20190329: Friday 29th March: Portland Brothers (Steve Adams & Timothy Victor); Dan Wilde
Support: Kerry Devine
Portland Brothers: Steven Adams & Timothy Victor
Steven Adams and Timothy Victor first met in the summer of 2001 at The Portland Arms, Cambridge. Adams had just put together The Broken Family Band, who would go on to be one of the best-loved cult bands to come out of the city, whilst TV was playing in Chris T-T's band and fronting his
own, sprawling 'country and eastern' outfit The Folk Orchestra.
Over the next few years the two became firm friends, with Victor producing the first two Broken Family Band albums and performing live with the group as the unofficial 'fifth member'. Adams and Victor also collaborated on the 2005 album 'Problems', played a few sweaty London club shows with a short-lived rock band, and sang together as part of an unaccompanied vocal group, wearing false beards.
Since The Broken Family Band split in 2009, Adams has continued to perform and record, both solo and with the band Singing Adams, and more recently with Steven Adams & The French Drops. TV has continued to perform with The Folk Orchestra, as well as writing and recording music for television and doing 'something with computers'.
As TV explains: "My band played Steven's birthday party at his house last year, and we sang together for the first time in ages. That was when we realised we should make some music together."
Portland Brothers sees the duo returning to the music that first brought them together; writing and singing songs that reflect their shared love of folk music, country rock and classic pop.
Adams says: "When we first met, Tim lived in London and I lived in Cambridge. A couple of years later I moved to London and he now lives in Cambridge. I don't know what this means".
Portland Brothers are currently writing and recording for an album due for release later in 2019.
Dan Wilde has been performing his own brand of richly observant folk in the UK and around the world for the past seven years, and has toured the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, the Czech Republic and Russia. Three studio albums in, and the evidence is clear that he’s not only an extraordinary songsmith, but a ‘stunning’ guitarist too. His third album ‘Rhythm on the City Wall’ (2017) has secured him a contract with Wild Sound (One Little Indian) and premier folk booking agency Strada. The album was also listed in Proper Distribution’s top 100 albums of 2016, across all genres. Work on his fourth studio album will commence shortly.
His profound lyrics, melded with a unique melodic sensibility, show him maturing into a poetic commentator and keen observer of everyday life’s patterns and tapestries, deserving comparison with the likes of Paul Simon, Richard Thompson and Ron Sexsmith. Dan’s words have been described as “deeply personal and introspective but engrossing and charismatic” (Folkwords). Intimate and moving, his work has a lyrical grace which is hard to match.
He has supported Rick Astley, Ethan Johns, Cara Dillon, Karine Polwart, Sam Carter, John Smith and Martin Taylor, to name but a few, and performed at some of the UK’s best-loved folk festivals including Cambridge, Kendal Calling, Beverley Festival and Galtres
"a fantastic songwriting talent who without a doubt will deserve and demand your attention” - Eclectically Challenged.
Kerry DevineThe crystalline, beautifully ethereal vocals of multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer Kerry Devine have been compared to the likes of Beth Orton and Joni Mitchell. Kerry's distinctive style, partly derived from her use of varied, strange guitar tunings, has also prompted comparisons with Joni Mitchell.
Her debut album, ‘Away from Mountains’, (2018), was profoundly inspired by the Fenland landscape of her native East Anglia, and the stillness and history that inhabit it. As Devine has explained, “When you’re there and you're still, you can hear so many different sounds, so many different layers, so I wanted to create something that sounded like that, that had the depth and the richness but was also very sparse. This place comforts me, I wanted to create a kind of sound womb that the listener could come into and be comforted too.”
In a 2017 interview with Fatea records, Kerry said her song writing can be inspired "by a hook in my head or someone will say something. I am now doing it more professionally. You really, really have to work on the song writing craft. I take this quite seriously now. Almost always the words come first. Good song writing transcends and takes people to different places, or can make them feel they are in the past."
“An amazing talent...far beyond her years...a haunting melodic sound” - Amazing Radio.
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £10(door), £9(advance), £8(members).