Country In The Afternoon Festival
Tim Prottey-Jones + Lisa Wright + Jake Morrell + Em/elle
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
Country In The Afternoon returns on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September!
Eight great artists over two afternoons, representing some of the best of UK country and Americana.
The Saturday headliner will be Tim Prottey-Jones (formerly of The Wandering Hearts) and his band, supported by Lisa Wright, Jake Morrell and Em/elle.
On Sunday, Morganway will make their return to The Half Moon after the triumph of their appearance at the very first CITA in 2019. Support will be provided by Gasoline & Matches, Chris Mossop and Sandy McLelland.
At first glance; Lisa Wright is a 5ft, blonde, Essex girl who seemingly charms her way into the audiences’ affection by cracking jokes and telling stories but then she begins to play... and the room goes silent.
Described as ‘Carole King meets Patty Griffin meets John Mayer’, it's clear from your first listen that, to Lisa, lyrics mean everything. Inside Nashville called Lisa's songwriting: "intelligent, elegant and beyond her years".
With great support from BBC Introducing, Lisa was announced as one of their emerging ‘Sound of 2017s’ and subsequently was handpicked by BBC 6 to represent the BBC at Latitude Festival. 2017 saw Lisa reach over 50,000 Spotify downloads; playlists on radio including; Chris Country & Amazing Radio, and supporting artists such as; Ward Thomas and Jess & the Bandits on their UK tours.
But, it doesn't stop there...
After she impressed the transatlantic audience with her songwriting, Lisa was championed by the Nashville Songwriters Association who announced her as their ‘One to Watch’ and was invited to join the fantastic Song Suffragette alumni.
With all this in mind it's understandable why Lisa has often been described as “the UKs best kept secret”, but that’s all set to change...
Jake Morrell could have come straight out of Nashville, or even from the Californian sunshine, as his music suggests; but Jake is from Norfolk, England! Jake was ‘discovered’ by Dermot O Leary, who featured him on his Radio 2 Show. One in influential listener just so happened to be Glastonbury boss Emily Eavis, who immediately asked Jake to perform at the iconic festival. “It’s great to see Jake Morrell flying the flag for British country music” – Dermot O’Leary, BBC Radio 2 Jake recorded his debut single with London based producer Brett Shaw (Florence & The Machine, The Kooks & Dry the River). The song entitled “Wire & Thorns” reached No.2 in the iTunes country charts on the first day of release. This led to Jake being invited to perform at 2017’s Country 2 Country festival in London. Having worked with several top industry writers and producers in 2017 including the Grammy-winning writer/producer Kipper (Sting, Gary Numan), Jake is back with a brand new EP titled “Englishman” due for release in March 2018 as Jake once again performs live at Country 2 Country 2018. The EP featuring tracks such as “Englishman” and “Kindness” are testimony to his journey as a singer songwriter on a road many have walked but few have stopped to call their own. Jake’s songs and sound are attracting attention of all who listen and his unique history and music says that Jake’s journey is just beginning.