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Talented trio's rootsy show
An evening with the 'Ladies of the Blues' does not mean watching a football match involving Birmingham City's women's team (nicknamed 'The Blues'), but rather a rootsy gig by a trio of talented musicians, namely Elles Bailey, Gabriella Jones and Amy Khonsari.
The Ladies of the Blues show arrives at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham, on May 3, 2017.
Gabriella Jones will be on home turf as she hails from the Sutton Coldfield area of Birmingham. The singer/songwriter has played the Wireless and Hard Rock Calling Festivals in Hyde Park along with the Isle of Wight Festival. She has supported massive acts like Bon Jovi and Slash at festivals and performed at the city's LG Forum Live before acts such as Beyoncé, Black Sabbath and Rihanna. An accomplished guitarist, her influences range from Free, Cream and Etta James to Amy Winehouse and the Arctic Monkeys.
Gabriella has recently been made Patron of Breakthrough Breast Cancer West Midlands and was nominated for Music Artist of the Year at the West Midlands Women of the Year awards.
Critically acclaimed: Elles Bailey (pic: Sean Mulligan)
Elles Bailey is from Bristol and seamlessly weaves blues, country and soulful rock. Over the last three years Elles and her band – guitarist Joe Wilkins, bassist Zak Ranyard and drummer Andy Sutor - have built up a loyal all-age fan base through relentless touring in the UK and Europe. She has opened for acts like Wille & The Bandits and shared festival line-ups with Lisa Simone, The Mystery Jets and Wilko Johnson.
The 28-year-old's two EP's, both produced by Brian Banks, Who I Am To Me (Feb 2015) and The Elberton Sessions (Oct 2016) were critically acclaimed. Her debut album is set to be released this summer.
Accomplished: Amy Khonsari
Amy Khonsari is a Nottingham-born singer who moved to London at the age of 16. After receiving a scholarship she enrolled in a performance course at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and after graduating performed professionally for three years in numerous productions in the UK and overseas. Determined to pursue a career as a solo artist she went on to study further in voice and guitar at the Academy of Contemporary Music where she received the Vocalist of the Year award.
Amy experimented with a number of songwriting techniques until she decided to concentrate less on trying to write a hit record and more on telling stories that came out of her own experiences and emotions. This uncovered a depth and intensity to her music which is demonstrated on her debut EP, All The Words.
She has enjoyed great success performing with The ACM Gospel Choir at prestigious venues including The O2, Wembley Stadium and The Royal Albert Hall, with artists such as Beverly Knight, Olly Murs, Alexandra Burke, Russell Watson, Joss Stone and Michael Ball. She is also an accomplished vocal tutor having taught for many years at establishments like The Italia Conti Arts Centre in Guildford, Music Tech School in London and The Brit School.
Venue: Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham
Ladies of the Blues 2017 UK tour:
May 1: The Tunnels, Bristol; May 2: Suede Bar, Nottingham; May 3: Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham;
May 9: 100 Club, London;
May 10: The Railway Inn, Winchester;
May 11: The Leopard, Doncaster;
May 12: Yardbirds Club, Grimsby;
May 13: The Cellar Bar, Devizes;
May 14: Phoenix, Exeter.