New Routes: Anna Hester, Kelly & Woolley & Lizzy Hardingam

Date:Sat 16 Oct 2021
Time:Doors 7.30pm. Music starts 8pm.
Venue:J3 (seated show)

Another instalment in the New Routes series, an evening of acoustic, folk and roots artists.

Set out cabaret style with candles on tables, it’s a comfortable and intimate space to listen to the best emerging and established artists from the area.


Anna Hester
Anna Hester has a ‘powerful and confident voice’ (Fatea 2014), and moves ‘effortlessly between genres, but always with an emotional core’ (Cambridge Music Reviews 2018). Her songs have been played on BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire and the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Folk Show. Anna has performed widely in the South East and East of England, including at The Stables in Milton Keynes, Cambridge Junction, and several times at Milton Keynes International Festival. She has also performed in Berlin.

Anna has released two EPs. Her debut album Postcard Songs, on which every song is inspired by a postcard, came out in August 2021.  ridgeshire, Oxfordshire, London and Berlin, in a range of venues from cosy canal boats in Ely to support slots at The Stables Stage 2 (Milton Keynes) and the acoustic stage at Milton Keynes International Festival in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Kelly & Woolley
The duo of Gary Woolley and Matt Kelly has released its second album, Miner’s Eyes. The pair from Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds play predominantly their own material in a mix of American folk, Cajun, bluegrass and country styles crossed with the narrative elements of traditional folk music, accompanying themselves on guitars, mandolin and fiddle. This album has the two protagonists on their own with a set of self-penned songs and tunes that capture their influences and how they have assimilated them into their own style of folk music.

Looking at miners’ songs makes one think of the great collections like A L Lloyd’s Come All Ye Bold Miners and the songs of Tyneside’s Tommy Armstrong which shone an English light on the themes found in American mining ballads and the works of writers like Woody Guthrie and John Prine. In fact, the opening Down Where The Deep Waters Flow reminds me of John Prine’s Paradise, the story behind the railroad from Cairo To Vincennes (not Egypt btw) is a powerful narrative ballad, and 10,000 Stevedores brings to mind Jimmy Nail’s Big River in its descriptions of the plight of the loss of a shipbuilding industry.

The songs resonate and radiate with heartfelt truths of survival and are delivered in a confident assured manner. Kelly and Woolley’s songs are well-honed and their delivery is assured and solid. Miner’s Eyes is a fine album of good songs waiting to be discovered and sung.

Lizzy Hardingam
South-East based folk musician and songstress, Lizzy Hardingham, is paving her way as a powerhouse performer with "beautifully delivered songs that sing straight to the heart". 2019 saw her storm the UK folk club and festival scene, including Cambridge Folk Festival, while in 2020 she captivated online audiences with "a voice that could fill a stadium and the sensitivity to bring a room to attentive silence". Having been nominated for Fatea’s prestigious Female Artist of The Year award at the end of 2020, Lizzy is now being mentored by the Michael Hughes of The Young’Uns via the English Folk Expo and working on "firmly nailing her place as one of the rising stars of the folk scene”.

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For the safety of artists, audiences, and staff we are introducing some extra requirements to stop the spread of COVID-19. For details on COVID-19 entry requirements please CLICK HERE

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Box office and bar open 1 hour before event start time.

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