20190308: Friday 8th March: Jinski
Support: Annie Dressner
Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Jinski are songwriter 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 songwriting 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.
Equally at home headlining or as support, Jinski have opened shows for Lindisfarne, Kathryn Tickell and Kate Rusby. Festival appearances have included SummerTyne Americana at The Sage, Gateshead, and Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Recent TV appearances include BBC 1 The One Show.
Their second album, ‘Down Here’, delivers memorable tunes with a cutting lyrical edge, taking the little things that matter and revealing the bigger picture. The songs capture the moment, ask simple questions and offer some reflection.
“You’ll love them for their style, polish and great songs.” - R2 Rock'N'Reel magazine.
Seven years ago, singer-songwriter Annie Dressner left her hometown of New York City for the UK. In that time, she has been making a name for herself at live shows and with her albums, ‘Strangers Who Knew Each Other's Names’ (2011), her EP ‘East Twenties’ (2013) and ‘Broken into Pieces’ (2018). She has played at The Green Man Festival, the Secret Garden Party and Cambridge Folk Festival, and has opened for Emily Barker, Simon Felice and Kirsty McGee.
Her often plaintive songs have been played on Radio 2 and Radio 6 music. Delivering songs with conversational ease, it often seems as if she is reading from an intimate letter or a book, set to music. Her straightforward lyrical style, sharp ear for wordplay and crisp, lilting vocals, offer listeners a front row seat to her stories, as they unfold over the understated musical accompaniment.
“Highly listenable and absorbing.” - Becky Varley-Winter, review of ‘Broken into Pieces’.
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £11(door), £10(advance), £9(members).