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When: 7pm on Thursday 25 November 2021
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this show is postponed. We’re working on a replacement date – your ticket vendor will be in touch to confirm the new details shortly.

We’re delighted to welcoming Lauren Housley to the Deaf Institute!

Lauren Housley is a singer and songwriter hailing from Yorkshire; a young woman with a deep connection to great songs, the craft of storytelling and an emotive vocal performance.

Her love of music started early, ‘It was like magic to me, that music could have such an impact on the way I felt. It became my therapy. Being a deeply empathetic person led me to channel my emotions into poems and songs, with a hope that they would bring some comfort, joy and understanding to people.’

Lauren independently released her first two albums, Sweet Surrender in 2015 and The Beauty of This Life in 2017, quickly garnering acclaim from fans, critics and fellow musicians. Her single Ghost Town Blues was playlisted by BBC Radio 2, where fans include Bob Harris OBE, whilst The Waiting Game became Robert Elms’ favourite track of the year on his BBC Radio London Show (‘Absolutely monumental’). Rave press reviews included Q, Uncut (‘Her voice is potent and the emotional directness of her songs is estimable’) and RNR Magazine (‘Lauren Housley’s blend of material is both thrilling and tender, propelled by a voice that stirs and soothes’). Music journalist and broadcaster Paul Sexton sums it up with: ‘What I love about Lauren’s voice, and the music she makes with her stellar band, is that she brings such pure, spontaneous soulfulness to everything she touches. Both on record and on stage, she’s the real deal.’

Lauren was invited to perform at the 02 Arena in London as part of Bluesfest, alongside some of the artists that have inspired her, including Van Morrison & Tedeschi Trucks Band. As well as opening for Vintage Trouble, Jack Savoretti and Van Morrison, Lauren has performed with some of her favourite female contemporaries including Yola and Klara Soderberg (First Aid Kit).

‘I’m a huge fan.. I really love her music’ – Bob Harris

‘An Americana-tinged singer-songwriter with a Bonnie Raitt-style twang, a winning way with a yearning lyric. Housley is her own woman…she’s as convincing as they come’ – Q

Special guest is Robbie Cavanagh. A self confessed devotee of ‘real music’, Robbie Cavanagh is not defined by genres. The only rules are good musicians, real instruments, great microphones and performance with emotion. Capturing sound, not producing it. Robbie performs self penned, unscrubbed tales of heartbreak, loss, love and discovery, and when he puts pen to paper, he lives by his own words. ‘The more you wrestle with an idea, the more contrived it becomes’. Robbie writes with honesty, emotion, and, most importantly, instinct.

Though his latest record To Leave/To Be Left (At The Helm Records) has received high praise from fans and industry professionals, it’s Robbie’s live performance that has really turned heads and attracted much deserved attention. Stepping out on stage with his long hair, Levi’s and Stetson, a guitar over his shoulder and a well earned confidence in his chest, Robbie can hardly open his mouth without also opening his heart. Performance is Robbie’s way of channelling emotion and his passion and energy are incredibly contagious.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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