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Kelley McRae + David J. Roch + Rich Kitson, Greystones 22/4
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Author:  Craig [ Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Kelley McRae + David J. Roch + Rich Kitson, Greystones 22/4

On Tuesday April 22nd, WagonWheel Presents… welcomes the Kelley McRae duo to The Greystones as part of their first European tour. Previously residing in New York, Kelley and husband Matt have spent the last few years touring throughout the United States and their experiences have resulted in latest record Brighter Than The Blues. Comparisons have been made to the likes of Patty Griffin and Gillian Welch. Support for the evening comes from David J. Roch and Richard Kitson. Advance tickets priced at £5 are available from or entry on the night will be £7. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

***KELLEY McRAE duo***


In the last 2 years and a half years, the Kelley McRae duo has played over 300 shows coast to coast and travelled over 75,000 miles in their VW van. Along the way Kelley encountered the people and places that inspired the songs on her new album, Brighter Than The Blues. Kelley’s brand of heartfelt Americana has found impressive fans: Paste Magazine gave her four stars, and WNYC’s ‘Soundcheck’ named her performance one of the years best. Kelley performs as an acoustic duo with her husband Matt, and they have performed at such venues as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Red Clay Theatre in Atlanta, and The Living Room in NYC. Previously residing in NYC, the duo is currently writing and recording new material in a cabin in the Nantahala Forest of North Carolina.

Brighter Than the Blues demonstrates once again that Kelley McRae is among the best singer-songwriters in America today.” No Surf Music

The last songs that made me cry were by a young New York singer, KelleyMcRae.” Wim Wenders, San Francisco Chronicle

Sometimes a great voice and acoustic guitar really are all you need.PopMatters



Loud and brash may buy easy headlines and fleeting fame, but in the music world a more subtle approach often leads to winning dedicated fans and lifelong followers.

This is definitely the case for David J. Roch, whose delicate melodies and melancholy words can paint an introspective picture in the way of a Simon and Garfunkel classic, yet sometimes explode into a finale that is a cathartic, life-affirming emotional release. David’s handling of subject matters encompassing loss, love, religion, death and relationships sets him apart from most other current singer-songwriters, possibly informed by his previous career as an undertaker.

The release of David’s new album ‘A Cynic, A Realist, An Undertaker’ is likely to have the same effect on many new listeners as he had on The Independent on Sunday recently: “There are times when the only response to raw talent is to drop your jaw and go ‘Wow!”

David’s music is far from having a narrow niche appeal, as viewers of TV shows ranging from ‘Private Practice’, ‘Being Human’ and even ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ will already know. Each of these massively popular programmes have featured songs from 2012 debut album ‘Skin and Bones’ and led to an explosion of interest.

Produced in part by Jim Sclavunos, a man used to working with dark and powerful themes in Grinderman and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, with additional production by David’s long term collaborator Dave Sanderson, the new album fully realizes David’s songwriting and revels in the unexpected, utilizing not just his backing band of multi-instrumentalists, but also a male voice choir on the forbidding ‘Hell To Pay’.

He explains his own rationale when he says: “The songs I write are chapters from my life put to music to allow me to make sense of what I have done and what I will do.”

Whether on record or playing live, David effortlessly conveys emotional intensity using a voice which The Guardian says “can soar to ethereal heights as effortlessly as it plumbs red-raw depths” and in doing so he finds the perfect vehicle to expresses his deeply moving lyrics and stunning melodies.



Richard Kitson is a folk/blues singer songwriter and guitarist from South Yorkshire who gained recognition after the release of his debut album Home and Dry in 2010. Kitson played guitar in Barnsley based Punk band Strawberry Jack for three years but began playing solo acoustic sets when they broke up in 2001 with a set at the famous Grapes Irish pub in his home city of Sheffield.

Kitson was born in Sheffield and lived there until the age of six until his parents moved a few miles north to Barnsley. Kitson is a self-taught guitarist who began teaching himself from books and by listening to his favourite guitar players at the age of fourteen. This coincided with Kitson’s first experience of listening to Bob Dylan and he quickly took up song writing alongside learning the guitar. Kitson began performing at an early age, playing harmonica in school talent competitions and singing in his local church choir.

2006 saw the biggest development in Kitson’s guitar playing style. He had been listening to Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt and Irish guitar legend Rory Gallagher and became entranced by their finger style acoustic guitar playing. However, it was upon hearing folk/blues icons Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, John Renbourn and John Martyn that really woke Kitson up to the possibilities of the finger style guitar technique. Kitson has said of these musicians,”I was just getting to grips with the delta and country blues fingerstyle playing, thinking I’d reached a comfortable place in my playing. That was until I heard Bert Jansch who then turned me on to Davy Graham, John Renbourn and later John Martyn. It was like the guitar was completely unfamiliar to me, a foreign object in my hands. I basically started learning all over again, trying to play like them”.

Kitson recorded his eponymus first album in 2003 but could only afford to make 100 copies. The album has since disappeared but Kitson plans to release songs from it and others from what he calls his “early strumming period” in the not too distant future. However, it was the release of his second “debut” album Home and Dry that gained Kitson the credit many feel has been long overdue to him after over a decade in the music industry.

When i grow up i want to play guitar like Richard KitsonOtis Gibbs

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Author:  Craig [ Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Kelley McRae + David J. Roch + Rich Kitson, Greystones 2

Tonight! David J. Roch will be with full band. Richard Kitson kicks things off at 8pm sharp.

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