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Paul Armfield & Quatrapuntal

Saturday 21 8.00pmDecember


Ventnor Arts Club

(former Nat West Bank)
13 High Street
PO38 1RZ

01983 857060

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Paul Armfield & Quatrapuntal



Two hugely talented acts for the price of one! Each brings something very different, but equally special, to the table:

Big, burly and bearded he may be but there's nothing brusque or ham-fisted about Paul Armfield. His songs, like his persona, are warm and engaging with a lovely lyrical twist framed by catchy melodies and a gentle musicianship of the highest order.

Equipped with a voice that could make the Needles crumble, Caitlin Moran describes his music as 'warm and toasty as Christmas morning' and his songs have been admired by such songwriting heavyweights as Guy Garvey and Chris Difford.

Owing as much to the French chansonniers as he does English balladeers and American troubadours, with just an acoustic guitar Paul can enchant even the rowdiest of crowds with his golden voice and commanding stage presence, and if that doesn't work his virtuosic saw playing will. After three years spent managing Quay Arts he is now back to a busy and creative schedule of solo and collaborative musical and artistic projects.

Quatrapuntal is based around composer and mandora/Portuguese guitar player Chris Hirst and soprano Polly Green. Both classically trained, their intricate and overwhelmingly beautiful sound is unique and impossible to pigeon hole, an organic fusion of many diverse genres.

All eras of the classical tradition are seamlessly combined with various other elements, notably Portuguese and Neapolitan traditional music, but also influences from film music, musicals, British folk, Brazilian music, some popular songs and even thrash metal!

Quatrapuntal sound like no-one else, and the unique blend of styles and instruments has been very well received by live audiences, the online community and the press since the group's initial launch in 2018.

This year they have been busy recording their debut album, and rarely play live so don’t miss this opportunity to see them at close quarters!