Kirsty McGee, Ben Bedford Saturday 19 October 8pm


Kirsty McGee and Ben Bedford

Saturday 19 October 8pm

Tickets: £12 or £30 with dinner from 6.30pm

Phone 01308 459511 to book now.

“The words drip with meaning. This breathlessly fragile and aching collection almost drowns in McGee’s absolute need to sing.” – Q  ★★★★
“A fascinating talent.” – Clash

We are excited to present Kirsty McGee, a spell-binding performer, who will be singing from her latest album ‘The Deafening Sound of Stars’ released this September. Singer songwriter and guitarist Kirsty McGee is well known within the British Folk scene and describes her music as ‘somewhere between Jazz, Folk, Gospel and Americana’. She has opened for Suzanne Vega and played with many great musicians. Fans include Emma Watson and Danny Boyle who featured Kirsty’s music in his 2014 thriller Trance. Collaborators in her Hobopop Collective have included New York jazz legend Marc Ribot (Tom Waits), Nick Blacka & Rob Turner (Gogo Penguin).

American singer-songwriter Ben Bedford works in the tradition of Woodie Guthrie, weaving stories into his songs.

Ben Bedford: “Certainly one of the best young singer-songwriters working today.” Rob Adams, The Scottish Herald


Somewhere between Jazz, Folk, Gospel and Americana there’s an area of music that doesn’t have a name. With a cartographer’s attention to detail, Kirsty McGee – a wandering maverick and spellbinding live performer with a voice that has been described as having the texture of smoke & velvet – has spent the past fifteen years and seven albums mapping this place, tracking the common origins of song.

Fans include Emma Watson and Danny Boyle, for whose 2014 thriller Trance the song Sandman provided a cornerstone, both in its original version and covered by lead actress Rosario Dawson.

2019 sees the release of her 8th studio album, The Deafening Sound of Stars and her first UK tour in a number of years.

After releasing a trio of folk-tinged early albums and exploring New Orleans rhythms in The Kansas Sessions (2008) McGee’s first band album No.5 (2009) won Best Live Album in the Independent Music Awards’ 2010 Vox Pop vote. Contraband (2012) showcased a collection of love songs so delicate you were afraid that not listening gently enough might damage them. By contrast, Those Old Demons (2014) – is a joyful and irreverent melée of devil-songs, the pleasure in which it is impossible to miss. Dirty blues, cubist shuffle, neo jazz and wry noir.

Take a listen to Kirsty’s music below and don’t miss this outstanding evening!

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Sandman video

“Ben Bedford has proven himself to be a truly inspired and talented storyteller…” according to Arthur Wood (Maverick). Bedford establishes himself as a songwriter in the tradition of musical icons ranging from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theatre of the American landscape.

“The Illinois songwriter is a masterful storyteller who can turn what seem like obscure historical references into engaging tales rife with vivid, stark imagery.”
–Erik Ernst, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In the past twelve years since the release of his first album, Bedford has played his music for audiences all over the United States hitting notable venues such as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Folkstage in Chicago, and Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He’s also played festivals like The Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, The Fox Valley Folk Festival in Illinois, and the Fayetteville Roots Festival in Arkansas. His music has received extensive airplay on folk and roots radio in the U.S., as well as in Europe, taking him overseas on several occasions for concert dates on the continent and in the UK. Notable dates there include Izzy Young’s famed Folklore Centrum in Stockholm, Toogenblik in Brussels and The Green Note in London. He’s also played in Canada doing a Home Routes tour in Alberta and British Columbia. Bedford’s albums have charted highly on the Euro Americana charts and the Folk-DJ charts and is played widely on radio worldwide.

In July of 2010, Bedford was named one of the “50 most significant Folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years” by Rich Warren of WFMT-Chicago. The list also included Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Anais Mitchell, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, and John Prine.

In May of 2018, Bedford was named one of the six Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk winners at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.

Bedford has recorded five studio albums: Lincoln’s Man (2007), Land of the Shadows (2009), What We Lost (2012), The Pilot and the Flying Machine (2016), and The Hermit’s Spyglass (2018).

Listen to Ben Bedford

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