Corinne West + Katy Hurt + Emily Lee
7pm – Emily Lee
7.45pm – Corinne West
9.15pm – Katy Hurt
Corinne West has been a traveling soul since the age of 15 when she left her family home and her school to travel across America in a converted school bus with a band of activists. She has been described as “the Siren of the Sierras” (SF Bay Area’s Times Herald) while the North Coast Journal in Arcata, declared, “West’s voice invokes angels, if angels had a dangerous side.” Corinne’s powerful and eloquent voice, coupled with the way she weaves her potent songs has earned her a unique identity in the worlds’ acoustic roots scene. Relix noted her “voice of gold,” while Legendary BBC radio DJ Bob Harris proclaimed, “I love Corinne’s music and truly believe in her as an artist. She has spirit, integrity and talent. I am a massive fan.”
The material on West’s latest recording came about after a year-long sabbatical in Austria, which culminated in the new disc. “Starlight is my first completely self-produced record,” West says about the sessions. “I wanted to create a body of songs that moved my music in new directions, while paying tribute to the music I have done in the past. This influenced my decisions regarding the instrumentation; piano, organ, acoustic rock angles, heavy harmonies, the deep-drive of drums, the laid back floating ballads… I wanted to play with many flavors, and I didn’t hold back on using any spices while in the sonic kitchen.”
“The songs for Starlight Highway have taken quite a journey. Many of them were written in 2011, on the heels of my last release, and have been waiting – wherever it is that songs do wait – for a place to land and sing themselves. The songs are decidedly more revealing than others I have released; less dripping in metaphor, more direct and perhaps stark.”
“This is an intimate record, and covers a lot of territory,” adds West, summing up the new album. “I marvel at how deeply personal experiences so often translate into universal and mythic principals. It’s as though there is an invisible blueprint somewhere, continuously showing up in stories and art. My aim with this recording is to communicate a personal emotive glimpse of what we all experience in our own way, on our own roads, as we climb, fly, fall, isolate, believe, reinvent, connect, dream… Though seemingly different, we are all somehow cut from the same cloth.”
“While creating Starlight, I was struck once again by how when music is tight… it all becomes beautifully loose. Everyone on this recording was a gem to work with. It was a high adventure for me to both steer and gently hit cruise-control at times to get just the right synergy, tones and movement the songs were reaching for.”
London based country artist Katy Hurt is a young emerging star who’s influnced by ’50s and ’60s country classics. Even in a short time, Katy’s achievements have been huge, having recently performed vocals on Mikill Pane’s ‘You Guest It’ EP, which also featured Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith & Example.
Emily Lee is a razor-sharp firebrand of a singer-songwriter, whose penchant for soulfully delivered performances and artful songwriting has made her a stand-out performer on the London music scene. Having picked up a guitar three years ago, Emily continues to thrive as a musician, writing songs and collaborating with some of the finest musicians in the UK. She has recently released her debut EP and currently gigs around the UK.
*Over 18s can stay in for the club night that starts at 10.30pm