Kris Barras And Josiah J Manning / Exclusive Unplugged Union Chapel Show

Kris Barras will be joined by long-time collaborator Josiah J Manning for an evening of fresh, unplugged music at Union Chapel in London on 31 January 2025. The evening promises to be a unique showcase for Number 5 Album Halo Effect, tracks from his career and more.

“Playing a venue as iconic as this is an absolute dream,” Kris told us. “I’ve always loved doing the stripped-back, unplugged versions of my songs, and this will be the perfect setting for a special, one-off show.”

An intense campaign for Halo Effect saw Kris and Josiah touring every corner of the UK, performing acoustic sets in record stores. Together with a special edition of the new album with added unplugged material, these versions of the songs became cherished by the fans and by Kris himself. 

Kris Barras Band - Islington Assembly Hall - 20 April 2024
Kris Barras Band – Islington Assembly Hall – 20 April 2024. Photo: Steve Ritchie/MetalTalk

“For one night only,” Kris said, “Josiah and I will be performing an extended, never-heard-before setlist of KBB tunes and just maybe a little something else, arranged for piano, acoustic guitar, and voice for the incredible acoustic setting of the legendary Union Chapel.

“We had such a blast meeting you all and performing in-acoustic at record stores during the Halo Effect album campaign. It really inspired us to want to put something extra special together. 

“The unplugged versions of songs from Halo Effect seem to have developed a life of their own, so we would really like to perform them for you this way one last time. Hope to see you there.”

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These poignant, stripped-back versions helped inspire Earache Records to put together a new compilation, Piano That Rocks. Set for release on 23 August, this will be the first time that piano versions of Kris Barras Band singles such as Secrets, Hourglass and Landslide will be available on vinyl.

Kris’ relationship with acoustic material is long-standing, with his 2020 Covid lockdown, Box Room Sessions, lighting up YouTube. Then, in 2022, when a support band pulled out at the last minute, Kris and Josiah even opened for themselves with an acoustic set on their headline UK tour.

Union Chapel has hosted everyone from Opeth and Adele to U2 and Ed Sheeran and is the perfect setting for Kris and Josiah to bring to fans an exclusive, extended set list of fresh, unplugged arrangements of Kris Barras Band material and more.

Tickets are available from here.

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