POPULAR Fairford singer-songwriter Henry Bateman is returning to his home town to launch his new six-piece band album in the stunning surroundings of St Mary's Church.

Henry, who studied at Farmor's school before moving to Leeds three and a half years ago to attend the acclaimed Leeds College of Music, will use the concert on February 23 to launch his third album Hide & Seek.

Taking influences from artists such as Peter Gabriel and Neil Finn, Henry met his fellow band mates in Leeds, forming an acclaimed six-piece live act.

Since then they have been performing headline shows and high-profile support slots around the UK, including opening for Joey Landreth and Sam Brookes in recent months.

BBC Gloucestershire Acoustic Show presenter Johnny Coppin described them as a "wonderful new band with sweeping soundscapes and insightful songs, together with glorious guitar playing and arrangements. Definitely not to be missed.”

The Henry Bateman Band will be performing at St Mary's Church, Fairford on February 23. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 and can be booked by emailing henrybatemanmusic@gmail.com, or phoning 07522766297. Advanced booking advised.

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