|Sunday 25 February 2018 @ 02:00pm : -
Tori Reed & Rick Foot
Tori's music goes from finger picking folk, through to jazz influenced beats, a dusting of country and vocals that could be soul. It's music that will touch hearts, get toes tapping and leave you wanting more.
Born in New Zealand, raised in Australia, and having done a lot of travel, Tori has difficulty naming one place home. This affinity with being on the road has manifested itself in many songs and undoubtedly, being a wandering spirit, will do in many more.
Tori has performed alongside the likes of folk great Martin Carthy, blues master Lloyd Spiegel and folk artist Tecoma, plus many more. From local Antipodean gigs, to far flung performances in Israel; tiny peña's in Argentina to large stages at charity events in Tasmania; big stages, small pubs, Tori has had the fortune to entertain and share stories with musicians and audiences from all over the world.
With her unique style and endearing arrangements, Tori is well suited to intimate crowds and caring environments. Every song is aimed at touching the hearts and minds of those listening. Her second album, "The Snug Sessions", was released in 2017.
Double bassist and singer-songwriter Rick Foot comes from a background in abstract improvisation and jazz, and his melodic lines and inventive technical approach to his instrument make him an instantly recognisable presence. He has worked extensively in jazz and free improvisation with many different musicians in the UK, Holland and Spain, including Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Harry Beckett, Chris Biscoe, Sarah Gail Brand, Henry Lowther and John Law.
Rick regularly works with Arnie Cottrell, Jo Long, Eva Abraham, Tori Reed, Nancy Kerr's Sweet Visitor band and Australian roots guitarist Derrin Nauendorf, and has recorded with Luke Daniels and John Dipper, touring with Luke, as well as with Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings.
He has recorded two albums of Lorca poems fashioned into songs, and eight years' relentless touring with singer/guitarist Keith James, playing Nick Drake, John Martyn, Lorca and Keith's songs. He led Mingus-repertoire band On The Corner for ten years, including two chaotic tours with saxophonists Dick Heckstall-Smith and Ed Jones and a long-running abstract improvising trio with Steve McDade and the late Simon Reeve. He also toured with Janos Lang's Anglo-Hungarian celtic band Fianna and celtic band Broderick.
Links: Tori Reed
Links: Rick Foot
Press: Tori Reed
"Tori is an independent spirit in all senses of the word. She and her band have made a fine album but it has taken three years to bring it to market and that’s too long. Go along to one of her gigs and support her music, you won’t be disappointed. (read the full review here)" ~ Dai Jeffries, folking.com
"I was asked to review Tori Reed's album Long Nights, Flightless Birds & Coming Home knowing nothing about the artist or her music. I am so glad I was given the opportunity to sit down and listen to what I consider to be a very talented and experimental artist with a great work of music. From Reed’s album I have chosen to talk about my three favourites songs (read the full review here)." ~ 24/1/15 review by Ria Loveder of music.net.nz
"Tori is an exceptionally talented singer, song writer and musician, she told me she learnt to play guitar because she couldn’t find anyone to work with ..... and whist recording she learnt notation software so she could give the other musicians notation to read.
"... with moving melodies and heartfelt lyrics, Tori's songs will not only get your body swaying, they will touch your heart.... Tori Reed is definitely a rising talent in New Zealand." ~ Organic River Festival 2014
"..... every now and then someone turns up with that “spark”, that little something extra that makes you want to know them better, listen to more, etc. Tori was one of those artists. Her songs speak of a deep understanding of life’s pitfalls and triumphs, pickled with a mischievous sense of humour. She is a compelling singer with a nuance that will stick with you for a long time. This is an artist to contend with." ~ Margaret O’Hanlon, Producer/Director 2013
Press: Rick Foot
"Breathtaking... a distinctive voice" ~ BBC
"Once heard, never forgotten" ~ James Fagan
"Conjures an impressive array of sound effects without any electronic trickery" ~ City Life
"A freak" ~ Jersey Evening Post