John Bramwell (I am Kloot) + Rue Royale

Saturday 17 March 2018
Waterbeach Baptist Chapel
A rare chance to see the amazing John Bramwell and Rue Royale in an intimate Victorian Chapel.

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Beyond the Festival and Beach Sessions present John Bramwell and Rue Royale at the beautiful and intimate setting of Waterbeach Baptist Chapel, just outside Cambridge. This special evening is a chance to hear the unique songs of John Bramwell, the frontman/songwriter of I am Kloot. A Mercury Music Prize nominated musician, John has penned many critically acclaimed songs and the session will feature many new songs from his first studio solo album “Leave Alone The Empty Spaces”, which is a stunning showcase of John’s skilful, widely acclaimed song-writing and his unique voice. It’s the first completely new collection of songs by John as a solo artist since he started his adventures away from I Am Kloot.

“Leave Alone The Empty Spaces” has been inspired by John’s travels around the UK and Europe performing more than 300, intimate solo gigs. Travelling in his VW Campervan with his dog Henry, the experience allowed John to explore parts of the country hitherto unknown, develop his solo sound and ideas, and meet an awful lot of interesting peope. The album is inspired by the spirit of liberty, independence, adventure and solitude that John has enjoyed on the road, as well as the diverse emotions that escape and travel can bring about – from sadness to exhilaration.

John Bramwell is utterly compelling, quite beautiful and frequently hilarious" THE GUARDIAN

A  brilliant songwriting machine” GUY GARVEY (ELBOW)

His live show is testament to that too. Audiences can expect a highly personal performance from an artist who has completely immersed himself in the experience of connecting with live audiences of all kinds. This adventure has even taken John to a little room above a pub (after promising a fan he would play in their town that ‘doesn’t have gigs’) and to World War II underground bunkers in Germany.

It’s about rediscovering the romance, intimacy and magic of the live music experience, one to one with the audience. The new show will include songs from “Leave Alone The Empty Spaces”, a handful of songs from his follow up album, which he has already started to record, and some I Am Kloot classics. And of course there’ll be the usual off the wall chat and tall stories so this is a chance to see one of the country’s most talented songwriters at the top of his game.

Supporting John will be Nottingham’s finest – Rue Royale. The Anglo-American outfit earned their stripes on the Chicago music scene before selling most of their belongings and boarding a plane for Europe, armed with their instruments and 2008 debut LP Rue Royale, for their first out-of-town tour. The road quickly became Rue Royale’s way of life – with chips and dents in their tour vans’ bodywork testament to nearly 1000 shows in 15 countries.

Rue Royale have largely worked in a DIY fashion. Between tours, the couple rustled up a cottage industry at their new home in Nottingham. Together they printed, snipped, sewed and stuffed over 10,000 Rue Royale CDs, including their second album ‘Guide to an Escape’ which they issued independently in 2011and was championed by BBC 6Music’s Gideon Coe. In between releasing albums they have started a family and continued to play gigs across Europe. 2016 saw the band return with Single Eye and an Echo – EP with help from Sean Carey (Bon Iver) on drums & piano. Their unique hypnotic indie-folk-pop sound, influenced by American and British folk, soul and rock, has featured in many films and TV dramas including The Collective, Catfish, Teenage Mom and Exiled.    

 ‘Beyond the Festival’ was established to ensure that the magic of Cambridge Folk Festival extends well beyond the four days spent at its spiritual home in Cherry Hinton each year. Beach Sessions is proud to be a co-partner once again. We have been programming original music from electronica and indie, to contemporary folk for over 5 years and we have played host to many national and local musicians including Blue Rose Code, The Slow Show, Boo Hewerdine, Straw Bear, Tom Adams, Shield Patterns, Vienna Ditto to name but a few.

Seats are unreserved. Please be aware tickets normally sell out in advance.

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19:30 - 23:00