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Saturday 14th November 2015
IRON and OAK with special guest Heather Bristow : 8pm
Sarana VerLin from America and James Slater from the UK could well be the inventor of a new musical genre: Folk Stroke Americana. Bringing you roots music influences from both sides of the ocean their style is a fusion of Contemporary Folk, Alt-Country, Swampy Blues and Red Dirt music. Their musical chemistry is based around their entwining voices and sublime harmonies, bedded on a layer of rhythmic guitar and sweet smoky violin. Together as singer-songwriters they perform their own compositions along with original arrangements of old and new songs…performing songs of love and loss…some grit, some sweetness, some darkness, some light…all with a bit of humour along the way.
With classical training, rock & roll history and American folk roots, Sarana VerLin has honed her skills with thousands of gigs in the UK, Europe, USA and Canada. She’s worked with Grammy award winning producers and is the winner of multiple Detroit Music Awards including Folk/Acoustic Instrumentalist and Folk/Acoustic Recording of the year. You can find her in the Detroit MetroX Music Hall of Fame along with Aretha Franklin, Patti Smith. and Iggy Pop.
Slater has performed solo, as a duo and as part of a band in clubs and venues across the UK, Europe and USA. He’s always been a singer-songwriter. He’s played in various bands including folk, blues, and soul…currently playing as a member of fusion string band Appalachia. James has developed his own unique fingerpicking style that is very recognizable.
For their UTEA show, James and Heather will be joined by the fabulous Heather Bristow from North Carolina.
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