Roots Sessions – Ma Polaine’s Great Decline – CANCELLED

Plus supports Jamie R Hawkins


Mixed Seating/Standing


Apr 08


Free Entry

Described as “like a young Billie Holiday gate-crashing a Tom Waits Swordfish trombones recording session”, or “a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara”, duo Ma Polaine’s Great Decline continue to build a reputation as an intriguing and hard to pigeon-hole act with influences in folk, blues, jazz and country. From the start Beth Packer and Clinton Hough always sought to keep their song-writing influences open, and have a sound with oddness, sparsity and a subtle quality that is their own. The duo have been tightening their unique sound whilst remaining decidedly easy and loose with the range of influences they draw from. Blues, jazz and folk feature strongly, but what this duo admire most in others is individuality, artists who have been unafraid to be themselves musically and in attitude.
2018 album release The Outsider has had wide-spread radio play, including Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 show, Verity Sharp’s Late Junction on BBC Radio 3, The Radio 2 Blues Show. 2018 ended on a high with a runners-up spot for the band in the fRoots Editor’s Choice album of the year.

“think a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara…” fRoots
“The Outsider is an album to be relished, the aural delights proffered are plentiful and compelling, with a mark of individuality that is refreshing”. Fatea Magazine
“If you’ve ever felt that the whole world is cross-threaded, The Outsider is your kind of record” Folking.com
Jamie R Hawkins is an Award Winning Singer Songwriter whose songs have won him critical acclaim in the UK and around the world…He has been described as “a powerful mixture of storyteller, philosopher and poet”, his lyrics as “poignant and witty” and his performances, “emotive and captivating”.
“emotionally charged, poignant and witty acoustic pop-rock that reminds you of Crowded House or even Del Amitri, which is fine by me” – Secret Chord Records


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