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Sara Grey and Kieron Means at the Ryburn Folk Club
May 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Traditional songs & ballads from the U.S.A. on national tour.
“Sara Grey and her son, Kieron Means, play American music, as distinct from Americana -theirs is the real deal. Old-time ballads, cowboy songs and Primitive Methodist hymns are all grist to their individual mill. Sara’s unique frailing banjo style and Kieron’s blues-inflected guitar are in perfect harmony and this, instinctive, family symbiosis is what sets them apart.” (Clive Pownseby, Bothy Folk Club)
“Sara Grey is one of that rare breed of singers who have been involved with traditional music over many years and absorbed its vital essence. In Sara’s performance, the art of the singer and that of the story teller merge to produce a web of tales and songs capable of transporting an audience from the concert hall or club room to the intimacy of a kitchen fire side.” (Brian Peters)
“Kieron has such a tremendous passion when he sings, it goes right to the very core of himself, he’s totally immersed the songs. He is a terrific performer on account of just that passion. His voice is especially striking, achieving the rare combination of a high lonesome edge with a warm richness of timbre, and it has a power to move the listener that few of his generation can match. His guitar playing is unconventional, its spareness a mile away from any notion of fancy picking, but it’s highly effective, while his stage presence is charismatic, yet laid-back. His songs range from old-time, through the blues – which he sings with startling conviction – to the work of tradition-influenced songwriters, and his own compositions have people, who know a good song when they hear one, nodding in approval.” (Living Tradition)