Preparing For the Worst

Anthologies 13 : Sam Airey | Live At Kirkstall Abbey

On Saturday 16th July 2011 we worked with Sam Airey on the first ever Anthologies curated unplugged matinee concert, which also served as a suitably awe inspiring setting for the launch of his single – ‘The Blackout’.

The original plan was for Sam to perform in the ruins of the Church, but a morning and early afternoon of heavy rain showers meant we had to move the performance into the equally wonderful setting of The Chapter House, for the safety of the equipment and crowd. In quintessentially English fashion, the sun began to shine early into his set, but it didn’t take anything away from this absolutely unique and wonderful performance by one of Leeds’ true musical talents which was watched by a crowd of around 70 attentive music fans.

Special thanks go to the following people who helped make the event happen:

Sam Airey and Emma Coleman for such a brilliant performance.
Belleville and Adam Killip who both performed, and whose videos will soon feature on the Anthologies site.
Carl Flattery for recording and mixing the audio to do the performance justice.
Tom Airey for volunteering his time to help film, and general ongoing guidance and enthusiasm for the project.
Nick Thompson for providing a crucial and brilliant last minute addition to the filming team.
Fran Rodgers for a brilliant poster for the event which can be seen at –
Dominic Barker for helping out at the event
Nick Rowan for his excellent coverage in The Leeds Guide and likewise with Dan O’Dell for Drowned In Sound.
All people who attended the event in spite of the weather

Last but not least, great thanks to Lesley Wilson and the staff at Kirkstall Abbey for helping make the event happen, and supporting creative endeavours in Leeds. I truly hope we can work together in summer 2012.

Sean Gledhill
Founder – Anthologies

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