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  • This being a home-grown website and me being very un-tech-y, I'm afraid I am woefully lax about updates but shall endeavor to amend that this year! This also includes getting some videos up from the launch gig and posting some more gig dates soon.

    Gig Fri., 8th March.

    I'm really looking forward to performing with my good friend Nicola Clark and regular duo partner Colin Sillence on Friday, 8th March 2013 at The Village Pump Folk Club at The Lamb Inn in Trowbridge. Here's what the lovely folks at The Village Pump had to say about me and Nicola (this was before we knew Colin would be joining us):


    Nicola is based in Gloucestershire and Heather who grew up in North-Caroline USA is now resident in the UK. Their hallmark is an eclectic mix of original songs, contemporary bluegrass and traditional folk combined with self-assured elegance and finesse. Nicola and Heather are both fine songwriters with a delicacy of touch and ability to combine well-crafted lyrics with compelling and sensitive tunes. Add to this beautiful voices and skilled musicianship and the result is sublime.

    If you can make it out to see us, here's the important info:

    Village Pump Folk Club, Lamb Inn, Mortimer Street, Trowbridge

    Friday Nights Doors open 7.30 for 8.00

    Most evenings cost £5, £3 for Open Mic Nights and £8 - £10 for the top names in folk and roots.

    Tickets generally available on the door but on major guest nights can be purchased in advance from John on 01225 707346.

    If you haven't been to The Village Pump before, I'd highly recommend it as it's a lovely, welcoming folk club with a cool room.

    FRoots Magazine Review: Thank you, Mr Atkins.

    Heather Bristow

    Ragged Souls Heifer Records HR 022012

    Another first class recording of original material from Heather Bristow. A resident of Gloucestershire but Carolina-born, Heather plays bluegrass-derived music, although the banjo is set aside for a while after the first two cuts when the recording stays as top class acoustic music. Her singing voice reminds me a lot of Kathy Chiavola, a comment meant as flattery, and wheras Kathy records and plays with Nashville's finest, this recording is as good as anything in that category. The songs are excellent, drawing on all the bluegrass/country cliches in Where The Dogwood Blossoms Bloom to a real standout country song, Fool's Gold. The minor key Raggedy Man brings back the banjo to add to some excellent guitar and mandolin, before moving over to Passport to Heaven, a gospel song that could have been delivered by any of the greats such as Rose Maddox or Molly O'Day, as Heather changes into higher gear to sing with Mollie O'Brien. This after the intriguing Blow Back the Waves where the accompaniment is stripped back to just bodhran, before another outstanding country song, Where I'm Goin'. The vocal delivery from Heather, usually duetting with herself, is always right on the note and perfectly phrased. Not naturally given to shower praise, I say this is an outstanding recording.


    John Atkins.

    That's all for the moment folks!


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