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The Islington (Vinyl Launch Show)
Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
A brilliant evening of music with four of the UK's finest and fastest-rising Americana singer-songwriters, Kate Ellis, Lisa Wright, Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer, and Kaity Rae. KATE ELLIS and her band will be following up a sold out launch for her critically acclaimed debut album "Carve Me Out", streamed over 100,000 times, played on radio across the UK and described by Lyric Magazine as: "Haunting and beautiful... brand new yet classically timeless – think Nanci Griffith with a modern twist." LISA WRIGHT, described as a cross between Alison Krauss and Kacey Musgraves, and with two applauded EP releases, brings an “element of modernity to country/folk”. Lisa’s first single entered the iTunes country charts at No.4, making her the only independent UK artist in the Top 20. BEN SMITH & JIMMY BREWER will be back fresh from showcasing at the prestigious AmericanaFest in Nashville, alongside the likes of Lori McKenna and Sam Outlaw. Their memorable melodies, beautiful harmonies, intertwining guitars and traditional storytelling songs are irresistible. KAITY RAE is a North London singer-songwriter highlighted by FATEA Magazine as “an artist to look out for”. Her songs, with a "subtle blend of traditional Country and Pop”, appear on two of her own EPs and a number of compilations albums. Fatea Magazine called Kate Ellis' debut: "A gorgeous album with soul, heart, passion”. Maverick Magazine gave it 4 stars: "Wryly reflective, sweetly melodic, touchingly compassionate, warm-hearted." Americana UK gave it an 8/10 review: "Quite simply a superb debut album and one that announces the arrival of a genuine talent. A new Americana star of real potential." Lisa Wright has been described as the “Sound of 2017” (BBC Introducing); “The one to watch!” (Nashville Songwriters Association) and “A fast rising star within the UK’s country scene.” (Laurel Canyon Music). R2 Magazine said of Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer: “There’s a timelessness to their neatly crafted songs that display their musical interplay and superb harmony vocals." FATEA Magazine said of Katy Rae: “She has found a sound in a very crowded space", while R2 Magazine said “a very successful career beckons."