A darling of BBC Radio 2, Nell Bryden has become a listeners’ favourite in recent years
for her powerful, soaring vocals and accomplished songwriting. After a career that has
seen many ups and downs, she is to many the true definition of musical independence,
dedicating her life to touring and producing material full of integrity and truth. Her most
recent album Wayfarer is brimming with uplifting tracks, celebrating life, love and finding
Born in Brooklyn, Bryden was surrounded by music from a young age. Her mother was a
dedicated classical soprano and her father an artist, which would help her understand the
commitment needed to succeed in the industry. Inspired by the likes of Janis Joplin and Jimi
Hendrix, the singer’s career beginnings saw her dabble in various genres, from jazz, to classical
and opera, always seeing music as a passport to take her where she needed to be.
Her self-funded album What Does it Take found the support of Bob Harris and Janice Long on
BBC Radio 2, which would mark the start of fruitful relationship. Follow-up record Shake the Tree
consequently saw its lead single ‘Buildings and Treetops’ go straight onto the station’s A-list, and
earned praise for its lyrical depth, setting Bryden aside from her peers. After bravely overcoming
health issues, she released emotive single ‘Sirens’ in 2012, a song based on her experiences
living in New York during the tragic aftermath of 9/11. Take That star Gary Barlow was such a
big fan of the work that he asked her to open for him on tour, and after previous concerts supporting Jools Holland and Chris Rea, Bryden was once again able to showcase her talent to a whole new set of fans. Such was the
popularity of ‘Sirens’, superstar Cher covered it for inclusion on her
2013 album Closer to the Truth.
Kent based singer songwriter and musician Poggy grew up in a family of 6 on the Kent coastal town of Deal.
Music filled the house during these early years and it was through playing piano and harmonising with her 4 sisters that her musical foundation was cast.
Poggy’s voice is like a raw element calling you back to the wild. It is true that she enjoys immersing herself in nature and movement as often as possible…. This life style spills out into the sound of her songs with the help of a fabulous group of musicians.
‘Woman’ is the title of her debut album, recorded and produced by Richard Bundy (Sugababes, Marlon Roudette) and mastered by Ben Allen (Basheba, FyFe).
Woman features 11 songs which tell of family bonds, interconnectedness and freedom.
This is vibrant, fresh and contemporary music and Poggy's journey is well worth following.
The album Woman is out October 2016.
Friday 10th March | Doors 7pm | Show Starts 8pm | Cabaret Seating