Roman Candle Presents Becca Mancari
Tuesday 27th November, 7.30PM.
Roman Candle is thrilled to welcome Becca Mancari to St Mary's Creative Space, Chester. Special guests CAMPFIRE SOCIAL and Katie Mac.
Tuesday 27th November, 7.30PM. Tickets £10 advance from Grey n Pink Records or SEE Tickets.
Becca Mancari is rewriting the rules. Born in Staten Island, New York, to an Italian-Irish preacher and a Puerto Rican mother, Mancari has lived a life of transition - from working as a janitor in South Florida, to writing songs with train hoppers in the Blue Ridge Mountains and seeking spirituality in India. But it was her time in Virginia and Nashville where she found the roots music that would continue to inspire her musical evolution to today.
Her anticipated debut album, "Good Woman," is hauntingly lonesome, with dust-cloud swells of electric guitar and don't-look-back lyrics revealing scenes from Mancari’s well-travelled story. She recalls, "I remember being 19, and I would go to this old warehouse where a bunch of old timers would be sitting around picking and drinking moonshine...and we are talking straight up moonshine." During this time, Mancari's curiosity to see the world with eager, fresh eyes grew, drawing her to travel and experience all types of people and places. Her travels would inevitably impact her music; since her music is the landscape of all she's seen, "Good Woman" evokes the sound of city grit and the mountain music of her youth, swirling into a fresh, nostalgic sound.
Mancari explains that she wants her music to be familiar to audiences, but also pushing creative boundaries, rewriting the rules for her genre. She explains, "Our hope is that we’re doing something that respects the roots but also has space and the galaxy in it." It's these planetary frontiers, along with the powerful fragility in her voice, that make Mancari's music beyond standard classifications.
Perhaps more striking than Mancari’s sound is the tender honesty and vulnerability present in each of her songs. Ann Powers describes Mancari’s writing as "lyrical and raw," commenting on the "great personality in her songs." As a gay woman in the south, she has fought hard to reconcile her spiritual beliefs with her sexuality. Her strong personality enables her to be a spokeswoman to the outcast and the misfit, helping her redefine the categories that so often divide people. Mancari explains, "it was not an easy road when I came out. No matter how hard I tried to fit into society’s moulds, I could not. I want to be open and proud of who I am, because I needed people like that in my life when I was young." Mancari hopes that people will find the bravery in her story and be able to discover their own inner strength.
When Mancari sings, she shines with authenticity. It is evident that Mancari knows exactly who she is, and her music has a strong sense of identity. But it is her refusal to subscribe to molds and societies trends that sets Mancari apart. Mancari is challenging all of us to throw away the old book and create a new genre of music.
In a short time, Mancari has made a name for herself in Nashville and the southeast. She has toured and played with Margo Price, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Lone Bellow, SUSTO, Joan Osborne, The Weeks, and more.
North Wales based collection of broken toys and purveyors of messy Indie-pop, Campfire Social, are a refuge from the wild woods all around. Their incandescent, melodic songs take the intimate heartbreak of Elliott Smith and embellish with golden harmonies borrowed from The Beach Boys mixed with subtle hints of their personal love for post-rock and the mid 90’s emo scene. At times getting you up off your chairs in a passionate rage, at others just to dance but always filled with hope.
Since the release of their first single ‘Nothing Nowhere Never Now’, they have received continued support from the likes of Adam Walton (BBC Wales) and various other Radio Dj’s, podcasts and online music media outlets specialising in new music. That song is now one of two tracks from the 2017 released ‘Wellbeing EP’ selected for the A-list by BBC Radio Wales resulting in continued airplay, a live session with Janice Long and further BBC 6 music plays. Last year the band were invited to play at the highly acclaimed ‘Festival Number 6’ and industry festival ‘Zandari Festa’ in South Korea, Where they performed 4 shows including a headline performance representing the Welsh Music scene and to promote their upcoming releases in 2018. This year Campfire Social were chosen as part of the BBC Horizons 12 project.
Katie Mac is a singer-songwriter from Huyton, Liverpool. Taking influence from Laura Marling, Joni Mitchell and Regina Spektor, she has also been compared to the likes of Patti Smith, PJ Harvey and Kate Bush. Katie took her music to the next level by adding five band members to her solo act, and self-organising two full UK tours in 2016/2017. She has found great support off Dave Monks of BBC Introducing in Merseyside, and has been opened up towards a national audience with the help of BBC Radio 6 Music. Katie Mac and the band have recently been in the studio to record her new EP which was released on Friday 24th August 2018. The EP has been produced by Sam Duckworth of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., and the project was funded by Merseyside Arts Foundation.