HUSH presents: The Little Unsaid (solo show)+ Finnshrimp

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HUSH presents: The Little Unsaid (solo show)+ Finnshrimp

‘Entrancing…deeply atmospheric…songwriting of a real rich quality, all held together by an intensity of approach, by a focus on the emotional weight music can carry’
Clash Magazine�
‘The first thing you notice about these songs is their emotional honesty. Elliott writes about mental illness from the point of view of someone who has lived through it and come out the other side, someone who is acutely aware of how close he still is to his demons. But his songs are full of hope, full of the potential for a better future despite the continued proximity of depression.’
Folk Radio U.K.

‘Extraordinary music. This is an amazing act’
Bob Harris

‘A brave and often brilliant collection’
R2 Magazine (on Selected Works)

Winners of the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award for boundary-pushing new music
Founded by Gilles Peterson, with support from Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) and PRS Foundation

The Little Unsaid spent large chunks of 2017 and 2018 travelling the UK and Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as ‘a thumping depth of passion, recalling the intensity and melancholic overtones of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen’. Touring continues in earnest through the summer and autumn of 2019 in support of first single “Road” and the new album “Atomise”.

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HUSH present Danni Nicholls. + Don Barclay

With the wind in her sails from receiving consecutive Americana Music Association UK award nominations (2017 ‘UK Album of the Year’ for Mockingbird Lane and 2018 ‘UK Artist of the Year’), singer-songwriter Danni Nicholls has been enjoying an incredible ride. From supporting the legendary Shakin’ Stevens on his 28 date major UK tour to opening for the mighty Lucinda Williams and The Secret Sisters plus being invited to perform at prestigious events such as Folk Alliance International, Cambridge Folk Festival, Tonder Festival, Denmark and AmericanaFest in Nashville….2019 is set to be just as exciting.
Following her first two critically acclaimed studio albums, A Little Redemption (2013) and Mockingbird Lane (2015), this year sees the release of her third – The Melted Morning – produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin (The Indigo Girls, Lucy Wainwright-Roche) at the idyllic woodland studio MOXE, Nashville TN.
Closely personal yet widely relatable, the themes of this album span an array of life’s takeaways from the pain and darkness of rejection, the fear of losing yourself and the power of human connection to offering up hope and new perspectives in the face of adversities.
“I needed a new challenge, a new landscape to work in sonically, physically and viscerally. Collaborating with Jordan and this incredible team of musicians gave me that opportunity and I have come away with a delicate, vibey, honest and vulnerable collection of songs that we dove deep into to find out who they wanted to become”
Her vibrant, spell binding performances are guaranteed to melt your heart into the soles of your boots. Danni’s passionate delivery, captivating velvet voice and charmingly engaging between-song banter compel you to fall under her spell.

“An artist with the elegance and imagination to restore your faith in the visceral power of an original song”
Paul Sexton, BBC Radio 2 and freelance print/broadcast journalist

“I absolutely love the elegance and beauty of her music”
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Danni is one of our favourites. She’s a dedicated, prolific creator, combining memorable melodies with thoughtful lyrics. Danni’s performances are captivating; her natural warmth making any stage her own.”
David Pick, Founder & CEO Vintage TV

“Her passion for her craft is unparalleled. Her depth of emotion, commitment to the song
and ability to go deep, makes her a rare artist.”
Jed Hilly – Executive Director of the Americana Music Association

“Smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country, all in a rich voice”
Q Magazine

“Sumptuous…a warm wry line in confessional songwriting”

“One in a million…
Maverick Music Magazine

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Son of Town Hall

“It’s part balladry, part performance art, and totally cool. American singer-songwriter David Berkeley and Brit Ben Parker have taken a step back in time with the creation of Son of Town Hall. Think Simon & Garfunkel lost at sea, and you get a sense of the mythic world at play here.”
– Philadelphia Inquirer

– John Platt, WFUV

�“Nothing short of stunning”
– Lisa Schwartz, Director Philadelphia Folk Festival

�“Unique and beautiful…unforgettable.”
– Phil Collins (Austin, TX)

�“Purposely timeless yet anachronistic, a sort of aural steampunk”
– Santa Fe New Mexican

Meet Son Of Town Hall the unusual union of Ben Parker of London, England, and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parker, a highly sought-after London-based #songwriter/ #producer/ #multiinstrumentalist, and Berkeley, a celebrated #singer/ #songwriter/ #author create a world that transcends time and space, complete with #Victorian-era outfits, #meditations about the sea and songs that beg you to sing along. The show is three-parts #concert, one-part #theater. It will leave you transformed, with your heart full of laughter and tears, drunk on adventure and the tragic beauty of the human condition.��Son of Town Hall was born when the two found themselves side by side aboard a junk raft (“The Son of Town Hall”) crossing the mighty Atlantic in search of new lands, new inspiration, and to recover squandered fortune. The two have sailed their ship back a century or so, and their song and story cycle follows the pair across the open waters and from town to town as they travel the frontier bouncing primarily from one failed endeavor to another. Though they fall for temptation and countless false promises, their belief in humanity and each other never flags.��Their struggles have only strengthened their harmony, a blend that would have made Simon and Garfunkel take to drink and push off to sea as well, had that duo been fortunate enough to hear Son of Town Hall sing. “Perhaps it was the solitude out there,” Parker explains when we caught up with the bearded duo off the coast of Maine, “or maybe it was the strong gratitude you feel for your companion as you make it through your first (or twelfth) near-death experience. Or maybe it was all the cheap rum we consumed… well whatever it was, we learned to sing out there. More importantly, we learned to sing together.” ��“You learn a lot on the high seas,” Berkeley adds. “Skills and endurance you didn’t know you possessed, you know?” We didn’t exactly know, but we let him continue. “Music and storytelling kept us afloat, kept us alive, really. That was the bond. We developed a blend and a sound that led even the sea creatures and the moon to pay attention. We just had to hope that it would translate if and when we ever reached the shore.”��Well, as anyone at Son of Town Hall’s packed shows across America or Europe can attest, their sound has translated just fine. Audiences consistently leave a show swaying like they’ve been to sea themselves and muttering that they’ve never quite experienced something like it. If the early indications prove true, the two will soon need to build a bigger boat, for everyone who floats near them wants to jump aboard.


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Noel McKay and Brennen Leigh

Texas cultivated, Nashville based songwriting team Brennen Leigh and Noel Mckay are set to embark on their fifth #tour of the #UnitedKingdom in October of 2019, following the release of their self titled second #duet #album (Voxhall Records Nashville). Tour highlights include a return to #London‘s iconic Green Note and Gateshead’s The Sage.

The album’s first single, a cover of Guy Clark’s “New Cut Road” landed squarely in the number four slot of Bluegrass Today’s Grassicana chart and is in regular rotation on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction. Clark was McKay’s mentor and often championed the duo, saying “Noel and Brennen are great songwriters.”

Noel McKay and Brennen Leigh met in 2002 through Austin’s vibrant music scene. McKay was part of the regionally popular country and Tex-Mex band McKay Brothers, while the bluegrass and classic country educated Leigh had just arrived in Texas to pursue a solo career. Six years later the two began writing and touring together, somehow fitting in writing trips to Nashville between tour dates. At first, they often wrote songs on long car trips, one of them behind the wheel of their then touring vehicle, a 1992 Honda Accord wagon. The result was a mix of story songs that continue to delight in a concert setting. The duo’s Gurf Morlix produced debut album Before the World Was Made (2013) is a cult classic; CMA Close Up called it “hilarious, sentimental and profound, usually all at the same time.”

McKay & Leigh are becoming known as a must-know songwriting team; Steve Earle, Guy Clark and Richard Dobson have all recorded songs written by McKay, while artists such as Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Crowell and Charley Crockett have released songs written by Leigh. Sarah Borges and Sunny Sweeney, among others, have recorded songs the duo composed. Together they’re an international touring machine; The pair’s dry humour coupled with their well worn, Louvinesque harmonies, McKay’s uniquely South Texas lead guitar style and Leigh’s raw Delmore Brothers inspired flatpicking and mandolin make for an unforgettable combination.


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Dave Robinson. ‘If it ain’t Stiff , it ain’t worth a F***’

A HUSH – WORD presentation.

Dave Robinson.

Originally a teenage photographer in Dublin, Dave Robinson opened the first Beat Club in Ireland. He took pictures for Rave magazine of the Beatles in the Cavern, Liverpool and The Rolling Stones on their first tour of Ireland. He befriended Van Morrison, briefly managing him; and he was Jimi Hendrix’s road manager from his first UK tour. Dave shared flats with Jimi and Noel Redding in London and toured with The Experience across America and the world until just before Jimi’s death. .

He did major tours in the US with Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Young Rascals and Vanilla Fudge. He clubbed and mixed with The Grateful Dead, Janice Joplin, The Who, Jim Morrison and the Doors.

He returned to London, managing the careers of Brinsley Schwartz, Graham Parker, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmonds, Ian Dury and Elvis Costello.

In London, he single-handedly created a network of 35 pubs where bands could play what they liked. This was Pub Rock, the forerunner of Punk. Dave built a recording studio above the legendary Hope and Anchor Pub in Islington and with Jake Riviera, he started Stiff Records and signed The Damned, Motorhead, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Tracey Ullman, Richard Hell, The Plasmatics, Jona Lewie, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Kirsty McColl, The Box Tops, The Adverts, Lene Lovich, The Pogues, Madness and many more.

After Stiff, Dave became president of Island Records, where he oversaw the careers of U2, Robert Palmer, Stevie Winwood and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, He personally sequenced and marketed Bob Marley’s 36 million selling LEGEND album. The biggest reggae album in the World.

He went on to represent Rick Rubin outside North America running Def Jam Records and American Recordings working with Johnny Cash, the Black Crows, Slayer, Danzig and the Jayhawks. He settled the vicious two year litigation between Rick Rubin and Roger Ames, Chairman of PolyGram and signed American Recordings to BMG.

Dave ran The Famous Blue Note Club and Acid Jazz Label in London helping to launch the early Drum and Bass dance movement.

Dave has been at the helm or in the mix of the most exciting and important musical developments. He is still active in the music industry as a consultant & manager for various labels and projects – from Van Morrison for EMI to the Alabama 3 for Hostage Music -whilst keeping an eye on some of the most enduring repertoire the music industry has ever seen.

So here in Folkestone he brings his one man show – ‘If it ain’t Stiff, it ain’t worth a F***’.

Dave brings lot of hilarious anecdotes along with fascinating insights into one hell of a life in the Music Business.

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Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

“Spellbinding… Hannah and Ben were born to play and sing together”
– FRoots

Huddled round a single #microphone, #singing intimate #duets with just mountain #dulcimer, #dobro and #guitar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an #acousticduo that sound #classically timeless, yet their #music is unique.
Since emerging in 2016, the duo recorded two studio albums, Before the Sun (2016) and Awake (2018), produced by award winning producer David Travers-Smith in Toronto. Both albums have gathered praise for the craft and skill of their musical writing and arranging.

“Awesome… a supremely divine album”
-Americana UK

The duo have #toured the UK, North America and mainland Europe, enrapturing audiences at shows and on #festival #stages with the sparkling beauty of their #acoustic style.

“Dreamy reveries, softly warm vocals, stirring guitar arrangements – Sanders & Savage wield an elusive sort of magic”

They have shared stages and opened shows for #Americana and #folk luminaries such as Sarah Jarosz, Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman and Oh Susanna. Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram & Emmylou, Shirley & Davey, or Gillian & David but their distilling of musical influences from both sides of the Atlantic produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.

“An exquisite soundscape, which is the result of passion, precision and unbridled intimacy” ★★★★★
-R2 Magazine

Their unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs’ emotion and narrative.

“This is folk music for everyone – a master-class in proficiency, an exercise in individuality and a declaration of love of the folk tradition from both sides of the Atlantic” ★★★★★
Spiral Earth

The material is as joyful and fun as it is intense, but the common factor is the duo’s warmth and confidence in each other; their natural ease and connection is clearly evident on the recorded music, and a genuine pleasure to witness on stage.

“A stream of brilliant music – they should be rated among the elite when it comes to UK folk”
-Rob Ramsey, Maverick

“Listening to this record is a form of meditation, with all its benefits. Sanders has a voice of such sparkling clarity that soars above and dips around Savage’s dobro and their harmonies are exquisite”
-Lyndon Bolton, No Depression

“I’ve loved Hannah Sanders’ voice since first listen and Ben Savage is a master musician. they are both deep in to the soul of their music. I think this album is the best thing they’ve done”
-Mike Harding Folk Show

“This is one of the albums of the year as far as I’m concerned – what a very fine sound they make – they’ve produced a fabulous album”
-Frank Hennessey, BBC Wales

“It has all the intimacy and intensity of closely watching a master craftsman working fine jewelry. I could list the songs and map out each with the necessary superlatives – but really you should just go and see them. I have to insist on that. It’s folk music – it has the heritage and the songs evident – but it has a quality and depth to the arrangements and performance that means it easily transcends the constraints of any preconceptions”
-From the Margins

“Their performance is perfectly honed, faultlessly presented and demonstrates that they are clearly a match made in musical heaven. The songs are filled with messages of hope and promise, all delivered in a stripped down sound, which takes you on a journey into the minds of this duo… The dynamic between the duo is electric and their eclectic mix of music is refreshing, we were treated to new tracks from their album as well as their own favourites”
-The Atkinson, Southport

“Blessed with a peerlessly pure voice… Catch her while you can!” ★★★★
-The Express

“A confident and impressive sophomore album that not only fully justifies past predictions regarding Sanders trajectory in the current folk field but also marks the arrival of a significant new duo force”
Folk Radio UK

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HUSH Folkestone present: Geoff Muldaur. + Nina Clark

Making a rare visit to the UK, Geoff Muldaur is one of the great #voices and #musical forces to emerge from the #folk #blues and #folkrock scenes centred in #Cambridge, #MA and #Woodstock, #NY.

During the 1960’s and ’70’s, he made a series of highly influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and Paul Butterfield’s Better Days, as well as collaborations with his then-wife Maria and many others such as Bonnie Raitt and Jerry Garcia.

Many of the biggest names on the scene are fans of the man.

Bonnie Raitt says that he has always been one of her favourites and in a recent interview, Richard Thompson said: “There are only three great white blues singers and Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them.”

Talking after a recent ‘live’ performance, John Sebastian said: “The Lovin’ Spoonful’s favourite singer went and got better,” while Loudon Wainwright III is on record as stating: “Geoff Muldaur was and is one of my musical heroes.”

Geoff has found us a date on this tour. Come and spend some time with him in the intimate setting that is upstairs at the Eleto Chocolate Cafe

Geoff will be supported by the very wonderful #Folkestone based #SingerSongwriter Nina Clark Music.

This is a hushed concert so you can really enjoy the concert to its fullness.

Take a peep here: