Preview: Acoustic Music Festival 2012

13 01 2012

With the brilliant news yesterday that BrisFest will be taking place at Ashton Court in September, the spotlight once again shines on the breath of Bristol’s music scene. Many of the city’s best talents are playing at the Bristol Acoustic Music Festival at St George’s this weekend. Click here for more information.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13

7.45pm Steve Page
“A consummate alt. country songwriter, Steve Page’s brand of respectfully executed heritage Americana ranges from intimate love songs to knockabout anthems for a world going to hell in a handcart.”

8.30pm Katey Brooks
“A rising soul songstress on the UK acoustic music scene, Katey Brooks’ rich, deep voice, world-weary but beautifully uplifting folk and sad-eyed modern spirituals.”

9.20pm Benny Sensus
“Unorthadox full-bodied acoustic five piece Benny Sensus fuse classical and modern musical genres, amalgamating floating vocals, fingerstyle guitar, classical cello lines and hard hitting rap into an exciting and progressive live music force.”

10.20pm Bashema
“Raw, emotional pianism and strong, incomparable, vocal style. Here she brings her amazing band to an impressive classical-jazz-pop-other set.”

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14

1.30pm Elliott Hall
Songwriter competition winner, “weaving folk, poetry and rock ‘n’ roll, Elliott Hall reignites a spark for credible new songwriters, his rough, gruff and tumble voice pulling away at his raw, edgy lyrics”.

2.15pm Lady Nade
“A distinctively individual performer, a new Queen of jazz, funk and soul with an incomparable voice, her regal presence, hauntingly effortless, utterly beautiful whisper and smoky, sultry songs.”

3pm The Mowat Farnon Quintet

3.50pm Danielle Celeste

4.40pm Trish Brown Band

6.10pm Jacanda
“Timeless folk tinged acoustic pop songs of quiet moods and rhythmic, spare arrangements, spiked with warmth and heart and immaculately played, each song overflowing with pure class, pure musicianship and pure emotions.”

7.10pm Celestine
“A carefully crafted infusion of mellow jazz and funksome soul, gospel and blues that fits her classic, hauntingly beautiful voice to a very modern R’n’B style.”

8.10pm The Midnight Brothers

9.10pm Gavin Thorpe

10.10pm Jane Taylor
“Intangible show-stealing magic in her voice and an exceptional song-writing wanderlust that flits from delicate Tori Amos-style balladry to sharp Joni Mitchell boho-jazz-folk, mixed with a shot of Damien Rice and The Sundays.”

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15

1pm Free Range Choir
“Choral singing without the stuffiness, this nine-strong Bristol-based close harmony singing group bring a brilliant sense of musicianship to winning performances of an exhilarating unexpected range of compelling contemporary music.”

1.50pm Jennifer Crook
“Initially acclaimed as an outstanding harp player, English singer-songwriter Jennifer Crook has surely elevated as a soloist into ‘a talent with a white light future’ (Musician Magazine), her blend of contemporary folk, pop and Americana both eruditely beautiful and delightfully difficult to pigeonhole.”

2.40pm Dada Shango

3.30pm Ngaio Anyia
“Saturated in feeling and graced by superior musicianship, Ngaio Anyia’s neo-jazz-blues-soul certainly makes an impression, a compelling meld of Jill Scott sermonising, Erykah Badu incandescent nu-soul and Corinne Bailey Rae bitter-sweet pop.”

4.20pm Venn Saxophone Quartet
“Venn’s quadrophonic chamber music roams the borders between classical, jazz and free musical forms. Music by Graham Fitkin, Stan Sulzmann, and Iain Ballamy complements the quartet’s own jazz-led originals, arrangements and improvisation.”

5.45pm Wildflowers

6.45pm Roger Tarry

7.45pm Burning Bandits
“Bristol troubadour-duo with a fresh take on back-to-basics acoustic indie-folk.”

8.45pm Rosie Garrard
“Highlighting St George’s gorgeous acoustic Rosie Garrard brings heartbreakingly beautiful vocals and fragile guitar to emotionally naked acoustic folk.”

9.45pm Troy Ellis and the Hail Jamaica Reggie Band
“Tapping into the rich Jamaican tradition, Troy Ellis, brings his distinctive, expressive vocals, quite remarkable dancing and burning desire to party to the stage, his crack seven-piece band lending its impressive, precision-drilled backing to a rousing set of great dance music reflecting the fantastic variety and sophistication of reggae.”


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