Friday 12th April 2019 - Starts 8pm
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Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs, and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the forefront of the new English folk revival.
Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, she has performed extensively at festivals and venues across the country and beyond, in a solo capacity and with her band. A founder member of Northumbrian group and Mercury nominated Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, Jackie is now a permanent member of the folk super-group The Imagined Village as well as touring in her own right.
Jackie released her new album The Joy of Living in August 2018 and it has been receiving rave reviews across the board: (read some of them below!)
The Joy of Living in Jackie’s own words:
“My daughter Rosie was born just five days before my Dad died unexpectedly from sepsis, at a time when all three of us were fighting the same condition. During the months that followed, I fluctuated between numbness and intense emotion at the joy and sadness that had struck me all at once.
“I began recording this album during the summer of 2016, with my good friend and fellow Imagined Village band member, Simon Richmond. At that point we weren’t really sure where the recordings would lead and assumed we were making a series of demos. We set about recording songs in my kitchen while my little girl played at our feet. We had no plan and were limited in our access to instruments and moments of quiet. As the months went by, however, we realised the songs were gradually inhabiting their own space in time – one which we knew would serve to take us to its natural conclusion. I invited musician friends to come and join us on the album with the premise that everything was to be recorded in the same spot.
“I am proud of what we have achieved and know that it’ll remain a reminder of a very formative few months of my life’s story-line.”
“The last two tracks on The Joy Of Living – Davey Steele’s The Last Trip Home and John Tams’ Rolling Home – form the most heartfelt and fitting tribute to Oates’ father. The former is a kind of final call to arms, a song about coming to terms with your place and time on Earth. The latter is simply one of the most moving pieces of music I have ever heard – the only extant recording of Oates’ father’s singing but joined by an overdub of Oates herself to create a musical dialogue that stretches time and transcends generations. As the original recording fades out and Oates’ unaccompanied voice alone remains, we are left tearful but somehow full of hope. As a conclusion to a compelling, spirited emotional rollercoaster of an album, it is quite perfect.” – FRUK
“Oates should be deeply proud of it.” The Guardian, Folk Album of the Month
“A thing of rare beauty.” The Sun, The Big Album of the week (4.5 out of 5)
“A charming evocation of life’s cradle-to-grave rituals.” Sunday Times
“A personal, affecting collection.” The Observer
“One of the best folk records of the year so far.” Entertainment Focus
“Get set to see her figure prominently in next year’s Folk Awards.” Fatea
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