7 October 2012

Stephen Langstaff and Kristi Michele @ The Epstein Theatre Liverpool Friday 9 November

Stephen Langstaff

Stephen Langstaff and Kristi Michele @ The Epstein Theatre Liverpool Friday 9 November

Stephen Langstaff is rapidly becoming one of the UK’s most prolific singer/songwriters. His approach is simple. Stephen writes powerful, haunting songs and delivers them with complete conviction. Like the man himself, they are instantly engaging and full of warmth.

He gave up the chance of a career as a professional footballer to pursue music. He was at Liverpool Football Club from the age of 9 to 15 and offered a contract at Blackpool. He started playing guitar aged 11 and his passion for music outweighed football.  

Soulful and brimming over with bare emotion, he has earned comparisons with Tracy Chapman and Jeff Buckley.  Like these artists, Stephen blesses the listener with something honest and direct. Growing up in the hotbed music city of Liverpool, Stephen began writing songs aged 11 and has gone on to write, record and self-release a large body of songs.

He has toured the UK as opening act for The Lightning Seeds and as part of the 02 Academy Tour. Stephen has also notched up appearances at Chester Rocks (opening to 10,000 people), Latitude, Greenbelt and The Wicker Man festivals.

Stephen Langstaff is a major talent. He faithfully follows the tradition of the hardworking singer/songwriter and is a breath of fresh air. His reputation continues to grow and who could blame anyone for not being able to keep quiet about him. He has the songs and he has the voice. His album Colours is out now.

Hailing from the dusty edges of Southern California, Kristi Michele is like a rainbow comprised of all the colors left over from many a rainy day. British folk, Broadway show tunes, Brill-Building pop, gypsy jazz, cabaret, and psychedelia are each influences on her songs, sometimes gentle folk ditties accompanied by a plucked acoustic guitar, other times vocal melodies layered as sweetly as tiramisu and set to Ragtime piano. Whatever the package, her songs evoke a time gone by. Her voice has the nostalgic quality of a vintage chanteuse, hinting at the torch singing of Billie Holiday, the wavering folk bellow of Maddy Prior, and the theatrical alto of a turn-of-the-century vaudevillian act.

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