Stuart McCallum: guitar
Emma Sweeney: fiddle
Matt Owens: double bass.
In association with Hebden Bridge Folk/Roots Festival
Manchester based singer-songwriter Zoe Kyoti is of Anglo-Austrian-Greek-Armenian heritage. Within her bittersweet unique brand of Folk, there lies the spice of exotic far-flung places and the roots of Jazz, Country and Blues. For this concert of songs taken from her debut album Wishbone she is joined by three of the most acclaimed and versatile musicians in the North – all making return trips to Hebden Bridge.
Zoe Kyoti is also well known for her work with swing-acoustic trio The Magic Beans who recently launched their second album ‘Anything you can dream’. She has also made numerous appearances with the sublime California-adopted Mancunian songstress Jesca Hoop – most recently on her album ‘Undress’.
“Everything Kyoti touches is beautiful, with a singing style as intimate as speech” (City Life Online)
“Impassioned…..and full of dreamy nostalgia” (Adrian Pallant -AP Reviews)
Born to Irish parents and living in Manchester, fiddle player Emma Sweeney released her debut solo album Pangea to much critical acclaim, in 2013. A distinguished and experienced live performer, Emma has played alongside a whole raft of traditional musicians, including Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and Mick O’Brien. She brought her own band to Wainsgate last year and a captivating mixture of traditional jigs and reels set alongside her own excellent compositions and accomplished arrangements was certainly one of the high points of the concert season.
From jazz beginnings to DJ culture, guitarist Stuart McCallum‘s music is ‘alternative jazz’ – a distillation of influences, creating a sound that is concentrated and distinctive. Not wanting to hide behind over complicated harmonic and rhythmical structures, angular and forgettable melodies, his music is a new hybrid of composition, production and performance. It embraces simple, memorable melodies, bass lines and drum beats, with electronica and improvisation enriched by elegant writing. Stuart has performed and recorded with some of the most prominent jazz artists of today, including Kenny Wheeler, John Surman, Mike Gibbs, Gwilym Simcock and Tim Garland.
Bassist, composer arranger and producer Matt Owens has been a long-time collaborator with singer/songwriter Kirsty Almeida, playing double bass and bass guitar in her live band as well as co-writing with her and arranging much of her music. They both also performed together in 22-piece Latin band Descarga and Matt has gone on to work with such luminaries as Aim, Soweto Kinch, Jay Phelps and Bobby Wellins. More recently he has been seen in Hebden Bridge with Baked a la Ska for whom he has produced 4 albums.
For years, Steve Ritchie, Al Parrish and Rob Ritchie rocked the UK folk music scene as the rhythm section of the Canadian powerhouse band Tanglefoot (Best Vocal Group, 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards), appearing at the Hebden Bridge Picture House in July 2009 as part of that year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.
Now the three best friends – along with percussionist/singer/songwriter Beaker Granger – are back for their second UK tour as RPR with a sound that reflects Tanglefoot’s musical legacy but with a much broader canvas. Their songs, storytelling, humour and high-spirited stage presence bubble over with that same combination of high enthusiasm and personality that made Tanglefoot famous the world over.
Whether it’s an original country song of Al’s, Steve’s recollection of a Robert Plant version of an old Dylan tune or Rob’s incisive musical humour, RPR’s trademark harmony, chemistry, enthusiasm and musical impact …are always to the fore.
“This superb band gave not just of their friendship, but blew us away totally. They are not ‘very good’, just stunning and brilliant.” Chris Simpson – Magna Carta
“They sing raucously and passionately with big stirring harmonies….at times with roaring vigour at others with sparse intensity, creating many moods…songs full of humour, pathos and love.” The Beat Magazine, March 2013.
Katie Foster: violin
Abel Selaocoe: ‘cello
Delia Stevens: percussion
Ali McMath: double bass
Henry Alexander: guitar
Project Jam Sandwich are an extremely talented group of young instrumentalists who offer a fresh and unique take on traditional folk music from around the world. Exciting, vibrant and bursting with ideas and musical excellence, their music ranges from Eastern European and South African to Celtic reels and English folk. The band, who have been aired on Radio 3, and who have performed at Celtic Connections, concoct their own charismatic arrangements to create a varied, acoustic show of exhilarating improvisation, scorching rhythms and beautiful melody.
PJS are returning to Wainsgate Chapel having delivered a sensational set at the Great Folk Roots Party there last year as part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.
“Utterly brilliant!” Georgia Mann, Presenter and Producer, BBC Proms for BBC Radio 3
“…one of the most exciting, original, and inventive performances ever seen at the Ribchester Music Festival. Their enthusiasm and energy was so infectious, the audience absolutely lapped it up! Project Jam Sandwich really nailed it!” Marc Mallam, Ribchester Festival Director