Saturday, 10 March 2018
As a special treat, we have brought together two wonderful folk acts.
Paul Walker and Karen Pfeiffer
OSCA Centre, Owen Street, Atherstone CV9 1DG
7:30pm start – Bring your own drinks and food.
Southwest Music Awards ‘Best Folk Act’ finalists 2013, Devonbird, have brought an exciting new sound to the Devon folk scene (and beyond) in recent months.
Devonbird – Kath Bird (singer/songwriter), supported by Sophia Colkin (aka Squeak) on violin and Andy Clarke on guitar and bouzouki, show their wide and versatile range and their passion for folk music, both original and traditional.
The trio combine foot-stomping jigs and reels with haunting ballads and songs, often having their origins in old Devonshire folklore and dialect.
The band has recently been described as having a clarity and purity of sound, vocally and instrumentally, which is both profoundly soul touching and magical.
Devonbird have been touring local folk clubs, are being seen at folk festivals and have appeared on national and local radio.
For their first studio recorded album, “Hangman’s Daughter”, they teamed up with well known folk producer Mark Tucker. The album is a mixture of hard hitting original songs such as The Brae, combined with such haunting folk songs as My Purty Jane, sung in the Devonshire Dialect.
“This week I popped down to the town of Cardigan to enjoy the Quay Festival. The day promised to combine the vibrancy of live bands with the local beautiful scenery to create a very special bank holiday weekend. Opening the afternoon’s events was Devonshire band Devon Bird, a three-piece from the West Country, who definitely brought a touch of folk to the town. Putting music to well known Devonshire poetry and singing tracks from their new album Hangman’s Daughter the female strong band with exception of male guitarist certainly wowed the crowd with album titled track Hangman’s Daughter finishing their unique set.” ~ Carmathen Journal
Paul Walker and Karen Pfeiffer
“They are still in existence, ‘lucky bags’, the discoveries of precious pearls in the music scene.” Bietigheimer Zeitung
With their unique onstage-chemistry and their often commented-on very special harmonies, the Anglo-German duo ‘Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer’ entertain and engage their audiences with acoustic originals and folk club favourites. Briefly, “Songs with groove and goose bumps guaranteed”, as a German newspaper put it recently.
In addition to their shows around the UK, Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer have established a significant reputation in Ireland and Germany where they tour annually. “The likeable, humorous style in which they treat their audience is also reflected in their own songs” – and sometimes the odd German folk song, or even a German ‘joke’, will find its way into the diversified evening of entertainment.
Sharing vocal duties, the “two exceptional musicians” perform “sometimes powerful with groove, sometimes poetically tender”. Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer have their individual styles which combine beautifully and, together with their light-hearted banter, they provide a truly memorable experience. Karen one moment has the voice of an angel with her heart-wrenching ballads and then, as if from nowhere, comes a powerful and gritty vocal that leaves audiences mesmerised. She adds with alto recorder, tin whistle and percussive instruments to Paul’s admirable guitar playing.
This is their 5th year of performance together and in their luggage they proudly bring along their brand-new second album ‘Marble Town’.
(All quotes from concert reviews in Ludwigsburger Zeitung, Bietigheimer Zeitung, Besigheimer Zeitung)
“It seems that there is nothing that this duo cannot bring into fruition with their own unique style and passion.” Secret Sounds (website)
“WOW! Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer did not disappoint, they gave us 110%, keeping us entertained with wonderful songs and great harmonies. They left us calling for more, and well deserved the standing ovation they received at the end. Look forward to their next visit” Brewood Acoustic Music Club (Facebook page)
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