20 April 2018 – The Lowest Pair
Arkansas-born and now homesteading in Olympia, Washington, Kendl Winter sprouts alfalfa beans in mason jars in the back of the tour van and spreads her songs across the country Johnny Appleseed style. Kendl brings to The Lowest Pair her wonderfully weaving poetry of song, old and new, and a voice somewhere between Gillian Welch and Iris DeMent with a little Olympia twist. Palmer T. Lee who hails from Minneapolis was nineteen years old when he inherited a couple of banjos and discovered he could reassemble them into his dream instrument. Former front man for the much loved high energy bluegrass band The Boys n’ the Barrels, Palmer’s songs are distilled into the warm sweet sounds of his percussive wordplay and the melodic interludes of his own unique style played on a pieced together banjo.
27 April 2018 – George Borowski & The Fabulous Wonderfuls
Over the years George’s association with an ever-growing list of artistes as diverse as PIXIES, MEATLOAF, PAUL BRADY, SAD CAFE, THE WATER BOYS, TEENAGE FANCLUB, BONNIE RAITT, RADIOHEAD… the list goes on, has earned him the highest level of respect from those on the ‘inside’ whilst also being able to reach and appeal to those on the ‘outside’ with his rarefied combination of presence, performance and beautifully crafted words of art. Music with a message for all, delivered with a passion – George’s songwriting winds it’s way through pop, rock, country, blue suede tunes in true rock ‘n roll style, socially aware masterpieces with haunting lyrics and those lump-in-the-throat power ballads which carry that definitive GB stamp.
4 May 2018 – Ben Savage & Hannah Sanders
A chance meeting at their local Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge uncovered Hannah and Ben’s shared musical passions and sympathies, that over time has developed into a unique and intimate show of American roots and English folk music.
Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are a folk duo that look & sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique.
Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram & Emmylou, Shirley & Davey, or Gillian & David but their warm distilling of influences from both sides of the Atlantic produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.
Their unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs’ emotion and narrative.
The material is as joyful and fun as it is intense, but the common factor is the duo’s warmth and confidence in each other; their natural ease and connection is clearly evident on the recorded music, and a genuine pleasure to witness on stage.
‘This is folk music for everyone – a master-class in proficiency, an exercise in individuality and a declaration of love of the folk tradition from both sides of the Atlantic’ ★★★★★ Spiral Earth
18 May 2018 – Boo Hewerdine
Boo Hewerdine is one of the greatest songwriter performers in the business and a unique talent.
Frontman of ’80s pop band The Bible and songwriter for Eddi Reader, kd Lang, Paul Young and Natalie Imbruglia (amongst many others). An accomplished live performer with much heart and passion thrown into performance, Boo has released several albums as a solo performer. He has made international collaborations and hit songs that stretch over two decades and many genres.
Acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine’s new album “Swimming in Mercury” (Reveal Records April 28th 2017) gives us a personal insight as he takes us on that journey back in time. It’s a trip furnished with a glisten and a glint in his eye as he applies style and shapes to his autobiographical memories.
25 May 2018 – The Brooks Williams Trio with Andy Seward & Keith Angel
Brooks Williams, from Statesboro, Georgia USA (the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell and his song Statesboro Blues), creates a super-charged acoustic music that draws heavily on both his blues and Americana roots. The resulting sound can be described as “Blues-icana,” that confluence of crossroads where American roots music comes together.
Keys And Chords describes Williams’ music as “A beautiful fusion of blues, old country and a touch Americana.” fRoots says Williams “really rocks, stirring up soulful Americana, full-on blues and tasty rootsy grooves.” Like drinking whiskey from a honey jar, you get both the sweet and the bite. Resonator slide and acoustic Piedmont picking lay down the groove while Williams’ laid-back low-country vocal floats over top.
Brooks Williams got his start in the clubs and bars around New York and Boston (the same music scene that years earlier sparked the careers of Bonnie Raitt and Chris Smither). There, playing 5-6 nights a week, he developed his signature roots sound. From the very beginning and still to this day, audiences are often heard asking, how can one guitar and one voice sound like a full band?
In 2013 Williams was nominated best male vocalist by the UK’s foremost roots-music mavens, Spiral Earth. AmericanaUK says, “he has a beautiful voice that you just melt into.” He has that way of delivering a song that plays with the line the way a slide guitarist teases the notes from the strings.
And he’s one helluva good guitar player, ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists.