|Monday 15 September 2014 @ 09:00pm : -
Kristin Andreassen & Jefferson Hamer
From touring the world with the original crew Uncle Earl and the “folk noir” singing trio Sometymes Why, Kristin Andreassen is set to hit the UK with the multi-faceted singer/songwriter and guitarist Jefferson Hamer for a tour in September in support of her forthcoming album, ‘Gondolier.’
Kristin has gained a strong foothold in her solo career, winning the grand prize in the John Lennon Song Contest for her single “Crayola Doesn’t Make A Color For Your Eyes,” from her debut solo album ‘Kiss Me Hello.’ Kristin’s sophomore solo album is set for release later this year.
Starting his career as a part of the Colorado-based Americana ensembles Great American Taxi and the Singl Malt Band, singer/songwriter and guitarist Jefferson Hamer has earned accolades across the traditional music scene. His album latest album, “Child Ballads,” received a BBC2 Folk Award in the Best Traditional Track category, and was named one of NPR’s top ten Folk and Americana releases of 2013. His other release from last year, The Murphy Beds, is an acoustic collaboration with Dublin-born musician Eamon O’Leary. The Huffington Post said it succinctly: “The resulting album bears repeated listening from start to finish, with ten beautiful, crystalline songs.”
Jefferson Hamer, and songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kristin Andreassen join together to showcase their newest original music after a spectacular year performing at the Newport Folk Festival, Royal Albert Hall, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. They first met over a decade ago in Lyons, Colorado, where Kristin and her band Uncle Earl gathered to rehearse material for their award-winning album Waterloo, Tennessee, produced by Led Zep legend John Paul Jones. Jefferson lived next door, and he and Kristin sung country-style duets in the kitchen, finding common ground in traditional music from both sides of the Atlantic. Kristin''s songwriting earned her a feature on NPR''s Prairie Home Companion (with Jefferson as guitarist-in-tow) and her skills as a backing vocalist and instrumentalist were highlighted on recent UK tours with Jeffery Lewis and Aoife O''Donovan. Jefferson''s collaboration with songwriter Anais Mitchell brought widespread acclaim in both the USA and the UK, and their award winning album Child Ballads was named one of the 10 Best Folk albums of 2013 by NPR. Kristin''s new release Gondolier features Jefferson on guitar and harmony vocals, and she contributes vocal harmonies, keyboards, and foot percussion to Jefferson''s electric and acoustic guitar-driven songs.
“A gifted guitarist and singer, Jefferson Hamer is able to hit close harmonies… and weave gorgeous instrumental lines." ~ Acoustic Guitar