Singer-Songwriters: Acoustic, Americana, Bluegrass Country, Folk & Roots
at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, Devon, UK
Friday 24th January - Annabelle Chvostek
Joining us directly from Celtic Connections 2013 Juno
nominee Annabelle Chvostek is a versatile singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Toronto. In
2004, she was selected to replace Cara Luft in the Juno-winning Wailin' Jennys, a gig that took her from obscurity to
international acclaim. In 2007, she left the Jennys and reprised her solo career, releasing Resilience, in 2008. Resilience
was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year and became the second most-played Canadian
album at U.S. folk radio at the start of 2009. Since the album's release, Chvostek has done yearly tours of the U.K.,
criss-crossed Canada and the U.S. and completed a 2009 tour through Poland and Slovakia. In 2011, her two co-written
duets with Canadian legend Bruce Cockburn were released on his Juno-winning album Small Source of Comfort. Annabelle's distinct musical imagination is in evidence on her latest 2013 release, Juno-nominated Rise, for she
has managed to take a decades-old art form, the protest song, and completely re-imagine it for a new era of activism.
Tues 18th February - Martyn Joseph
He has been called
“The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be
– but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music
experience of their lives. Martyn’s
ability to transcend preconceptions about how one man and a guitar can sound is testament to his talent and stage presence.
In fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s more than one musician on stage. The shows are intelligently
constructed, Martyn presenting his audience with challenging narratives and with an intensity that hits with the power of
a right hook. He tempers this with songs that comfort and speak to the soul. His great improvisation and immediate topicality
lead to an organic fluidity that makes every show different. His comfortable rapport and conversation with his audiences,
his sense of humour and his ability to make everyone feel at home lie right at the heart of the evenings success.
Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn’s
work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise
of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such
as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a
defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary
manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by
a master craftsman.
Bruce Springsteen’s work has always been sighted by Martyn as a huge influence and Autumn 2013 will see him
release “Tyres Rushing by in the Rain”, an album of Springsteen covers, all carefully chosen with some unexpected
lesser-known gems as well.
Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the
Weds 19th February - Cara Dillon
Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful times in your whole life. Her staggeringly
beautiful voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song and imbue material with not only profound sweetness but
also poignancy and depth.
Born in Dungiven in 1975, she was brought up in a close musical family immersed in the rich
cultural heritage of her native County Derry. Having won the All Ireland Traditional Singing Trophy aged only 14 she went
on to sing with Oige, De Dannan and then Equation. It was in this band that she met her husband and musical collaborator Sam
Lakeman. The combination of Cara's expressive vocals and Lakeman's rippling piano and fresh production squeezed new
life into ancient material. Their original songs sit happily alongside the traditional, reinforcing the debt they owe, whilst
pointing to a distinct and distinguished musical identity all of their own.
Whether she's singing her native traditional
songs of lost love and emigration, or their original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating
performer. This tour will showcase the songs on her new album scheduled for release in October 2013.
Dillon is one of Ireland’s truly great singers” The Guardian
“Quite possibly the world’s
most beautiful female voice…” Q Magazine
Weds Sunday 2nd March - Phil Beer Band
Phil Beer, best known for his
multi-instrumental wizardry as one half of England’s top acoustic / roots duo Show of Hands, is also touring with his
own band once again. Described by The Guardian as ‘where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide’ an evening
with The Phil Beer Band is fast, frenetic, ‘feel-good’ and leavened with a good helping of humour.
Delivering a unique blend of ‘folk and roll’ drawn from Phil’s love of traditional tunes
and American country rock, the Phil Beer Band comprises six musicians each with musical careers in their own right, including
guitarist and singer Emily Slade and melodeonist and tunesmith Gareth Turner, known for his energy-fuelled performances
with Little Johnny England. Nick Quarmby (Colvin Quarmby) on bass, Steve Crickett on drums and Olivia Dunn (Mad Dog MaCree)
on fiddle complete the line-up.
Phil’s instrumental skills on acoustic and electric
guitars, fiddle and mandolin are well documented and been utilized by countless artists over the years, including The Rolling
Stones, Mike Oldfield and Steve Harley. He was for many years lead guitarist and singer with the Albion band and co-wrote
many of their songs. He has also made forays into film and television music as well as finding time to produce albums for
Thurs 3rd April - Kimmie Rhodes
Singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes is a native Texan who calls Austin home. Kimmie’s multi-platinum selling
songs have been recorded by such stellar acts as Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Joe
Ely, John Farnham, Waylon Jennings, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. A creative and prolific artist, she
has recorded and released a total of fifteen solo CDs, written and produced three musical plays and a catalogue of hundreds
of songs, and published a book. Kimmie is currently serving as an associate producer for a documentary, “They Called
Us Outlaws” to be presented by the Country Music Hall Of Fame In Nashville, TN. The feature length film to be dedicated
in memory of Joe Gracey and Waylon Jennings, produced and directed by Eric Geadelman, focuses on not only “The Outlaws”
but the Austin music scene in the 70s when people from all over the world converged on the city then known as “Groover’s
In another rare moment for the well-known songwriter, Kimmie released her latest CD late in 2013
covering some of her favorite songs, titled Kimmie Rhodes “Covers.” Covers” marks a “sea change”
for Kimmie Rhodes. For the first time, the songwriters songwriter, puts down her pen to devote an entire album to singing
of the songs of others whose music has served milestones of her storied performing and recording career, and her life. Rhodes
first studio adventure since the passing of longtime partner and collaborator Joe Gracey, Kimmie draws deep from a wide range
of catalogues – Thiele and Weiss, Lennon and McCartney, Jagger and Richards, Jimmy Reed, Mark Knopfler, Dylan, Bono,
Tom Petty, Leon Russell, Neil Young and Tom Waits, and channels close friends Townes Van Zandt and Rodney Crowell; telling
each story in that clear, soaring songbird voice that takes ownership of every composition.
The soul of a poet and the voice of an angel.” – Rodney Crowell
If you haven’t before,
do yourself a favour and bring her into your listening life.” - Emmylou Harris
Mon 28th April - Jim Moray Band
Jim Moray is one of the most consistently inventive musicians
working in English traditional music today. Winner of five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, after five ground-breaking albums he now
finds himself at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk
musicians. In 2013 he celebrated both 10 years since his landmark debut album Sweet England and the success of his 2012 career
best Skulk. Now he brings material from his forthcoming album of traditional ballads out on the road for an evening of storytelling
music at its best.
"This new set shows him moving towards the mainstream, relying on his fine, distinctive
voice rather than shock tactics... One of the folk scenes great originals" **** The Guardian
compelling landmark in contemporary folk" Album Of The Week - The Independent
Thurs 15th May - Eliza Gilkyson
Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected
musicians in Folk and Americana music circles. The daughter of songwriter Terry Gilkyson, whose songs were recorded by artists
as diverse as Johnny Cash, the White Stripes, and Dean Martin, Eliza was headed for a career in music at an early age.
She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, Etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio and has toured with
Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame alongside
legends Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, and Nanci Griffith, received a Grammy nomination for her 2006 CD "Paradise Hotel",
and is an ongoing winner of the Austin Chronicle's various music awards, as well as the Folk Alliance Best Artist, Best
Songwriter and Record of the Year.
“One of the most influential artists on
the American folk music scene”– Maverick
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