LIVE AT THE BEDFORD: GUISE
Hot off songwriter Jessica Guise’s UK tour with Frank Turner, confessional folk-pop four piece Guise are playing a full band gig at the legendary Bedford in Balham, to celebrate the release of their debut EP “The Fun Part”.
Support from Oliver Hoare
Tickets £10 (plus booking fee) via Eventbrite
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GUISE is very much the voice and heart of Jessica Guise, who has been writing and playing songs live since her teens. Possessed of a remarkable folk lilt and with influences coming from Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks and Dar Williams she sings with delicacy whilst imparting vicious asides – by turns sweet and haunting. Together with bassist Titas Halder, co- vocalist Laura Hanna, and drummer Keith Barry, Jess’s picked acoustic guitar arpeggios are brought to bloom. Close vocal harmonies are almost spectral, whilst Titas’s bass emboldens Jess’s songs with a warm tone, and Keith’s jazz influenced underpinning gives GUISE’s songs a swing not often found in folk.
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Seeded in Soho with influences from Leonard Cohen and Billy Brag to Nirvana and The White Stripes, Oliver Hoare takes “a style steeped in tradition and inject(s) the vim of youth and vigour into its veins to produce something vital and invigorating” (Rough Trade). This is a new wave with a familiar feel. Neon candle-lit Folk’n’Roll for uncertain times.
“Oliver’s songs are delicious expressionist anthems simultaneously lamenting and delighting in this mortal coil…never pretentious but always engaging. His blistering torch singer’s voice make each song a show stopper” – BBC3 Late Junction’s Max Reinhardt, after appearing on the BBC Introducing Stage at Latitude.
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