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The Lantern Society

Hastings' Candlelit Acoustic Club

Written By Andy Gunton

We've seen a few new regular musical evenings springing up locally over recent months. Well here's another one, this time courtesy of local duo Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou.

Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou’s Lantern Society, reads the hand stitched bunting, dappled in flickering candlelight and red glow.

A thriving hubbub and forum, cauldron and big top.

A throng of performers and listeners alike gathered from all over town and beyond jostle and meet.

There’s no list for players to sign up, it’s not even first come first served, for at the Lantern Society fortune favours the brave.

Faces with eyes and ears on tip toes are forced to climb in the doorway.

‘Welcome to the Lantern Society, home of the Lantern Society Radio Hour. I’m Trevor Moss and this is my wife Hannah-Lou.’

 

In 2007 Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou established their now legendary acoustic club ‘The Lantern Society’ upstairs in a small room above a Dickensian pub in the City of London.

Over the coming years their humble wooden stage would be graced by countless players from multi-million selling recording artists to fledgling talents.

In 2009 the club became home to ‘The Lantern Society Radio Hour’ an online radio show, hosted by Trevor Moss, featuring the very best performances from their much coveted stage.

The noteworthy result was the forging of a unique and definitive document live from the frontline of a constantly evolving music scene.

With an old-school broadcasting style ala Bob Harris and the industrious spirit of Alan Lomax’s field recordings, the archive was sought out by The British Library Sound Archive for inclusion and preservation.

With such a rich vein of musical talent and tradition in Hastings, the new radio hour will undoubtedly unearth and capture more treasures for generations to come to discover.

Recording artists in their own rights, Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou passed the club on in order to tour and promote their albums, and the London Lantern is still going strong today in the capable hands of Gibraltan poet laureate Gabriel Moreno.

The pair, now settled in St. Leonards-on-Sea having played everywhere from The Royal Albert Hall to The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, to the Warsaw Congress Hall, have decided it’s time to reignite the Lantern once more.

The Stinger magazine featured Trevor and Hannah back in 2014. You can read that interview in an updated article here: thestinger.org.uk/article

The Lantern Society takes place every first Thursday of the month at The Printworks, 14 Claremont, Hastings, TN34 1HA.

The opening night will be on Thursday 5th January, 2017.

For more information and to tune in to The Lantern Society Radio hour visit: thelanternsociety.co.uk

There's also a Facebook Event page at: facebook.com/events

 

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