Country In The Afternoon Festival
Cody Pennington + RAINTOWN + Liam Cromby + Terri Leavey
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
Country In The Afternoon returns to the Half Moon Putney on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November 2023 with a superb line-up of talented and exciting artists. Doors open at 12.30pm each day with the first artists taking the stage at 1.00pm. Tickets £18 per day.
A born-and-raised Nashvillian, Cody Pennington is making waves in the UK country music scene. A highly varied and interesting life inspires Cody’s songwriting. From leaving Nashville for the United States Air Force in 2011 to selling out many UK music venues, Cody’s working life is already varied enough to write a full biography. Cody grew up in Nashville, TN where he cut his teeth in the local music scene. He has now performed around the world, having decided it was time to pursue his music full-time. Having recently moved to the UK, his singles, “Downtown” and “How Bout Kentucky”, went straight to No 1 in the iTunes Country Chart.
Raintown, the electrifying duo from Glasgow, are known for shaking up the music scene with their explosive blend of Scottish rock and contemporary country. Boasting an impressive 16 awards and two critically acclaimed albums, with a new one on the way, they're a force to be reckoned with. Their live shows are a feast for the senses, with energetic and charismatic performances that leave audiences delighted and enthralled. They have the rare ability to take you on an emotional journey, soaring high with adrenaline-fueled Country rock riffs, foot-stomping beats, and soaring melodies one moment, only to bring you crashing back to Earth with heart-wrenching, harmony filled ballads and stories woven intricately into their soulful lyrics, the next. Their dynamic sound is a true testament to their exceptional musical talent.
Liam Cromby, former frontman/guitarist of UK melodic rock favourites We Are The Ocean, presents his solo material for the first time. The tracks showcased will be from his upcoming record, ‘What Can You Trust’, which will be released shortly. Liam’s solo material deals with the issues he’s faced since the band split in 2017; having your world fall apart when your career evaporates before your eyes, love lost, love found and faith.
Defector Records artist, Terri Leavey has a voice that needs to be heard. Having first seen her perform a couple of years ago, we have been watching Terri's career develop with great interest. Soon to release her debut single, You Left Me, she is an artist at the start of her musical journey but is well worth discovering now.
The Blue Highways played the very first Country In The Afternoon back in June 2019 and since gone from strength to strength. The London-based band is known for its modern indie/American roots-inspired sound coupled with Callum’s narrative storytelling which “recalls Darkness-era Springsteen” according to Uncut. The band have released their cracking second album “Out On The Line” to widespread critical acclaim. Live, they present a “panoramic conglomeration of rip-roaring vocals over a propulsive wall of sound” according to RnR magazine and are surely set for great heights.
Singer/songwriter Virgie Lynne grew up on southern rock’n’country in the U.S. Bible Belt before finding herself a legal alien in the UK. After a hiatus to raise a family, she returned to music and found an unlikely ally in bassist Corrado Cecere, originally from Rome, and one third of swamp-blues band, Hellshed. Together they formed The Handlers, crafting authentic alt-country Americana music for incorrigible grownups. For Country In The Afternoon, their long-time collaborator and all ‘round multitasker’ Madi Solomon joins them on banjo, piano and accordion, and they’re also mighty pleased to welcome Roy Lowe on drums and Cristiano Pochesci on guitar and pedal steel. Currently working on their next release, due to drop in early 2024, The Handlers’s live performance is sure to impress.
Internationally wrapped with a blues-rock stamp, Tim Gerard brings his constantly evolving rich and soulful sound to the stage. Gerard supports his natural abilities with an unmatched guitar forte and a dynamic vocal range. Drawing upon the great acts that championed the 60s and 70s scene, Gerard performs with an understated passion. Portraying stories of love and loss, ups and downs within the pursuit of meaning, his lyrics are both honest and raw. A candid account of his own experiences and those around him with imagery and rhythmic cadences both familiar and unique.
Emily Faye takes the hearts of country-pop connoisseurs and novices by storm. The UK-based songsmith succeeds at creating pop infused sunny yet sweetly fierce songs that rightfully earned her acclaim from Rolling Stones magazine, being labelled as 'a new country artist you need to know’. Emily Faye is bridging the gap between country and pop with a firm storytelling vision in both her musical beginnings and releases.
15 awards in 4 years, a critically acclaimed new album and the only act to be involved in all the mega-successful Country2Country festivals, Glasgow-based, Raintown deliver a startling take on UK contemporary country that is both firmly-rooted and unashamedly forward-thinking. Their intensely charismatic live performances are imbued with a spirit and energy that that make their sound accessible to all music lovers.
“Country music in the UK has come of age in the last year and Raintown are front-and-centre in that surge. The new album is simply superb.” *John Collins - Presenter, Bauer City Network 2***
From late 2015 and through 2016, their live reputation continued to grow with performances that included, a successful UK tour, Glasgow’s Country2Country ‘King Tuts Stage, headlining at the Buckle and Boots Festival, supporting both Runrig at the iconic Shepherd’s Bush Empire and American, Josh Kelley in Glasgow.
“Go and see one of their dynamic live performances and get on the Raintown bandwagon because the best is yet to come” *Country Music People *
Their sophomore release, ‘WRITING ON THE WALL’ continues their impressive development. It contains a polished mix of bright, up-tempo guitar-led Americana, Country pop-rock all arranged around superb harmonies and the duo’s trade mark back and forth vocals. It has gained praise from fans and critics alike including five star review’s from both ‘Country Music People’ - who said, “every single track has something remarkable about it” - and Maverick Magazine which commented, “the record is truly excellent.”
“It is very,very good.” *Bob Harris – Radio2*
Married couple, Paul Bain and Claire McArthur-Bain, are more than just a love story; they fuse their passion for Country Music with their eclectic musical influences and continue the tradition of exciting new music to emerge from Glasgow. Their electrifying live performances and sensational new music have elevated this impressive duo to new heights and cemented their place as one of the UK’s leading ‘new breed’ of Country acts.
“Everyone’s talking about Raintown.” * *Baylen Leonard – BBC Radio 2 Country / Amazing Radio**