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Ric Neale & Esme Bridie in Leeds

Ric Neale & Esme Bridie
HEART, Leeds
Friday 26th October 2018, £5.00

Ric Neale is a piano based singer-songwriter that brings to mind peak period Elton John or Billy Joel. Esme Bridie's gentle acoustic guitar driven songs show a respectful nod to classic song-writers like Joni Mitchell. Ric and Esme will do a set each with a short interval and will perform together at points throughout the night.Ric Neale is a musician and songwriter. As well as releasing work as a solo artist (notably 2015's "All That Counts", 2016's "Pencil" and 2017's "Ric Neale Does Pet Sounds" and 2018's LULLABIES FOR PARENTS, all of which were live piano and vocal records) with which he has toured extensively, he has also written music for other artistic projects. Ric worked as Songwriter, Musical Director and performer in the sell out show "Dancing Bear" with Jamie Fletcher and Company that toured The West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds and The Palace Theatre in Manchester and, with his band The Housekeeping Society, wrote and performed in the show "Dancing With The Orange Dog" which toured nationally. They also created the piece 45RPM for the art exhibition Thud, Crackle, Pop in partnership with visual artist Pete McKee which was shown all over the country and featured at the prestigious Festival No.6. Ric was commissioned along with spoken word artist Rob Reed to create the theatre piece "Never Worn" for Wakefield Literature Festival in 2017. Two songs Ric co-wrote got into the top ten of the UK Songwriting Contest in 2013 and he was invited to write a segment in Andrew Dubbers book The 360 Degree Deal. He has recently been touring the UK performing all of the Beach Boys album Pet Sounds to celebrate its 50th anniversary.www.ricneale.com Esme Bridie is a singer, songwriter and acoustic guitar player. She is an experienced performer and has played at some prestigious venues such as The Royal Albert Hall in London and The Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room in Liverpool. Esme is releasing her debut album Today it Rains in March 2018 through the independent record label, Klee Music. This album consists of twelve carefully arranged songs, which were written over the past couple of years. Klee describe Esmes style as mature beyond her years and as having a rare quality of songwriting craftsmanship. Through also being the lead singer of soul, jazz, pop band Necktr, Esme has shown her versatility and has gained valuable co-writing experience. This has also allowed her to perform as an ensemble across many different UK cities such as London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Leeds.www.esmebridie.comThis performance is in partnership with Seaglass Collective and forms part of a larger project which is supported by Arts Council England, One Adoption, Barnardo's and Headingley HeartFor more information about the project visit www.facebook.com/theseaglasscollective

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