Little Rabbit Barn 2016

Hope you had an enjoyable Christmas

We are very excited about 2016 and the artists who want to play LRB music evenings.

Setting the benchmark high where we left off in 2015 our first music evening of 2016 features Jess and the Bandits, Honey Ryder and Lisa Wright.

Winner of the UK Band of the Year in w21Music Awards 2015, Jess, Ricci, Louis, Dave and Steve return following an amazing 2015.

We are thrilled to host Honey Ryder on the same evening: Having firmly established themselves within the inner circle of Nashville’s elite, UK trio Honey Ryder return to spearhead the British country crossover invasion with their 3rd studio album, ‘Born In A Bottle’.

Featuring co-writes with Tom Douglas [Lady Antebellum ‘I Run To You’], Rivers Rutherford [Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley] and Blair Daly [Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban], the trio headed back to Ocean Way Nashville for the bulk of the recording, and were mentored by legendary producer Paul Worley [Lady Antebellum, Dixie Chicks].

Honey Ryder are currently BBC Radio 2 play listed.

2015 has been a somewhat breakthrough year for Lisa Wright.  In February, she joined the development of a new country musical: Eye of the Storm, working with Amy Wadge (co-writer of Ed Sheeran’s No.1 ‘Thinking Out Loud’). As a lifelong country music fan, to Lisa, this was a dream come true. Working with one of the UK finest songwriters and being surrounded by country music got Lisa inspired.

After throwing caution to the wind, she flew 4000 miles to Nashville to work with some of Music City’s top producers on her debut EP, Before I Die. Always remaining true to her London roots, Lisa was adamant to create an EP that highlighted her British musical upbringing and combined it with the raw storytelling heart of country music.

After release, Before I Die, entered into the iTunes country charts at No.4 – making Lisa the only UK, independent artist in the Top 20. Since then her tracks have featured heavily on country radio, as well as the BBC. In October 2015, Nashville Songwriters Association recognized Lisa as “One to Watch” and she has recently been nominated for UK EP of the Year 2015 by w21music.]

We want to continue to host the very best in Americana…. roots, blues and acoustic music as this broad genre of music is now ‘main stream’ for many of us. You only have to tune into BBC Radio 2 (we don’t mention R1), or one of the many other radio stations available via internet streaming and you will soon be listening to Americana music be it from a US, Canadian or UK artist. The C2C event in March at the O2 in London and Glasgow is one of biggest music events on the calendar featuring the best emerging and established artists playing the many stages. A number of the higher profile artists are on our radar and others are already been booked to play.

The forthcoming AMA awards, our (UK’s) own Americana music awards have nominees that LRB guests will be familiar with such as Emily Barker who has played LRB twice.

In order to host this quality we have to underwrite artist donations to their guarantee. The last two music evenings we hosted six headline artists and LRB subsidised the donations. We anticipated this and were happy to do it for the End of Year Show to finish on a high. However this is not sustainable as we have other running costs including our sound engineer, advertising, artist and guest food, and numerous  incidentals that quickly add up.

Going forward we will need to suggest slightly higher donations than our benchmark £10…hence the £15 this evening… we do not want to change the formula, or deviate from hosting the very best quality artistes.  We don’t envisage suggesting more than this and where the artistes’ guarantee allows us we will suggest a lower donation for instance £25 per couple.

We recognise that artistes need to earn a living from their work and touring/merchandise is an essential contribution to their income. The donations we collect on behalf of the artistes less a contribution to our running costs are shared out. Where there is insufficient to cover their guarantee we cover the shortfall. All other costs including equipment purchases are also met by us.

At the end of last year (sounds a long time back!) we made some additions to our sound system that allows us to do away with the large analogue mixing desk and replace it with one of the latest digital systems operated from an ipad via a wifi network. This will free up more space in the barn as well as providing 32 input channels with full digital sound processing. We are able to add precise delay to the rear speakers, effectively making them disappear as a sound source, as sound coming from the stage arrives at the same time.

In our quest to deliver high sound quality we also invested in one of Shure’s high end vocal microphones that reproduces greater detail and vocal nuances.

Thank you for supporting live original music at LRB and our friends who host  Live@The Cottage in Debenham; Blue House Music including Live at The Institute in Kelvedon; and The UK Americana Bar.

We look forward to seeing you in 2016.

All best wishes

Little Rabbit Barn

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