Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The Sound of Silence at the Vic

What is The Sound Of Silence? Tinnitus aside, we’re a small non profit promotions team based in Saltburn that are aiming to bring some fantastic musicians and great nights to our town!

Inspired by Newcastle’s Polite Room, where an audience is required to listen to the music and not chatter non stop throughout, Ben Muriel and Emma Wales set up this special, relaxed night and it has proved to be a success so far. We already have a firm, loyal crowd who trust in what we are trying to do.

So far we have brought you Barry Hyde - the lead singer out of the highly acclaimed band The Futureheads - who entertained us tremendously!

And last month Eliza Carthy and Saul Rose provided us with a magical evening with surely some of the finest music ever heard in this town! Not a dry eye was in the house and what applause at the end! A full house was had on both occasions and well, if you weren’t there, you missed out!

And so to October. On Friday, 12th October, we bring to the town some of the finest, young, original talents in the country!

FRAN SMITH is an extraordinary singer/songwriter pianist from Yorkshire. She really is a fantastic talent and we’re lucky to have her come here to entertain us!
Seriously, you will kick yourself if you miss Fran - she is amazing!

“Fran Smith writes like she means it: refreshingly uncompromising, with an honesty that is both brutal and beautiful. Singing with unflinching commitment... it’s a performance that is utterly disarming in its naked candour.” ~ Mike Wilson, Folk Radio UK

“Your voice is gorgeous and your songs are really, really good. Thank you so much for your talent and sharing it with the world!” ~ Joan As Police Woman.

“It’s really exciting to discover a songwriting talent as intelligent and insightful as Fran Smith, who knows how to sing her own stories with such conviction and grace.” ~ Karine Polwart

“[Fran’s songs] absolutely blew me away... serious talent, lady!” ~ Thea Gilmore.

“There’s a stark, poignant beauty and a wealth of emotion and maturity in her Yorkshire-accented singing.” ~ Debbie Koritsas, The Living Tradition.

“Yeah, she’s good!” ~ Dave Stewart (Eurythmics)

“Lovely songs. Really lovely.” ~ Devon Sproule

BLUE ROSE CODE, from Edinburgh, have some beautiful, gentle, thought provoking contemporary folk songs. From the first second I heard them I knew they were perfect for our SOS nights! Here’s what the press have to say:

“A superb singer, songwriter and guitarist. Beautiful songs, a genuine pleasure to have been involved.” Danny Thompson.

“Blue Rose Code have written all of your new favourite songs, trust me.” Tom Rose, The Big Session Festival

“Ross Wilson’s mellifluous voice and fluid fingerpicking cast him as the natural successor to John Martyn.” Rick Pearson, The Evening Standard.

And finally, THE ROOK AND THE RAVENS from Manchester, will open the night on the 12th October. Fully electric they are an incendiary band, fully acoustic they are awesome! We’re getting the acoustic set, harmonies that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention!

More press:
Rook and The Ravens’ alternative rock bristles with dark intent amidst a technicolour landscape populated by tough guitar pop, shiny harmonies and several storeys of keyboards built on an unwavering rhythm foundation.
2009’s self-released debut album Sixteen Holes in Sixteen Souls set the scene for the new band, marrying pop hooks with a brooding melancholy. Received well by media and fans alike, lead single Alpha was played extensively on both local, national and international radio and gave the band a solid platform reinforced by relentless tour dates and festivals all over the UK and Ireland.

So that's three bands / artists for the bargain price of £6.00.
Friday 12th October Upstairs at The Vic
Come, be a part of Saltburn’s most exciting night!
We look forward to welcoming you to The Sound Of Silence.

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