The Courtroom Sessions: Amythyst Kiah

Date: Wednesday 28 August 2019
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Courtroom
Tickets: £12.50 + booking fee

With support From Tony Bengtsson

Amythyst Kiah describes herself as a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues 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 Amythyst’s emergence as a hugely distinctive new artist who is currently making waves on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Another highlight was Amythyst Kiah… a bold Nina Simone voice” The Guardian

She has earned huge acclaim at Hebcelt, Edinburgh Jazz, SummerTyne, Southern Fried, River Town and Celtic Connections festivals amongst many others. With recent performances in the US, where her star is very much on the rise, include 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.

Tony Bengtsson 

A Journey of Authenticity

North East-based Americana/Folk artist Tony Bengtsson’s hook-laden songs are “remarkable to say the least” (Maverick Magazine) and his voice has been described as “the best for country outside of America” (Dan Walsh – premier UK banjo player).

Tony started writing in 2004 after swapping his drumsticks for a guitar. His writing takes you on a journey through his diary, drawing on relationship experiences, the death of his father, and more recently his political activism in songs like ‘This Little Country’ and‘Count Me In’. His debut solo album Snake in the Woodpile received 4-star reviews in Maverick and Rock and Reel magazines.

Whatever the theme, the ethos of authenticity remains. The honest heartfelt message can be heard in all of his songs.

‘This record should act as a benchmark for what this incredibly talented artist has to offer’ – Maverick
‘With the quality of stuff on [Snake in the Woodpile] it shouldn’t be long before he’s making a name for himself on the international stage’ – Rock ‘n’ Reel