American folk duo Stray Local are to appear at Bristol’s New Room – otherwise known as John Wesley’s Chapel – as the first of just four dates on their debut UK tour.
The gig on Thursday 31 May is part of the ‘Folk At The New Room’ series, and will be Stray Local’s only appearance in the South West, ahead of shows in Hove, Manchester and Montrose.
Their UK tour coincides with the release of their new EP Passenger and their shows will feature songs from the new album.
Hannah Lomas said: “We’re both really looking forward to experiencing the sights and sounds of historic Bristol and sharing our songs at the New Room.
“The album blends Americana roots with a fresh indie-pop sensibility – melodic riffs bursting into soulful, atmospheric songs, while galloping banjo underpinnings hint at our deep southern roots.”
Lucie Connors, community engagement officer for the New Room, said: “Stray Local’s home venue is an old house where they tell us locals sit in rocking chairs in the sweltering humidity that settles over the Cape Fear River, so they’re going to find performing in the New Room to be quite a contrast.
“The acoustics at are brilliant though, and audiences have thoroughly enjoyed the first few concerts in the ‘Folk At The New Room’ series, so we’re really looking forward to hosting our first transatlantic act.”
Hannah Lomas and Jamie Rowen who hail from Wilmington, North Carolina have established a reputation in the US for Stray Local as troubadours who are as comfortable with American folk standards as with fresh material.
The pair play a mixture of keyboard, mandolin, guitar and harmonica and both hold degrees in music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where they met as students.
The duo’s newest projects explore a robust new sound that showcases their folk prowess and Lomas’s powerful vocals.
Tickets are priced at £12 (£10 for concessions) if purchased in advance from the New Room café or shop or via Eventbrite*, and will also be available on the door at £14 (£12 for concessions).
The café at the New Room will be open from 6.30pm for pre-gig refreshments. Doors to the chapel where the gig takes place open at 7pm, and the gig starts 7.30pm. Seating is unreserved seating.