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Fri 26th Jul at 7:30pm
Sound:Check Live At St John's
@ St John-at-Hackney Church, London
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Sound:Check Live At St John's: Alice Russell + Gideon Conn + Bridgette Amofah + Stac + One Taste Choir + Jono McCleery + The Night VI + Fiona Bevan
Expect stripped back and intimate sets that take full advantage of the church hall's truly awesome acoustics, in a setting as dazzling as the music. Each artist will be given a 20-minute almost completely un-amplified acoustic set, with nothing but a church organ, a baby grand piano, a string section, and an all female choir to accompany them, each artist will perform in a style they are unaccustomed to, giving a rare insight into their talent and versatility
This month's event includes performances by soul singer songwriter, Alice Russell, who is currently riding high following the recent successful release of her fifth album ‘To Dust’ (and, as The Independent recently quoted "one of Britain's best kept secrets”). Gideon Conn, previously playlisted on XFM and a guest at BBC Radio 1’s Maida Vale Studio for a session with Huw Stephens, brings his blend of folk and hip-hop as well as his unique performance style to St. John’s. His set will feature Sound:Check’s very own conductor and singer Stac.
Bridgette Amofah rehearsal video: youtu.be/1UP-BYa0410
All proceeds go to the charity ChildHope, an international children's charity established in 1989. ChildHope is currently working with over 45,000 children in over ten countries throughout Africa, Asia, and South America to help prevent child abuse and exploitation, and assisting children affected by poverty, HIV and AIDS, and social injustice.
'...is hugely in demand as a vocalist and has gained an enviable reputation as one of the hottest singers in the UK right now. Renowned for her performances with Bah Samba, TM Juke, Hushti and of course as the mighty, if tiny front woman of The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Alice's lavishly soulful voice is both timeless and up to the minute modern. Whether live or on record, she always performs with her trademark self assurance and sass'- Jazz Cafe, London.
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Described as De La Soul having a tussle with Badly Drawn Boy, his brand of folkish hip hop emulates everything from Outkast to Beck, yet his unique fusion of song rapped lyrics tells surprisingly personal tales. Manchester based Gideon looks set to be one of the biggest word of mouth stories in years. With fans ranging from Huw Stephens to Guy Garvey (Elbow) and Russell Brand, it's not hard to see or hear why Gideon is tipped for big things.
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Now regarded as one of the most exciting and original new artists to emerge in the British music scene in recent years, things have started to progress. Musically influenced and inspired by a diverse range of artists such as Ben Harper, Feist, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Jonny Cash and Joni Mitchell, you can hear all the qualities of folk, jazz, rock, soul and pop throughout her music. Whilst many other female singer/songwriters can simply be placed a box or defined by one genre, with Bridgette it's not so simple. With a string of forthcoming solo shows planned and further touring with Oi Va Voi, make sure you catch a glimpse of one of the most innovative, charming and warm singer/song-writers you're ever like to hear.
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An Anglo-French six-piece whose male/female dynamic is at the heart of their emotional, seductive music.
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Suffolk-born Fiona Bevan’s bewitching music has folksong roots that go back to her childhood. Her fragile, mesmerising voice tugs at the heartstrings and she combines a blossoming career as performer with compositions for film, classical and boy band behemoth One Direction.
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Venue: St John-at-Hackney Church
Enquiries: 0208 985 5374
→ Hackney Central 6 min walk