RHYTHM AT THE RIVER GIGS 2015
JOANNA EDEN plus Michael Robshaw
Friday 7 August 2015
at the River' - Relaxing, enjoyable, quality acoustic music, food and
drinks at stunning riverside locations. In the August session we return
to the 400 year old River Tea Rooms by the River Great Ouse in St Ives,
Cambridgeshire to present the stunning Joanna Eden who has supported the
likes of Jamie Cullum and thrilled audiences all over the world. The
evening will also feature the talented multi-instrumentalist and
singer-songwriter Michael Robshaw and great food in a superb riverside
“Eden writes sharp-witted, well-crafted songs and sings them sweetly and with conviction” London Evening Standard
“The UK’s answer to Diana Krall and Norah Jones” Time Out
“Definitely worth seeking this one out” Sir Michael Parkinson, BBC Radio 2
“Eden’s songs have melody, mystery and bite” Mojo Magazine
born Joanna Eden wrote and performed her first song Happy December age
seven. The daughter of a musician and a drama teacher she could read
music before she could write, studied piano from age 4 and left
university 17 years later with her first tour (with college Indie-band
‘Precious’), an all consuming love of Ella Fitzgerald and a weakness for
Since then, Eden has released 4 albums and over 35 original songs.
has performed her jazz influenced original music all over the world and
supported world-class artists including Jamie Cullum, the Buena Vista
Social Club, Ronan Keating and the Blockheads.
Parkinson instructed his Radio 2 listeners to “seek her out” and jazz
legend Courtney Pine champions her recordings on his BBC Radio 2 show,
while Jamie Cullum describes her as “Brilliant!”.
performed live on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Mojo Magazine has given
her original albums rave reviews stating that her songs have “melody,
mystery and bite!”. Time Out described Joanna as “the UK’s answer to
Diana Krall and Norah Jones.”
Joanna has been a singing teacher
for 12 years and is so proud that her first student Sam Smith has become
an international star and highest selling debut artist in the US since
records began. She began teaching Sam when he was just ten years old,
coached him throughout his childhood and introduced him to songwriting,
co-writing and producing his first demo tracks. She is a vocal coach for
the popular music and performing arts degree courses at Anglia Ruskin
songwriting and clever, heartfelt lyricism blended with a boyish charm.
Straight Eyed Pessimist is an impressive first solo release from
Michael Robshaw and one that points to a very promising future for this
up and coming artist"
Tom Simkins, BBC Introducing
based musician Michael Robshaw has just released his debut album
'Straight Eyed Pessimist' following the release of his first EP 'In
Time'. Showing a strong and rapid development in his song writing
ability, Michael has chosen a selection of his song bank to appear on
the album that tell a flowing story, making it an easy listen, relatable
and a very memorable debut release.
Influenced by the likes of The Script, Bombay Bicycle Club, Biffy Clyro, Coldplay, George Ezra, Ed Sheeran and Noel Gallagher. Michael's sound is sure to deliver something for everyone, whether that be poetic lyrics, melodies that etch on your mind or simply the full package. Fashioned over his teenage years of consistent and dedicated composition, the mix of soft, indie/alternative rock and pop creates a very likeable style.
Having extensive gigging experience spanning across the UK involving two UK tours, Michael has gained profound familiarity with the live music scene. He has gigged in all types of venues from small pubs to dedicated music rooms with audience capacities of up to 900.
Michael has had links with a prime time ITV show, a broad record of radio plays and live sessions and has appeared in magazines such as NME and Sound on Sound under a different alias.
'Straight Eyed Pessimist' is the product of Michael's personal experiences. His musical creativity is driven by life events he encounters and circumstances he feels strongly about. This allows listeners to form a certain connection with him and his music, making the songs more than 'just another thing to listen to'.
Rhythm at the River and Strawberry Fair combine to
offer you the very best of music on Saturday 6 June on
Midsummer Common, Cambridge .
plus special guest GRACE SARAH
Friday 8 May 7.00-pm - 11.00pm
at The River Tea Rooms
singer, songwriter and guitarist Kerry Devine is back. Her debut
album, was released on March 1st 2014. Since her emergence onto the music scene in
Paris last year, where she began her tour of France, she released 'Fools
That Fall E.P' - It received international attention and won
comparisons to folk icons like Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny.
The rich voice, evocative lyrics and the precise, confident instrumentation on every track. Devine's delivery is pitch perfect, her voice going from delicate whisper to brooding murmur and rousing wail, sometimes all in the very same sentence
"Her voice will stop you in your tracks” Tom Robinson – BBC 6 Music