Sweet har­monies – and sub­lime tunes

Bangor Mail - - YOUR GUIDE -

AMER­I­CAN roots trio The Sweet Wa­ter War­blers come to Me­nai Bridge next Wed­nes­day for a show at the Vic­to­ria Ho­tel.

Michi­gan multi-in­stru­men­tal­ists Rachael Davis, Lind­say Lou and May Er­lewine had each carved out suc­cess­ful ca­reers on the Amer­i­can roots cir­cuit be­fore com­ing to­gether at the Hox­eyville Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in 2014.

As a trio their reper­toire swings from gospel and blue­grass to soul and even joy­ful pop.

With sub­lime three-part vo­cal har­monies, they trade in­stru­ments in­clud­ing moun­tain fid­dle and banjo, ukulele, gui­tar and dou­ble bass.

Lind­say Lou also dou­bles as lead vo­cal­ist with The Flat­bellys, who have toured ex­ten­sively and ap­peared at fes­ti­vals rang­ing from Mer­leFest in the USA to Celtic Con­nec­tions in the UK. Visit lind­say­loumu­sic.com for more de­tails.

She was nom­i­nated in the 2016 Best Vo­cal­ist cat­e­gory by the pres­ti­gious In­ter­na­tional Blue­grass Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion and was called “the most af­fect­ingly ex­pres­sive singer since Amy Wine­house” by writer Tim Chip­ping of folk and roots mag­a­zine fRoots.

Rachael Davis has a broad and faith­ful fan­base and has been awarded the Bos­ton Mu­sic Award for Best New Singer-Song­writer. Her in­flu­ences range from jazz leg­end Ella Fitzger­ald to the soul­ful con­tem­po­rary vo­cals of Patty Grif­fin – and much more in be­tween.

May Er­lewine set out on her ca­reer as a teenager, hitch­hik­ing across North Amer­ica play­ing in small and large towns and busk­ing on the streets – re­sult­ing in songs which show a very real con­nec­tion and con­cern with the ev­ery­day.

Her voice is in­stantly recog­nis­able, and her ma­te­rial is these days be­ing sung and recorded by many other artists.

On­line roots mag­a­zine Amer­i­canaUK re­cently gave the Sweet Wa­ter War­blers’ de­but EP With You a 9/10 rating, de­scrib­ing it as “Out­stand­ing! Top drawer roots mu­sic”.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the band, visit the band’s web­site at sweet­wa­ter­war­blers.com

You can catch The Sweet Wa­ter War­blers live at the Vic­to­ria Ho­tel on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 23. The doors open at 8pm.

Tick­ets are £12 each and are avail­able from Palas Print Caernar­fon (01286 674631) and from Mud­shark Records Ban­gor.

Please also visit the Owen’s gigs page on Face­book for more de­tails on this and other up­com­ing con­certs.

May Er­lewine, Rachael Davis and Lind­say Lou are The Sweet Wa­ter War­blers

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