TWO talented singer-songwriters are playing at The Cross Keys, Alcester for Jack Blackman’s Tuery Sessions this coming Sunday, May 19.
Influenced by the sounds of 1960s folk guitar, progressive rock and modal jazz, Yorkshire-based Henry Parker creates a modern sound, writing songs on landscapes, people and politics.
Traditional folk music contributes strongly to his sound, whilst a distinctive finger-picking guitar style calls to mind players as diverse as Bert Jansch and Bill Frisell.
His debut album Silent Spring is set for release in July 2019, recorded by David Crickmore (Steve Tilston, Pete Coe) and featuring the phenomenal flute talents of Theo Travis (Soft Machine, Travis and Fripp, Gong).
Joining him on The Cross Keys stage will be Charlie Tophill who was brought up surrounded by music, caught between the swagger of her father’s band and the sweetness of her mother’s German lullabies.
She has become known for her captivating performances, winning over audiences with a combination of witty cynicism, insight, intensity and a cheerful candour which is hard to pin down.
Her music has developed from acoustic roots into an arresting alternative style, electrified and with an experimental streak.
As her performances glide back and forth between serenity and intensity, her constant is the one thing which never fails to capture her audience’s attention.
Entry is free from 6pm.