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Next event - 20.10.2017 - Digwyddiad Nesaf!

It's Autumn - season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and fabulous music and poetry at Penarth Acoustic Club!

More about this month's all-female international line-up later, but first a heads-up on the rest of the year. In November we have Welsh troubadour/composer/guitarist Owen Shiers, and also New Shoots winners The Young Waters (in duo format). Then in December the wonderful Jemma Krysa makes a return visit, along with local heroes John Lewis & Tony Thompson, who will be bringing their soul-stirring foot-stamping Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee-style Piedmont blues to close down the year!

In case you missed us in the Penarth Times, we have just used another batch of raffle proceeds to donate £500-worth of percussion instruments to Community Music Wales, Wales' leading musical charity. There will be a page on our website soon which details all our charitable donations, but in the meantime here's a picture of organiser Phil Nedin handing over the goods last month to Hannah Jenkins, Director of Community Music Wales, along with Phil Jarvis of Pencerdd Music, who sourced the instruments for us. So far that's over £2000-worth of musical instruments and accessories we've donated to charity since we started 3 years ago - and that's all thanks to the generosity of you, our audience, and your insatiable lust for ukuleles! 


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And now, for the main event

Acoustic Cabaret Friday 20th Oct 2017:

Chris O
Susie Wild
Sarah Jane Scouten

Chris O is a singer-songwriter from Australia, who covers the songs of a bygone era and writes her own contemporary roots originals. 

She plays vintage music, the way it used to be, mixed in with blues and folk that echo global grassroots traditions, travelling around carrying her "Band", just like a pack pony: lap-slide , banjo, ukulele, as well as a few plain old guitars, stirring up jellyroll and jinx.

Chris tours Europe annually, and in 2016 was New South Wales Solo Blues Artist of the Year representing Sydney Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge, and the National Women in Blues Showcase in Memphis, Tennessee. Her recent blues albums feature in the Australian and UK Blues and Roots Charts , and AMRAP Charts.

In 2017 “Wailin’ & Raggin’ the Blues” was a Blues Foundation (USA) finalist for Best Self Produced CD.

Sarah-Jane Scouten is, according to Folk Radio UK, "A sterling example of the top grade Americana coming out of Canada."

With flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths and Iris Dement, and a wealth of early country music, the two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and recent Western Canadian Music Award nominee's songs are faithful to a long-standing folk music tradition. 

Often spilling over into modern themes that are outspoken and edgy, her songwriting tackles issues from poverty and midwifery to tongue-in-cheek heartache songs and unabashed Canadiana. A traditionalist at heart, Sarah Jane Scouten shows her signature flair for the roots of roots music. With respect for these roots, she writes from her own perspective, playing with style to create her own distinct voice. This songwriter is known for hitting hard and close to home, then laughing it off. 

Sarah is playing with her 4-piece band for this gig, so please come and support the biggest show we've ever put on!

Susie Wild is author of the short story collection The Art of Contraception (Parthian 2010) listed for the Edge Hill Prize, and the novella Arrivals (Parthian 2011). 

Her writing appears in publications like Poetry DigestThe Lonely CrowdWales Arts ReviewInk Sweat & Tears, The Lampeter Review, and Rising. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Swansea University and an MA in Journalism from Goldsmiths.

She has performed her poems at events like the Glastonbury Festival, Hay Festival, the Green Man Festival, and the Dylan Weekend. Her recent multimedia commission, ‘Sex Change Disco,’ in collaboration with artist Beth Greenhalgh, was performed at Made in Roath and Cardiff Contemporary 2016. Born in London, she has moved from Cornwall and Devon to Swansea and Bristol. These days she lives in a house with a garden and a shed in Cardiff.

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