|Josh Harty + Kelley McRae + M&J Blues @ The Greystones 26/3
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|Author:||Craig [ Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:41 am ]|
|Post subject:||Josh Harty + Kelley McRae + M&J Blues @ The Greystones 26/3|
On Thursday March 26th, WagonWheel Presents… brings a fabulous double bill to The Greystones. After an amazing debut in April last year we welcome back the Kelley McRae duo and alongside them will be old friend Josh Harty who’ll be returning to the UK with a brand new album. One night, two great US acts. Plus there’ll be support from Sheffield’s own M&J Blues who open the show. Advance tickets priced at £7 are available from and the venue (12-6pm) or entry on the night will be £9. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
It doesn’t get more Americana than Josh Harty. His father, both a preacher and the Police Chief of his boyhood small town, was also Harty’s music mentor. “I was either going to jail, or to hell,” Harty muses. That kind of humour, that hell-bound hope, is in the centre of Harty’s music. Music captured on the new disc, polished in performance in America, and now ready for another UK tour in support of Nowhere.
Together with his father, Harty says he “sang in just about every church, Lions Club, Elks Club, and senior citizen centre within 200 miles of Fargo.” When his parents moved out of the area when Harty was a Senior in high school, his devotion to the school’s music program and its director led him to relocate to an apartment with his older brother,5 years his senior. They lived near the Empire Tavern in downtown Fargo, and for the impressionable young musician, watching the cast of characters come and go was like going to songwriting college. The hard life, lies and perseverance in the face of both, surface to the top of Harty’s music like a beer mug ring left behind on a wooden bar top.
Those in the upper Midwest who have watched Harty grow since his move to Madison, Wisconsin in 2005 know what he can make happen live. His warm, woeful voice is buoyed by charismatic guitar playing. He can hush a bar room. When he lets his guitar do the talking audiences are carried all the way in.
“there is a dignity to this music making that leaves us feeling enriched for the experience” No Depression
” ‘Whisky and morphine have been good friends to me’ is the opening line of Josh Harty’s third album. It pretty much ensures you know right from the start that this is not going to be a cheerful album and it doesn’t disappoint. Nor does this excellent album disappoint in any other fashion, except for the simple fact that it is only seven tracks long” Backroads Music
“This is a release that deserves a wide audience and one that is, in its quiet way, up there with anything else you’ll hear this year” Americana-UK.com
***KELLEY McRAE duo***
In 2011, Folk/Americana duo Kelley McRae traded in their NYC apartment for a VW camper van and hit the road. Thousands of miles and hundreds of shows later, they’ve toured coast to coast in the US, played to packed rooms across Europe, sold-out the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and continue to build a passionate and dedicated following on the strength of their live performances. Paste Magazine’s 4 Star review raves “Kelley moves effortlessly from the mournful tones of the plantation to the celebratory swing of the saloon, from songs of loss and decay to hymns of love and grace.” BBC Radio host Bob Harris calls the songs ‘brilliant’, and film maker Wim Wenders told the San Francisco Chronicle that Kelley’s songs move him to tears.
“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
M&J Blues are father and son Mark & Jeff Lyall. They’re regular performers at many Sheffield venues doing their bluesy country rock ‘n’ roll thing. The ever popular duo will kick the night off in typically fine style.
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