Monday, 13 August 2012

Pocketsize (music)

I first heard Pocketsize at the Six Bells in Chiddingly during a Folk and Blues Club night where they played a beautiful version of Krauss and Plant's Long Journey. The duo perform regularly from Hastings to Eastbourne to Lewes and the YouTube clip below was filmed at the Under Ground in 2011. The Eastbourne-based group are husband and wife duo Liz and Darren Pearson. Liz has a stunning voice and plays autoharp, Darren is a talented guitarist who sings beautiful harmonies. The duo are often joined by other musicians including the fabulous Richard Walder of R'n'R on tea chest bass. 

Darren, who also plays bass with The Cajun Dawgs, is particularly drawn to the Americana style of harmonies, which Pocketsize have perfected, and I love the chilled rhythms of their own songs such as Walking, Shivering and the surreally titled Squashy Lemon Squeezy. 

2012 has seen an expansion of venues for Pocketsize with gigs at the Wheatsheaf in Willingdon, the Snowdrop in Lewes, Eastbourne Beer Festival, the Jenny Lind in Hastings and Chapter 12 in Hailsham. They are already lining up gigs for 2013 with new gigs including the Underground Theatre Coffee Morning and an evening at the Ranelagh in Brighton.


Underground Theatre, Sat 12th Jan, 10:00-12:00.Free admission.

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