28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, WC1h 8JF
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Thurs 5 May 2016
“Nels is a master carver, an artist patient and obsessed enough to turn a whale of an idea into something delicate and beautiful from any angle.” Anais Mitchell
The rhythm of the ocean… and light and shade dynamics reminiscent of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. As great singers do, Andrews has the gift of making the coda sound as profound as ancient philosophy ” Rock n Reel Magazine, UK
“Where has this guy been hiding? In the library, maybe.” NPR’s Folk Alley
“Sparsly arranged, slyly intelligent country-folk stuffed with juniper winds, Juarez jails and long women in short dresses.” 8/10 UNCUT magazine
Nels Andrews sings dreamscapes and travelogues. His catalog is full of story songs that bear the stamp of the places they were written. The Irish Times called his work “Literate, melancholic songs of life passing.” His songs reflect the dreamy expansiveness of the New Mexican high desert on his debut album, the offbeat frenzy of his time split between touring , starting a family and working as a chauffeur in manhattan, and most recently, the misty surf-spiritualism of his home on California’s central coast. He fuses place and romantic yearning in the tradition of his heroes W.B.Yeats, Tom Waits, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, and Herman Melville. Folk Radio UK says: “(Nels) combines deft storytelling with a warmth of tone and gentleness of pace..awash with layers,metaphors and echoes woven into subtle, contemplative contemporary song. Like finding a seashell at the back of a dusty cupboard, putting it to your ear and hearing the ocean.” -His three studio records feature adventurous collaborations with members of Wilco, The Handsome Family, Andrew Bird, Norah Jones, Ani Di Franco, and Tom Waits’ bands.
Critically, he’s struck a nerve, earning songwriting awards from prestigious US festivals such as Kerrville, Telluride, and Mountain Stage. BBC 2’s legendary DJ Bob Harris (The Old Grey Whistle Test) recognized his work as an album of the year. He has been in the top 5 of the year at WFUV, WFMU, WFDU, NPR’s Folk Alley, Americana UK charts, as well as KRO Dutch National Radio, Alt-country NL, Ctrl Alt Country (Belgium), and the European Radio Americana Chart, leading to headlining shows at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, festival main stage appearances, and a national television broadcast from the legendary Bim Huis in Amsterdam.
Nels recently transplanted to Santa Cruz from Brooklyn, NY, and is about record his next cycle of songs, influenced by the people and landscape of the central coast.
Jack Harris – Singer/Songwriter
In 2005, aged 19, Jack Harris was the first British winner of the prestigious New Folk Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Texas, joining an elite band of previous winners that includes Nancy Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Gillian Welch and Devon Sproule. He has also featured as a showcase artist at the South by South-West Festival, Austin, Texas, and at the Green Man Festival in the UK.
Singer/ song-writer Harris has shared the stage with some of the most important names in folk music, including Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, Dick Gaughan, Kate Campbell, Eliza Gilkyson and Eric Taylor. He performs regularly around the UK and Ireland, bringing literate story-telling and lyrical delivery to many appreciative audiences, and has played extensively in the United States. Recently he completed a tour of Northern Italy and Switzerland.
Steeped in myth and mystery his songs bring the narrative tradition of folk and blues music into the here and now. His debut album, Broken Yellow, received great acclaim in song- writing circles.
Influenced by the old country blues masters and folk singers of the British Isles, his performances are a riveting display of soulful, smoky vocals and intricate, finger-style guitar playing.
‘Jack Harris’ mastery of the guitar and his passionate singing frame the delivery of some of the loveliest language in contemporary song. …..Mr. Harris is a born poet, and it would be a mistake to say he is destined for greatness. He is already there.’
– Andrew Calhoun of Waterbug Records
‘Gave me goosebumps’ – Eric Taylor
‘Great songs, wonderful guitar playing’ – Kate Campbell