Pear O'Legs Records Presents: Ma Polaine's Great Decline + Avital Raz
Tuesday 2 April 2019, 8pm
£6 advance, £8 on the door
The Harrison, Kings Cross
This event took place on 2 April 2019
Pear O’Legs Records presents brings you the best in contemporary and traditional folk music every first Tuesday of the month at The Harrison .
Ma Polaine's Great Decline
Described as “like a young Billie Holiday gate-crashing a Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones recording session”, or “a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara”, blues and roots duo Ma Polaine’s Great Decline continue to build a reputation as an intriguing and hard to pigeon-hole act.
From the start Beth Packer and Clinton Hough always sought to keep their song-writing influences open, and have a sound with oddness, sparsity and a subtle quality that is their own. The duo have been tightening their unique sound whilst remaining decidedly easy and loose with the range of influences they draw from. Blues, jazz and country feature strongly, but what this duo admire most in others is individuality, artists who have been unafraid to be themselves musically and in attitude. Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Nina Simone, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Gillian Welch and Nick Cave are just a few examples.
2016’s EP release Small Town Talk gained rave media reviews, building on 2015’s nomination as an emerging artist in the British Blues Awards for the album “Got Me Out Of Hell”, also winning a Reveal Records emerging act competition, and earning an international song-writing semi-final spot for Suffer It Well from 2013 EP of the same name.
“Raz has both the scope and control (Which is evident in her singing and eclectic musicianship) of the best lyricists, capable of injecting both humour and irreverence in equal measures while discussing the most serious issues and wraps it all round with a sense of ‘not-altogether-rightness’ any fellow -traveller will recognise… She hits home again and again. Every home should have one.” **** Nick Burbridge RnR Magazine
“There is no-one quite like Avital Raz in the world of music right now, and she should be applauded for the intelligence and singularity of her artistic vision.” **Folk Radio UK **