20190315: Friday 15th March: Showcase: Taylor, Wilson and O'Neill; The Long Nights; The Larks
Taylor, Wilson & O’Neill is a collaboration between three Cambridge-based friends, Lizzie J. Taylor, Sandra O’Neill and Rhys Wilson. Lizzie writes personal songs and accompanies herself simply on guitar. Her love of American and British folk music has influenced her own style. Sandra’s most recent album ‘Far off Country’ was described by Rock’n’Reel as having 'beautifully contemporary arrangements.... understated and enchanting'. Lizzie and Sandra write most of the trio’s material. Multi-instrumentalist Rhys is well known in the area as a versatile and imaginative accompanist, as well as a compelling solo act.
The Long Nights (Alan & Lynne Hempton with Mary Dougherty)
The Long Nights were formed when sibling duo Alan and Lynne Hempton were joined by Scottish fiddle player and vocalist Mary Dougherty. The trio offer an exciting blend of old time harmonies and original songwriting, invoking a vintage quality with their single mic style and traditional instrumentation. Their music rings with an acoustic resonance that only sibling voices can create, complemented by Mary's soaring harmonies and classic arrangements. Having grown up in the English and Scottish folk traditions, it was on a visit to America that the band began to develop their blend of Celtic, British and bluegrass styles, drawing on the twin traditions of American and English folk to craft songs that offer a sound that is both timeless and unique.
A showcase act at the 2017 Costa del Folk Festival, where their performances drew praise for their originality and musicianship, the band are becoming regulars on their local folk scene and have supported acts such as Gilmore & Roberts, Edwina Hayes and Brooks Williams.
The band take their name from an old Lancashire tradition not unlike the Texas dancehall culture that has survived to this day. Until the 1930s Lancashire string bands played to packed audiences around the county in just about any building large enough to hold them, with music, clog dancing and dialect recitations going on late into the night. These events were known locally as “The Long Nights”.
As well as gigging and busking across the UK, the band are currently working on material for their first record together.
“Lovely stuff.” - Mike Harding.
Liz Miller and Chris Wilbraham use guitar and mandolin to complement their voices as they call on a wide range of influences and experiences to entertain their audiences. Their sets include material from artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, The Smiths, Johnny Cash and Radiohead. Their original songs are populated by mermaids, nightingales and vampires, and have been known to describe a lifeboat disaster or a remote railway station.
"....their beautiful covers blend with their own material to make a set which is a joy from start to finish." - Maz Smith, Sweffling White Horse.
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £10(door), £9(advance), £8(members).