A SINGING double bass player is set to take to the stage in Bramshall.
Kel Elliott in Concert will be held at Bramshall Parish Hall, of Church Croft, from 7.30pm on Saturday as part of the Live and Local programme of events.
Organisers said the smart and sassy, ballsy but sweet musician is fronting an impressively energetic and dynamic band.
The group toured with Live and Local for the first time last season and the organisers said they received such great comments and feedback that they brought them back.
Elliott has been described as having distinctly rich and powerful vocals (described as being like Alison Moyet bathed chocolate).
She is backed by a tight band including the super-talented Kelvin Leitch on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, piano maestro Leo Steeds on the keys and Tom Voce on drums and percussion.
Together they perform fresh self-penned songs with catchy melodies and infectious grooves.
They also do quirky cover versions of Tainted Love, Billy Jean and The Arctic Monkey’ Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor.
According to the bands website, Elliott is a double-bass playing sassy jazz singer who takes her life experiences - and her views on the state of the nation - and hammers them out on stage with humour, irony, and a touch of mischief.
Her big voice and the ecstatic support of guitar, keyboards, and percussion from her band have audiences dancing in the aisles, offering thundering applause, and crying out for more.
She is inspired by a diverse range of artists from Tom Waits to Ella Fitzgerald to Bonnie Raitt to Michelle Shocked.
It is the impressive combination of voice and double bass that sets her apart from her contemporaries. The band has wowed audiences from Ireland to Finland and from art centres to rural touring schemes.
The Performing Rights Society described Elliott as: “A singer-songwriter with the unusual distinction of being a double bass player; her songs are upbeat in every sense - lyrically optimistic and musically infectious. Stylistically, the sound is richly produced bluesy cafe-jazz...you’ll be hearing more about Kel.”
A promoter Live and Local touring scheme said: “Standing behind her double bass, Kel Elliott opened her mouth to sing and the roof came off,”
The Village Hall Promoter said of the act: “Kel Elliott were fantastic. I have seen a few acts now and I think this band is one certainly up there with the best.”
More information on Kel Elliott is available from the performers’ website at www.kelelliott.com/
The show will run for 90 minutes and is aimed at adults and older children. Audience members are asked to bring their own refreshments. Tickets cost £8.50 or £6 for young people aged 16 and under and are available from the Box Office on 01889 565228.