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Wes Finch & Annie Dressner - 8 September 2012

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Wes Finch

We would like to introduce you to the brilliant Wes Finch. Wes Finch is a respected and exciting singer/songwriter with the unusual distinction of being richly endowed with understated confidence and a charming stage presence. His beautifully organic songs carry lyrical optimism and melodies, which are subtle yet infectious. Stylistically, Wes creates a sound that is at the same time both epic in proportion but also gentle and soulful on the ear.

Wes has toured extensively throughout the U.K, Europe and Australia, playing festivals, top venues alongside the likes of Billy Bragg, Eliza Carthy and Newton Faulkner.

Thanks to Wes’ charm and engaging manner, his audiences often come away feeling that they have come to know Wes personally. He has an extraordinary ability to connect deeply with his fans through his music and conversation. Wes’s calm and assured nature gives him an enviable ability to put his audience at ease and make them feel that they are a part of something very special.

Wes has an incredible voice which ranges from soft, beautifully delivered folk but also has the ability to explode into blues heaven, which gives the audience something to really sink their teeth in to. Wes uses his life experiences and views of the world, to deliver a stage performance to rival the world-class singer/ songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s. Wes sings with heart and feeling and when combined with his guitar and accompaniment of banjo, fiddle, and percussion makes music, which resonates deeply with the audience and leads them to rapturous applause.

Wes’ songs are all original compositions and represent a modern approach to folk and blues, which draws on influences such as Tom Waits, Neil Young and Loudon Wainwright III. Wes occasionally brings his faithful ‘Dirty Band’ to offer a developed stage show packed with top musicians which always throws up surprises and affords Wes the ability to offer a gig which has a change of pace or depth and keeps the fans coming over and over again. Wes Finch is a rare talent and exciting performer not to be missed.

Annie Dressner

“Recently moving from her hometown of New York City to the UK, singer-songwriter Annie Dressner has earned early raves for her “passionate, conversational awkwardness,” and for the “twilight poignancy” found on her confident, quirky debut CD “Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names.”

Filled with “a majestic loneliness,” Dressner’s poignant songs are delivered with such conversational ease, it often seems as if she is reading from an intimate letter or a book, set to music. Her straightforward lyrical style, sharp ear for wordplay and crisp, lilting vocals offer listeners a front-row seat to her stories, as they take shape above the understated music.”