We round off our Summer programme this month with a visit from one of the best young folk singers currently treading the UK circuit.
Still in his mid-20s, JACK RUTTER is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist making music within the British folk tradition. The release of his debut solo album Hills, which is a collection of eleven traditional folk songs, and recorded completely solo and live in the studio with no overdubs, has been received with across the board acclaim and recognition. Critics are praising his traditional style of singing (“beautifully sincere, timeless and beguiling” - Songlines), and playing (“guitar, bouzouki or concertina accompaniments are beautifully constructed and played; never getting in the way of the song, but supporting and building it” - The Living Tradition Magazine) that have come together to create ‘Hills’, an album which “takes him to a whole new level, quite simply outstanding”.
Jack, who has played at the club before as part of Moore Moss Rutter and has also played with folk luminaries like Seth Lakeman and Jackie Oates, grew up in the Holme Valley area of West Yorkshire, a place steeped in a wealth of traditional song and since graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc degree in Countryside Management in 2014, he’s gone on to forge a hugely successful career playing music professionally in various guises across Britain and Europe. In this new solo outing, the BBC award winning musician delivers folk songs with a rich, unassuming Yorkshire charm and an easy going stage presence that gives a live performance which is “wonderful, pure and simple. The audience just falls head over heels for this man, and rightly so.” (English Folk Expo).
He recently announced a second album, Gold of Scar & Shale, which is due for release in October. Jack will be performing songs from the new album, and there may even be a chance to get your hands on an exclusive pre-release copy... you never know!
Opening the evening’s entertainment will be ELLIE GOWERS, a singer-songwriter originally from Warwickshire but currently based in Bristol. At only 22, Ellie yields powerfully quaint songs with thought-provoking mature themes. Embedding heavy lyrical inspiration from the early greats like Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Nick Cave, Ellie has produced her own folk-driven contemporary style. Traces of Katie Melua, John Martyn and Laura Marling creep into her melodies.
Being a self-taught guitarist and lyricist, Ellie adopted a soothing disposition towards the composition of the guitar around her voice, letting the accompaniment of the guitar express the sentiment of the song as much as the lyrics do. Over the years, Ellie has encountered a range of singing styles including musical theatre and choir and her voice has developed into a mellisonant swirl of warm, dulcet tones and a secure sense of her own voice..
Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 19th July 2019, are available from MELANIE'S KITCHEN or online HERE. They are priced at £12 each in advance (£10 for members), or £14 on the door. There will be a full bar, stocking cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based GREAT WESTERN BREWING CO., and also locally-made NAUGHTY BROWNIES. There will be a raffle with prizes including CDs, gift boxes of beer and sweet treats. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket, as well as reusable bottles for water, as part of our to be more environmentally aware.