Eclectic Cabaret #4 consisted of four fantastic bands and for the first time, an artist in residence, for your audio-visual entertainment:
Alex Falconer & Jess Marshall
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Alex Falconer and fiddle player Jess Marshall are an acoustic duo.
Playing mostly original material and drawing on diverse musical influences, they blend traditional folk, country and contemporary acoustic styles to create a sound that feels both timelessly familiar and uniquely original.
The Ponderosa are Rod Craig (mandolin/vocals), Kate Saunders (fiddle/vocals), Simon Stafford (vocals/guitar), and Colin Tester (percussion). Hailing from the gently rolling hills and river valleys of Oxfordshire, they play an infectious blend of the familiar and obscure: traditional and contemporary acoustic music and Americana played with passion and energy, by turns sublime and rabble rousing.
“Worryingly good” – Johnnie Littler, organiser of the Festival Green Bar Stage, Towersey Festival 2017
Ben Avison is a captivating live performer who has been praised for his “beautifully rich voice”, “tasty guitar work” and hailed as a “master of many styles” by the BBC. Music critics from all over the world singled his 2013 debut album Good Day Mr. Magpie, describing his songwriting as “perceptive,” “authentic” and “inspiring”.
Ben is also known for working with several other great acts including The Moonbeams, Rise Kagona (of the Bhundu Boys), Count Drachma and Haula.
A second album is currently in production, with the first video single Lovers’ Leap due for release in the coming weeks.
For more information: www.benavison.com
Colin Greenway with Annie Kingsbury
Charming songs from this singer/guitarist, accompanied by the dulcet tones of Annie Kingsbury (www.anniekingsbury.uk)
Jane Beinart – artist in residence
And, just because it’s The Eclectic Cabaret and we like doing this sort of thing, we had an artist in residence for the evening. Jane was creating original abstract art as the evening progressed, inspired by the artistes perfomances and the reactions of the audience.
You get your money’s-worth at an Eclectic Cabaret (and that’s saying something as it’s free entry).