Overview

A co-operative featuring Robert Plant and Suzi Dian - vocals,  Oli Jefferson - percussion,   Tony Kelsey – mandolin, baritone and acoustic guitars and Matt Worley – banjo, acoustic and baritone guitars, and cuatro.  

The five musicians work in glorious harmony from start to finish reworking a selection of diverse cover versions that have been collected from various places creating a musical journey in its truest form. Furthermore, this odyssey has been undertaken in the spirit of appreciation, musicianship, and exultation – they truly are a band of joy!

It’s 25 years since Robert Plant appeared at Poole Arts Centre (as Lighthouse was then known)  - we are delighted to welcome him back in what will no doubt be an extraordinary evening..!  

 

The Rails will appear as the support act for this performacne. 

 

REVIEWS

‘…Their music was sublime, laid-back and bluesy with eastern and folk influences. Robert was in fine voice, Suzi’s vocals blended perfectly, as well as standing out and owning it in her own right. With warm harmonies from Tony and Matt … we couldn’t believe our luck!”’.
Ultimate Classic Rock

‘…Plant has obviously been having a ball travelling through our “remarkable land, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house or a sober person anywhere we’ve left”. …. The combined banjo and mandolin work of Worley and Kelsey – if it has strings attached, these two men can get something out of it…. I have watched Plant live in many incarnations but I’ve never heard his voice sounding as comfortable as it did tonight, at home in the family he has created with these master musicians.’.  
Hot Press

‘….And herein lies part of what makes Saving Grace so special. It's the songs. In a word, they're great. They're great songs to start with, but this band (and it is very much a 'band', in no way a 'victory lap' platform for Plant) takes them to new places…. While you could hear the swampy origins, the magical thing is the way this set is rocked up and reworked with a mix of acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, mandolin and cuatro, all delivered with great depth and colour by Tony Kelsey and Matt Worley. Kelsey makes up for the lack of a bass by playing some excellent baritone guitar. Oli Jefferson's percussion is understated and everything this night needs.’ 
Irish Examiner

‘…The songs they select are often sung in close harmony, often spiritual and accompanied, appropriately enough, with banjo and acoustic guitar, plus superb electric guitar and rock drumming as well. Even though there were thousands there, the band created an extraordinary level of emotional intensity and intimacy. It was a magical ending to Sunday evening.’
The Evening Standard

…an eclectic mix of folky-bluesy-jazzy tunes that never once disappointed….The harmonies were spot on. So much so, in fact, that Plant melded with Dian better that he did with Alison Krauss on Raising Sand, which is no mean accomplishment…’  
No Depression- The Journal of Roots Music

MEET SUPPORT ACT - THE RAILS

The Rails are Kami Thompson and James Walbourne and hail from Camden in North London. The duo got together in 2013 and were soon signed to Island Records legendary pink label. Their debut album 'Fair Warning' garnered 5/5 reviews in the music press and was voted the number one Folk Album for 2014 by Mojo.  

The following year the pair won the prestigious Horizon Award for best new artist at the Radio Two folk awards and in 2016 they travelled to America to record their second album ‘Other People’ with Nashville legend Ray Kennedy.  

Tours of the UK and America followed as the Rails grew into a five piece electric band.  

2019 has seen James and Kami sign to Thirty Tigers (home to Jason Isbell, Sturgil Simpson and Lucinda Williams) and record a brand new album with Stephen Street. ‘Cancel The Sun’ was released in August 2019. 

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