Genfan and Barker - Combining Sublimely !
|Sally Barker (left) and Vicki Genfan|
I'm very excited to be promoting an event with Sally Barker and Vicki Genfan at Wenlock Pottery on Wednesday November 20th.
Tickets for this fab event are just £5 and will go on sale on October 1st at 9am.
The Pottery's laid back and intimate atmosphere, with log fire, candle-light and cabaret style seating, combined with a well-stocked bar and a warm welcome from our hosts Sheila and Mike, make this a perfect venue for this brilliant musical duo.
I first saw Sally many years ago at Shrewsbury's Jazz Club in the Buttermarket. Since then I have seen her many times (in addition to wearing out my CDs!) and she never fails to deliver a powerful and emotional performance.
Here in Wenlock she has fronted the all-woman folk-band The Poozies, and appeared with Debbie Cassell and Glenn Hughes presenting the Joni Mitchell Project.
I am delighted to welcome Vicki Genfan to Much Wenlock with Sally and look forward to a sell-out event.
Vicki Genfan and Sally Barker met during the 2001 'Women on Stage' tour of Germany and have been firm friends ever since. A mutual respect of each other's talents has prompted them to tour together again. Each will perform their own show, supported by the other when called upon, and they will end the evening together with a grand finale! A little about each artist.....
Vicki Genfan is a dazzling instrumentalist who plays and writes with her distinctive percussive 'slap-tap' acoustic guitar technique. As an award-winning singer/songwriter with a high-energy stage presence, Vicki draws her inspiration from folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music and her distinctive style pushes the boundaries of the singer/songwriter genre to new territories. Vicki was the first woman to win Guitar Player magazine’s Guitar Superstar Competition and was also one of the featured artists on La Guitara, a CD featuring the world’s top female guitarists across all styles. Having performed at hundreds of venues across the US and abroad, Vicki's festival highlights include The International Montreal Jazz Festival, Germany’s Open Strings Guitar Festival and Italy’s Soave Guitar Festival.
While hopping between continents for performance and master classes, Vicki loves teaching, has three Instructional DVDs to her credit and is in high demand at clinics and music camps all over the world.
“Vicki mesmerized the audience and the judges -- not just with her stunning technique, but also with her musicality and charisma.” - Michael Molenda, Chief Editor Guitar Player Magazine
“If I could play like Vicki, I’d stay home and entertain myself.” - Steve Vai
Outside the Box – 2001; Vicki Genfan - Live – 2003; La Guitara - 2005
Up Close and Personal – 2006; UnCovered - 2008
3D Acoustic Guitar; Acoustic Rhythm Guitar Survival Guide
30 Strumming Patterns You Must Know
Sally Barker is a singer's singer and a songwriter's songwriter. You will remember the very first time you heard her sing for her voice is like no other. She has the ability to lift the words off the page and can move people to tears armed with that 'bucket-full of soul' voice.
As a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Sally has had a long and varied career in music. Labelled a folk artist for much of her successful career, Sally's appeal stretches across many more musical genres. A much respected solo artist with half a dozen solo albums to her name, Sally is also celebrated for her live and studio work fronting all-female folk supergroup The Poozies.
Sally continues to tour and play at many festivals in the UK and abroad and is now working on several duo projects, including Genfan & Barker (with US guitarist and songwriter Vicki Genfan), Buck & Barker (with multi-instrumentalist Keith Buck) and Barker & Son (with her son, Dillon Wakeford).
“her enormous vocal range and stupendous control can relax or rouse at will – she coaxes her voice from that of a mild modern English rose to raw throated blues”. - a review of a performance at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
List of solo recordings:
Sally Barker (1988) ; This Rhythm is Mine (1990); Beating The Drum (1992)
Money's Talking/Tango! EP (1995) ; Favourite Dish (1996)
Passion & The Countess (1998) ; Another Train - The Compilation (2000)
Maid in England (2003)
with The Joni Mitchell Project:
Conversation: The Joni Tapes Vol 1 (2010)
with the Poozies:
Dansoozies (1993) – Hypertension; Chantoozies (1995) - Hypertension
Raise your head: A Retrospective (2000) - Compass
Yellow Like Sunshine (2009) – Greentrax