ELI WEST AND AMYHYST KIAH
A special double bill from across the pond. Music starts at 19:45.
Eli West is a Seattle-based acoustic musician. His recent debut solo album, The Both, has him taking the lead on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator – here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth.
Well-known for his work with Norwegian fiddler Olav Mjelva, Cahalen Morrison, Jayme Stone and more, the Seattle-based singer and multi-instrumentalist oozes understated talent. We recently witnessed both Martin Simpson and Richard Hawleyutterly floored by his skill. Truly a sublime musician!
Eli’s recent debut solo album, The Both, sees him taking the lead, on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator – here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth.
The album focuses on the story of his two grandfathers; one a decorated WWII prisoner of war, the other a Brethren preacher and peace advocate. They couldn’t have differed more, but together they shared a family. In this spirit, the theme of the album is duality: the first half showcases carefully built arrangements of six American folk songs, the second revisits these as instrumental passages, revealing new sides to the other.
From Johnson City Tennessee, Amythyst Kiah describes herself as a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer-songwriter whose influences span decades and diverse styles. Combining rhythm and blues, country and old-time covers alongside startling originals with an angular contemporary twist, she bestrides both musical spheres with complete authenticity and an authority matched only by her commanding stage presence.
Channelled through her massively expressive voice, her richly layered repertoire confirms Amythyst's emergence as a hugely distinctive new artist who is currently making waves on both sides of the Atlantic. Three UK tours in the past year have earned huge acclaim at Hebcelt, Edinburgh Jazz, SummerTyne, Southern Fried, River Town and Celtic Connections festivals amongst many others, culminating in a triumphant main stage set at Cambridge Folk Festival in July 2017. Recent performances in the US, where her star is very much on the rise, include special guest slots with Rhiannon Giddens, Indigo Girls, Old Crow Medicine Show and Valerie June. She returns to the Cambridge main stage this summer as one of guest curators Rhiannon Giddens’ picks. She has just completed a recording project for the Smithsonian with Giddens. Leyla McCalla and Alli Russell of Birds Of Chicago and her new album, recorded and produced in Louisiana by Dirk Powell, will be released in the autumn.
- November 2018
- Oct 25, 2018 Mokoomba with Bamako Overground Oct 25, 2018
- September 2018
- Aug 2, 2018 Eli West & Amythyst Kiah Aug 2, 2018
- July 2018
- Jun 28, 2018 St Mary's Music Hall First Birthday Party! Jun 28, 2018
- Jun 22, 2018 Jimbot And Friends - Indonesian Gamelan Group (Free Event) Jun 22, 2018
- Jun 16, 2018 Side By Side With Refugees Fundraiser Jun 16, 2018
- Jun 1, 2018 SOAS Showcase, in collaboration with SOAS Radio Jun 1, 2018
- May 2018
- Apr 19, 2018 Young Waters Album Launch with Nick Hart & Owl Parliament Apr 19, 2018
- Apr 6, 2018 International Romani Day Celebration Apr 6, 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- Dec 19, 2017 Christmas Special - Balkan Rhythms, Choral Harmonies, Mulled Wine Dec 19, 2017
- Dec 7, 2017 Bahla: Album Launch + Spindle Ensemble + St Peter's Choir Dec 7, 2017
- Dec 3, 2017 The Kids' Concert Company Dec 3, 2017
- Dec 2, 2017 Side by Side with Refugees Christmas Showcase (SOLD OUT!) Dec 2, 2017
- Nov 18, 2017 Penya + Emma-Jean Thackray Nov 18, 2017
- Nov 2, 2017 London Syrian Ensemble with Music Action International Nov 2, 2017
- Sep 22, 2017 Mesadorm | Sailing Stones Sep 22, 2017
- August 2017
- Jul 7, 2017 She'koyokh + Owl Parliament Jul 7, 2017
- Jun 15, 2017 Seckou Keita + Holly Holden Jun 15, 2017
- May 25, 2017 Me & My Friends | Kabantu May 25, 2017