Hands of the Heron plus support

26th October 2024 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm)

Kirkgate Centre

Category: Music

Hands of the Heron is a dreamfolk trio from Bristol, UK. Their instantly recognisable vocal harmonies are delivered by three frontwomen – Bec Garthwaite, Beth Roberts & Claire Vine – each of whom brings a signature writing style to the band's mercurial sound. They move effortlessly between sparse choral folk and spellbinding chamber pop, richly layered with an assortment of strings, drones and reeds. Their long-awaited second album 13 Moons was released in February 2021 on their own DIY label Cuculi Records, and has been praised as "a wondrous collection of curious story-songs, choral singing and carefully layered instrumentation" (Joyzine) with "songwriting mastery that perfectly delivers reverberating folk-pop" (Tap The Feed). Esteemed jazz critic Ted Gioia recommended 13 Moons as one of his top recordings for 2021.

They’ve played a diverse range of festivals, including Fire in the Mountain, Purbeck Valley Folk, Green Man, Summer’s End Prog Festival, Fanny’s Meadow and Green Gathering. Recent shows include a sold-out Bristol headline show in September 2022 as part of the prestigious Outlandish Nights series, alongside Lisa O’Neill and Mikey Kenney. In 2023, they sold-out a double bill with Rachael Dadd at St Ambrose (Bristol), and also sold out headline gigs at Barrelhouse (Totnes), Exeter Library and Plymouth Aquarium.

In 2024, they’re headlining prog event Eppyfest (28 July), and playing Bristol Folk Festival (5 May) and The Harrison All-Day Folk Fest in London (26 May), and preparing a substantial album release tour in the autumn.

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Tonight they are supported by Anna Anise…

Anna Anise is a warm summer breeze of feel-good folk, captivating audiences with her lyrical storytelling and glorious melodies. Anna’s passion for community through music is evident in her infectious energy onstage and ability to bring a whole room together with a hooky chorus.

The Celtic influence is evident in Anna’s full-bodied guitar tunings and regular fiddle accompaniment, which stems from her Cornish roots. Higher Plain Music said ‘[Anna’s] melodies are fantastic, the arrangements sound fresh and yet the listener feels connected to old-school roots.’

Anna studied music at BIMM Bristol, where she graduated with a first class honours degree in songwriting. During this time she was no stranger to some of Bristol's best venues including Thekla, The Trinity Centre, The Fleece and Lost Horizon. She completed her first album project as a collaboration with fellow students and start-up DIY label Cuculi Records. Shortly after Anna self-produced a three track EP which saw her signature layered harmonies and catchy hooks come to the forefront. In May 2023 Anna released her most developed sound yet, with the swelling heartfelt single Overexposed.


…and local musician JP Worsfold

J P Worsfold is a writer of emotional contemplative contemporary folk songs that speak of connection, joy and belonging.

With a subtle blend of rich vocal harmony, sweeping string arrangements alongside heartfelt piano and guitar. They are songs to evoke life’s deeper meaning, inspire connection within ourselves and the natural space around us.

J P and his Band of Gold recreate two albums of original material, with spellbinding songs and performances that leave audiences feeling genuinely moved by a truly magical event.

Throughout his career J P has shared stages with Niall McCabe, Adam Holmes and Ben Ottewell.

"Music is the space in which I feel closer to the core of what I am than in anything else and my voice is always the vessel that delivers me to that place."

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