The BIG House Concert is an intimate music series currently hosted at the
Place Theatre in Bedford, UK, curated by Kris of My Girl the River, featuring some of the most amazing talent on tour in the UK. Americana, Alt-country, blues, roots, folk, singer-songwriter, it's all possible at one of our shows. Usually featuring a headline artist and local support, you can experience an up-close-and-personal offering. June 30 2016. We can confirm Jonathan Byrd will be BACK! TICKETS HERE
Jonathan is coming BACK to Bedford and this time he's bringing his cowboy sidekick, Johnny, on guitar. Jonathan Byrd and the pick-up cowboy will SELL OUT. He stunned an audience last time with his storytelling, voice and superb guitar performance. Support that night will be My Girl The River - a soft cd release party for Bedford and don't forget Jonathan sang on two songs on the debut album so duets will happen, that you can be sure of!
JONATHAN BYRD is one of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years", says Rich Warren of WFMT in the Chicago Tribune. Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe says "This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine's gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark's lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett's wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey's knack for the revealing image."
My Girl The River, created by adopted Bedfordian Kris Wilkinson Hughes, recently released their debut album 'This Ain't No Fairytale'. Inspired by Kris' upbringing in the American Deep South and ranging from alt-country and folk to Americana and roots, it brings to life anecdotes, half-truths, white lies and fables.
Jonathan Byrd grew up singing in the Southern Baptist church, where his father preached and his mother played piano. After four years in the Navy, he returned to home to play in rock bands. It was at an old-time fiddle festival in the mountains of southwest Virginia where his writing began to change. Assimilating the sounds of southern traditional music, Byrd wrote new songs in an ancient style.
After 10 years as a full-time touring songwriter and 7 acclaimed albums, it seems this native of Cackalacky is getting the attention he deserves. After the positive reaction to his appearance at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival last year and his first UK non Festival dates (including a very well received gig at The Place), Jonathan is back in June and it is not to be missed.