20191122: Friday 22nd November: Eric Sedge; Kerry Devine
Support: Sam Inglis
Hailing from the farming heartland of East Anglia and raised a stone’s throw from its coast, Eric takes his inspiration from the tales and folklore of his native county of Suffolk. With songs of the sea and the soil, and drawing on a youth spent working the land, Eric’s material provides a unique insight into the history and traditions of this quiet corner of England. Following a 2018 appearance at the prestigious Cropredy Festival, in 2019 he became a special guest on Richard Digance’s UK tour. His CD ‘Pleased to Meet You’ was released to accompany the 2018 tour.
“A modern-day troubadour telling tales of ordinary folk,” Fatea Magazine.
The crystalline vocals of this multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer have been compared to the likes of Beth Orton and Joni Mitchell. To evoke the distinctive nature of the Fenland landscape, its stillness and its history, Kerry combines her ethereal vocal delivery with touches of Indie folk, ambient sounds and unusual guitar tunings, while her often nostalgic lyrics reflect on the passage of time on the Fenland environment, its people, and their relationships. Her haunting musical texture has depth and richness, but, like the Fens, is also quite sparse. Her debut CD ‘Away from Mountains’ was launched at Wicken Fen in 2018.
Kerry says of the Fens, “This place comforts me, I wanted to create a kind of sound womb that the listener could come into and be comforted too.”
About five years ago, Sam moved away from writing his own songs to pursue his interest in the traditional songs of England and Scotland. He now enjoys uncovering obscure songs and less well-known versions of famous songs, and setting them to what he describes as ‘slightly odd’ guitar accompaniments. In 2018, he released his solo album, Strong Meat, a collection of eleven traditional songs from the British Isles, America and Australia which, as far as he is aware, had never been recorded. In the ‘ludicrously long time’ it took to put the album together, Sam discovered that some of the songs he had intended to include had already been recorded, so you can find them on his website.
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £10(door), £9(advance), £8(members).