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Grounding (1st Show)


Daniel Kemshell – Guitar
Harry Pearce – Double Bass
Adam Merrell – Drums


Grounding are a recently-formed trio whose name refers to the act of connecting electrically with the Earth. Much of their music is constructed within melodic frameworks to form expansive improvised soundscapes, drawn out by each member’s shared affinity for chance musical encounter.

The members of Grounding feature a selection of rising UK talents. Drummer Adam Merrell is the founding member who initially inspired the group’s beginning. He is joined by guitarist Daniel Kemshell – who first arrived at The Vortex for the first instalment of our ‘Rough Takes’ series as part of Olly Chalk’s houndsbleat. Completing the trio is bassist Harry Pearce, who has appeared alongside Kalpadruma, Donovan Haffner and Garcia Coombs quartet.


Welcome to the Vortex. Although the government is relaxing its Covid restrictions on July 19th 2021 the Vortex will continue to operate measures to protect users of the premises.

Please note the following:

  • We ask you not to attend gigs if you have or think you may have any Covid-19 symptoms. If you can’t make a gig because you have to self-isolate then just get in touch by filling out this form and we’ll give you a voucher for another gig.
  • We will ask you on entry to sign in for NHS Test and Trace either using the NHS Covid app or manually
  • There will be no standing at gigs. Everyone who books a ticket will be allocated a seat, but we cannot guarantee that you will have a table.
  • Orders for drinks and snacks will be taken and paid for using the Butlr app which you can download on arrival. (If you do not have a smartphone then your order will be taken at the table and you can make a contactless payment. We do not accept cash.)
  • We ask that everyone wears a mask when moving around inside the building.
  • Automatic hand sanitiser stations are provided at various places within the building and we encourage regular use of hand sanitiser.
  • Full details of the measures that we are taking to prevent transmission of Covid are set out in our risk assessment and management plan which can be found on our website.
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