Monthly resident music night The Acoustic Folk Highway returns to The Harrison's theatre-style basement with a stellar line up of solo artists and bands.
All Things Considered - www.allthingsconsidered.org.uk
'Folk Fusion' is probably the closest you will get in trying to define the sound of Berkshire 5 piece All Things Considered.
Led by vocalist Emma Baldwin - whose haunting tones have been likened to Natalie Merchant among others, the band comprise driving fiddle player Gethin Webster, intricate acoustic guitarist Adrian Holden, soaring cello from Andrew Richardson and the groove based, almost tribal percussion of Phil Daniels. Their bold sound and wide musical influences make them both a distinctive, yet very accessible act - with their music reaching a diverse audience.
Having formed from the ashes of a number of acts in late 2007, the last few years have seen the band record and self promote 2 albums, tour all over the country and have their music played on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, multiple regional BBC folk and acoustic shows and radio shows and podcasts in the USA.
Yamirah Gercke - www.facebook.com/yamirah.gercke
Yamirah Gercke is german American guitarist. Playing some Fusion music. From the record she released with the Bad Ass Freaks. On stage with her will be David Leißer and Guido Spannocchi.
Maletta Jackson & The Reputations - www.facebook.com/malettajackson
Walking the three-way line between Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and Nashville-era Taylor Swift, Maletta Jackson’s songs combine country and folk influences to bring you stories of love, heartbreak, malevolent beards and deceased pets. Maletta and her band The Reputations, recruited in the honky-tonks and dive bars of north and east London, will be weaving their unique country magic with an exciting line-up of guitar, lapsteel, banjo and bass.
Silvy Vignola - www.facebook.com/silvivignola
Silvi Vignola is much travelled, her inherent wanderlust is key to her music. She has spent intermittent periods of time travelling the globe, East to West and North to South, taking pieces of each place with her. Some places left a deeper mark than others, one being the North of England where she spent longer periods and picked up on Folk traditions, music and finger picking styles. Her music takes us to a somewhat familiar place and then beyond that, where we dream both of roads less travelled and the places we have left behind. Her voices also references the past but is also most defiantly of the now. Silvi conveys both musically and lyrically her need to be constantly on the move while being entirely rooted in the earth...
Kiltro - www.facebook.com/KiltroMusic
Kiltro is the brainchild of Chilean-American singer songwriter Chris Bowers Castillo. Conceived in the lively, bohemian port city of Valparaiso, Chile, Kiltro draws much of its thematic energy from Latin-American folk artists like Victor Jara, Atahualpa Yupanqui, and Inti-Illimani, making for an emotive and stylistically unique merging of older genres with contemporary ones.
Danny Leigh - dannyleigh.bandcamp.com
Monthly host and curator of The Acoustic Folk Highway since August 2014. Career highlights include touring Ireland and Cornwall, playing guitar for Tom Odell, performing at Mandrea Music Festival in northern Italy, being featured on BBC Introducing and recording his song 'No More Running' at the Roundhouse for the 30:30 Compilation CD.
Danny has a busy summer ahead with wedding and function gigs in the diary, courtesy of Alive Network music agency as well as a booking at Serta International Music Festival in Portugal.
He has released two six track EPs and two singles, available on Bandcamp, with a third EP in the pipeline this summer.
“I think that's just the most hypnotizing voice I've heard all evening. That's what the text book definition of 'Folk Voice' should be.” - Nick Coquet (As heard on BBC Introducing: The South, radio broadcast)
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