Music |
16th April 2016

Sat 16 Apr | Doors 7:30pm 
Tickets – Early Bird: £12.50 / £14.50 Standard / £16.50 On The Door

A much-loved singer-songwriter from the Mississippi Delta, Bronwynne Brent ended 2015 on a high when fans in the UK voted in their droves to have her crowned Best Female Performer in a poll conducted by the hugely-influential AmericanaUK website.

Since making her debut here early last year with a sold-out show at the big Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Brent rapidly developed an impressive fan base on this side of the Atlantic. Back home, reviewers had raved about her 2012-released Deep Black Water album but it was the follow-up – Stardust – that caused the biggest commotion.

When the Starbucks coffee house chain licensed the record to create the perfect in-house atmosphere in branches across America, it brought her music to the attention of the masses. Radio stations coast-to-coast soon picked up on the buzz and it ended the year in the Top Ten of the hugely-influential Roots Music Report chart, compiled from “most-played” returns submitted by the country’s radio stations.

In the UK too, she has become much talked about, particularly by BBC presenters after the legendary Bob Harris declared himself a fan and featured tracks repeatedly on both of his BBC Radio 2 shows, telling listeners he thought her songs were “absolutely gorgeous – really special!”

He was so impressed he invited her to record a studio session in London, providing her with the kind of exposure rarely enjoyed by a relative newcomer to the scene.

Brent’s spine-tingling vocal style has been compared to everyone from Billie Holiday, and Peggy Lee to Amy Winehouse. Reviewers on this side of the Atlantic have consistently awarded the latest album four and five-star ratings.

Maverick magazine praised it as “beautiful,” adding: “each song a gem!”

R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel) magazine said she possessed a voice that is “timeless in timbre and phrasing,” while American Roots UK described the release as “stunning.”

Playing in trio format (lead guitar/double bass backing) on this visit, Bronwynne was spotted and signed up by leading UK roots music agency Brookfield-Knights when she appeared at the big Folk Alliance International showcase event in Kansas City last year.

They last brought her over to the UK for her first big tour and she returns in April for her most extensive visit so far.

Venue: Malt Room – cabaret unreserved seating
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 


16th April 2016

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