Antonio Forcione & Sarah Jane Morris
12th March 2017
Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione have each been compared to an impressive array of musical geniuses, including Janice Joplin and Tom Waits (vocally), as well as Jimi Hendrix (instrumentally) – a comparison Antonio wears with pride. Django Reinhardt also comes to mind. In truth, both are great artists in their own right.
A singer who straddles rock, blues, jazz and soul with a goosebump-raising four-octave range that rumbles from the heels of her size eight shoes to the tips of her flame-red mane, Sarah Jane possesses a voice that can excite shivers of passion and delight - soaring, swooping, sensual and sophisticated, with the agony and ecstasy of the delta and smoky Chicago clubs, it’s a force of nature.
A performer of world class status, forceful and with an enviable technique, Antonio takes the guitar to new levels of expression, combining its melodic powers with dramatic percussive effects. As one critic commented: “He has the hands of a tarantula and the heart of a lion!”
Sarah Jane and Antonio’s set touches heights of great musical beauty, both in Antonio’s unique virtuoso guitar playing and Sarah Jane’s legendary voice - now more subtle and persuasive than ever, with range and power undiminished. The whole is a triumph of collaboration between two of the most individual and richly talented musicians on the world stage.
Performing material from their highly acclaimed 2016 debut album, Compared To What, alongside the songs of conscience, there’s some wry comedy, love songs and a few memorable covers by artists such as Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan.
“Her shows are always models of powerful songwriting, atmospheric ensemble playing and passionate delivery.” - John Fordham, The Guardian
“Torch song, soul standard or smoky blues, the message remains constant: human passion with a dazzling voice.” - Neil Spencer, The Observer
“Forcione boldly goes where no guitarist has gone before, and the results are quite spectacular. Miss him at your peril.” - The Stage
“Antonio possesses all the qualities of a great artist – a virtuoso who plays from the heart.” - Martin Taylor
Supporting artists the Frank Weatherley Trio will be performing original compositions by Frank, written over many years, that form a diary of events and musical reflections on places visited in England, Scandinavia and the European Continent. Frank Weatherley (Sax), Jose Canha (Double Bass), Elmer Van Der Hoek (Drums).
Tickets £16 / £14 Concessions
Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts 7.30pm
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