Next concert: Fri 17 May at the Old Court Room Wigan:
with special guests T.E. Yates.
The next instalment for the 2017 Acoustic Roots Wigan season features London-based singer-songwriter Lucy Zirins.
Lucy originally hails from just up the road in Burnley. With visits to Italy and France under her belt by the time she was 18 years old, Lucy began gigging solo at just 16. She picked up the guitar aged 12 after inheriting one from her late Uncle and began song writing early on.
Her first album “Chasing Clocks” debuted in 2013 to good reviews and airplay from national BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6, with respected country magazine, Maverick Magazine saying: “There are not too many debut albums as promising as this” (4 stars) and R2 Magazine praising the album for its “modern folk-tinged country” sound and Lucy’s vocal delivery. Featuring pedal steel legend BJ Cole and Richard Causon (Tom Jones, Ryan Adams) on keys, the album’s material was written and arranged by Lucy, and produced by mentor and long-time friend, Michael Messer, who she met at the European Blues Association Week, aged 15, after receiving the Sam Mitchell Scholarship. They made the bold decision together to record the album in an analogue environment at Liam Watson’s (co-producer) Toe Rag Studios, recording live with minimal overdubbing.
In November 2015 Lucy released “What’s in Front of Me”, a six-track follow-up EP to “Chasing Clocks”. Featuring Lucy’s live touring band “The Southern Company” including Andy Crowdy, Simon Price and Pete Billington, it includes an eclectic mix of vocals, double bass, guitar, strings, keys, organ and drums and percussion. The EP encompasses a mix of genres, from country stomper “Changing Ground”, to the Celtic folk inspired “You Won’t Remember Me”, to the blues rock influenced “Worry and the Wine”. Self-penned, the EP was recorded and mixed by Jim Knight (Leona Lewis, The Kooks) of Knight Time Studios in Ealing. R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel) Magazine reviewed the EP saying: “Still in her early twenties, if she can continue to write songs of this calibre, Lucy Zirins will become a major player”.
Lucy was a UK Country Radio songwriter finalist (2014) and has been nominated for the British Blues Awards in various categories both as a songwriter and artist for the past 4 years, winning in 2013. Lucy is currently working on her next studio album, and will be joined on the night by double bass player Andy Crowdy. To sample some of Lucy’s excellent work, go to www.lucyzirins.com.
Opening the evening for us will be local troubadour T.E. Yates, whose debut album “Silver Coins and White Feathers” is out in May. He will be showcasing some of the songs from it: for more information go to www.teyates.com.
Tickets £10 in advance from the following sources:
In person: Symphony Music, Market Street, Wigan
By phone: David Hiney – 07875 881436
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