Rebecca Downes 'Unplugged'

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Last Show: Sunday 4 th November 2018

PizzaExpress Live (Maidstone)

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 guitarist Tara Simms, will deliver ‘unplugged’ takes on several of their original numbers from the EP Real Life and the albums Back To The Start and Believe

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“One of the things that interests me about Rebecca Downes us that she has a whole range of what she can do with her voice. She tends to come across maybe live as mostly a big belter – yes she’s got that – but she’s got lots of subtlety as well. That particular track (Night Train) was an interesting example of her ranging between the two. I’ll be returning the new album definitely”

Paul Jones

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. 

Early 2019 will see a third studio album containing exciting new material honed with advice from producer Chris Kimsey, famous for working with the Rolling Stones and Peter Frampton amongst many others.  Following a hugely successful support tour in February and March 2018 with Magnum, Rebecca has been appearing with her band both as a support and headline act at venues and festivals in the UK and across Europe.  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.