Three Monkeys is a monthly event where Steve Lowis and The Art House introduce three of the best acoustic musical talent around. The format is 'in the round' with all three performers on stage together, taking it in turns, one song at a time.
This month's Three Monkeys are:
Andrew Foster, Jon Mason and Alex Bowron
For the last five years, Andrew has toured the UK supporting acts such Cara Dillon, Passenger, Terry Reid, Turin Brakes and Jack Savoretti.
‘His on-stage persona is charming and the stories behind the songs are told with a twinkle in the eye and a nice line in self-deprecation’ - The Portsmouth News
From felonious smugglers to toasty camp fires, busy fisherman to delicate stretches of beach and time-worn piers to moody weather fronts, Andrew’s acoustic compositions are folk-infused tales of life by the sea. ‘Spook Lane’, for example, is a song which tells the story of a lane in Havant used by smugglers during the sixteenth century.
'A make-believe world that draws you in like an old fairground or moonlit pathway, preferring to stay away from the normal lyrical themes of one man and guitar... Optimism and hope but also celebrating the fear of the human experience, Andrew isn't the usual troubadour songwriter' - Acoustic Magazine
Andrew has received national radio coverage, performing a live session for BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 6 Music picking up on his EP ‘Check Signal Aspect’.
‘Andrew has a firm but gentle voice, a melodic acoustic guitar style which is allied with intelligent lyrics’ - Rock N Reel magazine
Brighton-based Jon is a storyteller, and also a singer/songwriter, who tells stories of all kinds to explore our place in this world, right now, or the history and old myths soaked into the landscape, our connection to the present, past and the world all around us.
Alex is a very impressive singer/songwriter from Devon. His style has developed over the years shifting between The Kings Of Leon inspired acoustic rock and raw experimental blues to the magnificent Andy Mckee figerpicking style guitar playing. He has also been know to dabble with looping pedals which have been used for his own version of Teardrop by Massive Attack. On top of all that Alex is also a full time Tattooist. Not a lot this boy doesn’t do to be fair.
Tickets are, £5.40 (early bird), £6.30, or £8 on the day. Advance ticket money for these events goes to the artists. On the day money goes to The Art House.
Sit back, relax, enjoy. The sound is first class, there's a varied selection of craft ales, lagers and ciders in the bar downstairs, and a friendly audience who are there to enjoy the music, primarily. Always expect the unexpected and be prepared to find a makeshift instrument if the occasion arises.
Our Director Paul Bickmore (better known as Bik) spends a lot of his time tracking down a varied, interesting range of performances for us to host here at The Art House.
A seasoned musician himself (as well as being the man who does the sound engineering on the night - something he does extremely well), Bik hand-selects the very best acts to showcase in our gallery space - his criteria?
<-- They have to make him feel like this - and they will have the same effect on you, we promise.
We are a city centre venue and parking can be in short supply. If you are driving, please make sure you leave plenty of time to find a space click here for a map of where the nearest parking spaces can be found.
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We are about 10 minutes walk from Southampton City Centre train station (head up the hill toward the Guildhall clock tower) and on the route for most city centre buses (the Unilink U1 stops virtually outside.)
Events are generally suitable for adults, young people and older children - children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, however. Young children are also welcome to come along but be aware some poems and songs may contain adult content (although we try to keep these until after children have left!)
Most events are held on our first floor, accessible by a wide staircase with a sturdy banner. Comformatable seating is provided. We regret that, due to space and other constraints, we are generally unable to relocate our events to the ground floor for those who require ground level access - so sorry.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Events are open to all ages unless otherwise stated, however please note that our mission is to provide creative activity primarily to adults, therefore most of our programme is aimed at 16 years and over. Performances may include stronger language.
Life drawing classes are open to over 18s only.
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What can/can't I bring to the event?
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What is the refund policy?
Tickets are not refundable unless the event is cancelled.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
As long as the person making the booking is with you, that's fine.
Experience world class, fringe and local acts up close and personal in our intimate gallery space.
Most timings for performances list the doors open time, which is usually 30 minutes before the performance starts.
We also have a full programme of regular groups, workshops and socials here - click here for more information about these and to visit our main website.
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