Pete Gow & the Siren Strings
plus Hannah Scott
Thursday 24th October 2019
St Barnabas Church, Cardigan St, Jericho, Oxford OX2 6BG
Tickets £14 in advance, £17 on the night
‘Here There's No Sirens’ the debut solo album from Case Hardin frontman Pete Gow, has recently been released on Clubhouse Records. Long regarded as one of the UK's finest songwriters, Gow delivers an album rich in songwriting prowess and full of evocative imagery. A storyteller at heart, Gow conjures up a modern day classic that entwines itself around your heart whilst penetrating the soul, underlining his reputation whilst stretching the band confines into new pastures. Awash with strings and piano, ‘Here There's No Sirens’ is undoubtedly Gow's boldest endeavour yet but one that provides arguably his greatest triumph.
Unflinching storytelling of the highest order'
RALPH McLEAN - BBC RADIO ULSTER
'A remarkable record, engendering, in varying proportions, elements of beauty, discomfort, empathy and guilt.'
FOLK RADIO UK
'Tears In Your Eyes and Songs For Your Heart...A thing of raw and aching beauty'
"Effortlessly earns Gow a place among 2019's finest solo debuts, a reminder, were it needed, that he's one of the finest songwriters in the business..."
Pete will be accompanied by a five-piece string section and has assembled a band of "Clubhouse All-Stars" featuring Joe Bennett (Piano/Organ/Trumpet/Harmonies), Fin Kenny (Drums / Percussion / Harmonies) and Tristan Tipping (Bass) who between them have played with a who's who of contemporary Americana acts including The Dreaming Spires, Bennett Wilson Poole, The Raving Beauties, Co Pilgrim, Society, Paul McClure and the Local Heroes, Luke Tuchscherer, Austin Lucas and many more.
Hannah Scott draws much of the inspiration for her music from her affinity with Italy. A year living and working on an olive press in rural Tuscany in her late teens provided the backdrop to her early work and she has found her musical home with creative partner Stefano Della Casa who she met in London but may well have met years earlier when regularly passing through the train station he was working in!
When they began making music together, they realised they had an amazing connection, despite very different backgrounds: Stefano had a difficult upbringing and a troubled early adult life, while Hannah was lucky to have a supportive, happy childhood. Hannah has had her own difficulties following the recent diagnosis of a form of arthritis which causes severe joint pain and fatigue. Both artists firmly believe that their musical collaboration has provided an outlet to support each other through difficult times. Their musical journey has also proved fruitful with previous releases supported by Bob Harris and Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2. They’ve also been featured by MOJO and as ‘New Band of The Day’ in The Guardian. Hannah has opened for artists including Seth Lakeman and 10cc.
The pair are now working between London and Italy and the result is a new album, “Pieces Of The Night”. It’s a collection of songs that combines organic, live elements with electronica. Lyrically, they’re honest songs about the human condition and human connection in an increasingly hectic world. Hannah and Stefano draw on their own experiences, lyrically exploring the need to push on through the hard times, no matter how dark they may seem.