New Year Folk Showcase
Featuring: Jack Harris, Kelly Oliver, Paul Mosley
The traditional start to Ropery Hall’s 2018 folk programme features three artists making their names in the world of folk.
Jack Harris’ songs take a compassionate look at things both common and uncommon, and see them differently. They are literate, curious songs, often in character, always intriguing. His latest album, The Wide Afternoon, assembles 11 new songs, rooted in Folk and Blues traditions, telling real and imagined stories. The result is a bigger, darker record than Jack’s previous, critically acclaimed offering, 2012’s The Flame and the Pelican (***** Maverick, The Daily Telegraph top 10 Roots/Folk albums of the year). The Wide Afternoon is an album of mystery and melody, set against the expansive sound-palette and intricate arrangements of Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp, Tom Robinson). Gerry’s swooping violins and eerie percussion are at the record’s sonic heart, perfectly offsetting songs of dangerous men, literary women, stolen horses and vanished birds. All are delivered in husky, intimate vocals and fluid guitar picking.
Kelly Oliver is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonicist, described by The Times as an artist who ‘blends traditional with bold, indie-pop’. Her debut album This Land, funded by an Emerging Excellence Award by Help Musicians UK, gained a 4* review from The Daily Telegraph and her second album Bedlam, as well as being included in The Sunday Times Essential New Releases, was in Paul Sexton’s Top 20 Albums of the Year in Prog Magazine and was nominated for Best Album from a Female Artist 2016 by Folkwords. Her last five singles have all gained BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music airplay and she performed her summer single Rio on BBC One’s Sunday Morning Live for her first national TV appearance.
Paul Mosley has been described as writing “genius songs” (BBC6 Music) and having “the loveliest of voices” (Rhythm Magazine). Previously front man of alt folk favourites Moses (Soho Festival Best Live Act, BBC Radio 2 play lists and fans from Graham Coxon to Jamie Oliver) he’s established himself as a solo artist with many admirers of his craft.
Date of event:27th January 2018