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The Salts at Stanley Halls
“Acoustic Sessions at Stanley Halls” have been running occasional folk evenings here at Stanley Halls for a couple of years. They have a major programme of concerts for 2017 selected from the UK’s first division of folk and acoustic artists, including Show of Hands – or rather a deconstructed SOF as Steve and Phil individually on separate nights! and Miranda is due to perform later in the year. this Friday 14th July shanty-folkrock band The Salts take to the stage.
Stanley Halls is a fascinating and beautiful Edwardian venue, built as a venue for theatre and performance for the benefit of local residents by a local industrialist, William Stanley whose ambitions for the building were influenced by the Victorian ideal that music could lead to cultural enlightenment and reaffirm moral standards. In the century since it’s opening, the Halls have seen use as a venue for concerts ranging from opera and music hall to punk rock – Captain Sensible went to school here!
In a bygone age, the canal used to flow through South Norwood where the railway-line now runs: Hence pub names like The Jolly Sailor and The Ship. Brian Doran from The Salts grew up in Norwood, and the canal may be an answer as to how nautical songs got into the DNA of a band from landlocked Surrey.
The Halls have a fully licensed bar, stocking ales from local craft breweries. The venue is easily accessible by public transport, being just a short walk from Norwood Junction railway station which has fast links to London Bridge, Victoria, East Croydon and the London Overground network. There are also a number of bus routes that run directly outside the Halls.
For further information on Acoustic Sessions contact Andrew Wegg on 07939 726293
The Salts are in London at Wilton Music Hall on Wednesday 26th July
On Saturday15th July The Salts perform at Chiddfest alongside New Order´s Peter Hook, Roachford, The Christians etc