WHAT'S ON / Rhiannon Giddens plus special guests
7pm: Doors open | 7.45-8.30pm: Jordan Mackampa | 8.45-10.30pm: Rhiannon Giddens
The Grammy Award–winning lead singer of African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops, has stepped out on her own, winning over audiences around the world, with as the New York Times put it, “the fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues”.
On her solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn, Giddens delivers striking renditions of Dolly Parton’s Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind, & Hank Cochran’s She’s Got You, popularised by Patsy Cline. The album incorporates gospel, jazz, blues, and country, plus a hint of proto-rock’n’roll, and Giddens displays an emotional range to match her dazzling vocal prowess throughout.
Music legend T Bone Burnett says of Giddens. “It was clear the first time I heard her at rehearsal that Rhiannon is next in a long line of singers that includes Marian Anderson, Ethel Waters, Rosetta Tharp, Odetta, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone,” Burnett says. “We need that person in our culture. She is, in fact, that person in our culture.”
“Giddens on her own can wrap her voice around songs in a way few 21st-century vocalists can.” (The Colorado Springs Independent)
“Giddens explores the frontiers of Americana on a solo debut of phenomenal vocal power, effortlessly jumping between gospel holler, tender folk song and lachrymose country ballad.” (The Guardian)
“What was on display tonight was the performance of an artist on the cusp of a true critical and commercial breakthrough with a voice that was regal, confident and, at every turn, breathtaking.” (The Musical Box)