2pm-2.35 The Equatorial Group
3pm-3.35 Kristin McClement
4pm-4.40 Robert Chaney
5pm-6 Emily Barker with Gill Sandell
Music's Not Dead present an afternoon of free live music on the bandstand outside the De La Warr Pavilion.
Terrace bar will be open on this day.
About the acts
Emily Barker has just returned from Memphis where she has been recording her latest album with with Grammy-award winning producer and engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price).
She is probably best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to BBC TV crime drama Wallander. starring Kenneth Branagh. Last year's solo acoustic album, The Toerag Sessions, was a UK Americana Album of the Year nominee, and this year saw the release of Applewood Road, acclaimed as "flawless" by The Sunday Times. A regular visitor to Bexhill, where she has played no fewer than five in-store shows at Music's Not Dead, Emily will be appearing here as a duo with longstanding friend and collaborator Gill Sandell.
“a flawless set that has to be the most haunting release of the past year” Sunday Times
Robert Chaney is an American singer-songwriter from Florida, with a folk- and blues-derived sound often compared to Townes Van Zandt and John Prine. His self-released 2015 debut Cracked Picture Frames appeared on numerous best-of-year lists in the UK press and was critically lauded for its gut-wrenching storytelling, hypnotic performances, and sparse production.
With recent sessions for Sofar Sounds and Daytrotter, a four-page spread in Guitarist Magazine’s Summer 2016 Acoustic quarterly, three supports for East Nashville Outlaw Country Badass Nikki Lane on her 2016 European tour, and a buzzworthy performance at Truck Festival 2016, Robert Chaney’s star is steadily rising.
Robert Chaney - Patch It Up:
Robert Chaney - The Cyclist:
Kristin’s music is born of two separate worlds; the vast shape shifting landscape of her childhood South Africa engraved with the melancholic romance of old England's sacred woodland, rivers and valleys.
Her debut album The Wild Grips was released in February 2015 via Brighton based independent label Willkommen Records.
The Wild Grips refers to our wild nature and Kristin’s reaction to it as a songwriter. Hidden behind the glance of every stranger lies the struggle to make sense of these troubling times. “What can we pull from the rubble of our modern world?" she asks. Her songs invoke a sense that there must be something more meaningful beyond the windows of our offices, shopping centres and rented houses.
Produced by Christian Hardy of The Leisure Society, The Wild Grips is a wide-eyed rendering of modern folk song where the acoustic and the electronic rub alongside. Whilst making the album, Kristin and the band were influenced as much by artists like P J Harvey and Portishead as they were by the ‘pure’ sounds of Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen.
Essentially a collection of personal ballads, the songs connect closest with an audience already familiar with the history of alternative folk music but will hopefully ignite a broader appeal thanks to their powerful and thoughtful delivery.
Kristin's live performances are accompanied by Jools Owen on drums, harmonium, trumpet and backing vocals. She has toured throughout the UK, Italy, France, Portugal and Germany, sharing stages with Benjamin Clementine, Laura Marling, Jessica Pratt and Sam Lee, to name just a few.
"The Wild Grips is an extraordinary collection of mournful yet beautifully crafted and poetic songs, with McClement’s deep resonant voice dominant throughout." - Brighton Music Blog
"A debut album of gravitas and maturity which should secure her reputation as a songwriter and musician of depth and character." - For Folks Sake
"Inventive, weighty pop music which dazzles, shimmers and glows exquisitely in the cold light of the day.” - Gold Flake Paint
The Equatorial Group
Sounding like Crazy Horse colliding with Fleetwood Mac on a dusty road, The Equatorial Group are five friends from the East Sussex wilds sharing their love of one-note guitar solos, stormy seas and heartache. Twe, Andy, Dave, James and Helen can produce a gentle landscape of sparkling harmonies or a thirst-inducing ramshackle racket, as the moment takes them.
The DLWP Cafe Bar and Kitchen will be serving drinks and hot food all day!
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