This Sunday sees the next instalment of We Come Alive, my carefully planned evenings of entertainment at the best intimate venue in town, The Harrison. Doors at 7.30, music starts at 8. I recommend getting there early for a roast as the food rocks!
One reason I’m really excited about the evening is seeing Mary Hampton perform again.
Mary was such a positive influence on me during my long stay in Brighton. I saw her play many times both solo and with an extended band and she never failed to completely silence me. The Guardian describes her perfectly: “Mary Hampton is a rare talent, her most potent weapon is a keening, haunting vocal that burns like a laser through her sparse songs and resonates with a rare and tender beauty.” It turned out we were neighbours and I spent a few memorable evenings at her place by the sea, drinking wine and discussing obscure treasures of film and literature. It seems Mary has been rather quiet on the scene recently but I am told she is crafting her third opus, and will not be disturbed, except just this once for us on Sunday.”
She will be supported by Alabaster Deplume who is quite an extraordinary gentleman who blesses every room he enters. He is restlessly creative, collaborative and eternally grateful of his part in the game. Part performance poet, part Leonard Cohen, part jazz saxophonist and something of the Ivor Cutler – yet these comparisons mean nothing for this unpredictable and hypnotic performer.