The Toy Hearts with special guest Julian Dawson
Whimple Victory Hall Friday 14th November
This Birmingham based sister fronted outfit have been successfully carving out their own niche in the Americana and Roots music scene for over 10 years now, so if you haven’t been to one of their shows before you are in for a real treat. Hannah (vocals and mandolin) and Sophia (guitar and vocals), along with their father Stewart (Banjo, Dobro, Steel) previously appeared in Whimple in March 2013, prior to spending the summer of 2013 touring around Texas and working with some of the biggest names in Texan bluegrass.
The Toy Hearts already have four studio albums and earlier this year released the ‘Flyin’ Too High’ EP, recorded towards the end of their Austin trip featuring Jake Erwin on Double Bass. This summer they have been working on new material for a fifth.
The Toy Hearts manage to tip their hats to their influences from Bluegrass, Country and Swing, while having their own distinct style, which is quite different to that of those whom inspire them. From the heartbreak in Hannah’s voice, to her sister’s take-no-prisoners guitar playing, to their father Stewart's multi instrumental talents, this unlikely trio demonstrate what it means to really want to play this kind of music and truly love doing so.
Having toured extensively since making their first record in 2006, they have played gigs and festivals across the UK, Europe and USA, so they have paid their musical dues the old fashioned way by being on the road an awful lot! They have opened for the likes of Robert Plant, Imelda May, Chris Thile, Ricky Skaggs, Tim O’Brien, The Hot Club of Cowtown, The Quebe Sisters, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Gene Watson, & Peter Rowan. Their Nashville recorded 2010 release ‘Femme Fatale’ received several plays from Bob Harris and the band went into BBC Radio 2 studios to record a live session with him in 2011.
| www.juliandawson.com Julian Dawson originally studied at Exeter Art College, but soon decided that he preferred to sing and so left for Frankfurt to follow his dream. He toured all around Europe with various band lineups, following which he released two highly acclaimed albums with guests including Richard Thompson, PP Arnold and Toots Thielemans, receiving an ‘Album of the Month’ in Germany. Much touring and more collaborations followed, including Nicky Hopkins, Jules Shear, Willie Nile, the Roches and Curtis Steigers.
As well as his own releases, Julian has recorded five albums with Ian Mathews’ Plainsong, with whom he reunited for a 2012 ‘40th Anniversary Farewall Tour’. In the late 90’s, Julian and Plainsong toured Europe and toured the UK with Fairport Convention, Delores Keans and Al Stewart.
Julian’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Rosie Flores, Charlie Louvin, Rock Salt and Nails and Sean Keane, while Julian himself has appeared as singer or harmonica player with Gerry Rafferty, Glen Tilbrook, Del Amitri, Dan Penn, Iain Matthews, Richard Thompson, Benny Hill (!!) and many others.
We usually present a young, up-and-coming act to start our events. I’m sure Julian won’t mind us saying that he is neither of these things, but is in fact an experienced and talented musician. We are privileged to have him appear in Whimple.
The Victory Hall, Whimple, EX5 2TS (see below for map)
Friday 14th November 2014, Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start
Licensed Bar, and Free Car Parking [Limited]
Tickets only £10 each in advance
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