Kellie While is making a return visit to the Bothy Folk Club after an absence of several years. Kellie used to live in the Southport area and is the daughter of singer Chris While, who has herself performed at the Bothy on several occasions.
Kellie has performed with many folk luminaries, including a spell with the Albion Band and E2K and has worked as a duo with her mother. The Sydney Morning Herald said that she had "surely the greatest voice to emerge from the English folk scene since Sandy Denny". That's quite a compliment!
I first saw Kellie about 19 years ago when she agreed to play at the Bold Arms Beer Festival for which I had arranged a folk evening featuring various local artists (headlined by Kellie's mum!). Although she was then only in her mid teens, she impressed the audience with her voice, her songs, some original, and her endearing stage presence. One friend said to me on the night: "That girl is really going to go places."
The gig is at the Bothy Folk Club, Park Golf Club, Park Road West, Southport, PR9 0JS, on Thursday 13 October at 8.00pm. Tickets on-line here, or on the door, subject to availability. The venue sells real ale from Thwaites.
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Unfortunately I can't make Kellie's gig as the event clashes with my monthly singaround at the Lion Tavern in Moorfields, Liverpool, which starts at around 8.30 pm, is free and all are welcome. The Lion serves eight cask beers. It's disappointing when things clash like this.
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