|Saturday 11 January 2020 @ 09:00pm : -
Ma Polaine’s Great Decline
Described as “like a young Billie Holiday gate-crashing a Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones recording session”, or “a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara”, blues and roots duo Ma Polaine’s Great Decline continue to build a reputation as an intriguing and hard to pigeon-hole act.
2018 album release The Outsider has had wide-spread radio play, including Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 show, Verity Sharp’s Late Junction on BBC Radio 2 & 3, and led to a feature on the band in fRoots magazine. From the start Beth Packer and Clinton Hough always sought to keep their song-writing influences open, and have a sound with oddness, sparsity and a subtle quality that is their own.
2016’s EP release Small Town Talk gained rave media reviews, building on 2015’s nomination as an emerging artist in the British Blues Awards for the album “Got Me Out Of Hell”, also winning a Reveal Records emerging act competition, and earning an international song-writing semi-final spot for Suffer It Well from 2013 EP of the same name.
Ma Polaine’s Great Decline have toured the country, taking in the finest of intimate venues and enjoyed busy festival seasons at the likes of Green Man and Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.
"5 stars", "it’s the singer’s compelling and never overplayed delivery, however, that gives this set its sustained, just-under-the surface intensity" ~ Roots Music Report
4 stars "an intangible element peculiar to themselves" ~ R2 Magazine
"8/10", "Crying out to be used on sound tracks. A very cinematic sound.. The icing on the cake is their vocalist. Stunning singer Beth Packer is someone to get to know" ~ Blues And Soul Magazine
“4/5”, "an utterly compelling soundscape" ~ Northern Sky Magazine
"quite different to anything out there right now" ~ Maverick Magazine
"the songs are gorgeous" ~ R2 Magazine
"5 stars", "Ma Polaine’s Great Decline once again generates a dark, highly seductive atmosphere part jazz, part cabaret; the potency of which is magnified by their minimalist approach" ~ Roots Music Report
"Ma Polaine’s Great Decline inhabit that twilight zone between decadence and respectability but they never let you know in which camp they are going to plant their musical foot" ~ Folk All