Pharis and Jason Romero
Sunday 15th Febraury, 7.30pm. The Morris Hall, Bellstone, Shrewsbury
Pharis & Jasons second album Long Gone Out West Blues connects old-time to modern days with vibrantly close duet singing, poignant songwriting, hand-made banjos, and old acoustic guitars.
Pharis’s songs -about ageless characters, hard lives & loss and love -have been played on radios around the world, and she was called a “historical treasure” by the British Columbia Folklore Society. Classically trained and country schooled, she was a co-founder of the innovative roots-folk band Outlaw Social.
Jason was a fixture on the Californian bluegrass and old-time scene before moving to British Columbia, and is deft in banjo styles from early fingerstyle to clawhammer to bluegrass. His resophonic and acoustic guitar playing is also a distinct texture of their performances.
Ben Glover & Angel Snow
Tuesday 10th March, 7.30pm. The Buttermarket, Howard St, Shrewsbury
Rising star Angel Snow's songs veer between imagined stories and real life experiences, always showing incredible sympathy for the suffering and downtrodden. Alison Krauss and Union Station recently recorded not one, but three of Angel's songs for their last album Paper Airplane. She is as powerful a performer as she is a song writer, and featured recently in a Nashville songwriters House Concert brought together for BBC4 by Whispering Bob Harris.
Singer-songwriter Ben Glover, inspired by the sounds of Dylan, Cohen, and Cash, has been compared to Ryan Adams, David Gray and Bruce Springsteen and has been called one ‘one of Ireland’s finest tunesmiths’ (The Irish World). This will be his second visit to Shrewsbury, following his fantastic sell-out performance alongside Mary Gauthier in October 2013.