March 1, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Expressions Cafe, 554 Ward Street, Nelson, BC V1L 1S9, Canada
“If we were a wanky wine label, we would read something like this: …a motley mix of winsome folk, bruised with blues and infused with banjo, with heady jazz notes, a hint of country, and spicy gypsy !undertones.”
Sofiella Watt is a 23 year old singer/songwriter, self taught guitarist and banjo plucker, waitress, vagrant, hedonist.
Hailing from the wilderness of the Manning Valley in Australia, she has been spreading her blues infused folk music up and down the coast for some years now.
She collaborated briefly with other like-minded vagrants Lara Amos and Michael Brown, to record her first EP in 2010 turning her raw and quirky solo sound into something a little bit bigger, a little bit different. After playing festivals such as Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts and Music Festival, and Wingham Akoostik; Sofiella launched off to Europe in search of more stories.
She returned to complete a second EP “To Friends Of The North Wind” in June this year. As soon as recording was finished Sofiella hit the road with her musical pirate man, Jimmy Maher, and so was born Sofiella Watt and Huckleberry Jim. The two embarked on a house-concert tour that stretched over 4 states, 2 and a half months and 20 shows, from Melbourne to Darwin. This time spent lugging their guitars, banjo, washboard and a car full of camping gear across the country led the duo to many charming backyards, bars, lounge rooms and rooftops, where
they always seemed to serenade the sweetest folks.
Sofiella grew up getting inspiration from old jazz and blues greats like Billie Holliday, Edith Piaf, and Otis Redding. Also being shaped along the way by folk artists like Laura Marling, Regina Spektor and The Be Good Tanyas.
Sofiella Watt and Huckleberry Jim have an intimate on-stage manner and slightly off-beat ease that lead you to believe you are not just an unknown audience member, but an old friend listening to a story-with-amelody over a beer.