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THE bent folk NEWS

Friday 17 October 2014
Kristina Olsen (USA) and Peter Grayling (AUS), supported by Ash & Jess

Kristina Olsen and Peter Grayling Kristina Olsen is one of the most entertaining and compelling performers on the international folk circuit. A superb multi-instrumentalist (acoustic guitar, steel-body slide guitar, saxophone, concertina, mandolin and piano) as well as an award-winning songwriter with a big bluesy voice, Kristina has audiences around the world coming back for more. Her mix of powerful songs ranging from sassy bottleneck blues, lilting ballads, swing jazz to raunch and roll (as well as her hilarious storytelling) makes for a diverse and satisfying musical experience, on stage and on disc.

Born in San Francisco and raised in Haight-Asbury during the 1960's, Kristina's approach to music and life was formed by that environment of vital cultural expression, social activism and diverse musical influences. She now calls Venice Beach, Los Angeles home but rarely sees it from touring ten months a year.

With twelve recordings from 1992 to 2011, Olsen added 'author' to her mantle with the release of 'They Paid Us in tub Time" an e-book with new and back catalogue recordings embedded into the text. Launched at the Bali Writer's Festival, 'Tub Time' was also featured on the Adelaide Fringe Festival programme and toured through Victoria and New South Wales. 2014 will see the release of her thirteenth recording, 'Chemistry', a collaboration with stunning US guitarist, composer, arranger and producer, Pete Snell. (Lyall Lovett's Large Band.

Such respected artists as Eric Bibb, Fairport Convention, Maddy Prior, Mary Coughlan and Mollie O'Brien, among others, have covered and recorded songs by the multi-award winning Olsen.

This tour will see continued collaboration between Ms Olsen and Peter Grayling who has toured regularly with Kristina since 1997. Their collaboration has included a recording, 'Duet' and Graylings' Cello, mandocello and mandolin adds to the instrumental class of five subsequent recordings.

Peter Grayling bends classical technique to his music which crosses multi-genres and adds the weaving of the cello around Olsen's and other leading singer's voices. He has been a regular fixture at all the major Australian festivals and has recorded with several of Australia's leading folk / contemporary artists.

"It's not often that a fine classical player also turns out to be a great improviser with a solid grounding in folk, blues and rock 'n' roll".

Olsen is an eclectic artist worthy of much more acclaim. Los Angeles Times

Strong songs and guitar playing, great singing and intimate stories...after hearing it I’m in love with the lady. Acoustic Musician

This is Olsen playing solo to the world, and the results are stunning...playing slide guitar with a fury, finely crafted songs, personal and delivered with fire... Folk Almanac

Wicked blues slide guitar...soon her storytelling becomes so wonderful, and her music so expressive, one realized that the untamed Olsen is more valuable than any slicker version could be. Boston Herald

Some sound bites from Kristina's new CD "Chemistry":

- Maybe

- I Forgive Myself

Kristina's website.

Providing a short support set will be Bendigo's own Ash & Jess. This husband and wife team are little known outside their immediate circles and would have remained so had the Bendigo Folk Club talent scouts not stumbled across them a few months back. We are confident that our audience will enjoy Ash & Jess and that this musical offering will be a perfect accompiament to Kristina and Peter.

Tickets available at the door - $25 or $20 members and concession.

Under the Grandstand, Queen Elizabeth Oval View Street, 8:00pm for an 8:15pm start.

Bill Jackson and Pete Fidler Friday 28 November 2014
Bill Jackson with Pete Fidler

Bill and Pete have been in the recording studio and so have heaps of new songs that they are keen to share with us.

“You could be sitting in your Camry, stuck on the Western Ring Road, but pop Bill Jackson’s latest into the CD player and you could be cruising the open road with nothing but time and nowhere particular to be.”
– Jeff Glorfel, Melbourne Age

Check ot Bill's website here.

Tickets available at the door - $20 or $15 members and concession.

Under the Grandstand, Queen Elizabeth Oval View Street, 8:00pm for an 8:15pm start.