Bridie Jackson & The Arbour
Sun 13 Apr 2014
Sitting ‘somewhere between the lushness of Norah Jones and the quirkiness of Joanna Newsom’, Bridie Jackson & The Arbours music is simultaneously beautiful, ethereal, dark and powerful.
Recently revealed as winners of the 2013 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, they are ‘the kind of beguiling, affable folk band whose sound feels so natural and inviting you wonder why your first listen wasnt so much sooner’.
They released their début album in January 2012, with a sold out show at The Sage Gateshead, and have since gained national recognition, with radio play on BBC 1, 2, 3, and 6 Music and live sessions for Dermot OLeary on Radio 2, and Radio 4s Loose Ends.
With their sparse instrumentation, intriguing vocal harmonies, and influences as diverse as gospel, Baroque and flamenco; the Newcastle-based quartet are frequently proclaimed to be completely unique. Enchanting, spellbinding, electrifying and magical, their live shows are not to be missed.
‘The band sounds striking on record but has an extra dimension live; a tension born of fragility and an authority seated in sheer skill
These girls must tire of people saying how good they are yet I struggle to name a finer and more original act on the acoustic/folk circuit today.’
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‘The remarkable voice of Bridie Jackson is beautiful yet haunting and the instrumentation and harmonies weaving around her are ethereal, and at times gentle, making their music even more moving. You feel as if you should be sitting in candlelight listening to their music with no distractions whatsoever.’
Mae & The Midnight Fairground boast a collection of vibrant and shadowy circus-esque songs that tell vivid stories of wayward characters both human and animal. Collective brainchild of Mae Karthauser, song and music is coupled with a distinctive twist of humour and eccentrically woven anecdotes (on topics as wide as resident ladybirds, the violent homeless, and literature for 8-10 year olds). Whether alone, or surrounded by a troupe of anything up to ten musicians, dancers, acrobats and clowns, Mae Karthauser has audiences nestled playfully in the palm of her hand, as she strokes each one of them gently on the head, grinning like a badly behaved child in the chocolate aisle.