Eva and the band perform original material (sprinkled with select covers) which draws upon of rich and varied spectrum of influences. From trad to folk to country to jazz to blues to roots to soul to…well, pretty much any music which is pure, real and rooted in truth. Think of the long summers of the 60’s and 70’s Laurel Canyon harmonies of CS&N, the lyrical echoes and homage to Joni (of course!), the soul and spirit of Stevie Wonder, Bobby Humphrey, Gil Scott Heron, Minnie Ripperton, Nina Simone, to name but a few.
Eva Abraham - Lead Vocals & Guitar Songwriter
Singer songwriter, musician and composer a born & bred North Londoner whose approach to music and performance is natural, organic and instinctive, working with and responding to the energy of the audience and her surroundings. Her integrity and honesty make her an emotionally engaging and captivating performer. Energetic, commanding, uplifting, tender, harmonious; delivering real songs direct to the heart. Highly skilled, funny, entertaining; when Eva steps onto the stage you know that you are in safe hands and in for a real live real life experience.
Drew Salida - Flute, Guitar & Vocals
Drew has played flute, guitar and sung in folk, world and funk groups for the past 15 years, taking influences from Bobbi Humphrey, Stevie Wonder and Richard Thompson to name a few. During term time he teaches music in Bristol whilst in the holidays he can be usually be found wandering the Jurassic Coast in search of fine ales and good pasties…
Rick Foot - Double Bass & Vocals
Double bassist Rick Foot comes from a background of jazz and abstract improvisation, though most of his current work is in acoustic singer/songwriter contexts. In addition to playing with Eva he has recently worked with Nancy Kerr, Jon Boden, Luke Daniels and as a soloist performing warmly cynical songs for voice, bass and loop pedal.
Stefan Pitsillides - Cajón, Guitar & Vocals
Stefan Pitsillides is a singer songwriter and guitarist who has been in various bands over the years. He enjoys collaborating with other musicians and took up the Cajon a few years ago. Stef loves to perform live and has been playing with Eva, Drew and Rick for a couple of years now, including a number of gigs at the Square and Compass where the live album was recorded. He is the father of two grown up boys and co owns North London cocktail bar Kiss the Sky where he has hosted hundreds of live music nights.
About 'Eva Abraham Band Live @ The Square & Compass 13th Feb 2018'
On a clear, crisp February evening in Dorset, the quiet hubbub of clinking glasses and tuning of instruments is building up to what will be become a rip-roaring affair! Step in out of the cool blue night and into the warm electric vibes of “the best pub on the planet”: The Square and Compass, perched atop the picture-postcard beauty of Worth Matravers, a village existing in its own microcosm on the Jurassic coast. A place where time matters little and you can take a rest from your troubles for a while. Four musicians take to the stage by the hearthside to record their live album, the appositely entitled ‘Eva Abraham Band Live at The Square & Compass 13th Feb 2018’, entirely funded by a legion of fans and admirers of Eva’s phenomenal canon of work via a Kickstarter campaign launched last November. It’s a beautiful thing, a powerhouse performance by Eva and the band of original material (sprinkled with select covers) which draws upon of rich and varied spectrum of influences. From trad to folk to country to jazz to blues to roots to soul to…well, pretty much any music which is pure, real and rooted in truth. Think of the long summers of the 60’s and 70’s Laurel Canyon harmonies of CS&N, the lyrical echoes and homage to Joni (of course!), the soul and spirit of Stevie Wonder, Bobbi Humphrey, Gil Scott Heron, Minnie Ripperton, Nina Simone, to name but a few.
Eva delivers her characteristically adept performance with such great passion and playfulness that it’s impossible not to be swept along with her and the Band on their journey into unique and, frankly, divine, musical experience – we kid you not! She is flanked on stage by Drew Salida, whose soulful vocals, funky flute sorcery fiery flamenco tinged guitar skills blend seamlessly with Rick Foot’s mystifying double bass wizardry and the affably cool Stefan Pitillides, holding it down with his gutsy tight Cajón playing, rich vocals and evocative 12 string licks. So do yourself a favour, won’t you? Step into the warmth and enjoy a pint and a pasty or three and get lost for a while as four go mad in Dorset.
"So damn fine it’s haunting. Eva Abraham’s talent may just be the lasting kind. Go girl!" ~ Virgin In-flight Magazine (UK Australia)
"Excellent soulful vocal wizardry and powerful lyrics. What a performer!" ~ Kashmir Klub
"A woman who shatters the image of the female singer/songwriter" ~ Dazed and Confused
"Fresh, emotive and seductive. Great songwriting and arrangements. ‘Secret Garden is almost epic in its emotional depth. A contender for next years Mercury Prize." ~ Impro Management
"Delivering the most beautiful lyrics. An artist to discover" ~ Les Inrocks . France
"Eva Abraham’s beautiful, clear, clean-cut voice is amazingly projected throughout the whole album." ~ LiveGigGuide.com
"Its not often you hear an album you know that you’ll be listening to for a long time. A beautiful refreshing album." ~ Freddie B BigChill.net
"One of the most inspiring singer/songwriters to emerge in recent times." ~ Inertia, Australia
"Lush and tender work that beautifully showcases Eva’s pure and evocative voice" ~ Time Out
"Eva uses her voice with great clarity, tinted by emotion and at points standing your hairs on end." ~ Blues and Soul