Ma Polaine’s Great Decline @ No8

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Date(s) - 17/03/2017
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

No8 Café


Enticing music from this accomplished duo which covers blues to café jazz and everything in between.
Described as “like a young Billie Holiday gate-crashing a Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones recording session”, blues and roots duo Ma Polaine’s Great Decline continue to build a reputation as an intriguing and hard to pigeon-hole act.

From the start Beth Packer and Clinton Hough always sought to keep their song-writing influences open. A strong base of blues is there, with jazz and country also holding sway, original writing is the focus, with oddness, sparsity and a subtle quality that is their own. There is a freedom for Packer to explore her vocal qualities and lyric writing, creating tales of haunting beauty, veiled sorrow, and a darker image of happiness.
In their performance as a duo, Packer moves between double bass, accordion and harmonica, with Hough on electric or acoustic guitar, all accompanying Packer’s powerful yet sensitive vocal. The reviews are great, and hey, she’s a Lanson gal, so how can they go wrong!
Roots Music Report
“5 stars”, “Ma Polaine’s Great Decline once again generates a dark, highly seductive atmosphere part jazz, part cabaret; the potency of which is magnified by their minimalist approach”.

Roots Music Report
“5 stars”, “it’s the singer’s compelling and never overplayed delivery, however, that gives this set its sustained, just-under-the surface intensity”.

Northern Sky Magazine
“4/5”, “an utterly compelling soundscape”.

Music starts at 8pm on Friday, 17th March.
Tickets £9+ booking fee. Online box office: polaine’s great decline or at No8.
Pre-gig food available from 6.30pm, to reserve a table tel:01566777369

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