Pianist ready to Tap out some tunes in Doncaster

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Acclaimed American pianist Hans Chew is bringing his brand of honky tonk to Doncaster.

The 39-year-old is embarking on a solo UK piano tour, starting on Saturday, playing a combination of old and new songs and including a show at Doncaster’s Brewery Tap, on Young Street, on Thursday, May 21.

The set will include tracks on both piano and guitar, from his acclaimed last album, 2014’s Life & Love, his 2010 debut Tennessee & Other Stories and his forthcoming new, as yet untitled, long player.

Talking about Life & Love, Hans said: “If the inspiration for Tennessee & Other Stories was rebirth from a death state, then Life & Love comes from the experience of negotiating life after rebirth.”

A gig spokesman said: “Life & Love was released in March 2014 and has received high praise from a range of music publications including Uncut Magazine, which featured the album in their ‘Best of 2014 Thus Far’ list, alongside the likes of Drive By Truckers, Bill Callahan and Rosanne Cash.

“Louder Than War described it as ‘a barnstorming second album, the sound of an artist and band at their peak’, while Popmatters simply called it ‘dixie-fried rock’n’roll awesomeness’.”

Support at next Thursday’s show comes from Doncaster-based singer-songwriter James Taplin.

Tickets are £10 on the door, or £8 in advance from We Got Tickets.