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Frazey Ford

Thursday 14th July 2016

Kate Wintie

At Folkestone Quarterhouse

Doors 7:00 pm

Price £15 + booking fee / £19

Folkestone Quarterhouse presents:

Vancouver folk-pop songwriter and singer Frazey Ford, best known as the lead voice of beloved alt-folk band The Be Good Tanyas, returns with her second solo effort, Indian Ocean (October 27) — a lush album filled with songs about pain and dealing with tough truths, but also about love, contrition and being bold. Part of what gives Indian Ocean its gilded edge is the work of Al Green’s band, The Hi Rhythm Section, the iconic architects of the famous singer’s instrumental sound. There’s affirmation in its 11 songs, as Ford’s self-possession and passion puts flesh to the musical bones.

The Be Good Tanyas released a debut album, Blue Horse, in 2001, following it with Chinatown in 2003 and Hello Love in 2006, and garnered high critical praise for both their recorded work and their fun, impressive live performances on the folk and bluegrass circuits.

On the follow up to 2010’s critically acclaimed debut album Obadiah, Ford unleashes an unbridled full-throated ebullience that takes listeners down to where the soul rivers run deep. The Hi Rhythm Section, Charles Hodges (organ), Leroy Hodges (bass) and Teenie Hodges (guitar), the latter who recently passed away, helped Al Green pen some of his most famous songs. Ford is the beneficiary of their almighty talents, the trio accentuating her sensual and opulent vocals with deep-bottomed bass, subtle backbeats, and airy flights of organ. They’re joined by the golden horn arrangements and the undulating tides of Debra Jean Creelman and Caroline Ballhorn’s backing vocals that kick off the restless but hopeful album opener, “September Fields.” John Raham, Frazey’s creative partner and co-producer, brings his considerable talents helping to create the album’s delicate musical balance. Indian Ocean was recorded, mixed and mastered between Memphis’ historic Royal Studios and Vancouver’s Afterlife Studios.

“The result is a minor country-soul gem, full of lovely and deeply atmospheric instrumentation gilding Ford’s alluring vocals.” – The Observer ****
“A singer embedding herself at the heart of a Southern soul powerhouse” – Uncut magazine

With Support From Kate Wintie

Former front woman of Synth Hardcore band Yamaharahara, Kate Wintie is a Folkestone-based acoustic artist whose music has been described as “nostalgic” and “honest”, and her performance as both “brutal” and “overwhelming”. Playing solo since 2013, she has toured the UK and released a record under the British label, Engineer Records. For fans of Kate Tempest and Courtney Barnett – prepare to be captivated.