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2014 gigs


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Jack Harris and Maz O'Connor

Saturday 9th August Great Northern Railway Tavern £8

The Kalamazoo is famed for presenting the biggest stars of the present - but where is the talent of the future?

Well, there's plenty of it on stage at the Klub tonight when we welcome Jack and Maz, young up-and-coming singer-songwriters already making a name for themselves in the folk world.

The literate, compassionate songs of Jack Harris have won him much acclaim on the scene both here and abroad. His current album, The Flame and the Pelican, was placed in the Daily Telegraph's top five folk-roots albums of 2012 and got great reviews from Q, Folk Radio UK and Maverick magazine. "Captivating song writing, powerful singing and fluent guitar work make this a treat," said the Telegraph.

On the strength of the record Jack was awarded a creative residency grant from the English Folk Dance and Song Society to write new ballads based on traditional form. His riveting mix of song-craft and smoky, soulful vocals has been heard in support of the likes of Martin Simpson and Cara Dillon.

Nominated for a Horizon prize at the BBC folk awards, 2012, Maz O'Connor is a gifted singer of traditional and self-penned songs - with a voice that, according to one critic, "stops you dead in your tracks." Described by Froots magazine as an "enchanting" debut album, Upon A Stranger Shore came out just after she left university two years ago. 2013 brought a creative fellowship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society and a summer spent singing for the Royal Shakespeare Company's As You Like It, with songs written by Laura Marling. Her new album This Willowed Light has been produced by multi-folk award winner Jim Moray and will be out this summer.

Photo" Simon Rogers

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Robin Williamson and special guest Bina Williamson

Saturday September 13th, The Great Northern Railway Tavern

"Pure beauty through simplicity" Robert Plant

A first for the Kalamazoo...

Robin and Bina work together so well because they create a perfect balance of voices drawing on an exotic mix of Celtic Indian and Old Timey roots.

Incredible String Band legend Robin returns to the Klub - and this time he's bringing his wife Bina. It is a combination that has had critics reaching for the superlatives...."enchanting"..."magical". .."spellbinding."

Robin plays the Celtic harp, Bina the bowed psaltery (that's a kind of zither) and together they achieve what Robert Plant described as "pure beauty through simplicity." The duo draw on an "exotic mix" (as Robin calls it) - Celtic, Indian and old timey roots. A unique form of musical creativity.

Indian influence comes from East African-born British Asian Bina, a fine performer in her own right and an accomplished singer and multi-instrumentalist. Their music is original, traditional, visionary and spiritual - endorsed by no lesser figure than former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams himself. His verdict: "superb."

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Michelle Shocked

Saturday 11th October Great Northern Railway Tavern £25

The Kalamazoo's "scoop" of the year!

Michelle Shocked plays her only London show for us at the end of her first UK tour in three years.

Unpredictable, highly original, undoubtedly controversial, this gifted Texas singer songwriter has been stirring up the music world since the mid-80s with self-penned songs that come in all styles - from folk to bluegrass, rock 'n' roll and gospel.

As a young feminist, the guitar-picking poet left her home in Texas to travel Kerouac-style and get involved in Reagan-era politics before, in the most unlikely fashion, she became an international star. Her debut album, The Texas Campfire Tapes, was a bootleg taped on a cassette recorder at the Kerrville folk festival and it brought a contract with Mercury and a succession of acclaimed albums -- Short Sharp Shocked, Captain Swing and Arkansas Traveler.

She quit the label to go independent and impressive albums followed -- Kind Hearted Woman, Deep Natural, Threesome and, more recently, Soul of My Soul.

Michelle's song Quality of Mercy featured on the soundtrack of the much-lauded 1995 Tim Robbins movie Dead Man Walking.

Tickets on sale Wednesday 23rd July http://www.wegottickets.com/event/281380