Updated Jul 2007
EMILY DRUCE & STEVE JONES
Yorkshire based UK acoustic blues performer. Ever since the release of Emily Druce's debut album "The Guilt Trip" in 2000, this young blues singer, acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter has been making a real impact on the British blues and acoustic music scene.
Emily released her highly acclaimed debut CD 'The Guilt Trip' in 1999, an offering that stands alongside any re-issued albums from the 60's folk-blues boom. A fine mixture of county blues classics and originals, good funky acoustic guitar playing & strong vocals - her off stage quiet & self-effacing manner is a complete contrast to her blues belting style on stage. The album was immediately hailed as "one of the most interesting white blues albums in years" by Folk Roots who promptly included her recording of the Skip James classic "I'm So Glad" on a Folk Roots sampler CD.
Influences include Big Bill Broozy, Memphis Minnie, Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder, also Sleepy John Estes and Bob Dylan. Her profile was heightened recently following an appearance at the Sidmouth Festival & the inclusion of her version of the Skip James song 'I'm So Glad' on the FRoots magazine sampler CD, as well as appearances at the Burnley Blues Festival.
This exciting young performer looks set to become a big attraction on the national blues circuit soon. Her first appearance in Lincolnshire was at the Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club in Autumn 2000, by June 2001 Emily was one of the acts which performed at the Saturday night sell-out concert at the Stamford Folk & Blues Guitar Festival.
Her second album "New Day" followed in May 2002, a worthy follow up to 'The Guilt Trip', earning her a well-deserved reputation not only as the UK's top blueswoman, but also as "a singer-songwriter to keep an ear out for." (Folk Roots). Both albums received widespread praise in the media, not to mention extensive airplay on BBC Radio Two, including Bob Harris, Mike Harding and Paul Jones, as well as radio stations worldwide and a UK tour to promote its release.
In 2003 Emily teamed up with another young guitar player Steve Jones. Unfortunately an appearance at the 2003 Gainsborough Folk Festival was cancelled at short notice due to illness, but they appeared in Lincoln as part of the Lincoln Folk Festival build up in November.
They release their first joint album in Feb 2004. 'Songs From The Silver Band Room' is a hot mix of acoustic blues and country recorded in a Yorkshire Silver Band Room. Other musicians include Chris Smyth from Wiltshire on dobro & lap steel, pianist Charlie Giordano from New York and Yorkshire based musicians Adam Cox, Dave Bowie & Sledgehammer Stan. The album features 8 strong new songs from Druce & Jones and 6 covers of blues songs from the likes of Memphis Minnie and Champion Jack Dupree.
'Songs From The Silver Band Room' is released on 7th Feb 2004 on Dusty Records (Dusty 001), distributed by Discovery Records or available direct from Dusty Records, PO Box 131, Holmfirth, Yorks. HD9 6YR priced £12.00 incl p&p, please make cheques payable to 'Emily Druce and Steve Jones'.
Emily performs regularly on the live circuit, and has appeared at established venues such as The 12 Bar Club, Dingwalls and The Borderline, as well as a variety of clubs, theatres, arts centres and festivals nationwide, including Sidmouth Festival. She has supported and opened for Odetta, Lonnie Donegan, Dr Feelgood, The Groundhogs and Lindisfarne, and performed with many well-established artists from the blues and folk worlds alike, including Woody Mann & Bob Brozman, Vin Garbutt, James Fagan & Nancy Kerr, Wizz Jones, Mary Coughlin, Errol Linton, Chris Wood & Andy Cutting, and the late Isaac Guillory.
Her own songs come straight from the heart of the blues, sounding fresh yet totally authentic. Emily's interpretations of pre-war blues by such legends as Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and Memphis Minnie have delighted audiences at leading blues events in Colne and Burnley, as well as folk and guitar festivals. Not since the days of the great English blues diva, the late Jo Ann Kelly, has a female blues artist created such a stir.
Emily is currently working with guitarist (and guitar-maker) Steve Jones. The duo creates a unique and fresh acoustic sound, whether on arrangements of classic blues numbers of the 30's and 40's, or on original material, all delivered with immaculate finger-picking and slide guitar.
"Outstanding young blues singer." THE GUARDIAN
"If there is currently a better British female acoustic blues player, then bring her on." NET RHYTHMS
"New Day makes a good case for Emily Druce to be crowned as new queen of British female acoustic blues." BLUES IN BRITAIN
"Quite simply a stunning collection of blues originals and sparkling covers. Excellent, excellent work." 1340MAG.COM
"A major new talent." TIME OUT
"Superior acoustic country blues." BLUEPRINT
For more information visit the Emily Druce website.