Local Walthamstow musician/ composer, Ted Barnes, returns to The Music Halls Project after his sell out show in 2022. Ted is best known for his work with British songwriter Beth Orton with whom he co-wrote, recorded and played live with for over ten years. As well as touring extensively worldwide they received Mercury Music nominations and a Brit Award.
After parting ways, Ted formed the band ‘Clayhill’ with long term collaborator Ali Friend (Red Snapper) and the late Gavin Clark (Sunhouse), releasing four albums and numerous sound tracks for Shane Meadows.
Since 2002 he has been releasing his own albums too much critical acclaim, the latest being 2021’s, 17 Postcards.
“Sometimes discordant and sometimes beautiful, this is substantial music of the heart” RnR
“Master craftsman’s first album in 12 years, an exquisite filmic folk odyssey” Mojo
As well as his solo material Ted works with other songwriters, composes for theatre, circus and film, records production music and is part of the much loved band for families, Mrs H Sings.
This year, as well as playing instrumentals and songs from all parts of his career, he will be performing his soundtrack for Oscar Wilde’s wintery tale, The Selfish Giant. Originally written for Arctic Circles, Union Chapel Christmas celebrations, he has been keen to perform it within the newly refurbished St Marys.
The live band will feature an array of musicians including members of Belle and Sebastian, Tindersticks, Red Snapper and Beth Orton.
Support will come from friend and musical companion, Kristin McClement. “A Sussex based singer songwriter whose albums and shows have me utterly transfixed” Ted Barnes
“Listening to McClement’s voice is like becoming hooked on a drug as it takes over the senses, changing your feelings and perceptions. It’s intoxicating.” For Folks Sake