Empty Room Promotions have a run of four gig in September two of which are in quick succession. On Friday 9th, what is fast becoming the regular opener for the autumn season is Austin based Sam Baker and he is a firm favourite with the Buckingham crowd. His performances and stories are always very thought provoking, especially when he re-counts he experience of being caught in a terrorist attack on a train and his fight back from the severe injuries he sustained.
This years gig is being billed as a double header as they welcome fellow Austinite Betty Soo with Doug Cox. They are here to promote there new CD Across the Borderline : Lie to me, which can be heard in full on their Bandcamp site Sam and Betty are not touring the UK together but it is great to get them both on the same bill in Buckingham as they often performed together back in Austin.
On Saturday 10th the amazing Po’Girl bring they amazing array of instruments gutbucket bass, accordion, clarinet, banjo, dobro, guitar, to electric bass, glockenspiel, piano, harmonica, bicycle bells, drums The Radcliffe Centre, which is ideally suited for an acoustic event like this and a stage big enough to hold it all, not sure if they fancy playing the Steinway at the same time. Hailing from Canada their music range takes in Folk, American Roots to Jazz and beyond and their fluid and joyous musicality is one of the group’s most endearing and irresistible features. Support for the evening is from Tasmanian born and London based Ange Boxall, who played for Empty Rooms earlier in the year. Having also made frequent visits to Nashville has brought her into contact and contributions with JD Souther, Jim Lauderdale and The Wrights, as heard on her new album, ‘Writing Letters. Ange has also just sent out an e-mail confirming this will be her farewell tour as she intends to move back to her native Australia after an eleven year stop over in the UK, so better not miss this opportunity.
Both shows are at The Radcliffe Centre in Buckingham and doors open at 7pm with a 7.20pm start and 10pm finish, not a bad way to start the season.