|Saturday 10 January 2015 @ 09:00pm : -
Nuala Honan & Kit Hawes
28-year-old guitarist/singer/songwriter and Bristol based Nuala Honan, is a soulful woman with a nack for writing compelling and relevant songs. She calls her style country, but if we were in America, she''d probably call it folk. Whatever happened to the Singer/Songwriter section in record stores? She is joined for this gig by Sheelanagig''s Kit Hawes.
Originally from rural Australia, Nuala spent a year in Adelaide where she was awarded the South Australian Music Industry Award for Most Outstanding Female Vocalist before moving to England aged 19- following her family''s musical heritage and an adventurous music scene.
Known for her charming stage presence, she has consistently claimed due attention from audiences in Australia, Ireland, China, Croatia, and UK for 9 years, most recently in 11 English cities promoting the single ''Wake & Howl''.
After independently releasing ''Lost Cabaret'' in 2008 with The Alchemy Quartet, the band was invited to play a prestigious slot on Glastonbury Festival''s Avalon Stage. She has performed on major stages at festivals including Bestival, and Womad and opened for the likes of Blind Boys of Alabama.
Nuala is currently writing and performing with: brass heavyweights Smerins Anti-Social Club; bluegrass trio Medicine Creek; and solo playing folk/country. She has also recently delved into two new shows made for theatre, Death & Treason, Rhyme & Reason, a dark and funny show of songs composed about nursery rhymes and oral tradition; and has written a guitar score for Folly, a 50 minute autobiographical spoken word show by Sally Jenkinson.
Nuala is passionate about providing a platform for peers, and is involved in the running of a weekly night in Bristol, Live in the Lion''s Den; and Wattsfest, a 1000 capacity festival in Devon for the last 4 years.
Kit Hawes is a virtuoso guitar player with a unique sound and stage presence. He joined Sheelanagig in 2011 after working extensively both as a solo performer and with Bristol band the Carnivillains. Kit also has a background in circus and performing arts and his gravity-defying balancing acts have become a highlight of Sheelanagig sets.
"She is an amazing guitarist. You don’t always notice when you watch her perform, because she’s got this voice that makes you feel like the bottom of your spine is melting and your toes are dipped in honey, and it’s kind of inveigling, but she is also a kick-ass musician and composer." ~ Sally Jenkinson, for Folly
"The performers are all superb, especially Nuala Honan''s beautiful, soaring vocals which can induce even the hardiest audience member with goosebumps." ~ The Post, Bristol - for Death & Treason, Rhyme & Reason
"The delivery is saucily gothic and deliciously deadpan, with the highly talented and original folk-scene stalwart, Nuala Honan providing a compelling comedic focal point as well as stunning vocals – this woman has bags of stage presence and a voice that can do anything from soft and tender balladry to spine-tingling soul." ~ Rina Vergano, Venue Magazine - for Death & Treason, Rhyme & Reason
“Beautifully written songs, beautifully sung in a voice free from pretension. Nuala is a fresh breeze of talent and raw integrity in the musty, tired world of singer-songwriters.” ~ Dizraeli
“Bringing a fresh and captivating intimacy with the warming breath of a bubbling country heart and some traditional fireside honesty.” ~ Pete Hogg, Wandering Word
"A soulful artist with a knack for writing compelling and passionate songs -..the charming Nuala herself - all frothy hair, winsome smile and a voice that would smack you round the ear when you least expected it." ~ fRoots Magazine Online
"Opening solo… Nuala’s performance was surprisingly serious in style and purpose. The singing was gently forceful, her acoustic guitar skillfully wielded and assertive with an edge of poignancy underlying lyrics like ‘This Heart’. She claimed her due attention from the filled room…” ~ Tony Benjamin, Venue Magazine
”The Australian singer possesses one of those voices that seems effortless yet shocking in the power at hand." ~ Evening Post, Bristol
"This is just one of the finest bands anywhere, Nuala is an exceptional songwriter and has one hell of a voice, backed up by guitar, violin, bass & drums, not a name easily forgotten." ~ Priddy Folk Festival
“Her voice, soft and lilting and yet brimming with intensity. Her lyrics speak to that part of me that longs for serendipitous encounters and adventures that enrich the soul. Nuala demonstrates - in the words she chooses, the cadences she wraps them up in, the music she sets them to - a gift of communication, an ability to speak an emotional language, that surely equals the gift of that beautiful voice of hers.” ~ Gabriel Norland, Avantrural, Wattsfest