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Bridie Jackson & the Arbour - and Jasmine Kennedy - 30th November 2013

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Bridie Jackson & the Arbour

Sitting “somewhere between the lushness of Norah Jones and the quirkiness of Joanna Newsom”, Bridie Jackson & The Arbour’s 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 wasn’t 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 O’Leary on Radio 2, and Radio 4’s 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 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."
[Emily Brinnand, The Guardian]

"Over 8,000 acts had vied to win a spot on the main stage at Glastonbury 2013 and we were now down to the last eight, or 0.1% of entrants. The odds suggested that high watermarks would be set and first act, Bridie Jackson & The Arbour, just about flooded out the place with its beguiling blend of break-out folk. To no one’s surprise, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour took the prize and the evening’s main plaudits… an original and magical performance."
[T.Hardy, Consequence of Sound]


Jasmine Kennedy:

“Absolutely astonishing! What a mature song [Cardigan Sweater] for a 17-year-old to have written. Some people would spend all of their lives writing songs to get to that song and you’ve written it already. My goodness, that is really impressive…” – Alan Raw, BBC Introducing.

Jasmine Kennedy is an acoustic singer/songwriter who sings from the heart; her lyrics a collection of throw away observations and bittersweet tales from the teenage heart which possess a remarkable power to stun an audience in to silence. At the age of 16 her debut album ‘I Don’t Have An Uncle Pat’ was self-released and since then she has toured the UK and shared stages with the likes of Seasick Steve, Joseph Arthur & RM Hubbert, as well as performing at a number of festivals including Live at Leeds and Bingley Music Live. All whilst preparing material for a second album and maintaining a loyal devotion to Coronation Street. Potentially the next Tracy Chapman, this young musician has immense talent and an endearing charm.