The Forge

The Forge

Black is the Color of My Voice

Black is the Color of My Voice follows the fictional character Mena Bordeaux, a successful jazz singer seeking redemption after the untimely death of her father.

During a three-day period of isolation without cigarettes, alcohol, or access to the outside world, Mena reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the civil rights movement.

Kim Richey

Kim Richey is a traveller. Musically, physically, emotionally. Not merely restless or rootless, it’s who she is. Willing to follow where the music leads, she’s landed in Los Angeles, Nashville, London, working with a who’s who of producers – Richard Bennett, Hugh Padgham, Angelo and more.
 

Leveret

Leveret is a collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians, Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina), each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together, their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.

Riley Baugus

Riley Baugus represents the very best of old time American banjo and song. His powerful singing voice and his expert musicianship place him squarely in the next generation of the quality American roots tradition.

Birds of Chicago

Birds of Chicago have been riding a swell of good mojo in the Americana scene since their inception in late 2012. With their new album, Love in Wartime, they are set to both confirm that roots world buzz, and break on through to a much wider audience.

Birds’ shows attract a mix of indy rockers, jam-kids and Americana/roots lovers, mixing moments of hushed attention with wild, rock and soul abandon.

"A good show can send you back out into the night feeling - for at least a little while - that everything isn’t broken.”

Noel McKay & Brennen Leigh

Noel McKay and Brennen Leigh embark on tour following the release of their self-titled second duet album.

The album's first single, a cover of Guy Clark's New Cut Road landed squarely in the number four slot of Bluegrass Today's Grassicana chart. The duo are becoming known as a must-know songwriting team; Steve Earle, Guy Clark and Richard Dobson have all recorded songs written by Noel, while artists such as Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Crowell and Charley Crockett have released songs written by Brennen. 

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

Huddled round a single vintage microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an acoustic duo that sound classically timeless, yet their music is individual with the sparkling beauty of their acoustic style.
 
Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram & Emmylou, Shirley & Davey, or Gillian & David, but their distilling of musical influences from both sides of the Atlantic produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.
 

Damien O'Kane & Ron Block

What do you get if you cross an American bluegrass banjo and an Irish tenor banjo? In the case of Coleraine’s Damien O’Kane (Flook, Kate Rusby) and California’s Ron Block (Alison Krauss and Union Station) you get fireworks – and a spectacular debut duo album.

These incredible musicians will amaze you with their finger lickin’ pickin’.

Letitia VanSant

Letitia VanSant first came to prominence in 2017 when she won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Song-writing competition - an honour previously granted to names such as Lucinda Williams and Nanci Griffith.
 
Since releasing her debut album in Europe, the powerfully impressive singer-songwriter has won a legion of new fan and many glowing reviews.
 

Exit 6 Film Festival

On sale to Friends Wed 5 Jun, 10am
On general sale Wed 12 Jun, 10am

 
The Exit 6 Film Festival returns for its fourth edition this year, showcasing some of the best short films from around the world alongside the talented filmmakers behind them. 
 

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