Greg Rekus & Chloe Hawes

Friday 31 March
Moving Voices – Trans Day of Visibility special

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GIG ANNOUNCEMENT! – R G Rees, Neil Anderson and Meander

Early bird tickets available here:

R G Rees

Local folk/rock artist R G Rees writes about his experience of conflict, growing up in Wales, traditional stories and drawing on rock, folk and pop influences, he is a traditional story teller with a unique sound.


Steve & Sarah from Empty Frets: an Indie Roots duo offering live music to smaller venues. Their new album ‘Mixed Feelings’ features, among others, a song written about a real conversation with a nurse in which she told the band how it was working in a hospital during a pandemic.

plus Neil Anderson

All funds raised after ticket fees will go to supporting the community pantry

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GIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Jon Hart & Rob Clamp Fri 9.6.23

This is going to be a good one! First release tickets now on sale (limited number) – book early and save. Find out more and book here


Jon Hart is an award-winning fingerstyle singer-songwriter who creates an electrifying one-man acoustic experience, blending modern percussive fingerstyle guitar with gritty vocals and emotive songwriting, that have garnered critical acclaim from Acoustic Magazine (UK), The Times, Guitar World, BBC Radio Folk, and Absolute Radio, to name a few.

Jon has released several albums, EPs, and live performances that showcase his astonishing skill, including ‘Reborn,’ ‘Set Adrift,’ ‘Annual,’ and ‘Six String Therapy.’ Jon has also toured extensively across the UK, Europe, and the US, supporting Zhain and Orbital with his band. He has collaborated with other talented guitarists, such as Daryl Kellie, Amrit Sond, Maneli Jamal, and Billy Watman, for his UK tours at Isle of Wight Festival, London Acoustic Guitar Show, The Turner Sims Concert Hall, and Ullapool Guitar Festival (where he co-headlined with Preston Reed.)

Despite being compared to greats such as Jon Gomm and Newton Faulkner, Jon offers a distinctive touch that sets him apart from his contemporaries. He composes and arranges such that they can all be played live using just one acoustic guitar and a vocal harmony pedal (without any looping.)

In addition, Jon adapted to the pandemic situation by setting up an online festival via the Fingerstyle Hub Facebook Group, inviting 14 world-class guitarists to perform. This event has become a raging success, and Acoustic Guitar Magazine (US) has recently featured it, praising Jon’s entrepreneurial methods.

Jon is a sought-after guitar tutor, and highly recommended session musician. He has also written his first book, ‘An Introduction to Modern Fingerstyle & Singing,’ and developed online programs that teach all acoustic guitarists, regardless of their abilities, how to build, record, release, and perform a guitar composition and arrangement in just 90 days.


‘It’s not often you come across a voice with such controlled power: even at the emotional heights and depths of the songs, Rob’s voice retains a purity and focus that is all too rare. Wherever his songwriting leads him, his voice adapts to the genre, from pop through folk and roots. A classic voice for classic music.’

Having released his debut single ‘Wind In My Hair’ in 2020, Rob has gone on to be featured on BBC introducing, has won the highly regarded ‘Purbeck Rising 2022’ imprinting himself onto the UK folk scene, and most recently has gone on to win the ‘Sofia International Singer Songwriter 2022’ in Bulgaria.​Heavily influenced by the likes of; Ben Howard, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Bruce Springsteen – Rob’s music is filled with real life experiences, performed in his own compelling style, with acoustic guitar accompanied by a variation of foot percussion. The start of 2023 has already gotten off to a bang, accompanied by his band, Rob sold out the world famous Joiners Arms in Southampton and within days went on to sell out Heartbreakers, also in Rob’s hometown.

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