What do you get if you cross a Lincolnshire-born singer-songwriter with a Scottish-born, Dutch-raised singer?
If you’re very lucky, you get Winter Wilson, who will be making a welcome return to Horsham Folk Club on Sunday, March 6.
Formed from the ashes of ’90s folk-rock outfit Ragtrade, Winter Wilson had been plying their trade part-time on the UK acoustic music scene for around twenty years when, in 2012, they decided to give up their ‘proper jobs’ and make music their living.
Their reputation has blossomed, with appearances at folk clubs and festivals across the UK winning many new fans for their own style of ‘joyous rebellion’.
“It’s a phrase used in a review by a music journalist who’d seen us live,” says Kip Winter.
“We like it. It kind of sums us up. We’re known for great songs and harmonies, but there’s always that element of unpredictability – call it comedy if you like, but it’s just the way we are.”
Kip Winter’s voice is one of the best in the business, delivering power and emotion in equal measure. She has sung everything from jazz to opera, but is at her best and happiest when singing folk and blues. Originating from the Outer Hebrides (though raised in Southern Holland), Kip brings a wealth of folk history and stories from the Islands, together with a broader, blues-based approach to much of the duo’s music.
Described by the great John Tams (Sharpe, Warhorse, currently in ITV’s Jericho) as a “magnificent” songwriter, Dave Wilson is now recognised as one of the best on the English acoustic scene, with his songs covered by some of folk’s greats. His lyrics aim to be thought-provoking and often challenging, but always beautifully crafted. He also has a mellow, relaxed singing style and plays a mean guitar and banjo.
This latest tour showcases Winter Wilson’s new album, Ashes & Dust. The tour takes the duo all over the UK, as well as into Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands.
“While the album isn’t officially released until March 7, we will have advance copies for sale on the night,” says Dave.
Horsham Folk club meets every Sunday evening at 8pm (doors 7.45pm) at the Normandy Centre in Denne Road, Horsham.
The club brings the best of folk and acoustic music to the town. Entry on the door costs just £6 (or £4 for members).
Call 01403 268611 or visit www.horshamfolkclub.co.uk.
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