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21 & 28 May - Hitchin Folk Club Concerts

Author: Keiron & Maureen Jones, Hitchin Folk Club Published: 19th May 2017 12:52



01462 436411; goodmusic@hitchinfolkclub.co.uk;

Sunday 21 May: Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan supported by Leyla Burrows & Paul Scourfield

Time has passed ridiculously fast since Emily was named BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year back in 2002. The accolades continued as she won the USA Songwriting Competition in 2005, Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2008, and she received two nominations in the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.  In that time she's toured the world, thrilling audiences from Cambridge Folk Festival all the way down to the National Folk Festival in Australia, via Europe, Russia, Canada and New Zealand.

Her face has been all over the TV thanks to BBC Four's Transatlantic Sessions and, in 2013 Emily toured as part of the show's extended family, singing with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eric Bibb and Teddy Thompson - adding to an impressive list of onstage collaborators which also includes Richard Thompson, Eddi Reader and Beth Neilson Chapman. In 2013 Emily released her best-of collection Ten Years marking a journey that's already seen her described by The Guardian as Scotland's "most impressive young songwriter".  Emily's voice eases tired ears and lifts knackered souls with its simple beauty.  Emily will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist husband, Jamie, last seen at Hitchin with James Fagan under the guise of the James Brothers.

Supporting will be Leyla Burrows & Paul Scourfield.  Leyla is a classically trained singer but more often performs folk, jazz and pop material and Paul is a stylish melodeon player and singer, performing material mainly from the English tradition.

Sunday 28 May:  Luke Jackson plus Kelly Oliver

Luke is a Singer/Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category.  With a bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a confident and captivating live performer. He was also winner of Fatea's "Male Artist of the Year 2014" and again in 2016.

Over the past few years he has steadily been developing a reputation for himself in the Folk & Roots circuits either through his solo shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Show of Hands, Martyn Joseph, Seth Lakeman, Paul Brady and Glen Tilbrook.   He regularly tours across Europe playing in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany and in 2016 made his first visit to the USA to play at the International Folk Alliance conference in Kansas.  In the last 2 years including playing 2 sold out nights at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Luke is touring his third full studio album, "Tall Tales and Rumours" to universal critical acclaim, which Maverick described as "a brilliant, thoughtful album - Jackson shows talent beyond his years", whilst Acoustic Magazine noted "Jackson has been compared to a young Richard Thompson and for once these are not empty words".

Kelly is very well known to the Hitchin audience having play there on numerous occasions, the last being the launch of her CD, "Bedlam". 

Doors open at 7.30pm; concert starts at 8.15pm. 




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