29th April 2018: hazeyjane / Tabi Gervis / Crayon Angels
Crayon Angels are an acoustic guitar-driven trio combining songs influenced by some of the British greats (Richard Thompson, Ray Davies, Andy Partridge etc.), delivered by a soulful female vocal and coloured by atmospheric electric and slide guitars.
Others (who know about these things) have written that they are "quintessential English Pop/Folk crossover at its finest" and "quietly magnificent". Their second EP 'Postcards' has just been released by Submarine Broadcasting Company.
Tabi is 15 and is currently in Year 11 at Bourne Academy. She has been singing publicly since the age of 6, both in the USA (where she was born) and in the UK.
Tabi was born in Kentucky and lived there until 2015 where she attended SCAPA (school for the creative and performing arts), singing five days a week and playing the saxophone three days a week. Since relocating to the UK in 2015 she has thrown herself into the South Lincolnshire music scene. She has performed at local events including the Bourne
Christmas Festival, the Stamford Christmas Light Switch-On, and the Bourne Classic Car Carnival, as well as being a regular at open mic nights at the Hare & Hounds in Haconby, and The Cellar Bar at Stamford Arts Centre. For the past three years Tabi has competed in the Grantham Music Festival and this year came first in all her classes and walked away with five trophies. Tabi also enjoys musical theatre and drama and has performed nationally with YMT (Youth Music Theatre UK), Stamford Youth Theatre and Tolethorpe Youth Drama.
In 2016 Tabi was thrilled to be part of the new ITV series ‘The Voice kids UK’ (which aired in July 2017) making it through to ‘The Battle Rounds’ on ‘Team Pixie’ with celebrity coach Pixie Lott. During this process she had the pleasure of working with professional vocal coaches, to record in a commercial recording studio and perform in a TV
studio with a live band in front of a live TV audience. The whole experience helped to build her confidence as a performer and an artist. Since then Tabi has performed back in her home town of Lexington, Kentucky on local TV and a national radio station, as well as performing at festivals and open mic nights in the UK.
In October 2017 she was fortunate enough to take a trip to Nashville where she met industry professionals including songwriters, artists and managers. She was invited back in February to begin writing and recording her own songs and is
delighted to be performing them for you today with her talented friend Martin Goodson.
Tabi hopes to make a career in the music industry and is studying BTEC Music at school and also voice and saxophone outside of school.
Creation of Northamptonshire-based composer, acclaimed acoustic guitarist and singer Chris Brown, hazeyjane is the vehicle for the live musical expression of his own original songs and adaptive arrangements of celebrated pieces of poetry. Chris’ voice is often said to resemble that of David Sylvian and his ambient acoustic guitar style uses unusual tunings and spider capos to create exquisite guitar figures and motifs that give his songs distinctively airy, graceful and spacious qualities.
The soundscape settings of his songs are enriched by the accompaniment provided by the signature singing sound of Kevin T Ward’s fretless bass and his use of harmonics, stopping and chords to add rhythmic expression, texture, and colour.
The hazeyjane line-up was enhanced recently by the addition of percussionist David 'Hopi' Hopkins and his myriad nuanced, percussive textures, which contribute greatly to the overall mood of the hazeyjane sound.
Most rewarding to a listening and discerning audience, hazeyjane aim to produce mellow and melodic music that is, in turns, intense and intimate, dreamy and dynamic, relaxing in its mellifluence but hauntingly atmospheric; music that, ultimately, seeks the sublime.
Debut album release, ONE, was recorded and mastered at Tu-kay Records in Stoke Bruerne, and released July 2016 to a series of glowing reviews.
Follow-up EP, Kanre, was issued in May 2017 to coincide with the band's appearance at the Cromer Folk On The Pier festival.