Courtney Marie Andrews plus Adam Barnes Saturday 3rd February 2018 St Barnabas Church, Hart St, Jericho, Oxford OX2 6BG Doors 7.00 p.m. IMPORTANT NOTE -There is a curfew tonight of 10pm so there will be an early start.
Due to sound check restriction the door time indicates the earliest opportunity we can give access to the venue. Live music will start 20-30 minutes after the door open time.
At just 16 years old, Courtney Marie Andrews left home in Arizona for her first tour.
She travelled up and down the West Coast, busking and playing any bars or cafés that
would have her. Soon after, she took a Greyhound bus four nights straight from Phoenix
to New York to do the same on the East Coast. For a decade or so since, Courtney’s
been a session and backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists, from Jimmy
Eat World to Damien Jurado. She never stopped writing her own material, though. Picking
up admirers like Jurado and Ryan Adams along the way, she has quietly earned a reputation
as a songwriter’s songwriter.
With plans to settle down for a bit and focus on her own songs, Courtney moved to
the Northwest in 2011 to record her last full-length record On My Page. However,
the record had hardly been released before she was on the road again performing other
artists’ songs, eventually leading her overseas to play guitar and sing with Belgian
star Milow. At the tour’s end, though, the other session players joined her to record
her 2014 EP Leuven Letters in one take.
It was during this time that Courtney also wrote many of the songs on Honest Life. She
found herself realising the impact of growing up on the road and this constant reconciling
between her and other’s art and identity. Courtney will take it from there:
“While in Belgium for four months, I was going through a major heartbreak. I started
growing homesick for America and the comfort of family and friends, and life in the
states. That’s where I wrote the first songs for Honest Life. It was a giant hurdle
in my life. My first true growing pains as a woman. That’s why in a sense; I feel
this record is a coming of age album. A common thread that runs through the songs
is a great desire to fit somewhere, when nowhere fits. And wanting to get back home
to the people I know and love. Once I got back to the states, I started to bartend
at a small town tavern. I was home for a while, and needed to post up while rehearsing
with the band for the record. At the tavern, I felt I could truly empathise with
the stories and lives of the people there. I wrote the other half of the songs about
coming home and feeling a sense of belonging again. A lot of the stories at that
tavern definitely ran parallel with my own, even though our lives were so different.
I was the “musician girl.” They were farmers, construction workers, plumbers, waitresses,
and cashiers. But, no matter how different, I felt we were all trying to live our
most honest life.”
Adam Barnes is an Oxford born songwriter and performer, currently residing in the
countryside that surrounds the city. He is a folk artist; a haunting songwriter and
an honest performer waiting for some more people to take a step back and listen in.
The then 24-year-old singer took his first steps into then world of singer-song writing
in 2010, with support slots for both William Fitzsimmons and Slow Club. Adam Barnes
spent a summer recording a debut E.P entitled ‘Blisters’. What was to follow would
project him to the heights of mountainous ranges in the Americas, the depths of lakes
in the Alps and obscurities of Supermarkets in Wycombe. With an increasing reputation
of allowing any space to become a feasible area for a performance, Adam Barnes endeavours
to instil his charmingly presented folk songs to as many people as possible. Having
since released his debut album 'The Land, The Sea & Everything Lost Beneath' and
recent E.P ' One Day We'll Be Fine', he has accumulated over 3 million plays on Spotify
worldwide to date.
With the natural ability to capture the emotional sentiment within a song, to twist
and perceive lyrics to compliment his melodies, and give you the opportunity to fall
in love with well written music, at such a young age still you wouldn’t be blamed
for thinking this man is telling you stories beyond his years.