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The Grey Lady Music Lounge, Tuesday 28th June 2016

Headline Act: The Orange Circus

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THE ORANGE CIRCUS BAND are a raucous, 'footstompin’, Americana/Celtic act from the U.K and Virginia in America. A unique co-operative, they’re a band made of family and friends from Virginia, Wales, Cornwall and England. 

Concentrating on original songs and updating traditional music taken from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia blended with Celtic roots, they continue a historical musical lineage in a contemporary, fresh and exciting way. Bring your dancing shoes, they put on a brilliantly entertaining show - great playing, beautiful harmonies and boundless energy are guaranteed to raise the roof, warm the heart and encourage the biggest of grins.

"If Jonathan Richman and The Velvet Underground formed a bluegrass band they'd be The Orange Circus" Rory Carlile, The Harrison, London.

They have just released their first official Album 'We Make our Smiles' recorded largely at Tilehouse Studios by Luke Oldfield (son of Mike Oldfield, Tubular Bells) and have started to get radio play on BBC Kent, BBC Wales and BBC Cornwall.

The Band have recently returned from a tour of Wales and Cornwall where they did a live session on BBC Introducing.

Things are really heating up for the band as they are becoming one of the most exciting Country bands in the UK.  

Line Up:

Flash Hearth (Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica)

Shep! (Mandolin/Banjo/Box/Vocals)

Raven (Fiddle/Vocals)

Jessie Moonlight (Vocals/Banjo)

Sergeant Kahn (Bass)

​The Rev. Zeb (Elec Guitar)​

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Drifting Embers

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It's now five years since Drifting Embers formed - at the tail-end of the seemingly never-ending winter of 2011. Their line-up has now settled, and Drifting Embers continue to create music that warms the soul through genuine song craft and beguiling harmonies.  

Nick Faulkner’s rich, heartfelt lead vocal is accompanied by Richard Scott’s expressive guitar playing, Alex Denny's winding bass lines and Jeff Miles' subtle but driving percussion. All write songs and provide backing vocals - bringing alive gorgeous melodies and harmonisations that are instantly memorable.

With influences across musical boundaries, beyond just folk to rock and soul, Drifting Embers’ songs defy easy categorisation but will find many friends among lovers of pure, timeless music.

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The Paul Dunton Orchestra

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Singer-songwriter, Paul Dunton leads his own unique cross-over orchestra providing an atmospheric fusion of alternative and pop with a classical twist. Paul & his Orchestra take influences from varying modern day artists such as Pink Floyd, Elbow, ELO, Turin Brakes, Massive Attack, Damien Rice and contemporary composers such as Samuel Barber, Ludovico Einaudi, John Barry and Hans Zimmerman. The Orchestra performs Paul's own compositions and a varied selection of uniquely arranged standards from a wide range of artists. The line-up of 8 violins, 4 cellos, guitar, flute, bass and percussion accompanies Paul on vocals and piano, joined by his lead vocalists, Charlotte Andrew and Poppy Raine. Paul and his Orchestra regularly perform at concerts, festivals and private events throughout the UK and internationally, including headlining the Theatrium Wilhelmstraße Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany and an 8 state tour of the USA which culminated in a spectacular roof-top performance on top of the New York Strand Hotel. Increased attention and success led to the orchestra being featured on BBC Radio 2 by Joan Armatrading with interviews and airplay of one of Paul's songs, 'Don't Forget'. This led to Paul supporting Joan Armatrading on five occasions during her recent UK tours.

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Amber Anderton

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Amber was born and bred in Brighton and now lives in Crowborough (by way of Leamington Spa, London, Crawley, Burgess Hill, Fleet, Germany and Oxford!). By day she is a full time Drama teacher and by night a singer songwriter. She started writing songs at the age of eleven, in between singing along to Kylie Minogue songs. Her musical taste diversified over the years and now she cites her influences as Frank Turner, Beth Orton and The Indigo Girls, among others. Amber has performed in covers bands and musical theatre over the years, but has always come back to her first love, composing and performing her own music. She has been lucky enough to collaborate with some fantastic musicians over the years, most recently with professional composer Trystan Francis and producer Tom Cooper. Amber’s music is best described as Folky, Acoustic Pop and her dream is to play at Cropredy Festival! She has recently relaunched her own music and has already gathered a modest Twitter following, had her video broadcast on a Sussex TV station and been invited to perform at local venues. Amber’s songs are available on iTunes, Spotify and all other good online music retailers.

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