Bronwynne Brent

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On the first Wednesday of every month, Grateful Fred bring world class Americana, Roots and Acoustic music to The Atkinson.

This month we welcome Bronwynne Brent with support from Calum Gilligan.

The Club Night
7:30pm – Calum Gilligan
8:10pm – Bronwynne Brent
8:40pm – Interval
9:00pm – Bronwynne Brent

Bronwynne Brent

Bronwynne Brent has played twice before at Grateful Fred’s and each time she gets better and better.

Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Bronwynne has the kind of stop-in-your-tracks voice that sounds like Southern sunshine. There’s a hint of Delta blues behind the ache in her songs, a glimpse of honky-tonk twang, an echo of riverboat can-cans, a whiff of Morricone, and an atmosphere of the darker side of country songwriting. Harkening back to the glory days of Lee Hazlewood and Gram Parsons, Brent’s songs tap into the dark undercurrent of country that starts with old Appalachian murder ballads and continues to today’s current crop of psychedelic country songwriters. Like a Juke Joint Nancy Sinatra, Bronwynne Brent unites all the best elements of Southern American roots music and ties these many different influences into a sound that’s comforting and refreshing.

Her songs have a heavy weight on their shoulders. Battered women, defeated lovers, devilish characters, highway ghosts, and lonesome wanderers populate her songs. Her voice sounds aged beyond its years, brittle and fragile, almost as if it might shatter into razor-sharp fragments under too much pressure. But underneath everything, there’s a steel spine to this music, a thoroughly grounded foundation in American roots music that allows Brent to build her songs to greater heights than you might expect.

If you havent’ heard and seen Bronwynne’s live performances before then you are in for a real treat.

Support Act

Calum Gilligan

Calum last appeared solo at Grateful Fred’s last June supporting California band “Blue Summit“, but has appeared three times at Grateful Fred’s as half of one of our absolute favourite duos “Limerance“.

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Calum back this month after the release of his debut EP. Calum is a Scottish folk singer-songwriter born in Galloway and based in Liverpool. He has been writing his own music and gigging from an early age, playing around the UK and beyond over the years. He writes a subtle blend of Celtic folk and Americana music with influences ranging from Woody Guthrie and Christy Moore, to contemporary folk artists such as Kris Drever and Kate Rusby. His lyrics form the heart of his music, with melodic guitar and powerful vocals carrying the words aloft.

He formed the Folk-Americana duo ‘Limerance’  with Jenny Coyle in 2016 and has been playing as part of that ever since alongside his solo career, supporting the likes of Kitty MacFarlane, Chloe Foy, Molly Tuttle, Ren Harvieu, Nick Ellis and many others in that time, as well as releasing their debut EP ‘In the First Place’, produced by acclaimed Sound Engineer Mark Coyle (Oasis).

Having appeared at several festivals over the summer including Cambridge Folk Festival, Eden Festival and Not a Cult Festival, 2019 has already been a resounding success, and with the launch of the ‘Maybe Half a Lifetime’ EP on the 8th September, and a support slot with the incredible Talisk lined up for November, it just keeps getting better!

Your host for the evening will be Grateful Fred.

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