20180928: Friday 28th September: Sally Barker
Support: Lizzie J Taylor and Sandra O'Neill
Sally Barker began writing songs and performing at the age of 10, and her voice just gets better with age. By her late teens she was performing folk and blues in pubs and folk clubs in the Midlands with bass player Chris Watson. They went on to support Steeleye Span, Gordon Giltrap and Roy Harper. After Chris moved away, Sally won the 1986 Kendal Songsearch Competition and went solo. She supported the likes of Richard Thompson, Taj Mahal, Richard Digance and Fairport Convention, and secured solo record deals. With Karen Tweed, Patsy Seddon and Mary Macmaster, Sally founded the all-female folk group 'The Poozies'. The early 90s saw her touring solo - opening for Bob Dylan and Robert Plant - as well as with The Poozies. But with her husband's illness and early death, and two young sons to bring up, she lost interest in pursuing a solo career, and performing her own songs. It wasn't until 2003 that she released another album, 'Maid in England. After this, she became involved in the duo 'Joni Mitchell Project' with piano and dulcimer player Glenn Hughes, gradually began to perform her own songs once more, and, in 2006, rejoined The Poozies.
In January 2014, Sally entered the talent competition The Voice, reaching the final, and moving Judge Tom Jones to tears by her performance. She turned down a large advance and the chance to record for Universal, choosing instead to finish The Poozies' album 'Into the Well' and work on songs for her new album, 'Ghost Girl'. She also continued to tour solo and with The Poozies. Since then, Sally has left The Poozies, toured with the re-formed band Fotheringay, and collaborated with a number of artists, including American finger-style guitarist and singer-songwriter Vicki Genfan, Sarah Allen (Barely Works/Flook) and Brooks Williams. The release of her album 'Ghost Girl' coincided with Fairport Convention's tour celebrating 50 years on the road, with Sally as their support artist.
'The emotion and passion in her voice, the vulnerability and fragility of her vocal is an art that not too many singers can master,' Maverick Magazine.
Lizzie J Taylor writes very personal songs and accompanies herself simply on guitar. She loves American and British folk music and you can hear how that love Has influenced Her own style. She's joined on stage this evening by singer/songwriter Sandra O’Neill.
Reviewing Lizzie’s debut album, ‘Living in the Lowlands’ Mike Davies described her as "an accomplished writer and vocalist"; Sandra's debut album 'Far off country' has "beautiful contemporary arrangements...understated and enchanting" - Rock 'n' Reel
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £13(door), £12(advance), £11(members).