The Garret Sessions
A series of folk, roots & acoustic music dinner concerts
The dinner concerts are a unique opportunity for those who appreciate live music, with good food and wine, in the comfort of a traditional English country pub. The performances will include highly acclaimed national & international musicians and singer songwriters from the world of folk & roots music. The artistes will cover a diverse range of genres including Folk, Gypsy Jazz, Celtic & Traditional, performing Polkas, Jigs, Reels and Ballads a plenty, with tunes, songs and stories from around the world. The venue for the concerts is The Garret, a very intimate and ambient room with excellent acoustics and a "living room" feeling that is perfect for the Sessions.
Contact: The Queens Head, Fyfield, Essex, CM5 0RY. Tel: 01277 899231 -- Email: email@example.com
The Garret Sessions Presents
Thursday 24th April, 2014
Seán Keane & His Band
Seán Keane, who hails from the famous traditional music family from Caherlistrane, Co. Galway, needs no introduction to lovers of folk, traditional and indeed country music. His background in music and singing stretches back to early childhood and his solo career is now many years strong. In that time he has released 6 solo albums, with material ranging from unaccompanied traditional songs, through folk and newly-penned offerings, to country songs and even some blues. In all cases, the hallmark of Sean's work is his unmistakeable voice which lends itself perfectly to all these genres and allows him to take ownership of a widely diverse selection of material. Over the years, writers have made a point of complimenting him on his treatment of their songs. Among others, Sonny Curtis who wrote "No Stranger to the Rain", said that Sean sang the song exactly as he imagined it should be sung when he wrote it. Joseph O'Connor calls Sean "the Caruso of Irish music" in his book, Star of the Sea. Described as the `greatest musical find of the 90's by "The Independent". He tours regularly with his band in Ireland, Austria, Germany, the US and Canada as well as appearing at major festivals world-wide. Sean plays five instruments on stage during the show, whistle, flute, low whistle, uilleann pipes and harmonica. Joined on stage by Pat Coyne Guitar and vocal, and Fergus Feely, on Mandocello and vocals, the Sean Keane concert is an experience not to be missed.
Seán Keane on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnninFDKziQ
Wednesday 30th April, 2014
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West (USA)
Website - http://cahalenandeli.com
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West are, simply put, two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians today. Their music draws from old folk sources, but it sounds vibrantly alive.
Cahalen Morrison writes songs that sound like a Cormac McCarthy novel: simple, beautifully crafted and seemingly formed from raw natural elements.
Eli West brings jagged, angular arrangements based in bluegrass and old-time, but refracted through a 21st century lens. Like Ansel Adams’ photography, their music is instantly accessible and built from the simplest materials, but at the same time seems to transcend its base fundamentals. Together, Cahalen and Eli tap the root of the old country and bluegrass duets. As the sparse landscapes of Cahalen’s vocals reflect the warm glow of Eli’s voice, it’s clear that this duo was made to sing together.
Wednesday 14th May, 2014
KIERAN GOSS (IRE)
Website - http://kierangoss.com
Kieran Goss has long been hailed as one of Ireland’s leading performers and songwriters …
In addition to being a double-platinum-selling recording artist, Kieran Goss’s songs have been recorded by some of Ireland’s top recording artists, including Mary Black, Christy Moore and Frances Black, bringing his songs to a worldwide audience and winning him fans across the globe.
While his songwriting has made him a star in his native Ireland, his live performances have made him a legend. Live on stage is where Kieran Goss truly shines. The Irish Times recently wrote of Kieran’s run of sold-out shows at the Grand Opera House, Belfast: “The sense of fun is tremendous, the playing first rate and the songs sheer quality. The encores were genuine, but only because the man is too”.
In 2007 Kieran toured in the U.K. with Don Williams. His performances on that tour won him legions of fans and prompted the American country music legend to remark: “Kieran Goss is one of the most gifted performers around today. He has an amazing ability to reach out to his audience and connect with them in a very special way. This guy is the real deal and that’s what makes him the star he is”.
Wednesday 4th June, 2014
THE HENRY GIRLS (IRE)
Website - http://www.thehenrygirls.com
“A very beautiful album”
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“What gossamer voices came whispering out of our speakers? Who are these lovely voices that bewitch us? The Henry Girls are more like the three Graces: splendor, Mirth and Cheer. If indeed there are angels among us, here be them.”
New Folk Radio (UK)
“… shimmering harmonies … this winsome Irish trio weaves a continuous spell, adoring a fresh sounding and varied set with their beguiling and versatile vocal chemistry.”
Roots Music Report (USA)
“have found a way to personalize their music with crystalline vocals, lilting melodies and electric influences … voices emerge with irresistible clarity and emotion.”
Seattle PI (USA)
“O how I love the Henry Girls … the Boswells reincarnated.”
Eddi Reader, singer
Wednesday July 9th, 2014
Double Headliner Featuring
Two Brilliant Singer Songwriters from the USA
OTIS GIBBS (USA) - GUITARIST SINGER-SONGWRITER
Otis Gibbs is a man in search of an honest experience. Gibbs is often referred to as a folk artist, but that is a simplistic way to describe a man who has planted over 7,000 trees, slept in hobo jungles, walked with nomadic shepherds in Romania, was a fifth grade yo-yo champion and once wrestled a bear (and lost). Otis has played countless, theaters, festivals, bars and house concerts and has managed to carve out a living, while remaining happily independent. Much of his work concentrates on the world ignored by pop culture. Sometimes forgotten, obsolete, or simply marginalized, it is a world
that doesn’t fit into a twenty-second sound bite, or talking point. Otis has spent the last fifteen years traveling across America and abroad documenting this world and has a story to share about each stop along the way.
BROOKS WILLIAMS (USA) - GUITARIST SINGER-SONGWRITER
Brooks Williams is the proverbial triple threat. He plays a fiery guitar, has a rich and silky voice, and writes hook-laden songs. The 2014 Best Male Vocal nominee (Spiral Earth) is one of the most commanding performers on the acoustic roots scene, walking the line between Blues and Americana, he is ranked one of the world’s Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists.The San Antonio Light says that Williams is a “fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!” For 25 years he has been wowing audiences worldwide, every night delivering the deepest and most intense interpretations of everything from early blues to inventivecovers to his own recent original compositions. Dirty Linen calls him one of “America’s musical treasures.” - Road Warrior - "In the time-honoured road-warrior tradition, Williams has honed his songs on stages from Dallas to London, Istanbul to Anchorage, Toronto to Dublin, Detroit to Glasgow, Nairobi to Belfast, New York to Sardinia. New Orleans to Fyfield! He has gigged with Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Eddi Reader, Paul Jones, Billy Bragg, Little Feat, Maria Muldaur, Shawn Colvin, Boo Hewerdine and Leo Kottke, to name but a few."
There are a limited number of places available for all of these Sessions due to popular demand!
If you would like to register for an invitation to The Garret Sessions please email Sheila at The Queens Head Fyfield: firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone Sheila on 01277 899231
Capacity is restricted for these special evenings.