Where Two Rivers Meet
Where Two Rivers Meet - Sep 24

Where Two Rivers Meet

Where Two Rivers Meet

Where The Rivers Meet – The Parlor Music Sessions – St Peters & St Pauls Church, Newport Pagnell

Where Two Rivers Meet is a group of artistically curious friends that thought it might be a good idea to put together one-off events where cultures and ideas mix to enrich the lives of locals. For the first batch of events they are running The Parlor Sessions in partnership with St Peters and St Paul’s church. This is a unique experience where the music is selected to really fill and make the most of the architecture and its reverberation.

Jon Gomm is a singer-songwriter and acoustic solo performer based in Yorkshire, UK, known for his once-seen-never-forgotten virtuoso guitar style. This involves slapping, tapping and retuning as he plays, producing a huge, multi-layered sound filled with bass, drums and near-orchestral depth and complexity from a single guitar.

His songs are often deeply emotive, whether with or without his soft, affecting voice. And his live performances are intimate and powerful, but always punctured by his natural North Of England wit and self-deprecation.

In 2020 Jon was voted “Best Acoustic Guitarist In The World” in the largest online poll of its type, conducted by MusicRadar / Guitar World. Ibanez guitars launched the JGM10 and JGM5 Jon Gomm Signature Model guitars in 2021. He’s the 3rd guitarist ever to design a signature acoustic with Ibanez, the previous two being Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

In 2023, Jon’s song Passionflower was placed 6th in Total Guitar’s “50 Greatest Acoustic Guitar Songs Of All Time”, just behind The Beatles’ Blackbird and Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton. Jon is also a passionate advocate for mental health and neuro-diversity.

https://youtu.be/88L0D4UFl9Q – High and dry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIj0R-fNnos – Passion Flower


“Hands down the most amazing guitarist I have ever seen!” – Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)

“One of the best in his field. Very inspiring!” – Joe Satriani

Wonderful guitar playing. An all-round genius” – Stephen Fry (actor, writer) speaking about Jon Gomm on The One Show (BBC, UK)

Katie Malco released her debut coming-of-age album, Failures, via 6131 Records (Julien Baker, Joyce Manor) during lockdown in 2020. Lead singles ‘Creatures’ and ‘Brooklyn’ received praise from key tastemakers including Stereogum, Paste Mag, Brooklyn Vegan, CLASH & London in Stereo, alongside support from BBC6 Music, BBC R1 & Radio X. NPR chose Katie as one of their 12 highlighted artists of SXSW 2021, including her in their famed Austin 100 list, and gave a rave review of Failures on their All Songs Considered podcast. Armed with only an old telecaster (played upside down) and her storied lyrics, Katie has toured the UK, US and Europe with Julien Baker, Jenny Lewis, Fenne Lily, Alvvays, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü), Dawes, This is the Kit, SOAK, BC Camplight, Laura Stevenson, The Joy Formidable, Peter Buck (REM) and more. She also opened for The Lumineers at their sold-out Crystal Palace Park show in summer 2023.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ShxhgdVb-0 – https://katiemalco.bandcamp.com/

Joel Harries is a singer songwriter & producer based in Manchester. He performs as a solo artist and is a creative force behind a number of bands including 72%, T-800, Big Loss, Snouting & Lichen Slow. His eclectic and prolific musical output showcases his versatility as a composer and musician. Happily inhabiting the frantic, chaotic and often unhinged sound of 72% with the same care and attention as his delicate and contemplative solo work. His own songwriting is a collection of intimate studies of moments in time that are full of realism, biting critiques and personal insights set to a palette of intricate sounds.

https://youtu.be/FDbsfKfCBYY – https://joelharries.bandcamp.com/

Where Two Rivers Meet – In a town where two rivers truly meet a group of artistically curious friends thought it might be a good idea to put together one off events where cultures and ideas mix to enrich the lives of locals, so WTRM was born. See https://wheretworiversmeet.info/ for more.

The Parlor Sessions are names after the recent loss of one of Newport Pagnell’s greatest creatives Helen Parlor.

Seating is on church pews and first come, first served, so get here early to claim your spot.

Some side seats have a limited view of the stage, but wherever you sit, the music will sound gorgeous.

Doors open at 19:00 – be seated for 19:15

Details were correct at time of publishing, please always check with the event host to ensure there have been no changes or cancellations.

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