Smart and Sassy Kel to perform in Stramshall

A SINGING double bass player with distinctly rich and powerful vocals is set to take to the stage in Stramshall.

Kel Elliott in Concert will be held at Stramshall Village Hall, in Vicarage Drive, 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 is described has having distinctly rich and powerful vocals and is backed by a tight band to perform fresh self-penned songs with catchy melodies and infectious grooves.

Born to a long line of musicians, her flair for music is said to be half inherited and half influenced by artists such as Tom Waits, Michelle Shocked, Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charlies, Ella Fitzgerald and Norah Jones.

She is backed 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 bluesy melodies and infectious jazz 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.

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.”

The Live and Local touring scheme, which is backed by the Arts Council of England and East Staffordshire Borough Council, brings top quality performers to rural audiences.

The Stramshall event has been organised by a group of local volunteers and music lovers.

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 or £6 for children and senior citizens and are available from Joy Oulsnam on 01889 563321.

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