Jan
30
8:00 PM20:00

Brooks Williams

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As Mrs Yarringtons Music Club moves into our 10th year we welcome one of Mrs Y's favourites to kick off 2018 with Brooks Williams. You may have caught him at Mrs Y's or last years Big Green Cardigan you will know this is not to be missed. 

Now based in the UK, Brooks Williams hails from Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell. Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, he’s a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. Plus, “he has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” Not one easy to pigeon-hole, Brooks' music is the love-child of country-blues and soulful Americana.

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His massive repertoire spans classic roots and blues, Trouble In Mind, Backwater Blues and Mother Earth, as well as compelling covers from the likes of Dave Alvin, Buddy Miller and Mose Allison. His own songs are thoroughly alive with clearly-drawn ironic characters, like Frank Delandry and Evil Knievel, and rich in blues pathos. 

Brooks Williams has worked stages worldwide for over twenty-five years, touring constantly in the US, UK and Europe. Audiences are often heard asking, how can one guitar and one voice sound like a full band? The San Antonio Light says that Williams is a “fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!”

"Stirring up soulful Americana, full-on blues and tasty rootsy grooves, he really rocks." (fRoots)

"Talent, taste and astonishing technique." (Blues Revue)

“We called him back for three encores!” (Blues In Britain)

"A fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!” (San Antonio Light)

“Americana at its finest!” (fRoots)

“…classy, tasteful, bright, and hugely enjoyable!" (Blues Matters)

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Mar
13
8:00 PM20:00

Richard Digance

This is a not to be missed visit to Mrs Yarringtons Music Club and to create a not to be repeated event we shall once again be at St Mary's Church. 

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'Following his Golden Anniversary Tour of 2017 Richard is back on the road in 2018, with a brand new show, the Not Bad For His Age Tour, singing songs and telling stories from his new album Once Upon A Time.  New songs, new choruses to sing along with along with Richard's most popular golden oldies.' 

Richard Digance is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a recipient of The Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He has also won a Sony Award and is one of only three British folk singers mentioned in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters for his contribution to comedy songwriting. 
He has released 31 albums, written 14 books and has nearly 5 million visits on YouTube. He also composed the songs and music for Bill Bryson's best-selling Audio CD book 'The Road To Little Dribbling.' He has worked in America with movie star Steve Martin and recalls two of his greatest moments as playing The London Palldium with Robin Williams and a guitar duet on TV with Queen guitarist Brian May.
Off-stage he composes soundtracks and incidental music for TV and movies plus audio CD books.

 

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Mar
27
8:00 PM20:00

Mark Flanagan

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Mark Flanagan is probably best known as guitarist for Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, an association that began in 1988 and continues to this day.
Born in Liverpool, Mark started playing ukulele at the age of eight. He got his first guitar at the age of 12 and was soon entertaining friends and family along with his father, a good player and singer himself. .
Mark moved to London in 1988 where his neighbour happened to be Jools Holland. Mark jammed with Jools at the Edinburgh Festival that year, joining Jools' band soon afterwards. Over the years with the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Mark has performed with many of the biggest names in the industry - Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Paul Weller, Amy Winehouse, BB King, Al Green to name but a few. As well as appearing on all Jools' award-winning albums, Mark also played acoustic lead guitar on Devil and the Deep Blue Sea a track on George Harrison's last album Brainwashed. A live performance of this track appears in Martin Scorsese's film, Living in a Material World, a film about George Harrison's life. Additionally Mark appeared with Jools and the Orchestra in Richard Linklater's film Me and Orson Welles, starring Zac Efron.
Mark continues to make a name for himself as a solo artist with his own catalogue of songs, written on Dobro and acoustic guitars. Performing solo  Mark wows his audiences with fine guitar playing and songs written from the heart.
 Mark's first album The Chosen Few received excellent reviews in the Folk/Roots/Blues community and featured guest appearances from Jools Holland, Sam Brown, Seckou Keita and Rico Rodriguez
Down The Wire, Mark's second album, was co-written and performed with old friend Jimmy Bergin. This record is alt/country in flavour , romantically inclined, and features a stunning guest vocal appearance by Ruby Turner.

 

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Apr
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Rheingans Sisters

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Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Original Track’, The Rheingans Sisters make bold, playful, innovative folk music that is anchored in traditions without ever being bound by them. Audiences across the world have been captivated by their performances, each one an authentic invitation to participate in an intuitive musical conversation between two musicians at the height of their powers. A life-time’s deep learning of European traditions is carefully re-imagined to produce beguiling new music. Older musical landscapes shape new songs, asking irresistible questions concerning our own lives. Always creating space for spontaneity and surprise, instrumental pieces are wholly contemporary while drawing from the well of musical knowledge passed down through generations. 

Fiddle-singers and multi-instrumentalists Rowan and Anna Rheingans grew up in the Peak District, surrounded by traditional music and encouraged to pick up the fiddle by their musician mother and violin-maker father from an early age. Rowan is a well known on the English folk scene as part of hugely popular BBC Folk Award nominated trio Lady Maisery as well as for her work with Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band and the Songs of Separation super-group alongside Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart.  Anna lives and works as a fiddle player in Toulouse and is an expert in southern French folk music, having recently gained a 1st class diploma from the Conservatioire Occitan. As both sisters have also spent a significant amount of time studying fiddle music in Sweden and Norway, they pull a range of influences from both northern and southern European fiddle traditions into their own  interpretations, compositions and arrangements.  

The Rheingans Sisters’ debut album Glad Gold Hearts was released on Rootbeat Records in June 2013 to wide critical acclaim. Songlines described them as "musical miscegenation with unabashed confidence, a duo of considerable abilities and imaginations to match” and nominated Rowan and Anna for Best Group and Best Newcomer in the Songlines Music Awards.  

Their second, award-winning album Already Home, recorded over just five days in a remote forest studio in mid-Wales, is an enticing, thoughtful and adventurous record that quickly caused a stir when it was released in November 2015. Amongst a flurry of fantastic reviews, The Independent called Already Home ‘superb’, fRoots made them a cover-feature and described the album as “quite simply extraordinary” and Folk Radio UK hailed it as “not only a beautiful and exceptional record, but an important one”. It reached the top 10 albums in the 2015 fRoots Critics Poll Album of the Year, was awarded a Songlines ‘Top of the World’ award and earned Rowan and Anna no less than two nominations at the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. As well as being nominated for the ‘Horizon’ award which celebrates the best new acts on the UK’s folk scene, they won ‘Best Original Track’ for the song Mackerel.

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May
22
8:00 PM20:00

Dove & Boweevil Duo

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After a scene stealing performance at The Big Green Cardigan 2017, Mrs Y's are pleased to welcome back Dove & Boweevil for us, as a duo. 
They have built a mighty fine reputation on the British Blues scene in the UK, widely recognised as an act to watch and constantly carving their own style.  Vocalist Lauren Dove and guitarist Mark ‘Boweevil’ Howes released their debut album ‘Getting Somewhere’ in March 2011 following an inspiring trip in pursuit of their passion of Blues and Soul from New Orleans to Chicago performing in Nashville, becoming a finalist in a songwriters competition at reputable Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta as well performances at Buddy Guy’s Blues Club in Chicago. There they revelled in witnessing the likes of Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Mavis Staples and Seasick Steve to a name a few of Dove and Boweevil’s influences.

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  In 2014 they were both nominated for best vocalist and guitarist in the British Blues Awards. Their song Listen Up has also been used in film soundtrack Scar Tissue with a visit to BAFTA for the premiere and they have recently been featured on the Krossboarder Record label compilation.
 
      Since forming, the Dove and Boweevil Band have performed in the UK Blues Challenge 2016, their album This Life has been nominated for best album AND best song in the BBA's, pick of the week on BBC Radio London's Robert Elms show, playlist of the month Future Radio, BBC INtroducing song of the week.  
 
  Reaching audiences far and wide from Birmingham to Billericay, The Blues Kitchen, Camden, Folk East, The Devil’s Kitchen, Upton Blues Festival,  Red Rooster Festival,  Maryport Festival, Cumbria as well as several  festivals including Newark, Doncaster, Chelmsford and Jaks Joint at the Great British Rn’B Festival.
 
   As a duo they have had a residency at Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues Bar in Soho, BluestrainFM at The Shack in Amsterdam as well as local Latitude Festival.
 
       Both as a duo and a great five piece band Dove and Boweevil have been transforming the intensity of their original music, sharing stories and deeply felt emotions. The band launched their album project with Pledge Music, hitting their target with house gigs, T-Shirts and more.

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Jun
5
8:00 PM20:00

Jinski

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Mrs Y's are pleased to welcome acoustic duo JINSKI who are song writer Stephen Wegrzynski and musician Dave Kennedy, a partnership forged from acoustic roots and the love of a strong melody. Their music touches the borders of folk, country, and pop, keeping alive the song writing tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern. 
Playing ‘live’ with just two voices and two guitars JINSKI have been touring the UK, honing their craft, chalking up the miles and making new friends wherever they play. They have built a reputation for delivering music for the head and the heart that is full of passion, meaning and originality. Notable supports have been to Joe Jackson, The Proclaimers, Lindisfarne and Kathryn Tickell. A recent TV appearance has been on BBC 1 The One Show. 

If you are into the likes of Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell,  John Martyn, or Nick Drake you will get the drift.

“You’ll love them for their style, polish and great songs” - (R2 ROCK ‘N’ REEL magazine) 

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Jul
17
8:00 PM20:00

Doug MacLeod

Another returnee for our 10th anniversary, but anyone who witnessed his last visit will be there.

Doug MacLeod, perennial Blues Music Award winner & 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.

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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.

  • 2017 - Acoustic Artist of the Year
  • 2016 - Acoustic Artist of the Year
  • 2014 - Both Acoustic Artist of the Year & Acoustic Album of the Year

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Jul
31
8:00 PM20:00

Jeff Lang

We have added another date to our summer diary to squeeze this one in as part of his UK tours as we couldn't miss him. Returning for his 5th visit to Mrs Y's is worldwide accliamed Aussie Jeff Lang.

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"In a world where music is diluted by money and plasticine, give thanks that Jeff Lang is out there... He paints pictures in sound.” Beat Magazine

 Jeff Lang has earned worldwide acclaim as a virtuosic guitarist, a dynamic songwriter and a startlingly unique live performer. With a back catalogue of 16 studio albums, Jeff has been featured at major festivals, pubs, clubs, arts centres and venues internationally for the past decade. Blending rock, roots, folk, blues, ballads, instrumentals, improvisation and a devastatingly high level of musicality, Jeff Lang is a singularly unique performer in our world.
Jeff Lang’s newest record, “Alone in Bad Company” is his most recent world music collaboration is Maru Tarang with Asin Langa & Bhungar Manganiya from Rajasthan & Bobby Singh. This group combines ancient Rajasthani folk music’s with Jeff’s individual “Disturbed Folk”. 
Throughout his career, Jeff has been showered with achievements and awards - the most outstanding would be his seven ARIA award nominations, as well as his three wins in 2002, 2010 and 2012.
His previous album, “Carried In Mind” (ABC/UNIVERSAL) won the 2012 Aria award for “Best Blues & Roots”, was awarded “Album of The Year” by Australia’s roots music bible, Rhythms and won the ‘National Folk Recording Award’ presented by Australia’s National Film and Sound Archives.  Always one to experiment with genres and instrumentation, Jeff’s world music project Djan Djan won the 2010 ARIA for “Best World Release”.  
With his music released in China, Europe, USA and Japan, Jeff has toured the globe for years playing the world’s major festivals, clubs, venues and major performing arts centres.  He’s repeatedly graced the many stages of Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Japan, China, India, Reunion Island and many countries in Europe.
Over the years, Lang has built up a devoted, almost cult-like following with his live performances. Working without a set list and allowing the unique energy of each night to shape the songs, Lang’s live shows have become much talked about, always taking the audience along for the ride, has seen word of mouth bloom into a successful career. 

It’s been widely acknowledged that Jeff Lang is an extraordinarily individual musician. What enhances his unique nature is his steadfast adherence to a prolific and diverse musical palette and output. A songwriter, a collaborator, a guitar virtuoso and a stunning lyricist, Jeff Lang crafts songs as novellas - rich with depth and vision, yet with an open breathe for individual interpretation.

And the media says…

“Jeff Lang is one of those people who has music dripping from his fingers.”
Courier Mail, Australia


"He explores sonorities as eclectic as they are stunning...Lang's only reference point is himself, a unique singer-songwriter-guitarist who follows his own path." 
Le Soleil, Quebec


Jeff Lang is, in my humble opinion, a national treasure, a truly gifted songwriter and an outstanding guitarist. He has been inspiration to countless Australian and internationally renowned roots artists and surely has a place in history as one of this generation’s finest.
He has really touched me and musically, I had a kind of revelation…” 

John Butler, John Butler Trio

“We’re treated to moody atmospheric textures, ripping electric lap-steel riffs, delicate acoustic picking, trippy backwards leads, oddball percussion, throbbing tremolo, and unconventional lyrics – all of which Lang blends like some crazed sonic alchemist. “
Andy Ellis, Guitar Player Magazine, USA

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Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

The Hut People

“The only band to have been asked back 8 times consecutively – because they’re so good!” Swaledale Festival

 Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of  the most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!

This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty. 
In 2017, The Hut People release their 4th studio album on the Fellside label entitled 'Routes'. Tunes forging pathways and routes underground; across the oceans and traversing motorways. Infectious melodies and foot-tapping rhythms packed into containers laden with grooves from South Africa, Quebec and across the globe; North, South, East and West. ‘Routes’ is their most expansive and thoughtful journey yet. Jump on board and enjoy the ride.


a bewildering array of percussion and accordion-fired compositions….truly infectious!” R2

“Remarkable. .”  THE LIVING TRADITION

“The festival season is nearly upon us, and with The Hut People gracing many of this years bashes, their infectious ‘World Folk’ will surely be winning them many new fans” SONGLINES

     “This is a brilliantly unique sound – a duo of piano accordion and percussion defiantly unbounded by British traditions as they stride into world music.” 
THE SCOTSMAN     

 

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Oct
31
8:00 PM20:00

Walklate & Fuschi

Walklate and Fuschi are an "Electric Blues Duo” that use old tube amplifiers creating a rich tone that roots their sound in the very early days of amplified Blues. The result is a magical performance that stands out for its intensity and energy. Although there are two people on stage, they sound like a 10 piece Blues band. The two bluesmen have different cultural backgrounds but when it comes to play the Blues, they speak the same language. They let the music do the talking. They both bring a wealth of influences and musical experience to the table; Paolo is an expert funk and jazz guitarist, but was also brought up on the music of his native Sicily. Mat has a deep and abiding love of pre-war Blues, and he has also been playing Irish traditional music as long as he’s played Blues.
Their first album, Kicking Up The Dust, was recorded live, with no overdubs, in just 4 ½ hours and captured the power and drive of their live performances. They push at the boundaries and they never ‘dial it in’ or take the easy route. Every performance has an element of danger, and complete integrity.
 

 

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Oct
17
8:00 PM20:00

Eduardo Niebla

Please note that this gig is not at our usual venue but at St Mary's Church, Upper Lake , Battle.

“Stunning flamenco jazz guitar pyrotechnics.” “The undisputed highlight of this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Quite simply brilliant.” (THE SOUND).  

Some of you may have seen his blown away performance at The Big Green Cardigan a couple of years ago, If you are already among his admirers around the world, you know you have something quite extraordinary in store. The virtuoso Spanish guitarist makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers; brilliant flamenco jazz fusion, exquisitely performed, full of passion and verve. Eduardo’s has appeared all over the world from india to the Olympic games and everywhere in between and played with everyone from the Dante String Quartet to George Michael. 
For us tonight he accompanied guitarist Matthew Robinson; an amazing opportunity to hear world class guitar playing at its very best.

Supported by Sean De Burca, who has been named as one of the greatest guitarists worldwide under the age of 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. This evening is an unmissable for lovers of guitar music of any kind. 

 

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