20190524: Friday 24th May: Vera van Heeringen
Support: Jackson Creek Band
Vera van Heeringen: It's unusual to find someone who's as good a songwriter as an instrumentalist. Vera van Heeringen is that person. A consummate guitarist, highly acclaimed by her contemporaries, she brings the instrument to life in way that is entirely her own. Vera also writes songs and tunes which deliver straight to - and from - the heart. Firmly rooted in Transatlantic traditions, her original contemporary Americana showcases both these skills: firebrand instrumental virtuosity and poignant, emotionally astute songwriting.
An early starter, raised in the acoustic music scene in her native Holland, Vera has been performing from the age of 16. Vera's debut album, Standing Tall, was released in 2012 and marked a change of direction after nearly five years of touring as part of the brilliantly comedic New Rope String Band. In 2015, Vera released her second album, Proper Brew, which features a roll call of top-drawer musicians who share her musical aesthetic – amongst them Tim O'Brien, Dirk Powell, Rayna Gellert and Kris Drever. Vera's currently working on her third album.
The Jackson Creek Band - Ben Ashby (bass, guitar), Helene Jones (guitar, vocals) and Ken Hill (upright bass) has appeared at venues and folk clubs in the Cambridge area and further afield, performing Country & Western, Bluegrass and folk music - all with a healthy dose of harmony, some fancy guitar picking and wholesome upright bass beats that will get your toes tapping. It’s country music with class.
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £12(door), £11(advance), £10(members).