Musician John Elliott, known by his stage and recording name The Little Unsaid, is an English songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist – and comes to Newbury next month.
He has self-released three albums and one EP of songs, toured the UK and performed at festivals including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree and Beautiful Days.
Elliot and his band arrive at Arlington Arts Centre on September 28 and we had the pleasure to speak with him beforehand.
We started by asking if they had played at the centre before.
“Yes, about two or three years ago,” replied Elliot. “From what I can recall it’s a nice theatre, very modern and with great acoustics. We’ve toured the UK a few times now and think very highly of Arlington Arts.”
The Little Unsaid is a curious name, so what’s the meaning behind it?
Elliot explained: “I went with a band name so it could be every changing; sometimes it might just be me playing a solo gig, or, as the last two years have been, performing as a band.
“It’s also so that I’m not just another ‘John with a guitar’. And, in a way, I think the name represents the music we play and produce.”
How do the smaller venues compare to performing at festivals like Glastonbury? “They are very different and as a result we like to adjust our set to match the audience and venue,” said Elliot.
“Playing to a field of muddy people will result in different arrangements of that we’ll play for an intimate, dark theatre.”
What’s the inspiration behind your most recent album, Imagined Hymns & Chaingang Mantras?
“It was a time when I was feeling isolated,” Elliot replied. “We all go through rough patches, but rather than being all doom and gloom I wanted to express pain and sadness but with a lining of hope and light; that things will get better.
What can the audience expect from your gig at Arlington Arts?
“A real mix of our songs,” said Elliot. “We’ll likely play our last album in its entirety and even perhaps some new songs that are set to be released next year.
“We aim to give a tailored and intimate show so that we can really connect with the audience.”
For tickets for the gig on September 28 at 8pm, call the box office on 01635 244246 or visit arlingtonarts.co.uk.