A little bit of Biddle goes an awfully long way at String Jam
Everyone’s favourite local Aussie warbler is sure to pull in the crowds at Selkirk’s String Jam Club on Friday, December 6 as Jenny Biddle returns for another show.
Back by popular public demand, the prolific indie folk/blues singer-songwriter, first-rate guitarist and pianist, guitar maker, Melbourne’s Best Busker (for three years running) and blues harmonica player may only be five feet tall, but she packs one hell of a punch.
Her fabulous music, warm personality and stage presence has won her masses of fans throughout the world, having only recently completed tours of Germany and Canada.
Now happily married and based in the Borders, she has eight albums under her belt and an iTunes chart-topping single.
Jenny Biddle wraps herself around her guitar, and like a marriage between body and instrument, she commands the guitar to talk “with uncommon skill and absolute self-assurance.” (Australian Stage).
String Jam’s Allie Fox told us: “Her guitar ability is something to behold, in fact after her first gig at the club I wrote: ‘I swear that Jenny and her guitar came out of the same womb’.
“Don’t just take my word for it – come to the club and see for yourself. Hearing is believing.”
Music was always Jenny’s destiny and it all started with the ukelele at the age of four, then piano aged five, leading to guitar when she was nine.
Her debut studio album ‘Chest of Drawers’ in 2009 was described as “Beautiful, no-nonsense folk music, with one of those great emotive voices that echoes just a touch of world-worn huskiness” (Dom Alessio, Triple J). Trad & Now Magazine described it as “… quite simply remarkable.”
In the company of Tracy Chapman & Passenger, Jenny’s ‘Hindsight’ single climbed to #9 in the iTunes Songwriter Charts in 2013.
Her third album ‘Hero in Me’ was followed by ‘Cover to Cover’.
The album bears witness to Jenny’s musical dexterity and mastery of different genres, delivering ingenious cover renditions of songs by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Cold Chisel and Fleetwood Mac, while she plays her self-made baritone guitar, harmonica, haunting piano and more.
Her fabulous blues/roots version of Michael Jackson sees her exploding into a 10 minute sweltering guitar improvisation, a piece that always sets the place alight when performed live.
Celebrating over two decades of guitar playing, Jenny has hosted workshops at festivals, was the 2013 Artist in Residence at Macquarie University (Sydney), lecturing about alternate guitar tunings, songwriting, performing, and advanced guitar techniques.
In this gig, held in Selkirk’s County Hotel, Jenny celebrates the launch of her latest album “Live in Scotland” recorded in the heart of the Borders.
Tickets (£12 & booking fee) are available online from Eventbrite, in person from the County Hotel, or phone String Jam Club on 07930 872033.
Tickets available on the door, subject to availability.
Why not make an evening of it, and enjoy a 10% discount off hotel restaurant meals for ticket holders from 6-7 pm on the night.