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BLUE ROSE CODE with Katie Spencer, "live" at the Old King's Head Belper, 12th April 2019

We are absolutely delighted to have Blue Rose Code coming to play for us at The Old King's Head, Belper on Friday 12th April, 2019 and we are also more than chuffed that Katie Spencer has agreed to come down to open the evening for us again.

A nomad both geographically and musically, Ross Wilson (Blue Rose Code) address themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future. Songs from the latest album The Water Of Leith are painted with colours of soul, jazz, folk and pop – an eclecticism that has become a hallmark of Blue Rose Code and has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits.
 
Blue Rose Code were recently featured on Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4), the esteemed Quay Sessions (BBC Radio Scotland) was nominated for Scots Singer Of The Year in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2017, won Scottish Album of the Year 2017 and was also listed as one of the Albums of the Year by The Skinny and No Depression respectively.
 
“For those of you that long for Van Morrison to return to his days of Caledonian Soul or miss the late John Martyn, just switch your affections to Ross Wilson.” **** – Scottish Daily Express
 

Visit the Blue Rose Code website here

TICKETS

Tickets available here by PayPal, £15 + £0.80 PayPal handling fee or from the pub direct for £15 only

Unfortunately this venue in not accessible to persons in wheelchairs

Doors at 8pm

 

BLUE ROSE CODE......

ABOUT BLUE ROSE CODE

 
Edinburgh born Ross Wilson spent his creative formative years in East London, then moved to South England “to be by the sea’s energy” but it is in his homecoming that he has found where his heart is. Life wasn’t always simple for Wilson. “I have swapped one type of chaos for another” says Wilson.
 
A nomad both geographically and musically, Ross writes from the heart eschewing any specific genre and the twelve songs on new album The Water Of Leith, addressing themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future, are painted with colours of folk, jazz, soul and pop; an eclecticism that has become a hallmark of Blue Rose Code and has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits.
 
Underlining the sense of movement and place in Ross’s work and The Water Of Leith is rooted in his return to his Scottish homeland. There, he reconnected with the stellar musicians who were to become an integral part of the new album’s sound: multi award-winning singer Julie Fowlis, celebrated Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes, BBC Folk Award Winner, Ross Ainslie, 2017’s Scottish Jazz Awards’ instrumentalist of the year Konrad Wiszniewski, leading violinist Seonaid Aitken and three of Scotland's finest jazz musicians; John Lowrie, Colin Steele and James Lindsay, to name just some of the contributors. Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman features on the opening track. Ross co-produced the album with Angus Lyon.
 
Wilson cites taking his last drink as the start of living rather than the end of the drinking. Now a committed enthusiast and creative whirling dervish, Wilson has seen the past few years produce some of his most exciting work including the album ‘THE BALLADS OF PECKHAM RYE’, which was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album Of The Year Awards in 2014 and featured a roll-call of remarkable talent, including Danny Thompson, Karine Polwart, John Wetton, Aidan O’Rourke and Kathryn Williams.
 
The Blue Rose Code game has certainly changed, they are heard regularly in session for the BBC (TV and Radio), STV, Alba, TG4, Virgin Radio. Live performance is where Blue Rose Code connects strongly with their audiences, they have toured the length and breadth of the UK selling out venues wherever they go and leaving a trail of fans in their wake. Featured in festivals Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Fringe, Looe, Summer Isles, Lindisfarne, Southern Fried, Underneath The stars.
 
Ross Wilson has spent most of his musical life curating; he sculpts his band to every mood and temperament in order to create the perfect happening.
 
As the man at the helm of Blue Rose Code, he is, part director, part sculptor...total chameleon.

 
 
 

MORE FROM BLUE ROSE CODE.......

TICKETS

Tickets available here by PayPal, £15 + £0.80 PayPal handling Fee, or direct from the pub for £15 only.

Unfortunately this venue in not accessible to persons in wheelchairs

Doors at 8pm

 

KATIE SPENCER

ABOUT KATIE

“Katie’s guitar playing has echoes of my dear friend the late great Bert Jansch. Like a musical weaver she threads her poetic lyrics through the guitar’s strings and produces little tapestries of song.” – Ralph McTell
 
 “Haunting, escapist and moving…” - Three Chords and The Truth
 
Every once in a while we are blessed with a singer who is quite simply born to write and perform exquisite songs with confident, gentle assurance. Based in the UK, Katie Spencer is a progressive-folk singer songwriter and guitarist inspired by the people and her surroundings in the Yorkshire countryside. Spencer has gigged extensively in the past three years both headlining and supporting established artists - most recently opening shows for Ralph McTell, Bridget St John, Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) and Martin Stephenson & The Daintees. She has also received radio play from the likes of Iain Anderson – BBC Radio Scotland, and BBC Introducing.
 
 “Drawing on influences such as John Martyn, Roy Harper and Laura Marling, Spencer creates modern folk music which owes as much to East Riding as it does to the American greats, with her striking vocals and adept songwriting backed by evocative and complex acoustic guitar.” Wake The Deaf
 
Her debut studio release ‘Good Morning Sky’ was released in May 2017 and saw Katie working with a number of outstanding musicians, namely Ted McKenna (Rory Gallagher, SAHB) and Foss Paterson (John Martyn, Jethro Tull). Recorded in Glasgow, the atmosphere of the Mini-Album “recalls some of the essence of [John] Martyn's best music. The songs are treated to a delicate and mature guitar style to go with her distinctively graceful voice”, Northern Sky Magazine. 
 
RnR Magazine celebrated Good Morning Sky, saying “her dense, brooding and heartfelt songs have an attractive dreamlike quality that suggest a bright future.” 
 
Folk Radio UK gave similar praise for Spencer’s mini-album – “as debuts go Katie Spencer is clearly off to a flying start.”
 
FATEA Magazine reviewed her performance at Folk On The Farm, saying “I had not seen Katie before but was immediately and hugely impressed. With her reverb-laden acoustic guitar, powerful and original song writing and a voice like warm honey, she was for me, the discovery of the festival.”
 
 “Favourite is singer songwriter Katie Spencer … the best lyrics I’ve heard in years.” Louder Than War (at Beverley Folk Festival)
 
“One of our busiest gigging musicians” - Alan Raw, BBC Introducing
 
 

THE VENUE

The Old King's Head

1 Days Lane

Belper

DE56 1NP

There is no parking by the venue, please use the "Coppice Car Park", just a short walk away.