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. We have had Jonathan Byrd from North Carolina, MC Hansen from Denmark, Paul Sanchez from New Orleans...
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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.