Sounds of America come to new Bush Hall concert series

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Image captionNorth Carolina-based veterans Chatham Country Line

Bush Hall kicks off the new year with a week of special acts booked directly by the Uxbridge Road venue.

The concerts will show off a stream of talent which takes the best of American country, folk and western sounds and brings them to the stage in Shepherds Bush.

Sophie Asquith, Bush Hall’s music and events manager, said: “We are really excited about these gigs as we’ve hand-picked the artists. And we think they have something unique to say musically.

“We are always looking for new artists with a bright future or veterans who just haven’t been heard on this side of the Atlantic.”

Image caption: The Cactus Blossoms

The first night sees the Midwestern brothers of Jack Torrey and Page Burkhum – known as The Cactus Blossoms – arrive in town on Monday 23 January.

Last year’s debut album from the duo, You’re Dreaming, saw them appear almost out of nowhere to blend classic folk and country music into a satisfying honkytonk whole.

Next up will be the North Carolina-based veterans Chatham Country Line. Formed in the late Nineties, the workmanlike ensemble draw upon a broad array of American roots influences, highlighted by trademark three- and four-part harmonies.

The suited and booted traditional string band will perform on Thursday 26 January.

The series is rounded off by London singer/songwriter Brooke Sharkey.

Image caption: Brooke Sharkey

With a dark grace and expert control her singing is distinctive as she blends the melodic power of Cat Power with the fire of Kate Bush.

Her accomplished second album, Wandering Heart, offers a glimpse into the cinematic, lushly orchestrated chamber folk that she will bring to the Bush Hall stage on Friday 27 January. Support from Portland Oregon singer, Kira Lynn Cain.

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