Old Stories Sessions
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
8:00pm - All Ages
360 Victoria Park Road
Hackney, London, UK E9 7BT
The Local and Nancy Wallace present: Old Stories Sessions
Wed 13th May 2009
The Britannia, 360 Victoria Park Road, E9 7BT
A residency to celebrate the album Old Stories, on Midwich Cuckoos.
Nancy Wallace is a singer and musician hailing from Suffolk, but now firmly ensconced in east London. She sings with The Memory Band and The Owl Service, and features on the formers albums 'The Memory Band' and 'Apron Strings'. Her solo releases thus far consist of the 'Young Hearts' ep and now her debut album, 'Old Stories' (released 26 January 2009).
Her interpretations of songs have been included on both volumes of Tom Middleton's Crazy Covers albums, Paris Derniere and the Big Chill compilations. Her tunes are enhanced no end by the amazing violin skills of Jennymay Logan of the Elysian Quartet, The Memory Band and the Basquiat Strings, and more recently Richard Lewis has added his inimitable accordion, banjo and hurdy gurdy to a couple of tracks.
"She's about as folk as you can get."
"Old Stories, Nancy Wallace's debut album, is one of the first highlights of 2009.
The three traditional cover versions compliment the original material, locating a sad heart and expanding upon many of the album’s themes. I Live Not Where I Love, the Elizabethan madrigal that has been sung by both Linda Thompson and Mary Black is a standout. Like her version of Barry White's The First, The Last, My Everything, Wallace's voice makes previously interpreted material sound striking."
"Bluesy and folky... it’s a really bloody good album." Song By Toad
"Grey is one of those wonderful talents that could recite the phone directory on record and you’d still be enthralled."
Another Form Of Relief
"Very english... a great voice and a distinctive sound which is enhanced further by his excellent backing group."
"Exceptionally talented... a voice you could easily listen to for hours."
The Hackney Post
A-Line sounds like: a mini Georgian choir; dogs running over snow; the music played on a space ship as it prepares to dock into a small utopian community geodesic dome on a planet far away.
great food, great beer garden.