FXLW Americana

07/10/2018 @ 12:00 pm
Foxlowe Arts Centre
Market Place
ST13 6AD
01538 386112

“Six hours of the best in local, national and international Americana featuring The Strange Blue Dreams, Mean Mary & Frank James, Fine Lines, The Rye Sisters, Lissy Taylor, Rick Ford & Adam Coxon.”

Sunday 7th October. 12noon – 6pm. £10*

*£10 Ticket can be exchanged for a wristband so you can come and go as you please, visit the Totally Locally Sunday Supplement Market or catch some of the other festival acts in the nearby venues. Foxlowe Cafe open 10am – 4pm

The Strange Blue Dreams

The Strange Blue Dreams exist in a parallel world where all music is pop music and therefore everything can be plundered. Their other-worldly pop music runs from the music hall into the jet age and makes “A unique and compelling new sound that re-imagines the roots of rock n’ roll” (Americana UK). The cinematic arrangements of these 5 Scotsmen combine Doo Wop, Bollywood and Spaghetti Western themes with Joe Meek’s reckless invention. Their starting place seems to take Django Reinhardt’s philosophy that a band should be a small orchestra and move it through every decade of the 20th Century. I have no idea what you call it but it sounds like “Menacing surf noir with skiffling eastern rock n’ roll from a parallel universe”.

They have reimagined the roots of rock n’ roll… it’s cool daddy-o!   Americana UK

A collection of imaginative, highly polished, whistle along songs.  RnR Magazine (R2)

Gloriously retro but timeless with a contemporary twist.  The Sun

Fine Lines

Fine Lines is a project started by singer/songwriter David Boardman in 2016. A long time lover of all things folky and rootsy, David has been writing acoustic based music for many years and has now collected those songs under the banner of Fine Lines.

Influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan & The Band, John Martyn and Mercury era Rod Stewart and also modern day Troubadours such as Ray La Montagne and Ryan Adams, these stripped back, mature songs deal in heartbreak and soul baring. Centred around the core duo of David and co-vocalist Zoe Blythe and accompanied by Gary O’Brien on keyboards, Emily Doggett on fiddle, Alex Berry on bass and Mark Radcliffe on drums, these fine songs shine through.

In their short time together, Fine Lines have already played with the likes of folk giants Merry Hell, Mark Radcliffe’s Galleon Blast and John Power (The La’s/Cast). The band’s John Kettle produced debut album ‘Hour Of Need’ is OUT NOW on Parade Recordings and they will be playing live throughout the UK.

Mean Mary & Frank James

Mean Mary (Mary James), a Florida native now based in Nashville, began life as a musical prodigy—could read music before she could read words and co-wrote songs at age five. By age seven she was proficient on the guitar, banjo, & violin, and entertained audiences across the US with her vocal and instrumental skills. Her life has been one long road show interspersed with TV, radio, and film.

To date she plays 11 instruments and is known for her alluring story songs, incredible instrumental speed, & rich voice that can travel from deep emotion to sparkling trills. She is also an award-winning book author, and the fun loving star of Nashville TV show, Never-Ending Street

Mean Mary is known internationally for lightning-fast fingers, haunting vocals, and intricate lyrical storytelling. This Nashville-based musician spans the genres of Americana, folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues, Mean Mary is accomplished on no less than 11 instruments, including banjo, fiddle, and guitar. She is joined by long-time collaborator and brother Frank on guitar and vocals.

The Rye Sisters

The Rye Sisters (Ishani and Sue) are a duo from Lincolnshire who perform Americana and folk-country songs in close harmony to guitar, mandolin and fiddle.  They pull from broadly American influences, such as Buddy and Julie Miller, The Civil Wars and the Dixie Chicks.  They recently featured on BBC Radio Lincolnshire to rapturous praise from presenters Jono Brine and Tom Lane: ‘the harmonies are just fantastic! Their voices blend so well together’.

Although they have both been performing music of various kinds for years, they played their official ‘debut’ gig as The Rye Sisters in May 2016 at The Rogue Saint, Lincoln. Sue has performed, written, recorded and won awards with several bands, including The Woodberrys, before the incarnation of the Rye Sisters and played festival stages as well as running harmony and song-writing workshops for festival-goers.  Ishani has a classically-influenced background. During her youth, she spent much time on stage performing musical theatre, jazz and as a member of multiple youth choirs and orchestras. She sang and toured with Pembroke Chapel Choir between 2008 and 10, venturing into the folk and country music scene in 2015 with the emergence of The Rye Sisters.

This summer The Rye Sisters have been honing their craft as song writers and performing further afield.  They are hugely looking forward to up-coming gigs and to next year’s festival scene.   There is still space on the calendar should you wish to contact them to book a gig.  Check out The Rye Sisters Facebook page and don’t forget to ‘LIKE’ them as well as like them. For up to date news and gig info, sign up to The Rye Sisters mailing list.  Thanks folks!

Lissy Taylor

Lissy is a young up and coming singer songwriter with a distinctive voice and a skill for writing emotionally charged lyrics that instantly grab your attention and leave you wanting more.

Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, England, in January 2015 Lissy moved across the Atlantic to live in Lexington Kentucky, until June 2017.  Living in the US provided inspiration for her songwriting, and also influenced her music style.  The result is captivating lyrics that transcend you into a unique blend of Americana, Country and Blues.   Her influences include Norah Jones, Lana Del Rey, Johnny Cash all mixed with a big helping of Kentucky charm.

Lissy soon became part of the local music community, a regular at LexJam and Writers in the Round and in April 2016, her music took her to a Battle of the Bands competition at Eastern Kentucky University where she was one of the winning acts.  Lissy then began to Perform professionally in coffee shops, restaurants and for Charities such as Green House 17 and the Christian Appalachian Project.  She went on to be nominated for 3 music awards, perform at Lexifest Festival, radio and TV stations WKYT CBS & ABC36.   In October 2016 She performed  at Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour at the Lyric Theatre, where she performed her song Heavy Hearted , along side Grammy winner Blues man Bobby Rush.  Before leaving Lexington Lissy was invited to record a live Red Barn Radio Concert, broadcast in November 2017.

Rick Ford

One of those rare singer-songwriters who is wholly convincing in his ragged-edged country, folk and blues idiom. … a fine collection from the wide open spaces of the Peak District.’  Oz Hardwick – R2 Rock ‘n’ Reel May/June 2010



12noon – 6pm.