The Eko Collective Presents…
An evening of musical tapestries woven by 3 independent female artists who also come together to share the stage in a capella harmony.
A jazz loving singer/songwriter Julia Turner draws from a large repertoire of original songs and old but thrillingly fresh standards. Julia studied jazz at Leeds College of Music and then flew half way around the world to explore her paternal homeland of Australia. After romantic notions of being a waitress in Melbourne fell flat she busked her way out of a dead end job and started writing all about it. She spins her stories through intricate vocal melodies and deft finger picking guitar. Back home in Bristol Julia continues to write and perform both as a solo musician and with back up from the many musicians she meets along the way. She has a keen passion for vocal harmony and spends much of her time arranging for and directing large and small vocal
Isolde is a singer-songwriter from London, based in Bristol. Her early influences were the colours, fabric and clay of her artist family, a cappella Gospel music, and 90s pop. Oddly for a Londoner, she always felt the strong call of the wild, and often felt more like a mythical creature trapped inside a city-kid. This might explain the delicious mix of natural and electronic sounds that meet in her work, echoing influences such as Fourtet and Bjork. Isolde crafts her songs more like sound paintings that drip with world-spiced harmonies and sit in a collage of found sounds and stories of the everyday. Isolde's work has been compared to Hanne Huckleberg, Tune-yards, Cosmo Sheldrake and Coco Rosie, and has been flavoured as a jazzy-experimental-folktronica. Whatever you make of it, her music is sure to envelop you in a cocoon of sensual treats.
Lauren Bradford is a folk singer/songwriter from the San Francisco Bay area, based in London. Lauren grew up on a healthy diet of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, and the Temptations, which explains the brazen soulfulness that seeps through into her delicately picked folk songs. The otherworldly sound she creates is comparable to a female Nick Drake, with more vocal runs. Lauren explores life the way her melodies explore notes, she is a lover of travel and movement and has lived in Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol, and London since arriving in the UK in 2010, soaking up their music along the way. Her story-rich lyrics draw you in close to her warm and inquisitive worldview, while her hypnotic guitar patterns create a bed on which her voice sets sail. Listening to Lauren provides you with one of your musical 5 a day, she brings you down to earth, while her playful sweetness is sure to entertain and charm.
Tom McConville, was born and brought up ion Tyneside in the North East of England. He’s one of the leading fiddle players of our time. A virtuoso musician and fantastic singer, his rich and warm voice makes his interpretation of traditional and contemporary songs greatly admired by singers throughout the world.
In great demand as a performer, session musician and teacher; playing the fiddle is his lifelong passion and he has achieved every player’s dream of creating his own unique, instantly recognizable sound.
His live performances combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes , through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing. All presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style
A SPECIAL CANDLELIT CONCERT WITH KATEY BROOKS & GUESTS
To celebrate the love weekend, Katey will be performing a special candlelit concert with a selection of her own work, old songs and new, as well as some of the world’s most beautiful love songs.
“...love this lady’s voice...she really means what she’s singing. Lovely.” Joss Stone
“We’d even compare it to the impact of Jeff Buckley” Supajam
"Blown away" Jazz FM
Born and raised in a commune setting between Bristol, London and Arizona, to hippy music-loving parents, Katey’s unique sound and style epitomizes the culturally diverse environment in which she grew up. Drawing influences from artists like Johnny Cash and Kate Bush, her voice is often compared to the likes of Joan Armatrading, and Annie Lennox, and has best been described as a voice “...to melt glaciers” (Venue Magazine 2012).
Katey released her debut album ‘Proof Of Life’ on her label True Speaker Records in March 2010, the album reaching No1 in the Amazon Folk Chart soon after and has had radio plays on BBC Radio 1 and 6.
Since then Katey has gone on to play at the London Paralympics, Glastonbury, WOMAD, a BBC Introducing Stage headliner at Wychwood, and support a host of credible artists such as Newton Faulkner, Mercury nominee Lou Rhodes, Mike and The Mechanics, Grammy nominees Cutting Crew, and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Chris Wood.
Besides her own works, Brooks’s “John Martyn-esque” (Manchester Evening News 2011) lamenting tones have earned her features on BBC Radio 2 Children in Need album ‘Bandaged Together’, recorded at Abbey Road with artists such as Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), and Paloma Faith, as well as compilations with Ane Brun and Anais Mitchell.
Last year was incredible with Brooks being added to the Starbucks playlist worldwide, and signing an endorsement deal with American guitar makers Alvarez, joining the ranks of Grammy Award winner Ani Difranco, and Joe Bonamassa. Katey recently released a brand new EP ‘I Fought Lovers’ which has been highly praised by critics. The lead single from the EP was chosen by Tom Robinson for his special 6 Music Mix Tape – it’s haunting, ethereal sound being a great first taste of what’s to come off the second album in 2015.
Listen to EP http://soundcloud.com/kateybrooks/i-fought-lovers-ep
10.00am to 1.00pm
£25 (advance booking only)
Fiddle with Laura Carrivick
Guitar with Charlottoe Carrivick
Banjo with John Breese
Open Mic1.00pm to 3.00pm £Free
Led Jam session in the cafe1.00pm to 5.30pm £Free
Doors 5.30pm Starts 6.00pm Tickets £18 (£15 for workshop participants)