Anna Tivel’s wide eyed celestial folk songs belong in a similar ballpark with Anais Mitchell, Gregory Alan Isakov and Laura Veirs, where gentle picking plucks among occasionally unconventional sounds and a gorgeous voice tells stories of life in a world of natural wonders. The resulting music is incredibly honest, lyric driven, and deeply affecting. An internationally touring artist with a deep love of quiet stories, Anna is beginning to carve a place for herself in the songwriting world. She was a winner at last year’s Kerrville Songwriting Contest, and has shared the stage with heroes and friends like Gregory Alan Isakov, Shook Twins, Anais Mitchell, Jefferson Hamer, Peter Mulvey, Matt the Electrician, Devon Sproule, Darlingside, Steve Poltz, Jeffrey Martin and more.
Her newest album, Small Believer is her best work to date, a series of quietly dazzling vignettes in which she digs deep into the ordinary and finds special people lurking.
“Everything here is testament to her storytelling gifts (she’s been likened to Steinbeck and I suspect she may have a novel or short stories collection in her) with her finely drawn characters and observations of an emotional life that ranges from defiance to regret, joy to sadness.” Folk Radio UK
“Anna Tivel’s voice is haunting, exhibiting the timbre of a precocious child, whispering to a teddy bear underneath the covers.” – The Bluegrass Situation
“To be sure, these are organic songs that freely reveal the poetry of the mind, heart and soul, the sharp imagery of the world translated into sound, and both the simple and complex things represented sentimentally and at length.”
– No Depression
“Portland songwriter Anna Tivel is a favorite over at Hearth. She’s a deft, clever songwriter with a knack for observing the small, subtle beauties of our lives.” – Kithfolk
Although he was an accomplished and fully engaged English teacher, for Jeffrey music (and the tour life) was a constant raccoon scratching at the back door. He spent nights on end sitting up in bed, and then sitting on the front porch, staring off into the dark, wondering if he could bear to leave teaching to go on tour full time. Eventually his brain caught up with what his guts had known for months. With tears in his eyes he announced to his students that he wouldn’t be back the following year, and that he didn’t feel right hollering at them to chase their dreams at all cost if he wasn’t going to do the same.
Jeffrey Martin tours full time now. He is always making music, and he is always coming through your town. He misses teaching like you might miss a good old friend who you know you’ll meet again.
Jeffrey has put out bunches of music since 2009, but he’s most proud of the more recent stuff. He’s fortunate to be a part of the great and loving family that is Fluff and Gravy Records in Portland, OR. “One Go Around,” from the autumn of 2017, is his 3rd full length album.
“Jeffrey Martin… might be the best songwriter in Portland” – Portland Mercury
“He’s an incredibly rare find among today’s glut of singer-songwriters: as songwriter whose songs are immediately affecting. These are the kind of songs that can change you.” – Devon Leger, No Depression
Music and Arts Venue
The Met is a stunning, award winning live music venue noted nationally for its specialist folk music programme.
Having recently undergone a multi-million-pound refurbishment, it incorporates two modernised performance spaces, popular dining restaurant Automatic, a variety of events & meetings space, and Edwin Street Creative Hub which includes a Recording Studio.
The Met is also the proud organiser and promoter of Head for the Hills festival welcoming around 12,000 music lovers to Ramsbottom every year.
Automatic is The Met’s bar and restaurant, open morning to night seven days a week. Perfect for pre-show meals and post-gig drinks, Automatic is one of Bury’s favourite restaurants.
Call in from 10am for breakfast or coffee, enjoy lunch away from your desk with the midweek Worker’s Lunch deal, or enjoy two cocktails for £8 every Feelgood Friday.
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.