Monthly resident music night The Acoustic Folk Highway returns to The Harrison basement on Sunday 25th February with another stellar line up of up-and-coming solo artists, duos and bands.
The pigeonholing of music can be a foolhardy and ultimately futile pastime so rather than finding a meaningless label let’s say that Crayon Angels are some pleasant humans playing some nice songs for grown-ups.
To expand on that ever-so slightly – Crayon Angels are an acoustic guitar driven trio combining songs influenced by some of the British greats (Richard Thompson, Ray Davies, Andy Partridge etc.), delivered by a soulful female vocal and coloured by atmospheric electric and slide guitars.
Ruben Monteiro – www.rubenmonteiro.pt
Rúben Monteiro is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer which places himself within an uncommonly wide range of musical genres. His current projects swing from Dukha’s prog rock to Dorahoag’s Mediterranean music, including also in this sonic path Albaluna’s medieval and folk rock, as well as Rainforest’s fusion.
Since the beginning has he been connected to stringed instruments, having started his musical education at Luis António Maldonado Rodrigues School, in his hometown Torres Vedras. He started off with piano lessons and afterwards completed the Music Conservatory’s Fifth Degree on classical guitar.
Amy May Ellis – www.amymayellis.com
Amy May Ellis grew up in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors. Being surrounded by this wild and changing landscape helped shape her songwriting and it was here that she played her first gigs at The Bandroom in Farndale. Host to artists from around the world she found these gigs to be hugely influential. She would sit and soak up their music, watching how they captured and silenced the room.
At the age of 16 she moved to York to study and soon became part of it’s thriving music scene, where she earned a reputation for her captivating and moving performances. She has guested for artists such as Micheal Chapman, Rozi Plain, Hiss Golden Messenger, Tiny Ruins and Ryley Walker.
Suzy Cramer – facebook.com/
Suzy Cramer is a Colchester based Alt-Folk Singer Songwriter who draws on an eclectic range of influences from Dylan to Florence and The Machine, from Balkan Gypsy Music to Rap- she is lyrically driven and writes her own songs about people, places and the ambiguity of life, and gives her own take on well- known and off the wall covers, with the occasional foray into Italian, French or Spanish.
Alex Bayly – www.youtube.com/
Alex Bayly is a London based singer songwriter with an ear for mournful melodies and a wistful chorus. Having cut his teeth on both London’s rock and folk scenes independently, his debut EP, ‘New America’ straddles both worlds with a natural elegance and delicate hand.
While ‘New America’, partly pays debt to American contemporary alt-folk, it’s Bayly’s English folk roots that adds a unique depth to the tense, ethereal song writing. Nods to the great folk traditions are liberally littered throughout and while lyrically themes include a satirical take on modern politics, and the pressures of city living, the E.Ps second half sonically conjures the olde worlde romanticism of wind swept moors and whisky soaked nights by the fire.
Danny Leigh – dannyleigh.bandcamp.com
Monthly host and organiser of The Acoustic Folk Highway since August 2014, Danny Leigh is a singer-songwriter inspired by artists such as Nick Drake, John Martyn and Leonard Cohen.
“I have to mention Nick Drake, he has a beautiful voice, he can clearly write some great songs.” – Steve Hillier, BBC Introducing.
“I think that’s just the most hypnotizing voice I’ve heard all evening. That’s what the text book definition of ‘Folk Voice’ should be.” – Nick Coquet, BBC Introducing.
Tickets cost £7 on the door.