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A Different Thread
Cafe #9, Sheffield
Sunday 11th September 2022, £13.75
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Warm, deep singer-songwriters who have drank from the well of 20th century tradition - Folk Radio UK

A Different Thread is the collaboration between Robert Jackson from Lichfield, England, and Alicia Best from Durham, North Carolina, USA. Both traveling songwriters in their own right, they first met while busking in Galway, Ireland, back in 2016 and have been on the road together ever since.

Pulling from their respective roots, Best and Jackson have developed a sound that embraces elements of country, 70s folk revival, and piedmont blues as well as traditional English, Celtic, and Appalachian folk. Their blend of intimate, raw vocals with atmospheric instrumentation is reminiscent of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, while offering hooks in the style of folk-rockers like The Cranberries and The Band.

The duo officially formed after winning Shrewsbury Folk Festivals open-mic competition in 2017. Following the release of their debut album On A Whim they went on to land interviews and live sessions on both the BBC and NPR radio. Their song, Potters Field, reached the semi-finals in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) 2019 and through extensive touring, they have garnered a loyal following across the UK, Europe, the US and Central America.

In light of the current global pandemic, A Different Thread is taking a break from their usual nomadic lifestyle while working on their next full original album, expected 2021. Their new folk EP Some Distant Shore was released on May 22nd and its packed with guitar, fiddle, harmonica and enticing harmonies. This is a fresh take on five timeless folk songs that can be traced back through the generations, to the UK, Ireland, and Appalachia.

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