February 3, 2018
“Orphan Colours have rapidly established themselves as the hottest band to emerge from the London Country / Roots circuit. Highly highly recommended!”
Saturday 3rd February 2018
The Square Tower
Doors Open 7.15pm. Show Starts 7.45pm.
Tickets £14 each (£16 on the door if not sold out).
This show is now completely Sold Out. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any returned tickets”
Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea, Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea or Heathen Chemistry Records in West Street, Fareham. You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address. If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.
Having caught this “Americana Supergroup” on the Americana Music Association UK stage at Maverick Festival, as one of the featured artists, we just knew that we had to try and get these guys down to the Square Tower for you! We were quite literally blown away by their awesome tunes, and we know you’re going to feel exactly the same! This is electric Americana at it’s finest!
“Great tunes, sweet countrified lead vocals, delicious harmonies, beautifully played acoustic guitars and nice laid back electric lead – this lot know how to capture the Americana vibe perfectly!”
After the indefinite hiatus in 2013 of UK alt country outfit AHAB, song writer Steven Llewellyn went on to form his own band with the help of AHAB originator Dave Burn. Being firmly a part of the London country scene made it easy to get involved in collaborations with members of bands like Danny & The Champions of The World, who’s drummer Steve Brookes, already having toured heavily with AHAB, became a permanent member of Orphan Colours in 2014.
A guitar tech contact of Brookes later lead to a meeting between Llewellyn and Noah & The Whale guitarist Fred Abbott. The lead guitarist was in the midst of auditioning lead singers for his solo project and the two found common ground in their appreciation of Tom Petty and Jason Isbell. When Abbott heard Llewellyn’s demo’s for the new Orphan Colours project he immediately signed up.
“Your friendly neighbourhood Americana supergroup!”
Graham Knight was quickly drafted in on bass and vocals, having already played shows with AHAB throughout 2012, he was an obvious fit.
The band have some impressive credentials with Llewellyn and Burn having already honed their songwriting craft during their tenure with AHAB, who swiftly built a reputation as an unmissable live act after their performance at the Cropredy Festival 2010. That performance paved the way for a collaboration with legendary producer John Leckie and being championed by BBC 2 DJ ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris. The band went on to play many successful tours in UK, Denmark, Germany and Australia as well as notable festivals; Bestival, Green Man, Wilderness and Board Masters amongst others.
“Their songwriting displays a certain infectious joyfulness!”
Not to mention Abbott’s Noah & The Whale world tours and having played a number of notable shows, including The Royal Albert Hall, Coachella, Lollapoloza, Green Man and Glastonbury as well as appearing on shows such as the Late Show with David Letterman, Later… with Jools Holland and The Graham Norton Show
With gleaming commercial success, critical acclaim and rock solid underground credibility so firmly ensconced in their DNA, Orphan Colours have nothing to prove. Their debut EP High Hopes was released Feb 26th 2016 with Won’t Let You Down as the lead single. Their follow up ‘Acoustic EP’ shows a more stripped back approach showcasing their songwriting skills and was released in December 2016.
The band are currently in the studio recording their debut album, which will be released in January, just in time for them to raise the roof of our historic old venue! Check out the videos below and you’ll see why…..
“There’s a sense of classicism at work here….great songwriting, performed for sheer love, without an agenda in site!”
“Hasia Dreams is a well-timed reminder to the world that here in England we have a songwriter capable of matching the best! (Fatea Magazine)
Delivering a “robust and thoroughly competent collection of roots-rock anthems” (Americana UK) Jamie Freeman is “a prime example of how we can compete over here with the best over there” (Three Chords & The Truth).
Testament to the quality of Jamie’s songwriting is the roster of names happy to lend themselves to his recordings; Larkin Poe, Brandy Zdan, Good Lovelies, BJ Cole, Richard Smith and Wild Ponies have all collaborated. Most recently Jamie has co-written with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters including Angaleena Presley, Amy Speace, Ben Glover, Michael Logen and Brandy Zdan.
He has been a musician and songwriter all his life. He is the brother of acting sensation Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock) and spent time playing with late 80’s synth-popsters Frazier Chorus, led by another talented brother, Tim.
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