Thursday 27.06, 8.30pm, £3
K.C. McKanzie is a songwriter of the rarest kind. Joyful melancholy, intense lightness – seemingly incompatible extremes blend together effortlessly in her music. She does her very own brand of Americana and Folk. A bittersweet Old-Time-flavour combines with
a contemporary touch of rootsy rhythms.
On her 4th album “DryLand” K.C. McKanzie (voc, guit, banjo) and her partner in crime Budi (bs, banjo, drums, p) present a multitude of melodies, supplemented now and then
with cello and piano. The simple acoustic instrumentation gives an unpretentious but very intense sound.
K.C. McKanzie’s soft voice leads wistfully and clear through the haunting but passionate lyrics. Love and despair, longing and lust are put expressively into powerful symbols
by using dry, simple writing. Subtle arrangements with plenty of detail create
a timeless yet intimate mood. K.C. McKanzie’s songwriting is complex and stripped bare, it sparkles with energy.
“A far cry from traditional purism, closer to new acoustic and british folk.”
“She vaporizes the boundaries between the genres folk and roots without even trying.”
“First-class Folkmusic ”
Melodie & Rhythmus
“Songs breathing a lot of experience of life. Very moving and brilliant.”
Will McNicol began playing guitar at the age of six, and since then has gone on to become UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011) and a Fellow of Trinity College London for his playing and compositions. He has released three albums of original material, and has gigged up and down the country; whether it be headlining his own solo shows, or supporting artists from Pierre Bensusan to Mumford & Sons. Will’s music is influenced by styles from all over the world, and he has developed his own unique sound, with Celtic folk being the underlying inspiration behind a large majority of his own pieces. His performances have been described as “beautifully flawless”, as he swaps between nylon and steel string guitars to show the sheer variety of tone guitars can offer.