The Lone Dining Society
The Lone Dining Society, the music project founded by composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Ian Chapman is an experience in the truest sense of the word. Beyond any formal genre and structures of more ordinary harmony, The Lone Dining Society manages to create its very own fantastically nostalgic ‘art world’ that transcends the boundaries of music.
The Society invites you into a world full of myths and Grimm fairy tales, which are provocative, sometimes almost tragic, but always with a cheeky wink. Something like a bag of colourful confetti - a mixture of retro pop, rock and street music.
Chapman and his international cast of players take the audience along on their travelling circus somewhere between brilliant fantasy and unembellished reality, a mini odyssey that finally, always brings one home.
So if you're looking for something different - a powerful presence that still hugs you softly and quietly in its own way... you deserve the right to dine alone...
"In the music itself, one can also hear the ‘Lone Dining Society’ concept. A good dozen music styles of LDS idiosyncrasy find their place: Folk, Jazz, Moorish, Cirque Noir, Cabaret… a fantastic hustle and bustle. Brass, accordion, Mandolin and Hammond Organ draw us in and through a funfair and everything meshes smoothly together like a well oiled mechanical apparatus. Quite remarkable for a debut album."
Komalé Akakpo - BR Bayern 2 (Heimatsound 5.3.22)
"What's going on here?' asks the fascinated ear of the audience seeking to place the music into a genre...Chapman is a unique bag of surprises with his innuendos and cross-references and creates a 'Magical Mystery Tour' that is all of his own making, somewhere between Brit-Pop, Jazz, a sprinkling of Rock, Brass tradition and unconditionally romantic.."
Thomas Lochte - Merkur (Bosco 29.10.21