Gentlemen of Few were formed along the South-East coast of England in 2009, founded by four young musicians who each found a vast pleasure in their ensemble work as students. They shared a broad and varied history of musical experience between them, spanning multitudes of genres, styles and formats, opening up plenty of avenues for them to explore. Unknowingly, they drew close and familiar with the raucous energy and excitement they unearthed from American Roots, Rock and Bluegrass songs and these they played loud and fast. Though, in this time, powerful stories and meaningful words that spoke to them were collected from areas of music like folk and blues, which followed them closely when the boys began putting pen to paper.
My Girl The River (aka Kris Wilkinsen Hughes) is a dynamic Americana/folk/roots duo consisting of Louisiana born and bred writer and vocalist Kris Wilkinson and British bassist/writer Joe Hughes. Their debut album has been described as ‘a passionate love letter to the American Deep South’ and Kris’ vocals as ‘sugared espresso’. Paste Magazine gave it 8.1 stars. Compared to the stylings of kd lang, Lucinda Williams, Jason Isbel, Eva Cassidy, Joan Baez, and Gillian Welch, their songwriting, production, and performance have been highly praised. After very successful support dates with Laura Cantrell, Cale Tyson, Jonathan Byrd and the exquisite Suzanne Vega (to sold out theatres) they have also been invited to return to the Isle of Wight Festival by director John Giddings who booked them last year upon hearing the album. My Girl The River have also recorded a live session for legendary DJ and music presenter Bob Harris’ ‘Under The Apple Tree’ web channel which can be found on Youtube, including their own version of Joe’s co-written song ‘No More I Love Yous’ which was made an international hit by Annie Lennox. My Girl The River is looking forward to taking their music out to small intimate venues. Kris has said ‘the response during the Suzanne Vega tour was overwhelming. ‘Many people said we were one of the best support acts they had seen. It will be great to perform a full show and really interact with the audience.’ You can hear more of their music online. Visit www.supertinyrecords.com/mgtr for more information.Kris Wilkinson Hughes is an acoustic singer songwriter and member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.
She has co-written with Roger Cook, Benita Hill, Billy Livsey, Angela Kaset, Joe Hughes and has written and performed in many genres including old school blues/r&b/swing but returning to Americana and Country mostly. https://basca.org.uk/directory/24559/
We are delighted to welcome both acts to the Black Barn and know that it will be a special night of out standing music. Look forward to seeing you there.
Gentlemen of Few
Kris Wilkinson Hughes
May 13th 2017