Laura James / Lusaint
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Are We Strangers Now? are proud to present a joint headline show from two of our long-time favourite artists – LAURA JAMES and LUSAINT.
Support comes from the brilliant RIVER ROOTS band, and local troubadour ROSENBLUME.
Laura James is a Cumbrian-born singer-songwriter, based in North London. After two heart-felt teenage folk/pop DIY album releases at the age of 15 & 17, Laura finally released her debut EP ‘The Bed of The Brook’ in 2011 with with her band ‘The Lyres’.
Laura James & The Lyres have appeared at local & national Festivals including Liverpool Sound City, Great Escape Festival, Radio 1’s Big Weekend (Carlisle), and Kendal Calling.
Laura’s first single ‘The Water’ was self-released in 2013 and had extensive radio play by Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2, and was also picked up by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson. Laura has recently released her latest single ‘Rooftops’, and is currently working on new music.
“Laura’s sumptuous and passionate vocal, alongside cleverly crafted lyrics, really showcase a talent that is just begging to be picked up by a major label…” – Stuart Forward, EQView
Lusaint is the recent project from the previously known Lucy Hopkins who is now working with Manchester producer, Bjorn Woodhall, to create a new sound. A predominantly voice-led musical ensemble, Lusaint’s music is rich and full. Her new music reveals a departure from classic female vocals with a unique tone and subtle yet effective exploration of the balance between voice and instrumental.
With influences from across a range of genres, such a Fleetwood Mac, Bon Iver and The XX, Lusaint has picked up on a number of tones to cultivate her soulful yet electronic sound.
River Roots (formerly Matt Montez Duo) are a vibrant mixture of roots and alternative acoustic, with hints of folk and reggae beats, bringing diverse sounds and a playful uplifting vibe. Conscious, mind opening music delivered from the heart.
“River Roots … have been nothing short of wonderful. Inspired lyrics with a really joyful vibe – they get the crowd going and are often named as a favourite act from our punters.” – Quest Festival
Inspired by the folk greats of Greenwich Village, Laurel Canyon and beyond, Liverpudlian troubadour Rosenblume displays his penchant for songs wrought with passion and emotion, breathing new life into an art of writing long forgotten.
“If there is such a genre as Irish-Americana, this belongs at the heart of it. Reminding me of a stripped down Springsteen covering Van Morrisson.” – Popped Music