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The Grey Lady Music Lounge, Wednesday 12th July 2017

Headline Act: The Varlies

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The Varlies are a homegrown Tunbridge Wells rock band. Formed back in the
early 90s by guitarist, Kev Amos and singer, John Whitehorn, they have
been delighting audiences and listeners alike ever since with their own
blend of music and infectious live performances. The Trinity show is set
to offer a chance to catch the full band in one of their now rare
performances together where they will be performing songs from their last
four albums. With Paul May on drums and Steve Mealing on bass completing
this fantastic line up, this really be one not to be missed. Paul Dunton
Says... "The Varlies are quite simply one of the best bands I have ever
seen live. Their sublime musicianship and infectious melodies underpin
their undoubted ability to create fantastic music. This is band that takes
you on a rollercoaster of emotions! Expect everything from high energy
foot stomping rockin' tunes, funky grooves and hire wire guitar riff's to
beautifully crafted acoustic ballads. John Whitehorne is an exceptional
vocalist, with an incredible range and tone that reminds me of Neil Finn, with shades of Bon Iver's falsetto at times. The band's
live sound is hard to pigeon hole as they have their own swagger and
style, however if you said names such as The Dave Matthew's Band or a
rockier version of Crowded House that would give you an idea!"

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Ian Knapp

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Established Tunbridge Wells based singer/songwriter; Ian Knapp's melodic, edgy, lyric-based acoustic rock has made people sit up and listen from Seattle to Manila, London to New York. Ian's debut album 'Into these Oceans' was independently released in 2005 to unanimously positive reviews, receiving widespread radio play all over the world and selling well, especially in the U.S. Ian toured the West coast of America late in 2005 and plays regularly in the U.K. Ian has established himself as one of the most popular soloists at the show and has developed a healthy fan base from his performances at The Grey Lady.

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Redvers and Melissa

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Singer Songwriter Redvers Bailey, originally from Gloucester England, met Quebecoise singer Melissa Brouillette at an open mic in Berlin soon after moving there to live, and follow the dream of somehow being able to live as an artist someday.

In Berlin, Redvers discovered a thriving street music scene where many wonderful sounding musicians play well attended concerts in the streets with high quality sound systems. Where fans nurture their favourite artists by buying CDs and inviting them perform highly personal concerts in their living rooms for their friends.

Armed with a battery powered amp, new songs and a small suitcase filled with CDs, Redvers took this idea on the road, travelling Europe far and wide, performing every step of the way and saving up for some wheels.

Redvers and Melissa were just friends to begin with, however, after several transatlantic Facebook chats and taking the road together from London to Berlin in Redvers VW camper, they fell in love.

They travelled Europe, singing together in the streets, parks, bars and living rooms all over Germany, France, Italy, UK, Poland and Czech Republic before basing themselves in Montréal where they started a family.

Redvers had previously studied music at Kingston University of London before going on to host a well known weekly acoustic showcase in London. This is where he caught the singer songwriter bug.

Francophone Melissa had previously performed with many different projects as lead singer, background singer and chorister, singing early music, classical, jazz, pop folk and a cappella as part of her daily life since the beginning of her education.

Together Redvers and Melissa sing a mixture of their own joyously melodic story-telling folk song and also favourite songs of their heroes, enchanting their audiences with music that can make you listen, dance, laugh or even cry.

Since 2014 Redvers has released two studio albums, many singles and the Tumblr/Twitter famous You Can Tell So Much About a Person by the Way They Leave You EP.

2017 will see a return to Europe for the release of Our Little Place, a 12 track studio album, and a DIY tour of coffee houses, living rooms and street shows. (Please get in touch if you would like them to come to your town or city)

You can find studio and live performance content on YouTube, hear the full discography on Spotify and iTunes and for those who like a physical record you can find signed vinyl and CDs on Redvers Bailey's Bandcamp page.


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Mangetout Recovery

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Clayton & LJ are two accomplished musicians and performers. An acoustic rock and folk duo from Tunbridge Wells Performing 30 minutes of clever catchy originals. Great voices and musicianship. 

Clayton and L.J. have consistently been successful in providing the entertainment solutions for various launches, theme evenings and other show packages that a client might require. They pride themselves on partnering with their customers - creating a unique and specific formula that is ultimately more than “just entertainment”.

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