Unfortunately due to reasons beyond everyone's control this gig has had to be cancelled.
Keep checking back as I will do my best to find a replacement act.
Unfortunately due to reasons beyond everyone's control this gig has had to be cancelled.
Keep checking back as I will do my best to find a replacement act.
Please to say we welcome the return of one of the greats on the British blues scene.
If there is such a thing as a British 'blues pedigree', then Dave Kelly's sets the standard. Kelly is a blues craftsman - a journeyman who has served his time with the best.
In New York he jammed with Muddy Waters. He became a friend to Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker, who both felt the benefit of Dave's playing in their touring bands. It was Dave's big sister, the late Jo-Ann Kelly, who first opened his ears to the blues, although his passion for rock and roll - and especially the work of Buddy Holly - remains intact. In 1967 he joined The John Dummer Blues Band. After three albums and a solo project he continued to polish his style and technique throughout an adventurous career with some of Britain's finest players. When The Blues Band was formed in 1979, the post of slide guitarist and joint vocalist was a foregone conclusion - and bringing his friend, the bassist Gary Fletcher, along to that first rehearsal, was a bonus. Dave Kelly's guitar and vocals form the very backbone of The Blues Band's distinctive sound.
Today, after 21 years 'treading the boards' with the band, with his solo albums, duo tours with Paul Jones, and soundtrack work (for commercials and such projects as BBC TV's 'King of the Ghetto' and the Comic Strip's 'Strike!') Dave Kelly is firmly estabished as Europe's premier blues performer.
Rachel was born and raised in rural West Virginia just south of Morgantown, where her musical family inspired her to play and sing as a little girl. She grew up listening to local fiddlers, her father among them, going to old-time festivals, and attending square dances. The old-time bug bit her early in life and Rachel now performs and teaches full-time on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass.
She has recently relocated back to West Virginia after living the last 5 years in Stockholm. During that time, she invigorated the Swedish old-time scene, inspiring dozens of people to learn Appalachian music and dance. In addition to being a performer, Rachel is passionate about teaching. She has taught fiddle, banjo and guitar at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins WV, at Sore Fingers Summer school in the UK, and different various weekend workshops from the hills of West Virginia to Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, London and Wales. Rachel’s love of music comes from the heart and she loves every part of her job from performing, to educating dedicated students, and the electrifying charge of playing in jam sessions around the world!
Over the years, she has had the honor of sharing stages, workshops and recording sessions with the likes of Tim O’Brien, Erynn Marshall, Dirk Powell, Adam Hurt, Rayna Gellert, Russ Barenberg, Bruce Molsky, Mark Schatz, and a month long tour in Germany with the g’earls from Uncle Earl!
She has four full length albums: The Morgantown Rounders (2006), Hand on the Plow (2008 solo), Chilly Winds (2010 duo with Kristian Herner), and Nothin’ But Corn (2014 solo).
Seattle-based piano-man Aaron English has been steadily building a buzz in the U.S. since 2006, thanks to four albums and twelve U.S. tours - both solo and with his seven-piece ensemble, The Aaron English Band. But in 2008, English’s third national tour ended abruptly in a catastrophic accident on a Midwestern highway. His restaurant-grease-fueled tour bus and most of his musical equipment were destroyed, and English’s touring career was temporarily grounded.
In 2009, English's fans rallied to his aid and funded the recording of his third album, american [fever] dream. The lead single, "Believe", was a Top 20 hit on the FMQB U.S. radio charts, peaking at #18.
After two years of touring this solo record, Aaron reformed The Aaron English Band with the same members and scored a Top 5 hit in Italy with an epic medley reinvention of The Beatles' and Led Zeppelin's classics "Norwegian Wood" and "Kashmir".
In 2012, Aaron formed the side-project Boombox Séance with Baltimore singer-songwriter Victoria Vox. After writing and touring together in the summer and fall of 2012, they released the album Boombox Séance (also produced by Geoff Stanfield) in March 2013.
Aaron recently returned from two music-filled months as a record producer, songwriter, performer in East Africa, where he started the International Youth Music Project, a non-profit that supports music programs at orphanages.
He is currently releasing a new single and video each month, a project that will culminate in a new album release in 2017.
In an episode of the Fox TV drama Bones last year, a character made a mix of “the six greatest break-up songs” and gave it to a heart-broken colleague. The mix featured songs from alternative-pop stars and "The Lullaby of Loneliness" a lone unsigned artist by the name of Aaron English.
Giles has been singing and playing roots blues, solo and with The Aviators, across the UK and Europe since the sixties, onacoustic and electric guitars and harmonicas - his trademark issimultaneous nose-and-mouth harmonica playing! He's a regular on blues festival and club circuits in England and on the continent, and has featured repeatedly on radio in England and France.
Giles's passion is to share the emotion of a blues song. Critics and audiences say he draws them into the blues feeling - joyous, ribald or sad - like no other. Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's legendary drummer once called him "the funkiest singer I've heard in Europe"!
Perhaps that’s why The Times’s critic said “He sings and a whole bar-room is rapt”, and Blues Matters called him “one hell of an entertainer”. The French magazine Blues & Co described a recent set as “ Un moment de pur blues, fait d’émotion et de feeling” – which doesn’t need translating!
Giles's solo work recreates the passion, grit and fire of the delta blues greats - Son House, Fred McDowell (with both of whom Giles appeared in the Seventies), Kokomo Arnold, Robert Johnson. Ragtime and gospel songs keep the variety flowing and showcase his eclectic guitar styles.
A jaw-dropping, crowd pleasing guitar virtuoso with a rich vocal style from Melbourne, Australia.
A self taught musician, he has created his own sound winning, a swag of awards along the way. Whether he is with his Souldiggers group or in our case, simply solo with an acoustic guitar, Geoff’s infectious and inventive style has earned him fans around the world.
He began playing in his father's dance band at the age of 13. He developed a passion for American blues and learned the rudiments of the art form. In his early 20s he moved to Melbourne and joined with legendary local bluesman 'Dutch' Tilders. After several years with Dutch he departed to focus on his own music and embarked on an international campaign. His first stop was the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA where he won the 'Albert King Award' and was offered an endorsement deal with Gibson Guitars. Not a bad start!
He re-located to the USA for a time and he spent many months on the road performing countless live shows and recording his One Ticket, One Ride album there. In 2008 a Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll listed Geoff as one of the Top 10 ‘Hot New Guitarists’ on the US scene
The passion for jamming has paid off on a personal level too with Geoff being invited onstage at various times with musical heroes such the Allman Brothers Band and even the great Les Paul.
In recent times his album releases Box Of Blues (with Chris Wilson), the acoustic Live at Burrinja Café and the electric Live at Guitars Across The Bay scooped numerous blues awards.
Meanwhile, his Little Big Men album has been re-issued in the US & Europe to renewed critical acclaim. Also in 2012 Geoff was named as one of the Top 50 Australian Guitarists in Australian Guitar magazine. ***
"Achison has been hailed as one of the finest blues players in Australia."
“Never, ever miss an opportunity to see Geoff Achison perform live!”
Reuben's Train are a duo performing mostly American songs, some traditional and some not so traditional, from the darker side of life. Mick Watson, (vocals, eyebrows), and Keith Osborne, (vocals, guitar, banjo & sideburns), have been performing together for the last 15 years dressing always in black and leaving the audience wondering quite where they are coming from and quite how they should react.
Dress code black. The dynamic duo will take us on a dark journey, but not with out some laughs, maybe, through their repertoire of Americana, depression, despair and bad hangovers with style and Simpsonesque guitar accompaniment.
Papillon are Anna Phoebe and Nicolas Rizzi, they combine raw Eastern inspired violin and guitar melodies set within cinematic soundscapes. Anna Phoebe has performed throughout the world as a featured soloist for various artists and is now carving a career with her own projects. Together with Nicolas Rizzi Anna released her EP 'Embrace' in 2013 followed by the album 'Between the Shadow and the Soul' in 2014. As ‘Papillon,’ Anna and Nicolas will perform their new material in a series of live concerts in 2017, to be followed by the release of their debut album .
Violinist and composer Anna Phoebe has been thrilling audiences all over the world with her stunning live performances. Dazzling and charismatic, she’s played major arenas all over the United States, London venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and festivals across the UK and across the world such as Glastonbury, Fuji Rock and Sonar Festival. Anna has toured with artists and bands including Jon Lord, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, Oi Va Voi, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra, as well as a solo artist with her own band. Now she is returning to good old Mrs Y.
Anna also composes for film. She was a finalist in the Best Composer Category in the 2013 Underwire Film Festival for her original score for 'Harriet & The Matches', directed by Miranda Howard-Williams. Her film composing work ranges from avant garde contemporary classical pieces to electronic soundscapes weaving vocals and strings. Anna has played violin and viola on several BBC sountracks for various composers including 'Peaky Blinders' and most recently the BBC series 'War and Peace
"Papillon - a thrilling mix of rock, world and classical music. Amazing" Catrin Finch
“as beautiful and exotic as you'd expect” Prog Magazine
THE QUANTUM ILLUSION PROJECT - Trevor Watts (saxes) & Veryan Weston (keypad).
Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston have been playing improvised music for over 40 years, a way of making music that is often considered too 'difficult' for the average listener but as Mrs Y's goers are not the average listener. With these two artists, their ability to include the three basic elements of music (rhythm, melody and harmony) creates a connection with their audiences wherever and whoever they are. This music is a ongoing dialogue that is presented with both structure and passion.
Mrs Y's are pleased to announce as part of his solo uk tour, a visit from folk innovator Jim Moray . For 15 years Jim Moray has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of folk song and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was always Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way. His sixth album Upcetera heralds a new chapter for the producer and has received the best reviews of his career, including five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines. He has also found the time to contribute three new songs to BBC Dr Who spin-off show Class, and launched his own Low Culture Podcast.
Mrs Y's are to open the 2017 season with a return visit from these two fine young ladies as are part of their UK tour bringing along their new 'Live ' cd for your pleasure. The Carrivick Sisters are one of the UK's top young bluegrass and folk acts. Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and clawhammer banjo. Their busy touring schedule is rapidly building them a reputation for engaging and entertaining live performances with tight sibling vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity. Having grown up in South Devon, an area rich in folk lore and legends, much of their original material is inspired by their local surroundings and history.
As well as touring all over the UK, the Carrivick Sisters have performed at major festivals in Canada and mainland Europe including The Big Green Cardigan , or course. They have released five Cd's with a sixth, 'Live' CD being promoted on this tour.
The Carrivick Sisters first started performing as a duo in 2006, originally as buskers before starting to play more and more proper gigs, turning professional when they left school in 2007. In 2007 they won the South West Busker’s and Street Entertainer’s Competition, gaining themselves their first spot at Glastonbury Festival. In 2008 Laura achieved 2nd place at the RockyGrass Fiddle Contest in America. The Carrivick Sisters were finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2010 and were named Band/Duo of the Year in the 2011 FATEA Awards. Most recently Charlotte won first place in both Old-time banjo and fiddle at FOAOTMAD's festival in Gainsborough 2012.
Voted ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ at the most recent British Blues Awards, Jo Harman is widely regarded as the most exciting blues/soul/roots artist to emerge in Europe for decades.
AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH
JO HARMAN - VOICE AND PIANO TOUR
After the mesmeric performance at The Big Green Cardigan we are pleased to welcome a return to Mrs Y'sof Jo Harman.
This very special, intimate, show will feature soulful, compelling performances featuring not only 'bare-to-the-bone' versions of Jo's own songs but also her own take on songs that mean something special to her.
Jo Harman is, of course, an award winning vocalist who has performed at some of Europe's most prestigious venues, including performing for, and with, the likes of Patti Smith and Joan Baez in Berlin. The Daily Mirror called her 'the finest female soul blues vocalist in the UK' and Huey Morgan said on his Radio 2 programme 'sometimes you hear a voice that leaves you speechless...I am'. She is widely recognised as one of the (if not the) finest vocalists to emerge in Europe over recent years, and has the CV, and industry admirers to back it up.
In this duo show, Jo really takes you on a journey and, if the Dutch shows were anything to go by, be prepared not to leave the show dry eyed.
'The room is quiet and every cough is one too many. Emotions are running high. The audience gives the duoa standing ovation. The applause continues and they return it the stage to perform the encore 'Cold Heart'. With a big grin on her face Harman leaves the stage. The CDs and EPs are in high demand. In the spring of 2016 Jo Harman will return to the stage with her band, but with just a pianist to accompany them can also easily fill large halls. She is simply great, perhaps even most impactful, in even the most minimalist of settings'. .3voor12 (Netherlands)
'Mesmeric ....barely a dry eye in the house....Harman, in barest form, has that rare ability to tap into people's souls' National Radio 6 (Netherlands)
Look out on the ticket page for a special double header deal for this gig and the Brooks Williams/Guy Davis gig.
This is a bit special for Mrs Y's. We all love Brooks, (coming for his 6th visit to Mrs Y's) but this is a unique duo featuring New Yorker Guy Davis and part of the 'inside of the Delta ' tour.
A special debut and UK tour for New York bluesman GUY DAVIS and Statesboro, Georgia born roots and americana singer-songwriter BROOKS WILLIAMS, ranked one for the top Acoustic Guitarists of all time.
Two beautiful guitarists displaying a level of skill and humanity that makes audiences smile wherever they perform.
Whether Guy Davis is appearing on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” or nationally syndicated radio programs such as Garrison Keillor’s, “A Prairie Home Campanion”, “Mountain Stage” or David Dye’s,“World Café”., in front of 15,000 people on the Main Stage of a major festival, or teaching an intimate gathering of students at a Music Camp, Guy feels the instinctive desire to give each listener his ‘all’.
Ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, Williams has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales. With nearly 20 CDs to his name – and more on the way – this Statesboro Georgia native is, according to americanaUK,“impossible not to like."
SUPPORT - STUPID FONTS
Ags Connolly is a traditional country singer-songwriter from Oxfordshire. His debut album 'How About Now' was released in 2014 to critical acclaim receiving rave reviews including being named ‘Album of the Month’ in Country Music People magazine and being heralded as “a masterpiece” by Maverick magazine, "“One of the best records you are likely to hear this year…so strong is Connolly’s writing, dare I suggest that Ags Connolly is the closest we’ve ever come to an English Willie Nelson? Yes, he’s really that good, and his voice is unique.”) and "A compelling debut" - Independent on Sunday
As a live performer, Ags has appeared at festivals like Country 2 Country, Summertyne Americana and Southern Fried, while in February 2016 he toured the Southern US with a full band. He has also opened for major international artists such as Rosanne Cash and Hot Club of Cowtown. Ags has recorded songs for Bob Harris's 'Under The Apple Tree' sessions, while being championed from various quarters including The Guardian and BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz.
PerKelt have performed thier unique, Celtic Medieval Speed Folk since 2008. All its members are highly-qualified, accomplished and award-winning musicians, performing on recorder, harp, guitar, percussion, and vocals. They perform passionate and energetic, strong, melodic Celtic sounds, through original composition with content drawn from Medieval and traditional sources. PerKelt has released three highly acclaimed albums and have performed over 500 shows around the world, They are extremely proud to present refreshing, innovative and evocative Celtic music in a way that has never been heard before. They simply cannot be missed!
“Jake would have loved the skill of the performance, the accuracy of the impression, and the affection it contains. Long may John continue to keep Jake’s memory alive so affectionately and skilfully, and introduce more people to one of the most remarkable talents I ever met.”
Sir Richard Stilgoe
John Watterson (Fake Thackray) has performed the songs of Jake Thackray at festivals, arts centres, clubs, village halls and – most specially – to members of the Thackray family. He has also appeared on Radio 3s ‘The Verb’ and recently on Radio 4s ‘Great Lives’.
Jake Thackray’s songs are exquisitely funny, satirical, incisive, irreverent, witty and gloriously un-PC – and sometimes all of these at the same time. Jake was a one off; his poetry broke the rules yet worked beautifully. He was a true craftsman of the English language, and his legacy of scores of wonderful songs continues to entertain and delight audiences of all ages today.
John's appreciation and love of Jake Thackray's music is obvious to his audience. John’s performance is a celebration of the man that was Jake Thackray – his life, his work and his genius. John is a talented guitarist and vocalist and has that engaging quality that makes you want to listen to his performance. When you wrap these ingredients up in the songs of Jake Thackray the result is a highly entertaining, heartfelt tribute to one of the finest songwriters of the 20th century. ‘It is wonderful that Jake still has so many fans across the country, and the younger generation are catching on to a man who should be regarded as one of our greatest national treasures’ says John, who is currently researching for and writing a biography of his hero.
John recently supported Fairport Convention on their 6-week nationwide tour, and then achieved several 4 star reviews for his extended run at Edinburgh Festival. He has received accolades from many of Jake’s friends and contemporaries, including Ralph McTell, Richard Digance, Mike Harding and Sir Richard Stilgoe.
In 2013, the Red Dirt Skinners became the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues Awards and the British Country Music Awards, but don't let this impressive accolade pigeonhole their music for you; they've also recently been nominated for an Americana award.
People fall in love with the Skinners' sound from all over the UK , Europe and now Canada but completely confusing the genre police.
"Musically set apart from the mass of bands who are just copying what has gone before" Music News 4/5
Drawing on influences as diverse as Acker Bilk and ACDC, this unique duo are breaking all the rules and creating a whole new sound. Without fail, audiences are on their feet at the end of a Red Dirt Skinners show, and all are saying the same thing...”that’s refreshingly different”.
The Red Dirt Skinners are Rob and Sarah Skinner, who formed the band after their marriage in 2012. Between them, they have both played in numerous bands, spanning numerous genres and cite their keenness to experiment with different genres as the reason behind their unique genre-defying sound.
"The space where the vocals of Sarah and Rob Skinner meet features two tones existing as a single note". The Alternate Root Magazine
The duo released Grass Roots (originally under a previous band name) in 2011. It was the start of a rapid rise to popularity. Out of adversity comes inspiration and a burglary at their home in March 2012 robbed them of (amongst other things) the computers that housed 6 years worth of songwriting ideas. The couple found renewed inspiration for lyrics and brought out Home Sweet Home (October 2012) with songs entirely inspired by the events of the weekend of the burglary.
Turning down several offers from labels in the UK and the USA, Home Sweet Home pulled at the heartstrings of the British public and received extensive positive press coverage. The track “Lay Me Down” was featured by Bob Harris on his Under The Apple Tree Sessions.
Spurred on by the support they received following the release of Home Sweet Home, Rob and Sarah began performing further afield and in April 2013 the duo performed their first European shows; many to sell out crowds.
The public response to the Skinners was so encouraging that they self-released their third album using donations from their fanbase. Sinking The Mary Rose was released in October 2013. STMR, again drawing on their own experiences, is a collection of songs about people the duo have met, places they've been, and even a song about Stillwater, Oklahoma, the home of Red Dirt Music.
With a real buzz about the duo, and a hugely positive response from their live shows, the Skinners made a last minute decision to record Live In Aberdeen in 2014. Live in Aberdeen displays the superior quality of musicianship that fans have come to expect at a Red Dirt Skinners show and led to full house shows becoming the norm for the Skinners.
In June 2015 the Red Dirt Skinners played their first North American dates in venues across Ontario. They were instantly asked to return.
"This duo is awesome and need to be seen. It just doesn't get better than this!!!" Hugh's Room, Toronto
Sarah and Rob are currently recording their fifth album, Behind The Wheel, due for release in the Spring of 2016.
Yep - looking forward to this one.
Doug MacLeod, winner of two 2014 Blues Music Awards for acoustic album and acoustic artist of the year and the winner of The 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year and perennial Blues Music Award nominee, is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition. He is a traveling artist that writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.
As a youth he overcame abuse and a crippling stutter by turning to music. After he picked up a guitar, and tried to sing - he found his voice.
While he developed his rich, soulful singing style MacLeod also worked out a unique, unorthodox and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style. The rage of his turbulent youth was eventually channeled through his guitar, using his relentless right hand to pound out an insistent, churning beat to complement his intricate bottleneck and finger-style technique. MacLeod's playing landed him sideman gigs with George 'Harmonica' Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton. Under their tutelage, he learned how to thrill and enrapture a crowd.
Over 29 years, 19 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD, MacLeod has consistently earned raves. His songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy. He has co-written songs with Dave Alvin and Coco Montoya
MacLeod's songs have been featured in many TV movies and the hit show In the Heat of the Night. Two of his songs are on Grammy nominated albums by Albert King and Albert Collins.
From 1999 to 2004 he hosted Nothin' But The Blues, a very popular weekend blues show on Los Angeles' KLON-KKJZ. He has also been the voice for The Blues Showcase on Continental Airlines and contributed his soulful slide guitar playing to the Los Angeles opening of the August Wilson play "Gem of the Ocean". For ten years he penned "Doug's Back Porch," a regular feature column in Blues Revue Magazine in which he shared his humorous and insightful stories with thousands of readers. He won the Golden Note Award in 1997 for his AudioQuest album "You Can't Take My Blues". In 2006 Solid Air/Warner Bros. released Doug's guitar instructional DVD "101* Blues Guitar Essentials".
MacLeod signed with Reference Recordings in 2012. His new album "There’s A Time" was released in March of 2013. In every note he performs and records, MacLeod subscribes to the rule-of-thumb learned from country bluesman Ernest Banks from Toano VA. who instilled in him to "Never play a note you don't believe", and "Never write or sing about what you don't know about."
Like the old masters who taught him, MacLeod's music expresses life and times via an intangible, elusive quality that may simply be a keen sense of what matters most. There is a philosophic and healing side to MacLeod's music and his stories that has helped others overcome the hardships of their lives. As Pee Wee Crayton's widow Esther once told Doug, "You have a message and you'll send that message mainly to the people who don't go to church." Amen.
Ryan Cook is an award-winning singer/songwriter who's performed with Country purists like Dwight Yoakam, Roseanne Cash, & Travis Tritt. His latest project The Valley Singers combines thumb-picking guitar styles with a rotating cast of harmony singers inspired by American Jazz/Country music from the 1940’s and 50’s.
Defying the standard in cowboy culture, Ryan’s roots range as far away as Punk Rock, Death Metal & Alternative Pop. His progressive take on Americana & Folk music has been called refreshing by Exclaim, Maverick, and Now Magazine. His debut record Hot Times, sophomore album Peaks & Valleys, and Wrestling with Demons each earned Album of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards. Ryan Cook has earned a total of fifteen nominations from Music Nova Scotia and The East Coast Music Association while performing over 800 concerts throughout North America & Asia since 2007.
Performing original arrangements like Will You Take Me Back to Tulsa?, Gaspereau Valley and Dead Like Me, Ryan Cook also pays tribute to hillbilly pioneers Hank Williams, Merle Travis, and John Hartford.
"From Cowboy songs and country swing with a dash of Bakersfield, Cook’s feet seem firmly planted in real life. As a result, you’ll find far more peaks than valleys here and the view looks truly promising.” – Maverick Magazine, 4 ****
“Nothing short of spectacular…A terrific album that every fan of ‘good’ music should get to hear.” - Country Music News
“The human mind is a wonderful thing. It starts working from before you’re born and doesn’t stop till you sit down to write a song.”
We are pleased to welcome the Folk (?) duo Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou to Mrs Y's. Check out this info on their latest album.
October 2015 saw the eagerly-awaited release of Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou's fourth studio album, produced by the internationally acclaimed, multi-million selling producer and rock and roll legend, Ethan Johns. 'EXPATRIOT' sees the duo finally liberated from their folk shackles to reveal their most hard-hitting album to date. The cover, a reworked reference to their past single 'England', illustrates how far the spouses have come since the self-titled 2010 debut from which it was taken.
It's been three years since their last offering, 'La Ferme De Fontenaille' which they self-produced on a 4-track cassette machine in a barn in France. That was their third album in as many years, a prolific record making streak interrupted to spend much of 2014 touring thoughout Europe and North America opening for Tori Amos.
TREVOR MOSS: 'We Played everywhere from The Royal Albert Hall to The Warsaw Congress Hall, The Greek Theatre in LA, to The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. It was one hell of a ride, but we were desperate to get back in the studio. When we got home there was only one person we were going to call. No one makes better sounding records than Ethan.' Ethan Johns is best known for his work with Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Laura Marling, Kings of Leon, Joe Cocker, Tom Jones and Paul McCartney.
ETHAN JOHNS: 'I'm so glad I had the chance to make this record with Trevor and Hannah. 'I got the chance to hear them every night on a tour we did last year and was transfixed by their sound and their writing. 'There were some new songs in the set and we decided to record them at my home studio. It was a great opportunity to try and capture what they do. It was a magical two weeks. 'I think it's a beautiful, honest and engaging record. Its very powerful. 'I feel really proud and lucky to have been a part of it.'
“Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” – Guitarist Magazine
“No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” – Roots Magazine
Martin Harley’s ‘British Americana’ sound is influenced by Delta Blues and Gyspy Swing. Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, Martin is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. During constant worldwide touring he’s honed his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today, the result is a road worn style of song writing that Guitarist Magazine describes as “staggeringly good, no one is making music like it”.
“Quite simply a great live act” – Time Out London
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Live at Southern Ground , his latetest CD follows on from Martin’s five previously acclaimed albums, most recently Mojo Fix in 2012. Along with many years of international touring and countless festivals Martin has built a strong international fan-base across the globe.
In the US, Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville and toured coast to coast with Delta Rae and opened for Iron and Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others.
“Incredible slide guitar chops, Cementing his reputation as one of it’s finest exponents” – The Blues Magazine 8/10
“Martin is arguably the best Weissenborn player in the UK and has been for many years. This release only underlines his stature even further as Britons best steel on steel blues ambassador.” – Weissenborn Exchange
Once again we delve into 40 mins by 3 acts with a local connection having a chance to performing their own material to a listening audience. Great acts don't have to come from a long way away
MICK BOLTON & SIMON SHAW
Mick has played at Mrs Yarringtons many times, but now he has a partner in crime. The audience reaction to their impromptu duo gig at the Big Green Cardigan last year convinced Mick and Simon that, much as they love playing in bigger set-ups, sometimes less is more. We think you'll love what they do with just piano and guitar, improvising freely and goading each other on to push the boundaries. Expect original material with traces of just about everything - Blues, Americana, Tex-Mex, Jazz, Latin, Folk - even some Indian Raga.
Nick Webb was born in Heaven's waiting room (Eastbourne), has some Irish blood and discovered in his mid 20s, he is related to Slade frontman Noddy Holder. (His uncle shares an aunt with Noddy). Noddy does not know Nick. (Or his Uncle who shares an aunt with him.)Since picking up a guitar in his teens, Webb has been obsessed by song craft. This work ethic and determination lead him to being signed (in former band capital) by Fierce Panda records, being Steve Lamacq's favourite record of the week (on BBC 6 music) and hailed as one of the top 8 performers of the 150 strong Camden Crawl by a national newspaper.Webb has also toured and shared stages with the likes of Athlete, The Airborne Toxic Event, White Lies and Laura Marling. Webb currently fronts indie band Emperor the Stag, who opened up for Adrian Edmonson's Bad Shepherds at The De La Warr Pavillion and continue to work on tracks.Webb's solo style makes room for a more evocative, dreamy production that has been compared to Villagers, Guy Garvey and even Nick Cave.
A trip of music surrounding the Mediterranean with an emphasis on Spanish and African music featuring Andy Neate on guitar. Expect an interesting fusion of Spanish guitar and African rhythms. Think Ry Cooder & Ali Farka Touré and you will get the groove.
Ewan McLennan first emerged onto the UK folk scene with the release of his debut album ‘Rags & Robes’. The recording gained much critical praise, described by Maverick as 'a collection of truly captivating songs', and featured in MOJO’s top ten folk albums of 2010. After an appearance on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and a televised performance for the Celtic Connections Festival at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, his debut was capped by winning the BBC Folk Award’s Horizon Award in 2011.
Ewan’s music was immediately noted for its depth of feeling and sincerity, something which comes from his respect and passion for the music he plays. Whether singing haunting traditional Scottish ballads or weaving the powerful stories that make-up his own songs, Ewan’s unique, moving and earthy voice is always compelling. Having performed with and been taught by a number of world-renowned guitarists, from Martin Simpson to Robin Hill and Gerry Douglas, his own guitar playing is recognised as outstanding and forms an essential part of his music.
The much-awaited second album, ‘The Last Bird to Sing’, was also greeted with glowing reviews and confirmed his prominence amongst the new generation of folk musicians. As well as continuing to plough the furrow of traditional song Ewan’s self-penned songs on his second album were once again met with critical acclaim. His track ‘Joe Glenton’ was awarded a prestigious national award for political song-writing, reinforcing his reputation as a singer who does not shy away from stinging social commentary. The release of ‘The Last Bird to Sing’ gained Ewan several further awards, including the Spiral Earth Award for Best Male Singer of 2013.
During these years Ewan has been touring constantly around the UK and overseas and has gained a reputation for intimate and moving performances.
In 2013, Ewan performed on the world-renowned Transatlantic Sessions together with the finest folk musicians from around the world. The series had him collaborating with artists such as Aly Bain, Tim O’Brien, Cara Dillon and Mike McGoldrick and showcased both Ewan’s unique interpretation of traditional song and his own self-penned songs.
Ewan’s new album ‘Stories still Untold’ was released in September 2014 to critical acclaim (see press quotes below). He will be touring extensively in UK and Europe during 2015.
‘One of the most exciting singers to come out of Scotland in recent years’
‘Stories Still Untold, is a real treat’ **** 4 stars The Telegraph
‘It simply oozes class… when we lost Iain MacKintosh and Bert Jansch in recent years I have been waiting for a male voice with the same mixture of vulnerability, sensitivity, and above all, humanity. In Ewan McLennan I think we have that voice’. The Living Tradition
‘An outstanding singer and fine guitarist’ fRoots
‘Stories Still Untold is a stunning collection of songs and an album which confirms Ewan’s name as one of the bright lights on the folk scene today’.
Bright Young Folk
‘A major figure on the Scottish folk scene’
**** 4 stars Top of the World, Songlines
Yes Stompin’ Dave !
“Stompin’ Dave is a master of all kinds of American roots...a formidable musician & a true original.” The Daily Telegraph.
Described by Maverick Magazine as "one of the world's greatest performers." Stompin' Dave is a vocalist, multi instrumentalist and tap dancer. A former member of former UK blues band of the year The Producers, Stompin' Dave was nominated for a British Blues Award in the acoustic act category 2014. Winner of the FOAOTMAD old-time banjo competition 2011 and 2013."
Dave's repertoire includes songs and instrumental music ranging from traditional to vintage covers and originals. With twenty five years of performing experience Dave has performed across the UK and beyond from street entertaining to major festivals such as Glastonbury Festival, Camp Bestival, and of course our own Big Green Cardigan.
“not just a superb multi-instrumentalist but a great entertainer and raconteur. Dave is a master of guitar, banjo, violin, harmonica and keyboards as well as being a singer and flat-foot dancer! If you haven’t seen Dave before make sure you catch this – you will not be disappointed.”
Some of you will know Kevin from Le Trio Perdu. Some of you would have seen these guys at The Big Green Cardigan 2015. Now they join us at Mrs Y's as part of their latest UK tour.
Be sure it's true when you say 'I love you'
It's a sin to tell a lie
Millions of hearts have been broken
Just because these words were spoken
All those songs about love and the absence of it, of hearts and how they can be broken, of lovers and their ruthlessness are being left unsung. Broken Heart trio was formed as a tribute to all with a bruised heart. If you were ever down and out you must come listen to them. With joyful swing and the warmth of vocal harmony, the Broken Heart Trio will take you on a trip back in time. When men were gentlemen and courteous and woman were true and noble. With humour and wit they will take you on a tour of lost romance and nostalgia. Ramsy Irany (guitar), Pieter Van De Veire (double bass) and Kevin Van Staeyen (violin) will perform songs from the post-war era with humour and wit – think Inkspots, Mills Brothers and Django Reinhardt.
“I try to find that true old-style sound that the old masters had between the two great wars."
Kevin Van Staeyen (violin)
Back by popular request The Zen Bicycle band return to Mrs Y's to bring thier unique musical exploration for your enjoyment. For those who have not seen them, how to describe this band ?
Whatever we might try to describe the music as being, then it is probably what it isn’t… you are the ones to decide!
It’s a freeform flowing stream of connectivity between three individual players created entirely spontaneous in a similar manner to the Japanese art of calligraphy Shodo - ‘Direct Deed’ where after much meditation and with one stroke of the brush ideograms are formed. In the case of the Zen Bicycle Band the ego nature of the performers is made quiet. They connect with the audience, in harmony and also directly to the source of imagination and inspiration. Every performance is unique to that moment of creation.
Featuring Dave Robinson – Mallet-Kat, Eigenharp, percussion, vocals & composer: He’s recorded 4 CDs and is one of the first Mallet-Kat, vibes/synthesizer players in the UK. His blending of traditional and electronic music; creating the pulse and ambient foundation is the hallmark of the Zen Bicycle Band sound.
Paul Cheneour – Flutes, boul/scat vocals & composer: trained at the Guildhall School of Music (London) under Professor Rainer Schuelein. He’s recorded 47 CDs and has wide experience exploring different musical forms from western art music & jazz to world music. In 2005 Paul was voted No.72 in the ‘100 world’s best jazz flute player’s poll’ by readers of: www.digitaldreamdoor.com .
Clive Fletcher – Double bass, electric double bass, bass-guitar, composer. Holds post graduate degrees in music and is an experienced classical, jazz, and rock bassist, free-improviser and respected music teacher. He studied double bass under Professor B.A. Van Kampen (ex-BBC Symphony Orchestra and The Hanover Band) at Reading University, the viols with Francis Baines, composition with Donald Cashmore, and jazz double bass with Peter Ind. Clive, a bass virtuoso, creates and holds a solid foundation that enables the others to react too.
If you enjoy, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Eno, Mike Oldfield or E.S.T. you will love these guys.
Come sail with the Captain and witnessing the journey of this intergalactic time detective through cosmic skies and seas.
Mrs Yarringtons is overjoyed with pleasure to announce the return of The Captain. For those who have seen him at Mrs Y's or last years The Big Green Cardigan he needs no introduction. For those who haven't how to describe it? as one reviewer said, 'Watching a ‘Captain Of The Lost Waves’ performance is like trying to describe the colour number nine' and I think that says it all. Deliciously bonkers, eccentric and impossible to categorize.Through operatic scales to eerie chorale voices, hypnotic rhythm’s to confessional and emotive lyrics and haunting melodies we ultimately come to the conclusion that the Captain is a man not content to sit still as he travels musically, physically and mentally, ultimately avoiding destination drudgery. Were he not one of the great contemporary lyricists he would no doubt be hailed as one of the great modern poets or thinkers of our time.
This really is one not to miss.
'From the greatest show on Earth some of the greatest stories never told.....'
And something from the Captains log
Don't think I need to say much here the reviews will cover it.
'An absolutely superb guitarist ... reminiscent of John Martyn" Bob Harris, Radio 2
''Superbly tailored songs'' (Four stars) Daily Mirror
''Articulate, compelling ... brilliant'' (Four stars) Mojo Magazine
''A bluesy devotional intensity that rightly draws comparisons to John Martyn" Q Magazine
'A fine blues guitarist ... Taylor is a man to watch' Guardian
''the lyrics are absolulety amazing'' BBC Introducing
"My main listen today - Springsteen and Taylor are cheering my day...brilliant, stunning songs. Great album.'
"Formidable and skilled...recalls Chris Isaak.' (Four Stars) Uncut
'Sean Taylor's work just gets classier ... his talent might yet puncture the mainstream' Classic Rock 8/10
''A star in the making ...a superb talent'' Metro
"Sean Taylor is a wonderfully talented modern troubadour whose sincere, thoughtful songs pull you in. I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with him. He swings. Check him out!" Eric Bibb
Support will by KATDOG
"The first song left me breathless.. their songs are ethereal, intricately complex and with the help of beautiful harmonies, echo and pure musicianship they both produce a full sound that many full bands fail to achieve"
Big World Blue write songs of great emotional depth and beauty. More akin to a musical landscape than a song, their tracks journey effortlessly through pagan tinged stories, heart-opening hope and deeper realities of life with ethereal mystique.
Whether recorded or live, the combined magical alchemy of Martyn Barker (Shreikback, Robert Plant, Marrianne Faithful, Goldfrapp) and Jo Beth Young (singer/songwriter and multi Instrumentalist) grab the listener from the first few notes and plunges them deep with a combination of haunting vocals and journeying instrumentation that makes you wonder where you have been for the last 30 minutes.
It is hard to pin down what genre or influence is behind them, hints of Psychedelia, Progressive Rock, Dark Folk and World Music all shine through but above all they have done something rare in today's musical world, they have created a new one - a uniquely brilliant Big World Blue.
“The Inimitable Mr Maggs”
With a live set described as ‘mesmerising’ and a ‘stunning voice’ being talked about all over the UK, multi-award winning Singer Songwriter Ben Maggs is an artist not to be missed – as attested by rapturously appreciative capacity audiences.
Beyond the undeniably high quality of his song writing, guitar and vocal performance, Ben Maggs really entertains. Evocative vocals and melodic lyricism, the energetic “nothing held back” visceral nature of his performance and engaging inter-song storytelling, all carried exquisitely by resonant acoustic guitar - you can expect nothing less than the full and free expression of the heart and soul of this talented troubadour.
Ben’s unique style, lyrics and melodies brilliantly reflect life’s journey, infused with the heartbeat of the natural and concrete world, and the many good folk met along the way.
He will be performing songs from his new debut album, intertwined with a patchwork of his other creations - from his EP ‘Let in the Light’ to recently penned songs.
“his voice is utterly unique and individual” “mesmerising” 4 stars - Maverick Magazine
“presses all the right buttons” - R2 Magazine
“an amazingly bright artist who captivates an audience with charm, enthusiasm and impressive songs.” “enchanting and mesmerizing” 4 stars “Very good”- AAA Music
“Maggs’ greatest achievement is the diversity of his material” “breadth of skills which deserve to see him reach a wide audience” – Whisperin and Hollerin
“Come as you are is definitely on my albums of the year list” “Blown away by the power, strength and quality of Ben’s live performance, absolutely outstanding” – Rob Powell (Music Blogger & Radio Presenter)
“a set that crackles with creativity and ambition” – Simon Godley, God is in the TV Zine
“Ben Maggs raises the roof” “fantastic music” – Wiltshire & Glos Standard
"Mesmerising" - Garry Christian (Lead Singer, The Christians)
"Raw, beautiful and timeless." Claire Carter – BBC Radio Gloucestershire
Ben’s music is authentic and unique - as brilliantly expressed by an artistic admirer he is “The Inimitable Mr Maggs”.
Support will be by Afrit Nebula