Tuesday 12th February 2013 – The Croutons & Jess Vincent
A world of harmony without instruments
The three members of The Croutons: Chris, Wendy and Kirsty, had all worked together in the past, either performing or teaching, but never all at the same time. They finally got together over a bowl of soup (hence the name) to start exploring what three voices (plus a few bells & whistles) could do and started out on the Open Mic circuit. They’ve now put together a full show Alphabet Soup and are taking it to Village Halls and theatres around the West Country.
Chris was a member of Edinburgh Fringe award winners Naked Voices and tours with Aussie festival favourites The Spooky Men’s Chorale whenever they’re in Europe.
He’s a full time musician running three community choirs in Wiltshire making up the mighty Wiltshire Wailers as well as Up Front, a Bristol based choir that perform with a live rock band. There’s a men’s group too – The Magificent AK 47s, the singing blokes of Ashton Keynes.
Wendy runs community choirs in and around North Somerset including the large and lovely Portishead Community Choir.
She’s been a singing teacher since 1998 and has a reputation for running inspiring sessions with lots of laughs, big chords and spine-tingling harmonies. She’s also the musical talent behind most of our amazing arrangements that we use in our sets. Visit her website.for more information
Kirsty has been a ‘singing child’ since she was old enough to speak, and had very early and extensive experience in musicals and folk groups as she grew up in rural Australia. Years later, an extraordinary encounter with Bristol-based Gasworks Community Choir reminded her of her great love of harmony singing and performance, and from there she joined the amazing Naked Voices.
After nearly 5 years playing in Arts Centres and Theatres around the country including runs at both the Edinburgh and Prague Fringe festivals, she had some brief time out to devote to family before joining forces with Chris and Wendy to form The Croutons.
‘An impressively faultless rhythmic performance’ … ‘Awestruck silence at the skilful and charming harmonies’. Wiltshire Times
‘The Croutons LIVE on 5-Live held the UK spellbound. I’ve never had so many requests to hear a performance again!’ Tony Livesey BBC Radio 5 Live
‘One of the most entertaining, innovative and wonderfully harmonious accapella acts of the festival, they never fail to surprise and delight the audiences’ Nick Spollin -Gathering Voices Festival of Song
‘A full house was buzzing after a terrific performance – witty, accomplished, professional – not to be missed.’ Paul Hayes, The Garden Café
We’re delighted to welcome back Jess Vincent for this evening’s support slot. Jess has been touring her new album Timeframe around the country to great acclaim.
Jess Vincent is a young Singer /Songwriter from Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, and the owner of a highly distinctive and mature voice and song writing talent.
Her debut album of original songs Time frame was released in 2012 and Jess has been hard at work promoting it with her spell-binding live performances.
Playing Guitar, Baritone Uke, Mandolin and Shruti Box, she has already notched up an impressive live schedule from Folk Clubs and Village Halls to Arts Centres and major Festivals. She is often joined by fellow guitarist Marcel Rose in her live shows.
Jess’s current CD “TIME FRAME”, was recorded under the assured production auspices of Reg Meuross who has captured some truly mesmerizing performances from Jess. Enhanced by a seasoned ensemble of musicians that include cellist Bethany Porter, Olivia Dunn, Marcel Rose, and Roy Dodds.