Friday 2 January 2015
Kristina Olsen & Peter Grayling @ The West End Sessions
West End Uniting Church, cnr Vulture & Sussex Sts, West End, BRISBANE
8pm-10pm (doors open 7.30pm)
Cheaper early bird tickets available until 30 Nov.
Book tickets here
Kristina Olsen (USA) is recognised as one of the most entertaining and compelling performers on the international folk circuit. A superb multi-instrumentalist (acoustic guitar, steel-body slide guitar, saxophone, concertina, mandolin and piano) as well as an award-winning songwriter her big bluesy voice and infectious personality has audiences around the world coming back for more. Her mix of powerful songs ranging from sassy bottleneck blues, lilting ballads, swing jazz to raunch and roll (as well as her hilarious storytelling) makes for a diverse and satisfying musical experience, on stage, on disc and in print.
It’s not often that a fine classical player also turns out to be a great improviser with a solid grounding in folk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Cello, mandocello and mandolin player Peter Grayling bends classical technique to his own ends, plucking and bowing a solid driving bottom line and then taking soaring solos to unexpected places.
Peter’s particular talent for weaving the cello around a voice has led to regular collaborations with some of Australia’s folk scene’s leading singers including Kristina Olsen, Bernard Carney, Phil Manning, Matt Taylor, The Backsliders, Damon Davies, mandolin marvel Andrew Clermont, klezmer violinist Ernie Gruner, the Sensitive New Age Cowpersons and shakuhachi master Riley Lee.
As a classical cellist, he’s worked in the West Australia Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, including a year as principal cellist with the TSO.
Opening the show is Brisbane local – Hailey Calvert. A bluesy, rich voice and fluid guitar style has earned Calvert many fans. She’s building a following as a solo artist both in Australia and internationally with recent tours to London, Ireland and America including a performance at New York’s famed music venue The Bitter End. A third CD release ‘After Your Heart’s Gone Home’, tour and a return to Woodford Folk Festival are making 2014 a huge year for this Queensland Music Awards nominee.