Abel & Eade: UK-based singer-songwriter duo — English/American alt. country
An idea initially nurtured in the friendly setting of Caravan, Beijing Dec 2016, with Randy Abel of the Randy Abel Stable fame, Abel & Eade properly came to life in Beijing in Jan 2017 (Beijing On Tour 2017).
“In spite of themselves, singer-songwriters Rosie Eade (UK) and Randy Abel (US) build a spirit bridge between their contentious homelands… via China, the Middle Kingdom! Separated by a common language and ravaged by endless television comedy-writing conflicts, America and Britain yet managed to spawn the roots-influenced sounds which gnarled and entwined–rose upon rose and briar upon briar- into the twisted acoustic cluster that would electrify the 20th Century. Being rooted in the 21st, Randy and Rosie speak to and from these traditions with utmost passion and a goodly measure of atunedness. Craftsperson-like, innit?”
Learning songs from one another, a mix of originals and favoured covers from the folk/country genre, led firstly to “The living room sessions” demo recordings, e.g. Tecumseh Valley (by Townes Van Zandt):
And then a number of gigs around Beijing, e.g. here at 69 Cafe – Shadows Cannot Wake (by Rosie Eade), artsy wobbly video thanks to Dan Taylor of The Harridans.
And now, drum roll etc… the “Abel & Eade” project has been brought to the UK!!
Open Mic Marathon
We started off with a marathon string of open mic sessions in July/August thanks to the South West’s marvellous array of hard working musicians:
14.07.17 The Village Pump Friday Folk Club; 18.08.17 Jimmy Ireland and The Sorry Head Open Mic, Exeter; 26.08.17 The Ship Open Mic, Exeter; 28.08.17 Samantics and The White Hart Open Mic, Exeter; 31.08.17 Jake Miller with Grace and Oddfellows Open Mic, Exeter; 01.09.17 Alex Johnstone (of Pattern Pusher) and The Stables Open Mic, Exeter; 02.09.17 Oddfellows Open Mic, Exmouth; 04.09.17 Barnfield Theatre Open Mic, Exeter; 09.09.17 Emily Howard and The Angel Open Mic, Exeter
Leading on to a lovely selection of Abel & Eade summer gigs…
23.07.17 Samuel Jones, Exeter
29.07.17 The Bicton Inn, Exmouth
11.08.17 Timepiece, Exeter
And some guest spots with The Rosie Eade Band at Sidmouth Folk Week and Broadstairs Folk Week.
07.08.17 We’ve even been played on the local radio, thanks to Classic Country with Doug and Marjorie Parish, Bay FM.
Lots more gigs coming up – check out our Abel and Eade Gig List.
Plus a visit to the US is in the pipeline for Dec/Jan. More details to come..!