The Acoustic Folk Highway is back in The Harrison’s theatre-style basement venue on Sunday 20th August with a stellar line up!
Harbottle & Jonas – www.harbottleandjonas.com
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island.
‘Damn Fine’ – Mike Harding
‘Phenomenal’ – BBC Introducing
‘I would stake money on a bright future for Harbottle & Jonas’ – Folkwords
‘Two Amazing Musicians’ – Seasalt Clothing
‘A Really Unique Sound’ – Seth Lakeman
‘Thoroughly Enjoyable’ – Jon Boden (Bellowhead)
‘Fabulous’ – Declan Sinnott (Christy Moore)
Supported: Martin Carthy, Seth Lakeman, Declan Sinnott, Ruarri Joseph, Mark Chadwick and Maz O’Connor.
Interesting Facts: Had a beer named after our debut album. Appeared on Italian and Irish Television. Busked across Europe. Endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Have had their music streamed in excess of 1,000,000 times in 25 different countries.
Talitha Rise – www.talitharise.com
“A voice that can only be described as like a Tolkein Elf, It is rich in harmonics, ethereal and just plain gorgeous!” – Fatea Magazine
Talitha Rise writes songs of undeniable emotional depth and beauty. At times, more akin to a musical landscape than a song, her tracks journey hypnotically through evocative worlds of heart-breaking hope and the rawness of life’s deeper realities with a somewhat ethereal mystique.
Whether recorded or live her music grabs the listener from the first few notes and plunges them into the deep with a combination of diverse and haunting vocals, melodical journeys that makes you wonder where on earth you have been for the last 30 minutes.
Her EP Blue (co-written and co-produced by Martyn Barker (Shriekback) introduced a forest of unfurled noise where a plethora of strings and lush unexpected sounds wind themselves around stories and understated guestings from artists such as Juldeh Camara (Robert Plant) and Chris Difford (Squeeze).
She has just finished recording the first Talitha Rise album at Echo Zoo Studios in Sussex which is due for release at the end of 2017.
URI – soundcloud.com/uri-music
Uri Sade is a London-based indie folk Singer/Songwriter whose expressive and melancholic tones captivate his audience, encouraging each listener to take a risk and visit the deep and sensitive sides of their emotions.
Originally from Tel-Aviv, and taking inspiration from an eclectic range of artists, Uri creates a strong intimacy through his engaging storytelling, whilst delivering a powerful and emotional vocal performance.
Music video of ‘Black Flag’:
Maddy Rose – maddyrosemusic.com
Maddy Rose is a singer/songwriter with a strong and emotive voice which is coupled with soulful piano chords, creating a unique Soul/Pop style with influences of Jazz and Blues.
In the age of 18 years old she moved from Austria to London in order to study Songwriting and pursue her dream. Her first Single “Let you Go” was released in 2015, her 2nd Single “Begin Again” was released in March 2017. “Begin Again” was played at BBC Radio Introducing, on various Dutch and Austrian radio stations and Maddy got featured for 2 weeks to appear as “Austrian Newcomer” on the German Music TV show “Gotv Local Hero”.
Her sound is reminiscent of Amy Winehouse, Carol King and Adele. With influences of Soul, jazzy RnB, and Motown-Ballads.
Sakura – facebook.com/
‘Both Japanese and Chinese by blood, born and raised in Hong Kong, and currently based in London, sakura’s music is crafted to tell her story through lyrically and emotionally compelling, folky, soft rock sounds. ‘
Danny Leigh – dannyleigh.bandcamp.com
Monthly host and organiser of The Acoustic Folk Highway since 17th September 2014, Danny Leigh is a folk singer/songwriter frequently likened to artists such as: Nick Drake and John Martyn.
This year Danny completed a successful Irish Tour with dates in Dublin, Westport, Roscommon, Kenmare and Sligo, accompanied by fellow musicians Violet Orlandi & Rich Austin.
“I have to mention Nick Drake, he has a beautiful voice, he can clearly write some good songs.” Steve Hillier, BBC Introducing: The South.
“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: The South.
Tickets cost £7 on the door.