Date(s) - Fri, 29/09/2017 20:00
Rainbow Girls is a collaborative of songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, vocalists, and California natives who’ve spent the last 4 years touring Europe and the US as a rock n’ roll band, but who’ve recently returned to their folkier roots by embarking on a house concert tour across America. This new trio version of the band (Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, & Vanessa May) highlights their rich harmonies, ageless songwriting, and soulful, bluesy sound at its rawest form.
The ladies came together at an underground open mic in Santa Barbara, CA in December of 2010 and spent the following summer busking and couch surfing around Europe. Since then they have released two studio albums, toured the US and Europe extensively, and simultaneously developed two different forms of performing: 1) an electric, rock n’ roll, foot stomping spectacular enticing people to get naked, let loose, and dance wildly; and 2) an intimate and acoustic set based around their unique harmonies and folkier roots.
For this tour of the UK they will be in their 3 piece acoustic form bringing some Californian aural sunshine to Newbury.
Richard Cox-Smith is a gifted exponent of many styles of guitar playing. First introduced to the instrument by his sister and greatly influenced by her folk orientated record collection he was, like many of his age, first inspired by Bob Dylan. As his playing grew more sophisticated the likes of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn became his roll models, but it wasn’t until later that he developed the styles you hear today, following in the footsteps of Michael Chapman and John James. He is now a superbly talented player of blues, jazz and ragtime (without forgetting his folk roots), and over the years has enjoyed considerable exposure to the public eye, including spots on national TV and radio and touring with Richard Digance, Maddy Prior and Richard Thompson among others.
Start: 8:00pm (Doors Open 7:30)