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Annie Duggan and Rob Hine

September 19 @ 19:30

Annie Duggan and Rob Hine

With two American tours and gigging extensively across the UK Annie Duggan and Rob Hines have established themselves as one of the Midlands most engaging and vibrant performers who have received national acclaim both at home and abroad not only for their own songs but also for their interpretation of material from artists who have influenced their own music which is a seamless blend of Americana, Blues, Jazz, Folk and Roots, covering a wide genre of musical styles.

Annie is known for her powerhouse and soulful vocals and Rob Hines for his distinctive wonderful finger picking guitar playing that has earnt him the nickname "The Wizard" . Together they deliver with an energy and a passion that takes you on a musical journey that touches the heart of any audience.

The pairing of powerhouse vocalist Annie Duggan with exceptional guitarist Rob Hines is a match made in … well, possibly Clarksdale Mississippi (as mentioned in their pre-show publicity) or Nashville Tennessee, or the backwoods of Alabama. Take your pick, but the ‘roots’ of their music undoubtedly originate from the diverse strands of blues, country, folk and jazz that combine in the melting pot of ‘Americana’.

To classify their music as one or other of these genres would be to do them a disservice, as their mastery of each and all is palpably plain to witness in their performance.

Annie opened with an acappella version of ‘You Are My Sunshine’, owing more to the Ray Charles version than the Andy Williams, her voice both powerful and expressive, encompassing the grit and growl of the blues, the more mellow tones of country music, and the subtlety of the jazz stylists. She employs all of these devices within her repertoire, including standard classics from those genres, and original compositions from the pen of erstwhile collaborator Colin Granger.

The empathy between Annie and guitarist Rob Hines is all encompassing, and his impressive technique allows him to employ both rhythmic subtlety and impressive interjectory extemporisations in his accompaniments. His solo excursions were truly amazing, the powerful propulsive drive of the country bluesman in tandem with the Scotty Moore ‘Sun Sound’ Elvis era rockabilly ‘licks’, and an occasional hint of Spanish flamenco, a truly amazing combination of influences finding a home in his one man guitar ‘orchestra’!

Dinner and a Show!

Bill's Kitchen, within Ludlow Assembly Rooms, is now offering a 2-course meal before the show for only £15 (if booked 24 hours in advance). Book your table directly with Bill's Kitchen and come along any time after 5.30pm to eat before the show starts – the earlier you come the bigger the menu selection. Please note that due to the popularity of these events you may be invited to share a table with other diners on the night.

For information about the meals, please contact Bill’s Kitchen directly on 01584 877956 or 

bill@billskitchen.uk https://www.billskitchen.uk/ludlow


September 19
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