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Fri 19th Apr at 7:30pm
@ The Boileroom, Guildford
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TST Live: Union Starr + Anna Neale + Jali Fily Cissokho + Reed Maxfield + Nick Tann
Union Starr's tale began a decade ago with the close knit friendship of Roger Wells and Jason Applin. Soon after playing their first show, the wheels of motion led them into the hands of producer Nick Hannan. After having picked up drummer Patch Hannan (The Sundays) in their second recording attempt three months in, they marched forward to complete the record.
A year long process defined by fear and qualms, the end result was an album and a band that was completely unrecognizable to them but they still had great respect for. Together the duo hoped to achieve a timeless sound. It’s in this time that Wells mastered his guitar skills and Applin learned to channel the pain from his crumbling marriage into melancholy lyricism and crooning melodies. But as with so many bands past and present, pressures and conflicts took there toll and the project tragically stalled.
What may have seemed like the end ten years ago was actually the beginning and in 2011 Union Starr, re-grouped, refreshed and reconciled, have gone on to perform alongside the likes of Newton Faulkner on his last two tours and ended 2012 with a sellout show at the Amsterdam Arena supporting Bon Iver, and their aptly named and long overdue album Falling Apart Together was released in March 2012. These stunning tracks are only a sampling of the many influences that the band has channelled, pulling from American folk with the likes of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Band across the board to English avant-garde.
The group is already hard at work on a second album where we can expect to see the same rich harmonies and choruses of Falling Apart Together with a more experimental and earthly feel.
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Highly acclaimed singer/songwriter, and resident host at Acoustic City in Hitchin. '...one of the freshest and most accomplished of the new generation of singer-songwriters'- Oxford Mail. 'Anna has an astonishing voice- It is strong, emotional, soulful, and full of character... She is an exceptional talent'- Coolnoise.
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A traditional Kora player (a 21-string harp) from Senegal with his Cout Diomboulou Band on drums and bass. He is also a griot (professional hereditary musicians who once advised and entertained the emperors and kings of Mali).
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Philippa Reed and Chris Maxfield draw on a wide range of influences; from contemporary British folk, to country-rock / Americana and the singer songwriter genre, and back to 60's / 70's west coast rock/pop. Harmonies and melodies play a big part in their inspiration, taking cue from artists such as Fleetwood Mac / Buckingham Nicks, Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris, and Crosby Stills & Nash.
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Venue: The Boileroom
Enquiries: 01483 440 022
→ London Road 6 min walk