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Country and blues star set to raise Courtroom roof

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Amythyst Kiah is the latest star to grace the Courtroom Sessions at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

The Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer-songwriter comes to the historic venue on Wednesday, August 28.

It is the latest in a ‘must see’ series of gigs in the unique surroundings of the Courtroom showcasing amazing talent and a rare chance to see bands and performers that rarely play this close to home.

Co-hosted by The Jumpin’ Hot Club – seasoned experts in delivering roots, country & blues, reggae and world music – the Courtroom Sessions evenings continue the promoters’ over 30 years tradition of roots music concerts.

Since 1985, the Hot Club has been responsible for bringing the region live performances from such stratospheric acts as Martha Reeves, Michelle Shocked and Ron Sexsmith.

From folk and country to blues and Americana, the Courtroom Sessions have seen the likes of Jarrod Dickenson, The Mammals, Kim Richey and Ben Glover to name just a few.

Amythyst Kiah describes herself singer-songwriter whose influences combine rhythm and blues, country and old-time covers alongside startling originals.

Channelled through her massively expressive voice, her richly layered repertoire confirms Kiah’s emergence as a hugely distinctive new artist who is currently making waves on both sides of the Atlantic.

She has earned huge acclaim at the HebCelt, Edinburgh Jazz, SummerTyne, Southern Fried, River Town and Celtic Connections festivals amongst many others.

Recent performances in the US, where her star is very much on the rise, have included special guest slots with Rhiannon Giddens, Indigo Girls, Old Crow Medicine Show and Valerie June.

She is set for a big 2019 as part of our Native Daughters, a collaborative project with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCall and Alli Russell which explores the historical experience of black women in the US.

Supporting Kiah will be Tony Bengtasson, a North East-based Americana/folk artist whose hook-laden songs have been described as ‘remarkable to say the least’ by Maverick Magazine.

His honest heartfelt messages can be heard in all of his songs and he is definitely not one not to be missed.