The festival proudly presents a ‘Unique’ and incredibly special intimate concert with the amazing Joan Armatrading.
This is a truly a once in a lifetime experience to see the legendary Joan Armatrading in an up close and personal environment at the beautiful setting of St Mary’s Church, Rye.
Tickets for this concert will be in extremely high demand.
Joan will be performing songs from her long awaited new album ‘Not too far away’ launched on 11th May and her amazing back catalogue of hits spanning the last forty five years.
Joan writes, produces, arranges and, again, plays all the instruments. A deeply personal album that is both intense, poignant and, at times, positively jaunty, it gets straight to the heart of things. The songs are a catalogue of emotion that is as engaging, direct and relevant as it is individual. No prevarication on this album.
‘Not Too Far Away’ is a great testament to a woman who has gone where no British female artist has gone before and who is not afraid to
tell it how she sees it. It is a strong and telling statement from one of the best loved, most enduring and, unquestionably, accomplished artists working today.
“She’s a gutsy performer with soul who exudes a down-to-earth charm that has endured across more than 40 years. Her fans adore her and with such a fantastic solo show, it’s easy to see why she’s still selling out venues after all this time” – Review Coston Hall March 2016
“Her voice is ageless, her powers are undiminished” – The Guardian
Unreserved Seated £60.00
Restricted View Seated £45.00
Concert starts 8pm - Doors open 7pm
Born in St Kitts on December 9th 1950 and moving to England when she was seven, Joan took her first musical steps on her mother’s piano.
Although her father had a guitar it was strictly out of bounds so when Joan saw one for £3 in a pawn shop window she pestered her parents to buy it.
Her mother bartered two old prams they no longer used in exchange. Joan soon taught herself to play and began writing her own songs at the age of 14.
Joan Armatrading’s debut album, ‘Whatever’s For Us’, released on Cube Records in 1972 and produced by the great Gus Dudgeon, was critically acclaimed and saw Joan voted as best newcomer. In 1974, she signed to A&M world-wide and a whole plethora of classic and memorable songs followed – “Love and Affection”, “Down To Zero”, “Drop the Pilot”, “Me Myself I” to name but a few.
Known as a true craftsman, Joan’s distinctive vocals and consummate musicianship – she has arranged as well as played nearly every instrument herself on the last five albums – have led to widespread and, perhaps most importantly, consistent critical acclaim.
Effortlessly eclectic, her sound has ranged from jazz to soul to sophisticated pop, all driven by her passionate guitar. Indeed, she was the first non-jazz artist to play in London’s Ronnie Scott’s main room.
Situated in the heart of old Rye, and providing marvelous views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower, St Mary’s has stood for the best part of 1000 years and is home to the oldest still-functioning pendulum clock in the country . It has some fine stained glass, including a window designed by the pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones in the north aisle. St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our live events throughout the festival and has hosted artists including Antonio Forcione, Sarah Jane Morris, Ian Shaw and Ola Onabule.
Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes.
St Mary’s Church
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