Following on from our warmly received Fall into Autumn Virtual Festival, we’re busily planning two Concerts from the Carlile coming up on Saturday 20th February and Saturday 20th March 2021. These will feature some excellent folk-roots, bluegrass, Americana and blues artists from the UK, filmed and live streamed from our beautiful local community venue, The Carlile Institute in Meltham, with the assistance of the good folks at Roots Live. Please save the dates and subscribe to our True North Music YouTube channel and like our True North Music Facebook page if you haven’t already.
Saturday 20th February 2021, from 8pm
Kyla Brox (duo) with support from Simon Robinson
Award-winning Mancunian singer-songwriter Kyla Brox has been described as “the finest female blues singer of her generation”. Winner of the 2018 UK Blues Challenge and the 2019 European Blues Challenge, Kyla’s star continues to shine brightly. Kyla was also crowned Best Female Vocalist in the European Blues Awards 2019 and is the daughter of cult blues artist Victor Brox and multi-talented singer Annette Reis. She has been a professional musician since the age of twelve – first in her father’s band and then striking out on her own. With many albums and numerous international tours under her belt, Kyla’s sensational vocal performances have drawn widespread acclaim, and she is regarded as one of the very best soul-blues singers the British Isles have ever produced.
As well as her full band line-up, Kyla also regularly performs in a duo with her husband, virtuoso acoustic guitarist Danny Blomeley. When he was very young, Danny heard BB King on cassette and immediately fell in love with the blues. Shortly afterwards, at the age of 12 Danny found himself wielding a bass guitar on stage with legendary Bluesman Victor Brox. This is where he met Victor’s daughter Kyla, and together they spent the next nine years honing their craft in the Victor Brox Blues Train, until The Kyla Brox Band was formed. 25 years after the spell was cast, Dan is still happily making magical music with Kyla, and we’re delighted to be presenting this outstanding duo in concert!
Opening the show will be talented Leeds-based banjoist, guitarist and singer Simon Robinson. He’ll be performing a set of old-time Appalachian tunes and folk/Americana songs in a duo with gifted fiddle player Mick Russell. Simon recently released his second album When The Sun Goes In. In normal times he regularly performs live both solo and with the Redwood River Band. Organiser of the Leeds Old-Time Music session, since the outset of the pandemic Simon has been running regular Lockdown Singaround sessions on Zoom and he also works with various organisations to bring live acoustic music to care homes and schools. Mick Russell will join Simon for an opening set which will feature footstomping traditional fiddle and banjo tunes as well as some evocative songs.
Saturday 20th March 2021 – artist line-up TBC!
Save the date and stay tuned for news about the March concert line-up. As ever, you can be sure that we’ll be showcasing some of the most talented and entertaining folk and roots artists around.
Funding support from Arts Council England
We want to acknowledge the generous support of Arts Council England who awarded us some funding from the Project Grants: Supporting Grassroots Live Music fund in October. This is helping to fund the Fall into Autumn virtual festival and these two early 2021 concerts. This has been absolutely vital to help True North Music survive this time of no real-life tours and concerts, and adapt to producing online events. It will enable us to pay all participating musicians a reasonable guaranteed fee. We’ll also be requesting donations to help us balance our budget, cover all costs and pay the artists as much as possible – so please make a donation if you have the means! More details nearer the time.
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