Saturday 15th February - Moses, Ian King & Burnt Siena
It was quite by chance that we came across Burnt Siena playing at the Black Cat Music Club in Norwich and it seems almost inconcievable that at that time they had been playing together for under 6 months!
Both Hannah and Elissa have diverse musical backgrounds from the folk, accoustic and rock scenes; playing nationally and internationally prior to the formation of Burnt Siena. Having known each other since childhood they have always been inspired by singer songwriters as varied as John Martyn, Suzanne Vega and the Indigo Girls. They write songs and arrange them with an ear to visual imagery, emotional passion and authenticity. Combining their musical interests their songs have evocative lyrics, sparkling guitar sounds and an original blend of two distinctive voices. Absolutely stunning.
Our opening half concludes with songwriter and guitarist Ian King. Ian hails from Barnsley, then a small mining town where a life down the pits was the expected norm. Preferring the open countryside he became a dry stone waller but it was during this time that he started playing at Northern Working Men's clubs, a demanding live apprenticeship. Eventually wanderlust set in. Packing his bags and guitar he embarked on a journey that would last several years and take him all over Europe and the US, playing with various bands along the way. After a spell in Italy he finally returned to England and decided to embark on a solo career.
His influences are many and varied from The Eagles to Elvis Costello via Tom Waits & Ry Cooder. After performing at Londonís '12 Bar club' in the heart of the West End he was offered his own night and started using the club to promote not only his own music, but that of other up and coming songwriters. He has recently stopped promoting which was great for us, as we were able to drag him out of the capital and into Colchester.
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