Fri 28th Oct: Ma Polaine’s Great Decline/ Gabriella Romano, Matt Jackson & Evie O’Driscoll

No 14 Bacon Street, E1 6LF London, Ph: 020 7278 3966
Doors 7.30 pm Adv tickets £7.00  Door price £8.00


Nearest tube Liverpool Street, 10 mins walk
Nearest train Shoreditch (East London Line), 3 mins walk


No 14 Bacon Street is a beautifully intimate living-room like 40 capacity roots music venue, a haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of the vibrant Brick Lane area. There isn’t another venue like this in London, it’s like stepping into a secret folk world, you’d never know the noise and bustle of busy Brick Lane was just thirty seconds from the door, it’s a magical place…
Ma Polaine’s Great Decline play a highly potent mix of rhythm and blues and country soul with flavours of gypsy jazz, vaudeville and music hall, all performed with a focused intensity- think 40’s rea Billie Holiday transplanted to Tom Waits ‘Sworfishtrombones’. Singer Beth Packer moves between double bass, accordion and harmonica, with partner Clinton Hough on electric or acoustic guitar (and an occasional percussive foot), all accompanying Packer’s extraordinarhy voice- at times powerful, poignant, snesitive and always deeply soulful.
★★★★★ ‘…the singer’s compelling and never overplayed delivery gives this set its sustained, just-under-the surface intensity”. Roots Music Report
★★★★ ‘….an intangible element peculiar to themselves” R2 Magazine
‘The icing on the cake is their vocalist. Stunning singer Beth Packer is someone to get to know” .8/10 Blues and Soul magazine
★★★★ “an utterly compelling soundscape” Northern Sky Magazine
‘…like some new wonderful step in evolution, an album of great warmth and heroic concealment”….the most complete and uniquely enjoyable of the year so far’. 9.5/10 Liverpool Sound And Vision



Gabriella Romano (Ella & The Blisters), Matt Jackson and Evie O’Driscoll come together as a sweet country blues vocal, guitar and stand-up bass trio trio performing their own originals alongside a handful of well chosen iconic classics from some of the giants of the country-folk world. Expect deliciously simple and sweet old-school rhythmic songs with strong melody lines and heartfelt vocal harmony.

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