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October 15, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Britten Studio
Snape Maltings Retailing
Snape Bridge, Snape, Saxmundham IP17 1SR

Suffolk Songfest

Anna Meredith
Acts selected by BBC Introducing in Suffolk
Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Two of Suffolk?s leading champions of new musical talent, Aldeburgh Music and BBC Introducing in Suffolk, present a Saturday evening marathon of exciting bands and songwriters.

And if you are a songwriter, you can also take part in a practical songwriting workshop earlier in the day.

BBC Introducing in Suffolk launched on air in 2009, and has since featured hundreds of emerging artists. The aim of the show is to give an outlet for the musicians who are otherwise overlooked, and to celebrate the local music scene. Success stories include Ed Sheeran and DELS, while other acts have gone on to perform at festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude and Reading and Leeds. The show is broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk, between 8-9pm on Saturdays. BBC Introducing in Suffolk will select a number of exciting up and coming acts to perform at Snape.

MOBO-nominated cellist and singer- songwriter Ayanna Witter-Johnson has quickly emerged as an exciting voice, inspired by blending folk and soul. As an Open Space artist at Aldeburgh Music, she wrote and produced her third EP on the Suffolk coast, culminating in supporting Gabrielle at the Snape Proms. At Suffolk Songfest she brings her trio for a soulful and uplifting set.

?The pressure at the top end of music today means that unless you can master your instrument, sing like an angel and write your own work you?re going to nd it hard to reach the top! Ayanna is all these things and more and I?m her biggest fan!? Gilles Peterson

Anna Meredith a composer, producer and performer of acoustic and electronic music whose sound straddles the different worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock. Her work has been performed everywhere from the Last Night of the Proms to the M6 Services and her band?s debut album Varmints has received huge critical acclaim. Much of her recent work has been developed over a number of residencies at Aldeburgh Music.

?One of the most innovative minds in modern British music…Varmints is a knockout, the kind that makes you see cartoon stars.? Pitchfork

?***** Track after track builds through hypotrochoid spirals to a relentless, ecstatic crescendo, but the other surprise is Meredith?s knack for catchy pop.? The Guardian