EMILY DRUCE

Emily Druce grew up in a musical household and began playing the violin at an early age. In her early teens she became interested in the blues after hearing some recordings of Big Bill Broonzy belonging to her mother.From this time onwards her main musical interest was in playing the guitar, singing and song-writing. She has been performing as a solo act on the UK circuit since 1996.

Emily's two solo albums (The Guilt Trip in 2000 and New Day in 2002) both received widespread praise in the press, and airplay on Radio 2’s Bob Harris, Mike Harding and Paul Jones shows. The albums have gained her a reputation as the UK’s top acoustic blues woman and “a singer/songwriter to keep an ear out for” (Froots). Emily has performed regularly on the live circuit since the release of her debut album in 2000, playing established London venues (Dingwalls, The Borderline and The 12 Bar Club) and a wide variety of clubs, arts centres and festivals nationwide. She has opened for Odetta, Lonnie Donegan, Dr Feelgood and Lindisfarne.

Since 2003, Emily has been performing and writing with Steve Jones and 2004 saw the release of their first joint album, "Songs from the Silver Band Room". The duo have performed live on Radio 2's Paul Jones show and on Radio 4's Woman's hour.

To hear Emily's recent interview on Radio 4's Woman's Hour,including Emily and Steve playing a track from the new album click here.

"Outstanding young blues singer" The Guardian

"acoustic blues played to a fantastically high standard" Mike Harding Radio 2

"What makes Songs from the Silver Band Room so impressive is that Druce has assimilated the vocabulary of the blues, imparting her own special blend of wit and observation " Maverick

STEVE JONES

Steve Jones has been making and playing guitars since his teens. After studying clarinet he switched to guitar as his interest in country blues grew. 'I'm born to baby boomers so Dylan, Alexis Corner and Muddy Waters rocked our early years.' Performing every now and then as a duo with twin brother Chris and also with 'The Pants', a Leeds-based roots band, he has also worked on music for television, including a highly praised documentary for Channel 4 called 'Love me Tender'.

The grandson of an organ builder, Steve is a career luthier who has made commissions for guitar players from around the world. He currently works with Colin Kendall and co-runs Jones Kendall guitars. They make a range of instruments in their cosy workshop in Bury, Lancashire, specialising in reproductions of small bodied, pre-war American guitars. www.jones-guitars.co.uk

"Steve is a gifted guitarist,exceptional on this album" Sunday Journal, Northern Ireland

"Steve Jones' guitar playing is very, very impressive and varied" Folk on Tap

 


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