The Ivy House
40 Stuart Road, SE15 3BE
£6.00 adv. (STBF)
Sun 7th Feb 2016
Various Guises are the London-based expandable duo of Maya McCourt & Blanche Ellis on cello and guitar (with some acapella vocals and a little washboard thrown in for good measure) and often joined by established banjo songstress Dana Immanuel. Formed late one night around a bonfire in Brockley the girls have been stomping and swaying all over town ever since. Playing original music, influenced by Blanche’s love of old New Orleans songs and Appalachian tunes and Maya’s love of English and European traditional music, the girls close-knit harmonies weave a sense of timeless folk.
‘Dark harmonies and enigamtic themes’
(Winner of Fatea Magazine’s Track of the year 2015)
Since signing to Wild Sound Recordings in 2013, Harry Harris has been building a reputation as one of the UK’s most original and formidable singer/songwriters. A ruthless guitar player with a voice that moves from the explosive to the intimate, he writes songs that grab you by the scruff of the neck and refuse to let go, with influences ranging from the great American songwriter Warren Zevon to bar-rock band The Hold Steady to Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart.
2015 saw the release of Songs About Other People, the follow up to the self-titled debut recorded at the tender age of 17, produced by Polly Paulusma. Songs About Other People is a more intimate affair, recorded with analogue equipment and vintage instruments at Soup Studios in London and featuring a sparse smattering of musicians, including sibling folk-singer Jack Harris, Treetop Flyers’ guitarist Sam Beer and Nizlopi bass player John Parker. Across the album’s 10 tracks Harry takes you from football matches on suburban streets to tragic love stories in the Deep South to gulchy courtroom dramas of the Wild West. Partly funded through Indiegogo, the record is a testament to Harry’s storytelling ability and the considerable impact he has already made on the scene.
In the past Harry has been championed by the likes of Tom Robinson, The Telegraph and fellow songwriters including Eric Taylor, Anais Mitchell and John Smith. 2014 also saw him hit the festival circuit for the first time, which included a memorable unplugged set to an enraptured crowd at the beautiful Festival No. 6 in North Wales.
“The beauty of Nine Waves music is that it’s completely unique, it’s otherworldly but also very sincere, transient and fragile but always remains wholesome and beautifully melancholic”….. The Last Bastion of Sound