Thu 21st February 8:30pm
New Roots presents Smith & Brewer, with support from Paul McClure.
Combining classic close harmony style with superbly honed songwriting craft, matched to stunningly virtuosic musicianship, Smith & Brewer produce a brilliantly accessible Roots sound. Taking influence from the The Everly Brothers to Simon & Garfunkel, John Martyn to the countrified Grateful Dead ,the duo recently released their eponymous debut EP to universal press acclaim, and are country working on a highly anticipated debut album. Legendary singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading was first fo discover them, choosing them to support her across two UK tours. They went down a storm Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival’s main stage 2018, were big hits at 2018’s Cambridge Folk Festival, and have just recently completed a string of high profile dates across Britain opening for Ralph McTell.
‘Definitely a duo to watch out for – a modern day replacement for Simon and Garfunkel’ FATEA Magazine
‘..one of the bands of the [Cropredy Festival] weekend…Soulful vocals atop some amazing guitar work, ones to look out for.’ Festivalsforall.com
‘Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer are two of the finest guitarists out there and did two great sets [at Cambridge Folk Festival]. The musical interplay between them is jaw-dropping..’ Americana.UK
‘…there’s no doubting just how seriously good Smith & Brewer are and how compactly they work together…’ Folking.com
Paul McClure is a singer songwriter from Rutland, England, known for his intimate, story telling concerts. Paul’s characters and story lines – in particular the loves, laughs and losses that have come his way – though lyrically often brutally honest, nearly always allow the humorous side of any situation to come forward…Recently featured on Mark Radcliffe’s Radio 2 show and with an album of new songs released on UK Americana label Clubhouse Records, things are looking up for the Rutland Troubadour.
“One of the bedrocks of the UK Alternative Country, Folk and Americana scene.” (3 Chords And The Truth)
“Paul McClure has a voice made to hand out solace, advice and words to cushion the fall with a deep understanding translated easily by his ability to sing from the soul.” (Alternate Root, USA
New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk scene. It’s committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserves – for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing. Our music policy comes from the kitchen table, the roots of public performance- intimate, acoustic based, high quality musicianship with as little interference between performer and listener as possible.
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