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Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Friday, 14 April 2017 - 8:00pm
PLUS GUESTS TOM HYATT & SWEENEY ASTRAY
Tuff Life Boogie & They Eat Culture are delighted to present an intimate seated show from BBC Folk Award winners Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
With the release of 'Overnight' last year, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker produced an album of wonder and depth. The classic quality of these songs, the meticulous beauty of the arrangements, the blanket-warm production and perfect pairing of exquisite vocals and virtuosic guitar is the culmination of everything these idiosyncratically talented musicians have been working towards since they first met.
Despite being entirely self-financed, self-produced, self-arranged and released on the Folk Room label they co-run, their 2014 album 'Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour' brought Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker an extraordinary and unexpected amount of attention. They won Best Duo at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – a major achievement at any stage of an artist’s career. And their ovation-stirring rendition of the traditional ballad The Banks of The Sweet Primroses at the televised awards ceremony prompted 6Music DJ Cerys Matthews to invite them to appear in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country's Good at The National Theatre. The Financial Times review of the play said “Josienne Clarke sings like a haunted angel.”
While much of their music is characterised by lush chamber ensemble orchestrations, what truly sets them apart is the combination of Josienne’s divinely nuanced, emotionally affecting voice and Ben’s
intricately expressive, adroit guitar technique. They cite Sandy Denny, June Tabor, Nic Jones and Pierre Bensusan as respective influences but theirs is a captivating sound that’s all their own.
Although Ben Walker (who grew up in Worcestershire) studied classical guitar from childhood and Josienne Clarke (from West Sussex) is a classical music degree dropout, both are keen to stress that they’re “bog standard comprehensive school kids” who didn’t benefit from a conservatoire education. The elegance and sophistication of their music comes entirely from their own discipline, rigour and craft. To emphasise the point, Josienne has been known to quip: “We’re not posh, just pretentious!”
This self-deprecating humour is key to their much-loved live shows. Given Josienne’s often devastatingly sad and poetic lyrics, and the frequently death and doom-laden nature of the songs they interpret, she feels it’s only fair to lighten the mood. The misery, mirth and sheer beauty of their performances has taken them to such auspicious stages as Cambridge Folk Festival, Bristol’s Colston Hall and London’s Purcell Rooms. A far cry from the pub backrooms and sparsely attended acoustic nights where they began.
The way this duo inhabit songs that are sometimes centuries old, making them personal and present again, while also pricking the heart with their own tales of everyday love and loss makes the music of Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker a rare and precious thing.
Again, this is a SEATED SHOW, so tickets are strictly limited!
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS
Tom Hyatt is a unique and stand-out artist on the London live circuit. His explosive voice delivers dynamic and forthright songs, faithfully distilling the singer/songwriter down to its most compelling roots.
Working solo, Hyatt’s varied songs are performed with either a propulsive, percussive guitar or a fluid, contemplative piano. Often attracting comparisons to the likes of Jackson Browne, John Martyn and Tim Buckley, his shows recall past greats whilst being firmly placed on the cutting edge.
“Sophistication and aplomb which is incredibly rare… one of the most intelligent, relevant singer-songwriters in the country”
Louder Than War
SWEENEY ASTRAY are a four piece alt indie folk band from Lancashire and Manchester (in equal measure) driven by the songwriting of Mike Kneafsey. His songs are a "delightful mix of poetic balladry, catchy melody and meaningful lyrics". Every song tells a story, whether it's about love and the ocean, backpacking, drinking or fighting in a war. It's about good music, togetherness and holding onto that inner strength, sometimes against the odds! Last year’s single, ‘The Rooks of Kathmandu’ was a great example of Kneafsey’s engaging tales and melodies.
For this performance Sweeney Astray will be playing with an expanded line-up of: Mike Kneafsey (lead vocals/guitar, songwriter), Katie Ritson (harmonies, guitar) and Anna Ashworth (drums/percussion).
Friday 14th April
£12.50 advance, seated show
In person from our bar (01772 499 425) & Action Records (01772 884 772)
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