Acoustix ft Claudia
Get an acoustic fix of original material from some of the area’s developing artists and accomplished performers.
Claudia is a 19 year old singer/songwriter based in Surrey, who has been inspiring audiences for over 2 years with her crowd silencing, indie-folk songs.
Her personal, politically swayed lyrics bring issues to mind that are difficult to ignore.
Becoming increasingly aware in her late teens of the struggles and injustices faced by those around her, Claudia first picked up a guitar in an attempt to have her opinions heard. After receiving notable support at her early gigs, she began to see the reach she could have with the music she was creating.
Now, having found her voice through writing and performing her narrative, acoustic songs, Claudia has released her first acoustic EP ‘My Mind’.
Haslemere born and bred, Kelly Appleby’s voice will mesmerise, soothe and stun all at the same time. Her natural softness, accompanied by the classical range and volume take you on an expedition of your emotions with every performance.
It may, therefore, come as a surprise that Kelly did not start singing until her teens. However it will come as no surprise that she grew up with the immortal tones of Joni Mitchell, Phil Collins, and Etta James through her parent’s Hi-Fi. It wasn’t until she heard the operatic legend Maria Callas and the beautiful voice of Barbara Bonney though, that she decided she wanted to begin classical training.
‘Once I found the confidence to sing as a soloist it was as though I could finally express blasts of emotion.’
A naturally shy character, Kelly was never one to share how she felt openly and singing provided an opportunity to exert this emotion through other people’s words and music. ‘Being able to replicate how passionately they felt about something was such an incredible release.’
Kelly, 29, still remembers stealing her sister’s Alanis Morrisette album whenever she was out. ‘Although I was way too young to empathise with the content, I knew that she meant every word and that in itself was enough.’
Five years on and she began to explore a different side to her voice. Influenced by the likes of Alanis Morrisette, Nina Simone and Emeli Sandé, Kelly hopes her music will distract those listening from reality, if only for a moment.
Robin Jude Hogan is a Portsmouth based songwriter drawing influence from all the best guitar pop of the last 60 years and makes his third appearance at Acoustix.
Southampton based Vicki Musselwhite is a singer/songwriter who started gigging and writing in 2011 and since then has been enjoying every step of the unpredictable journey.
Vicki is a regular on the music scene in Southampton as well as playing other venues countrywide. She is very often on the bill at NME’s best small venue and prestigious stage, graced by every artist on their way up, The Joiners.
Vicki’s debut EP, ‘Skylines’ was released in 2012 and created a buzz locally, with local radio play and also nationally as part of BBC Introducing.
Vicki, keen to play any gig that comes her way, has had the honour of sharing the stage with and supporting some household names in music as well as some great upcoming talents, these include Kyla La Grange, Rams’ Pocket Radio, Mark Morris of The Bluetones, Chris TT, Pale Seas frontman – Jacob Scott and Beth Jeans Houghton.
Vicki released her second EP, ‘Salt Air’ in June 2013 and it has really taken off, with radio play and iTunes downloads enabling it to reach number 23 in the iTunes singer/songwriter charts.
Vicki writes with a passion and heartfelt depth, she is not shy to admit she is a modern day romanticist and draws on experience and emotions to capture the essence of her songs. Taking inspiration from some of the greats, Annie Lennox, Stevie Nicks, Bryan Ferry, Amy Winehouse and Ben Howard to name but a few.