Chris Helme, first rose to prominence as the front man of John Squire’s post-Stone Roses band ‘The Seahorses’ and later released his debut solo album on the 27th of August 2012. Although rightfully remembered for the anthemic Britpop classics Love Is The Law and Blinded By The Sun - songs that evoked everything the 90’s stood for, from the opening track of The Rookery, the man instantly appeared cut from an entirely different cloth.
Helme’s is an enviable back catalogue, bolstered further by his acclaimed works with The Yards, but it was The Rookery’s knack for melody and imaginative, intricate, three-way guitar interplay that brought each track to such lush, blossoming, climaxes. Add to this Helme’s keen ear for arranging,combined with his beguiling voice, and the brooding string passages resonate even more deeply.
2016 sees Chris, and his fellow guitarist (also Chris), return to House Concerts York. He last played a sell out and wildly enjoyable Christmas gig here in 2013, so catch him this time round for a truly great night.
“The Rookery wallows in folky introspection, echoing the fragility of Gram Parsons with the rustic side of Neil Young” Uncut
“Dreamy but driven indie folk. Enhanced by lavishly layered productions and a deftly deployed string quartet” Q Magazine
“This is a gold medal record from a superb musical talent, and proof, if any were ever needed that there was more than one musical legend in the Seahorses.” Classic Rock
“An acoustic gem of psych folk & perfectly weighted string arrangements, underpinned by great vocals that spin out in lyrical wonder” Tuppence Magazine
"Sumptuous" The Independent
'Amazing having Soham open up for me. Always in awe of his guitar playing.’ - Gabrielle Aplin
‘His guitar playing was absolutely incredible….he also has a beautiful tone to his voice.’ - Nina Nesbitt
‘An insanely mature voice that captivates you from the first verse' - Best of British - Unsigned
Soham De is a 19 year old singer-songwriter from Kings Lynn. Now based in Durham for University he's still finding time to write and tour and recently supported the likes of Gabrielle Aplin, Saint Raymond, Bondax, Meadowlark, Leo Stannard, Isaac Gracie and Kal Lavelle, to name a few.
With his music also being played on radio stations such as BBC introducing in Norfolk and in the North East and Amazing Radio as well as performing on BBC 1 Look East, multiple Sofar Sounds shows, the Never Fade Sessions, Multiple Oxjam Festivals, London Live and Cambridge TV as well as a featured act on Best of British - Unsigned, the Unsigned Guide and the Newcastle Chronicle, Soham is quickly making a name for himself with his contemporaries.
In September 2015, he independently released his debut album 'Ghost'.
Headlining various festivals in the North East such as Evolution Emerging - the North East’s biggest event for unsigned music, as well as gaining a slot at Boardmasters Festival and playing such venues as the O2 Academy in Newcastle, The UEA, The Cambridge Junction, The Waterfront, The Bedford, The Social, The Spice of Life and the Surfcafe, Soham is quickly making ground in the live circuit and is becoming an emerging artist that's one to watch in 2017.