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Extra show, Monday 30th December 2019

Headline Act: Steve Hewitt

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My name is Steve Hewitt, I'm 29years old, and I'm a singer/singer songwriter based in Edenbridge, Kent.

My love of music came about after listening to Buddy Holly when I was 14, but my approach to music changed drastically when I heard David Gray's White Ladder for the first time; that's when I put the electric guitar down and bought my first acoustic guitar and started to write.

My aim has always been to write lyrics that have meaning and purpose that the listener can relate to and  empathise with.

To best describe my genre, it would be acoustic soul pop, with hints of
blues/folk and indie.

My main influences started at the already mentioned
Buddy Holly, on to David Gray, Bob Dylan, John Legend and Fink.

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Summer & Smoke

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This collaboration is a new and exciting departure, with two lead vocals that complement and harmonise so well bringing a unique vibe to our set of original soulful Americana tunes.

Summer & Smoke's original songs are inspired by great songwriters such as Richard Hawley, Aimee Mann, Difford & Tilbrook, and Father John Misty, to name just a few touch points. Underpinned by the tight grooves of Andy Phillips (drums), and Mark Sykes (bass), the songs feature tasteful acoustic, and electric guitars played by singer/songwriter Matt Carr, and uncluttered arrangements that allow these timeless tunes space to breathe.

Rebecca Riedtmann writes and plays enchanting Americana and soulful blues. She has recently released her debut album; a collection of powerfully intimate songs featuring Rebecca's heartfelt lyrics and smoky delivery. Surrey-based Rebecca has been establishing her unique place on the UK Americana scene over the last few years. Performances have included appearances on BBC1 and at The Black Deer Festival; The Bedford, Balham and recently a sold out show at Green Note, Camden. She was also featured among artists to look out for in 2018 by BBC journalist-broadcaster Paul Sexton.

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Jack Burns

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Jack has been tapping his feet to the beat since before he could even walk or talk.  His younger years have been full of music, dance and drama performances – if he wasn’t tinkling the ivories or singing for his supper, he was on stage rocking to the rhythm.

Now seventeen, his creative focus is firmly on his guitar and song writing passions.  Inspired by musicians such as Ben Howard, Lewis Watson and James Bay, Jack picked up the guitar around a year ago and has not stopped playing since.  Enthused by a number of poignant events over a short period, Jack’s songs have that personal touch while at the same time expressing sentiments with a broader reach.

Though he is certainly no stranger to the Local & Live festival, having supported it in one way or another, this will be his debut guitar and pub performance.

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