Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm
Bristol-based folk and jazz singer Julie Abbé is back at the Folk House on Sat 24th February to perform her long-awaited second album “Out of the Ashes”.
Hailing from France, steeped in theatre and her native Poitou bal folk tradition, Julie moved to England in her twenties where she studied vocal jazz and immersed herself in English and Irish folk music.
Her first album, Numberless Dreams (2020), received critical acclaim from sources such as Folk Radio UK, RnR magazine, and Northern Sky which gave it a 5-star review. Short-listed for the Album of the Year Awards by Blues and Roots Radio, it gained plenty of airplay, including on the Tom Robinson show (BBC Radio 6 Music) and Late Junction (BBC Radio 3). Recorded with Sid Goldsmith and Dominie Hooper and enriched with 3-part harmonies, warm cello, and concertina, the LP gathered beautifully-crafted arrangements of Irish traditional songs as well as sublime original renditions of Yeats poetry.
Her second Album “Out of the Ashes” sees Julie branch off from the safe nest of arranging traditional songs to create a new, bolder, original sound reflecting the rich variety of her influences. Recorded in spring 2022 with James Grunwell (from the band “Me And My Friends”) as producer and guitarist, Ubuntu label-signee Sam Quintana on double bass, swing ambassador Ewan Bleach on reeds, and Shakespeare’s Globe player Paul Johnson on percussion and bamboo flute, “Out of the Ashes” is a collection of 12 original compositions oozing with the earthy, warm and deeply moving melodies that characterise her exciting sound.
Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear the album live and in full before its release on 5th April 2024. For this performance, Julie will be accompanied by James Grunwell, Paul Johnson, Polly Meyrick, Alec Hewes, and John Clark.
Praise for Numberless Dreams (2020):
"This is folk gold... A deeply sensitive and talented artist" Folk and Tumble
“Exquisite Craftsmanship... quietly devastating” Folk Radio UK
“A skillful and sensitive composer and performer” RnR Magazine
“Julie Abbé brings to the folk table a new voice to celebrate.” Northern Sky ****
Tickets are available online, over the phone or in person.
The Bristol Folk House
40A Park Street
0117 926 2987
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