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The Bubble Club, Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

By KentOnline reporter

The Bubble Club sets out to bring established musicians and exciting, new acts to East Kent.

Singer songwriter Will Varley

Its next event is headlined by Will Varley, who is no stranger to these parts. Though he originates from London, Will chose to make Deal his home in recent years where he co-founded the record label Smugglers Records.

No ordinary folk musician, the 27-year-old blends storytelling and comedy into his act, drawn from his fascinating life experiences of more than 10 years of solid gigging, travelling the length and breadth of the country with his guitar, often on foot and sleeping in a tent.

“People are amazed when you arrive in their town and say you’ve walked there. It brings a sense of magic to the show,” says Will, who has only just completed a 450-mile walk along the south coast from Penzance to Deal, performing at venues along the way while raising money for Bowel Cancer UK.

Will effortlessly follows a shaggy dog story or a roaring talking blues with a heartbreaking ballad or fiery protest song. His second album, As The Crow Flies, has being described as “powerful, political, and pertinent” by The Independent, and he was also nominated as best male singer in the 2014 Spiral Earth Awards.

Complementing his self-directed music videos, the young troubadour’s live performances have become more and more anarchic over the years and you are promised no less if you attend his performance at the Bubble Club. Audience interaction, surreal comedy, and stunts like playing two songs at once have made him a firm favourite.

Dan Turnball, aka Funke and the Two Tone Baby

Hailing from Medway is Funke and the Two Tone Baby, otherwise known as Dan Turnbull.

The electric one-man-blues-band combines beatboxing and traditional instruments to produce what R2 Magazine have described as “new, exciting and innovative music”. The talented performer studied music at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Last year he released his debut album, Battles, featuring blues and folk standards brought up-to-date by using a mixture of multi-instrumentalism with loop-pedal technology and beatboxing.

Dan said: “The album is a culmination of songs cherry-picked from various stages of my musical life, even including the first song I ever wrote, The Morning After. The trick was to rejuvenate them and bring the tracks to the level of musicianship and confidence I’m currently at.

Recording to tape was an invigorating experience. Every time I heard that crackle, the audio became almost tactile; breathing its own life and feel into the recording.”

Dan has gone from pub gigs to festivals across Europe. Visit www.funkeandthetwotonebaby.co.uk

Folk band Wildflowers

Two free-spirited sisters are behind the Brighton-based band Wildflowers.

Siddy Bennett is the 22-year-old lead singer and chief songwriter, with sister Kit Bennett on vocals, accordion and organ. They are joined by James Ashbury on vocals, guitars, mandolin and banjo and Kendal Sant on vocals, harmonica and acoustic guitar.

A recent review called them “the children of Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles”’. Wildflowers songs are filled with great lyrics, tempos and harmonies, with a hint of the LA singer-songwriter scene of the late 1960s, and this spring they have been wowing audiences at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

However well they may be blending with the US fan-base, Siddy and Kit were actually raised in several West Country towns and also in France as nomads.

Always on the move – living on boats, farms, in caravans and even on protest camps – the Bennett sisters have been strongly influenced both musically and ethically by their bohemian upbringing, and this is also apparent in the carefree, indie folk-rock sound that makes up the not-to-be-missed Wildflowers.

The Bubble Club is at the Marlowe Studio, Canterbury, on Friday, June 13 from 8.30pm. Tickets from £9. Call 01227 787787. Visit www.thebubbleclub.co.uk

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