Leading unsigned star turn

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AN ACCLAIMED singer-songwriter returns to the Boat as a guest of the new-look band Borderline Crossing.

Rob Halligan, one of the leading names on the UK unsigned music scene, makes a return appearance at Rugby’s popular acoustic music venue - the Boat in Newbold on Monday.

The Coventry based singer-songwriter and guitarist is proving to be a prolific recording artist with four albums to his name. The most recent, the Perils, the Grace and the Way was recorded with, and produced by, Sandy Jones of Wet Wet Wet and their lead guitarist Graeme Duffin and also features the acclaimed Coventry musician Si Hayden on bass.

Rob’s powerful set is equally entertaining and thought-provoking with songs that challenge faith, politics and complacency. He sings of his experience of life on the streets and his work with the homeless. He also works with charities in developing countries and all these stories make their way into song.

His debut album Dancing With Seagulls was described by Radio 2’s Paul Gambaccini as featuring ‘some of the strongest songs I’ve heard for a while’ and received widespread airplay on BBC1 television, BBC Radio 2, and a host of local TV and radio stations.

Rob had appeared at many venues across the UK and in North America and thanks to popular demand makes a return appearance at this year’s Warwick Folk Festival on the weekend of July 29-31.

Also performing at the Boat is the ever-growing line-up of the resident band BorderLine Crossing whose blues-rock Anglo-American sound features the soulful vocals of former Las Vegas singer Chele Willow. Formed by Chele and her English husband, guitarist and songwriter Pete Willow, the band now boasts a talented five-piece line-up with bass-player Pete Townsend and Rugby musicians and regulars at the Boat, Matt Powell on lead guitar and Becky Roberts on vocals.

The music starts at 8.30pm. Admission is free.