Sweet home­com­ing gig

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MER­CURY prize nom­i­nees and Ayles­bury based art rock band Sweet Billy Pil­grim are re­turn­ing to Bucks as part of their next tour in Septem­ber.

Their home­com­ing gig is part of a 10 date UK tour that fol­lows the re­lease of their crit­i­cally ac­claimed fourth al­bum Mo­tor­cade Am­ne­si­acs.

Their first al­bum, Twice Born Men, was Mer­cury Mu­sic Prize nom­i­nated, and their pre­vi­ous al­bum Crown and Treaty was awarded five stars by mu­sic mag­a­zine Mojo.

The new al­bum sees the band step­ping away from their pre­vi­ous elec­tronic/acous­tic ex­per­i­men­tal­ism into an ac­ces­si­ble record, which latest sin­gle Just Above Midtown dis­play­ing this new di­rec­tion clearly.

The video was filmed in Vi­enna, Lon­don and the Home Coun­ties and gives a be­hind-the-scenes in­sight into the world of the band, cut with live footage from their re­cent sold-out Lon­don show.

The band are set to play the Lime­light Theatre, Queens Park, Ayles­bury, on Satur­day.

Tick­ets cost £12, for mem­bers £9.60, con­ces­sion­ary mem­bers £9 or con­ces­sions £10.

Con­tact 01296 424 332 or info@ qpc.org or visit www.qpc.org for more in­for­ma­tion. AN AMER­I­CAN folk band is set to rock Che­sham Folk Club as part of their new al­bum tour.

Three-piece band Har­peth Ris­ing will per­form at the club at the White Hill Cen­tre, in White Hill, Che­sham, on Mon­day, Septem­ber 21 at 8.15pm.

For the past six years, Har­peth Ris­ing has chal­lenged the bound­aries of folk mu­sic and cre­ated a sound that is both unique and sur­pris­ingly fa­mil­iar. Their vir­tu­osic in­stru­men­tals of banjo and vi­o­lin mixed with cello and foot per­cus­sion cre­ate a unique blend of mu­si­cal gen­res that in­clude folk, rock, blue­grass, and roots mu­sic.

Their orig­i­nal lyrics, con­veyed through pow­er­ful three-part vo­cals, are both gritty and poignant.

The all-fe­male group met while study­ing clas­si­cal mu­sic at the In­di­ana Univer­sity Ja­cobs School of Mu­sic and were united – and con­tinue to be driven by – their eclec­tic mu­si­cal in­ter­ests.

Har­peth Ris­ing be­gan tour­ing both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally in 2010 with per­for­mances that in­clude the Cam­bridge Folk Fes­ti­val, Fylde Folk Fes­ti­val, Purbeck Folk Fes­ti­val, Frome Fes­ti­val, Ker­rville Folk Fes­ti­val, Bliss­fest, Wood­songs Old-Time Ra­dio Hour, The Blue­bird, and The Green Note. The trio has re­cently re­lo­cated to Louisville, KY to be closer to their south­ern In­di­ana roots and join the grow­ing eclec­tic mu­si­cal and cul­tural land­scape of the re­gion.

Af­ter an im­pres­sive discog­ra­phy of five al­bums in five years, Har­peth Ris­ing’s latest al­bum, Shifted, was just re­leased at the end of Au­gust.

FATEA Mag­a­zine has called the al­bum “truly re­splen­dent” and Mid­west Record has said the al­bum is “tak­ing New­grass to the next di­men­sion, tak­ing back lyric writ­ing as an form: if you’ve cleaned your ears out re­cently, this set is go­ing to blow your mind.”

The trio also re­cently re­leased their first live al­bum in Novem­ber of 2014.

The al­bum con­sists en­tirely of per­for­mances at The Dream­ing Tree Cof­fee­house in Bap­tis­town, NJ and in­cludes both orig­i­nal songs and pre­vi­ously un­recorded cov­ers the trio’s fans had been re­quest­ing.

The trio’s most re­cently re­leased stu­dio al­bum, Tales From Jack­son Bridge, reached num­ber six on the Folk DJ Charts and num­ber 15 on the EuroAmer­i­cana Charts.

This con­stant in­no­va­tion com­bin­ing old and new gen­res of mu­sic, tech­ni­cal mas­tery, and heart­felt sen­si­bil­ity has earned Har­peth Ris­ing the dis­tinc­tion of one of the most en­gag­ing and dy­namic new The con­cert will be pre­sented by the Che­sham Folk Club, which has hosted artists rang­ing from Paul Si­mon to Kate Rusby.

Ad­mis­sion is £11 for non-mem­bers and £9 for mem­bers.

To book visit www.we­gottick­ets. com/event/323981 or call 01494 785 593.

Sweet Billy Pil­grim

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