Award winning restaurant, River Cottage, have invited their first solo female music act to entertain diners at their prestigious Axminster HQ this summer. It seems fitting that the act in question, Kelly Oliver is also an award winner – having gained a Help Musicians UK financial award to fund her debut album, which went on to gain 4* review from The Telegraph and an Album of the Year Award. Kelly is a bright new jewel on the acoustic folk scene and if you listen to BBC Radio 2 or 6 you might have heard her songs. Whispering Bob Harris was heard on national radio proclaiming her music “brand new, beautiful music, it’s lovely isn’t it? It REALLY is…. Kelly Oliver is an emerging voice in British Folk Music” and The Times reviewed her ‘fine’ live set and remarked that she was successfully “blending traditional values with bold indie pop sensibility”. Kelly has had three plays on BBC 6 Music and Chris Hawkins said this on air “fabulously gifted..something special…delightful fresh new talent with a future take on traditional folk”. However, it’s early days for Kelly Oliver and she is not a household name. It’s a testament to the ethos of River Cottage that they have booked an emerging artist alongside BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners for their popular music evenings, and are keen to nurture creativity to inspire and empower fresh talent, reminiscent of the approach which was recognised with their recent Vocational Qualification SME Employer of the Year award.
Kelly is working with celebrated producers Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore) and Stu Hanna (Megson, Lucy Ward) for her second album and will be touring her next single Rio during the South West tour in the last two weeks of July. Free downloads will be available for the song which has Thea Gilmore on backing vocals ! Kelly’s concert at River Cottage on 30th July will be the last date on her single launch tour, the follow up to ‘Jericho’, for which the video was showcased by The Telegraph.
Diners can expect an inspiring, entertaining, flawless performance from a relaxed singer songwriter who is clearly enjoying her vocation. Kelly plays a range of mostly original material, with some familiar songs such as Bob Dylan or Steve Earle, and a dose of Celtic folk influenced tracks such as Caledonia or Mary and the Soldier. These provide a counterpoint to Kelly’s searingly honest and raw heart felt lyrics delivered with delicate finger picking and surprisingly feisty tales with an almost bluesy rhythmn woven into the set, and unusually for a female performer, accompaniment from one of Kelly’s many Hohner harmonicas.
To enjoy this unique evening which perfectly blends ethical food, exceptional hospitality, a superb ambiance and uplifting music (not forgetting the tractor ride down to the restaurant!) please use this booking link : https://www.rivercottage.net/dining-and-events/kelly-oliver