THE LONGEST JOHNS
Visulite Theatre (16+ (Must have ID) - Under 16 with Parent Only)
Doors Open: 7:00 - Show Starts: 8:00
Tickets Still Available at Door
At the start of 2021, The Longest Johns went almost overnight from singing sea shanties in a kitchen to being an international viral sensation. The Longest Johns– Johnathan “JD” Darley, Andy Yates, Robbie Sattin and Dave Robinson – got together in 2013 and started out singing shanties (the rock n roll of 1752) together in their kitchens. They have released three albums, graced the stages of international folk festivals, toured at home and abroad. And then… their track, Wellerman, put the wind in the sails of theSea Shanty TikTok craze that has seen a 150-year-old folk song from New Zealand become a worldwide viral sensation. Their recording of the track took the Number 1 spot in the US and UK Spotify Viral Charts, and reaching Number 5 in the Global Spotify Viral Chart. It also made history by being the first a cappella shanty to enter the UK Top 40 Official UK Singles Chart.
Since the phenomenal Wellerman moment, The Longest Johns gone on to sign with a major record label (Decca/Universal), play a number of prestigious UK festival slots including at Latitude (to a packed BBC Sounds Stage) and Beautiful Days festivals ahead of headline dates in UK including 3 x sell-out shows in their home of Bristol (aboard the Thekla, which couldn’t be more apt). 2022 will see a new album and many more exciting tour plans in theUK, Europe and beyond.
TOM EURE & AMELIA OSBORNE
Start Time: 8:00
The folk duo of Tom Eure & Amelia Osborne offer up a heartfelt fusion of Folk, Celtic, and Appalachian influences. The two come together as a veteran singer songwriter and a fine artist with the voice of an angel, combining their multi-instrumentalist talents to paint a musical picture as uplifting as it is engaging.
In concert, Eure & Osborne seamlessly change from one instrument to the next, swirling together fiddles, banjos, bodhrán, mandolins, guitars, and rousing vocal harmonies. Everywhere they perform, from listening rooms, to theaters and festivals are filled with a sound that feels like a breath of fresh air. Audiences are taken on a ride that leads them from laughter to tears, waltzes to foot stomping, along with a few detours that takes them straight to church.
The duo hail from the fertile musical grounds of North Carolina, where they draw endless inspiration. Their “folk process” of absorbing musical traditions and allowing them to shape their own sound creates a unique folk fusion. No Depression Magazine said of Tom and Amelia’s first album together, “The Coin The Prayer & The Crow comes off as the result of a genuine artist pouring old wine into new bottles and making listeners believe”. With a professional musician pedigree in Cajun, Celtic, Old Time, Rock, Gospel, and Americana, this duo create a sound that is new yet familiar, risky yet comfortable, and has that rare ability to shine a light on the heart.
When venues were darkened by the Covid 19 pandemic, Tom and Amelia did the only thing they could … they got creative. The two discovered a passion for “Crankies” a scrolling panoramic art form from the 1800’s. Crankies proved to be the perfect marriage of Amelia’s artistic talents and Tom’s songwriting. In their music videos and live performances Crankies offer a whole new depth to the story telling ability of their music by bringing a little bit of magic and a whole lot of whimsey.
Look for, or request, Tom Eure & Amelia Osborne wherever kindred spirits gather and fine music is heard. Whether they’re playing fiddle and bodhrán or cranking a Crankie while making shadow puppets dance, joy is bound to follow.