Rebecca Downes 'Unplugged and In Conversation'

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Last Show: Saturday 7 th September 2019

PizzaExpress Live (Birmingham)

Award-winning, Birmingham-based Blues/Rock artist Rebecca Downes, returns to PizzaExpress Live for another ‘stripped-back’ performance, including songs from her critically-acclaimed new studio album More Sinner Than Saint, alongside one or two covers. The music will be punctuated with conversation as Rebecca and her co-songwriter Steve Birkett reflect upon the music, the song-writing process and the challenge of creating and performing original music.

"Rebecca has found her voice - HER voice. I love this voice - I love this album.”

Chris Kimsey (Producer – Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, Marillion)

Birmingham-based Rebecca is a ‘must see’ live act that often leaves newcomers simply blown away by the power of the performance. She was voted Female Vocalist and Emerging Artist of the Year at the British Blues Awards 2016 and
Female Blues Vocalist of the Year in the FORM UK Blues Awards 2018.

At this gig, Rebecca and co-songwriter Steve Birkett, accompanied by bassist Vincent John Yarrington, will deliver ‘unplugged’ takes on several of their original numbers from the EP Real Life and the albums Back To The Start, Believe and the recently-released More Sinner Than Saint.

Rebecca was born and grew up in Wolverhampton. She started performing live music when aged 13 and as a teenager wrote and performed her own material. The current phase of her career began when she linked up with Steve Birkett – a partnership that ‘clicked’, to the intense excitement of those around the pair. Their core genre was the Blues, but right from the start they have stretched their music in the direction of rock and that move is set to continue.

The third studio album More Sinner Than Saint contains exciting new material honed with advice from producer Chris Kimsey, famous for working with the Rolling Stones and Peter Frampton amongst many others, with tracks mixed by Bill Drescher (Rick Springfield, the Bangles, Spinal Tap) and Chris Childs of Thunder. It has received considerable acclaim from fans and reviewers alike and tracks from it will feature strongly in the set.

This is a rare opportunity to see a unique take on the Downes/Birkett songs in an intimate setting and should not be missed by existing fans or those new to the music.