What's On at HTH Live
Krystle Warren is a singer-songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri, who has toured the world with Rufus Wainwright. Blessed not only with a voice that slides effortlessly from smoky depths to gilded heights, but also the ability to craft intoxicating songs of love and its loss, and to convey them to an audience with warmth and wit.
There is no Krystle Warren-shaped pigeon-hole, she being equally at home at the London Jazz Festival’s “Jazz Voice” evening at the Barbican alongside the likes of Kurt Elling and Natalie Merchant; supporting country singer Diana Jones at Union Chapel; touring with the high priests of vocal play Naturally 7; or appearing alongside Green Gartside, Lisa Hannigan, Teddy Thompson, Robyn Hitchcock, Scott Matthews and Vashti Bunyan on the Way To Blue – The Songs of Nick Drake tour: She has also shared the stage with Joan As Police Woman, Norah Jones, Kylie and Nick Cave,
Shrewsbury’s favourite transatlantic duo are back at HTH Live for another great evening of music. With James’ emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar, beautifully complemented by Dan’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling, each performance brings together the connection between British and American folk music. Bursting with humour, heartbreak and excitement, James’ lively English wit is set against Dan’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.
What makes someone who has a highly successful career as part of one of Britain’s most successful Bands continue to push himself into new areas and put himself under the spotlight as a solo artist? “I just needed an outlet for my creativity? Writing songs is something I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember. Wet Wet Wet were on sabbatical but my creativity kept on going” said Graeme.
Performing in an intimate acoustic setting this is a unique chance to see Graeme where he thrives – performing to an audience he can see and hear. The show will revolve around Graeme’s solo material and Wet Wet Wet’s lengthy catalogue. With Iain Duff’s piano and Graeme Duffin’s guitars, the set will create an exciting musical atmosphere giving some old classics a new and original twist.
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Amanda Shires is someone you simply can’t ignore and she comes to Shrewsbury in support of her extraordinary new album ‘Down Fell The Doves’. She has previously toured here with Rod Picott in the past but Amanda, voted Texas ‘Artist of the Year’ in 2011, now headlines tours in her own right and, boy, does she put on a show.
Her previous album Carrying Lighting, the critically acclaimed 2011 breakthrough, put Amanda on the map as one of Americana music’s most arresting new voices (and Texas Music magazine’s 2011 Artist of the Year). But as striking as Lightning was, Down Fell the Doves is where the gloves really come off.
Described as having “the voice of an angel”, Canadian Singer/Songwriter Tia McGraff first stepped into the international spotlight on a CBC TV special with Johnny Cash and June Carter. Tia moved to Nashville, meeting and joining forces with Tommy Parham. 6 CDs and 4 CMT videos later, Tia has already achieved a musical career that is respected and celebrated by thousands of fans and industry notables. She comes to Shrewsbury as part of a World Tour in support of her new album ‘Break These Chains’.
The Kennedys return to HTH Live following last year’s sell out show, with ‘Trouble In The Fields’, an artists’ tribute to Nanci Griffith.
Nanci Griffith has written some of the finest and most enduring songs that have emerged from America in the last thirty years and in many ways she epitomises the very essence of Americana as a separate musical genre. ‘Trouble In The Fields’ was a CD project featuring many of the very best songs in Nanci’s canon. Artists involved included Tom Russell, John Stewart, Stacy Earl and Jerry Jeff Walker. The Kennedys were so excited by the reception to the CD that they decided to take this idea of a musical tribute to Nanci on the road – Joining The Kennedys will be the wonderful Edwina Hayes, the only British based artist invited to contribute to the CD.
Hatful of Rain are now widely regarded as one of the top British acoustic roots band, steeped in the fiddle tunes and old-time ballads of the Appalachian mountains. Based around the captivating songs and voice of singer Chloe Overton, this ensemble brings together instrumental virtuosity, soaring harmonies and intense performances. If you love Gillian Welch, Crooked Still and the soundtrack from “Oh Brother, Where art Thou” – this is for you.
New American Troubadours is a unique songwriter tour giving prominence to three of America’s finest young musicians, providing an evening of brilliant music, entertaining repartee and all round good vibes.
Peter Bradley Adams was formerly one half of the duo East Mountain South which had a huge following and which had a No1 hit with ‘You Dance’. Their self-titled and only release still ranks in the top 20 in Amazon.com sales. As a solo artist he is now one of the most sought after musicians in America.
David Berkeley is a poet and philosopher who has chosen music as his medium. Gorgeous voice meets beautiful lyrics = heaven. Robby Hecht is back in the UK at last with a fabulous new CD and a couple of great buddies alongside.
What could be better – this is a dream line-up that will never be repeated so book it while you can.
Influenced by some of the legendary names of pop and soul, such as the Beatles, Elton John, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder, Californian Ernie Halter first began to make waves for himself with the release of his 2005 collection, Lo-Fidelity.
Since then Ernie has released 5 albums and seen his popularity swell to more than 510,000 Twitter followers, 12,000 YouTube subscribers, and over 11,000 Facebook ‘Likes’. In 2011 Justin Bieber covered Ernie Halter’s “Come Home To Me” making international headlines and exposing Halter’s music to a wide new audience. Ernie comes to HTH Live as part of a boutique tour of the UK having previously shared the studio and stage with the likes of Jason Mraz, Lady Antebellum, Neil Young, Colbie Caillat, Sara Barielles, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Eric Hutchinson, Tony Lucca, Allen Stone, Drake Bell, Sister Hazel, and many more.
For almost two decades, Kiki and Carmelo have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe. Performing in this stripped back fashion allows each of their exceptional talents to shine through and create a wonderful and warm sense of intimacy for the audience.
2013 marked Kiki’s 50th year in the music industry and has cemented her status as one of the UK’s finest and most revered vocalists. To celebrate, the duo released their critically acclaimed album “A Place Where I Can Go” which features 11 new tracks including the haunting duet “Horses” with Scottish singer Eddi Reader.
Join Kiki and Carmelo for an acoustic journey of stories and song which include unique covers of songs by artists such as Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra and of course Kiki’s own hits “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, “I Got The Music In Me” and the stunning “Amoureuse”.
BRIT-Award winner Beverley Craven returns to HTH Live as part of an extensive UK tour supporting the release of her brand new album, ‘Change of Heart’, to be released this summer. Beverley is looking forward to returning to Shrewsbury best intimate venue, following her two sell out shows last November, to perform her new songs alongside the timeless classics Promise Me, Holding On, Woman To Woman, Love Scenes and many more. With a witty narrative and unforgettable melodies, her poignant sentiments will leave you with a warm glow of nostalgia, or maybe even the odd tear.
80s pop duo China Crisis come to HTH as part of our autumn season of intimate shows featuring classic music legends. Original vocalist/keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon will be performing stripped back versions of all their Top 40 hits including Wishful Thinking, Black Man Ray, King in a Catholic Style as well as new tracks from their first studio album since 1994, ‘Autumn in the Neighbourhood’.
Following her Christmas appearance at HTH Live as part of her sell-out UK tour in 2013, Julia Fordham returns to Shrewsbury to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her landmark album ‘Porcelain.’ Julia will be performing the album in its entirety, accompanied by her long-time pianist and album producer Grant Mitchell, as well as many of her other hits, as well as a few surprises along the way.
“To this day, people still stop me in the street and sing songs from ‘Porcelain’ to me. They share stories about how much the album connected with them. So it’s an honour to perform the whole album for the faithful audience that has supported me all these years.”