Julie & Gavin Atkin
||Careless Love Blues
||The Glory Of Love
||How Much Is That Doggie In The Window
||I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
||It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
||Memphis In June
||Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
||Que Sera Sera
||On A Slow Boat to China
||Two Sleepy People
||Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron
||Everything Stops For Tea
||In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree
||A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Album: Sentimental Journey
Genre: Folk, Trad. 20th Century Music
Red Admiral Records
CD: 6th Decembe 2013
Shop and Downloads 2nd December 2013
All life is a journey, and almost everyone's path includes some unexpected turns.
Julie and Gavin are no exception to this rule. As a young woman Julie had classical singing training concentrating mainly on opera and lieder, and then performed both that material and old-fashioned popular songs in local productions.
Eventually, however, having a family and moving house several times meant the performing stopped and by the time she met her now-husband, folk scene multi-instrumentalist Gavin, she hadn't sung for years.
With Gavin bringing so much music back in her life, Julie started singing again and it quickly became clear there was something special in the often nostalgic combination of Julie's Tin Pan Alley songs and Gavin's squeezeboxes – the rarely-played Jeffries duet concertina, and the melodeon.
These days, Julie and Gavin are happy to take up invitations to sing in their home county of Kent and across the country at music clubs, festivals and community events. The older generation in particular delight as Julie's voice reminds them of the film and stage singers of the past, and Gavin's subtle squeezebox work recalls popular entertainments of a century ago.
●'Julie's interpretation of some well-known songs from a bygone age sits well with Gavin's accomplished box playing; the music could be the soundtrack to one of those BBC period dramas where the world was a slightly better place, and it leaves the listener with a warm nostalgic feeling' – Kim Headley, Broadstairs Folk Festival
●'The voice of an angel' – local music enthusiast
●'Sweet and earthy! A warm, nostalgic blend of Julie's songs from between the wars... Julie's fine, clear voice is shown off by swing-style chords on the Jeffries' – Valmai Goodyear, folk club and festival organiser
●'I sang all the way home' – Dan Quinn, musician and singer
●'An evening unlike any other... songs from the twenties and thirties beautifully sung with a backing of consummate artistry on concertina or melodeon' – Bob Kenward, noted singer-songwriter
●'Julie sings songs from diverse backgrounds while Gavin provides great accompaniments on a range of instruments' – Vic Smith, Folk at the Royal Oak, Lewes
Gavin also writes about everything nautical. His Blog is at http://intheboatshed.net/