20200110: Friday 10th January: Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer
Support: Wes Finch
Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer met at an event organised by Joan Armatrading for the acts she had chosen to support her on her 2015 tour. They soon realised that their playing styles and voices complemented each other, and they started playing together after their inaugural gig supporting Joan Armatrading in front of a thousand-strong crowd.
Since then, they have played together all over the UK, notably as the support act to 10cc and Ralph McTell on their 2018 U.K. tours, at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2018, the 2018 Cambridge Folk Festival and the UK Americana Music Association Showcase in 2017 and 2019, as well as at AmericanaFest in Nashville in 2017. They also contributed backing vocals to Ralph McTell’s new album, which was produced by Tony Visconti. In 2020, they will be supporting Fairport Convention on their Winter tour.
They have recently finished work on their debut album, Another Shade Of, released in Autumn 2019. "They create guitar-driven country-rock that’s dreamy and fiery, spontaneous and well-crafted. From beginning to end, Smith and Brewer exemplify originality and utilise their talents to make country music with a brain. They consistently deliver impressive performances; their harmonies, guitars, and percussion are all point perfect" Alan Cackett, former Maverick Editor, member of the BCMA Hall of Fame.
Wes Finch is a rare talent. Stylistically, he creates a sound that is both gentle and vulnerable, but also epic in proportion. Wes is one of a new school of musicians who is rewriting our understanding of modern music. Presently recording with Mercury Prize Nominated Producer Gerry Diver (Sam Lee and Lisa Knapp) and recognised for support by the likes of Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy, Wes is an undeniably important figure for the future of British music. Wes is also part of The Rude Mechanicals Band, and tonight will be accompanied by his fiddle player.
"A blast of originality, primal energy and musical magic in a market saturated with cloned artists and homogenised songs," Gerry Diver.
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £10(door), £9(advance), £8(members).