|Friday 17 June 2016 @ 09:00pm : -
Nuala Honan with Boudica Boogaloo
3 sweet old gals, 3 dirty harmonies, 3 stomping strings and a hell of a good old-time good time!
Brand new project from Nuala Honan (guitar), Glowglobes' Laura Pocket (double bass) and Claire Northey (violin)
Australian songstress Nuala Honan is an outstanding songwriter, charming (and a bit grumpy) with a rare nack for talking to audiences, and a voice that will smack you round the ears when you least expect it. You’re likely to describe it using your most loved genre, whether it be country, folk, americana.. She has that uncanny ability to write new songs that sound like they have been written before, somehow conjuring the sense that the lyrics have been worn smooth by the passage of time. Nuala’s lyrical honesty and the fiercely independent environment that the music has emerged from combine to ensure that her debut album, The Tortoise, has an authenticity that commercial country so often lacks.
French violinist Claire Northey brings an air of the North African coast to the UK. She has composed and interpreted soundtracks for more than a dozen plays in the last 10 years, and is always looking for new collaborations!
Laura Pocket left school at 16, eloping with guitar & harmonica to busk the streets of Europe. Having explored performance through music ('The absolute darlings') she went on to study Performing Arts at Winchester, gaining a 1st class degree; won awards at the National Student drama festival & 5* review at Edinburgh fringe for her one woman show ('The Flickering Truths of a Cruel & Dirty Bitch'). She’s written, directed, performed in & produced several plays & site-specific works with ‘The Pockets Progression’ (2005-2010).
“Beautifully written songs, beautifully sung in a voice free from pretension. Nuala is a fresh breeze of talent and raw integrity in the musty, tired world of singer-songwriters.” ~ Dizraeli
“Bringing a fresh and captivating intimacy with the warming breath of a bubbling country heart and some traditional fireside honesty.” ~ Pete Hogg, Wandering Word
"A soulful artist with a knack for writing compelling and passionate songs -..the charming Nuala herself - all frothy hair, winsome smile and a voice that would smack you round the ear when you least expected it." ~ fRoots Magazine Online
"Opening solo… Nuala’s performance was surprisingly serious in style and purpose. The singing was gently forceful, her acoustic guitar skillfully wielded and assertive with an edge of poignancy underlying lyrics like ‘This Heart’. She claimed her due attention from the filled room…” ~ Tony Benjamin, Venue Magazine