20180202: Friday 2nd February: The Willows
Support: Zoe Wren
The Willows: Fronted by the breath-taking vocals of Jade Rhiannon, supported by rich vocal harmonies and dynamic acoustic musicianship, the band takes its influences from folk traditions on both sides of the Atlantic. Its current line-up is Jade Rhiannon (vocals, Shruti box), Cliff Ward (banjo, guitar, fiddle, vocals), Ben Savage (guitar, dobro, vocals), Katriona Gilmore (violin, mandolin, vocals), Evan Carson (bodhran, percussion) and John Parker (double bass).
Alongside their achievements in the studio, a hectic touring schedule including Shrewsbury, Cambridge, Sidmouth, Broadstairs and FolkEast Festivals, has helped the band build a reputation as a compelling live act. Their first album, Beneath Our Humble Soil (2013) was nominated for Best Debut in the Spiral Earth Awards 2014. Also in 2014, in time for the release of their second album Amidst Fiery Skies, percussionist Evan joined the original line-up of Cliff, Jade, Cliff’s sister Prue, and Ben. Amidst Fiery Skies, with its mix of original material and covers, shows the band equally at home with pin-drop intimacy and invigorating foot-stompers. In 2017 Katriona replaced Prue and John Parker came on board. Now at work on their third album, they are playing a handful of tour dates to preview the new material and line-up.
“They’re wistful with an attractive sound founded on English and Irish principles with a hint of the Appalachians.” Nick Coleman, The Independent on Sunday.
Zoë Wren: At just 16, folk-influenced singer-songwriter Zoё was the youngest performer to play the main stage at Folkstock Festival. Her debut EP Pandora's Box was released with Folkstock in 2014, and the single, Nothing to See, followed in 2016. Awarded the 2017 PRS Lynsey de Paul Prize for emerging female singer-songwriters, Zoë’s new EP, Gold and Smoke is released on February 7th. Powerful and pervasive, her songs hook you from the start.
"Zoё showcases a maturing voice and songs that have depth to match their indisputable charm." Instrumentali Musicale.
At the NCI Club, Holland Street, Cambridge CB4 3DL.
Directions to the NCI Club and information on car parking can be found at http://cambridgefolkclub.co.uk/pages/the-nci-club
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £12(door), £11(advance), £10(members).