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Julia Biel

Thursday 19 Oct 2006 on stage 8pm
Bonington Theatre
Tickets £10 concs.£8 students/children £5

Julia Biel

features:Julia Biel:vocals/cavaqinho/guitar, Idris Rahman clarinet/flute, Jonny Phillips:acoustic guitar,Ben Davis :Cello jasper Hoiby doblr bass,Seb Rochford or Pharoah Russell drums

Since the release of her debut album Not Alone in 2005,award winning soul- folk- jazz singer/ songwriter has been stealthily woo-ing audiences across the UK with her charismatic combination of caramel-dipped yet unvarnished husky tones and highly distinctive songs

Appearing with her are the fabulously gifted musicians from the F-ire collective

Just occasionally, one has the chance to catch an artist on the verge of a breakthrough a truly individual artist with a bag full of distinctive convincing songs (The Independent )

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PREVIEW - by Trudie Squires

ALTHOUGH comparisons have been drawn between jazz singer Julia Beil and a plethora of other artists, her influences are drawn from collaborations with musicians from within her own circle rather than from anyone else. She explains that like any performer she readily absorbs inspiration from others and admits that she is not really listening too much to other music at the moment. She finds that by doing this she is able to express herself with real meaning. Critics have struggled to define Julia’s sound but they all agree that she is a huge talent with her own style. With skilful song writing that contains a distinctive truth and an ability to deliver emotional content with a depth and authenticity, it is no wonder that she is described as “a star on the rise.” Julia appears, with her all-star sextet (which includes fabulously gifted musicians from the F-IRE Collective), for Jazzsteps in the Bonington Theatre, High Street, Arnold, on Thursday, October 19.

Julia first rose to fame when she won the Perrier Vocalist of the Year Award back in 2000. Around that time she also began her involvement with the revered F-IRE Collective. In the summer of 2005, Biel released her debut album, Not Alone, which immediately grabbed the attention of critics, concert-bookers and fans alike. The album received glowing reviews and has sold around 3,000 CDs to date in the UK alone – no mean feat considering Julia produced and recorded the album herself and released it on her own label with a skeletal promo campaign that still saw her managing to bag herself an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Julia will be joined on-stage for this gig by her collaborator and co-writer on Not Alone, guitarist Jonny Phillips, Idris Rahman (flute, clarinet and BVs), Ben Davis (cello), Jasper Hoiby (bass) and the Mercury nominated drummer Seb Rochford. However, if Seb Rochford is unavailable Pharoah Russell will be the drummer.

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