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Red Shoes Saturday 7th May - The Gun Room @ The R.M.A. Tavern

Red Shoes in Southsea Saturday May 7th

On Saturday May 7th, Red Shoes will be making their debut in Southsea
in the intimate surroundings of The Gun Room @ The RMA Tavern,
Cromwell Rd, Southsea.

Red Shoes are Carolyn and Mark Evans from Birmingham.

At the turn of the millennium, Red Shoes simultaneously made a
comeback and called it a day.

In 2010 they released their debut album, Ring Around The Land, with
the help of Fairport Convention bassist and fellow Brummie, Dave Pegg.

The story of Red Shoes begins in the first half of the 1980s, when
folk singer, Carolyn Cook discovered guitarist, Mark Evans. In turn,
Red Shoes were then discovered by Howie Klein, legendary San Francisco
DJ, who gave them airtime, and Clive Gregson, who produced the tracks
which would become their first release on their own
Stepping Out label.

More releases followed, complimented by videos courtesy of the BBC.
In the 1990s, however, the now married duo found parental duties
calling, and drummers came and went. Musical momentum got lost in the
realities of everyday life.

Back to the millennium, and Red Shoes enjoyed a sell out reunion gig
at Birmingham's MAC Cannon Hill Arts Centre and waited for what might
be next.

Then daughter, Megan, introduced Red Shoes to myspace and youtube.
Stripped-down recordings on the family sofa in front of the camera and
4 track caught the attention of cyber audiences before that
all-important album offer came winging its way into their inboxes.

It is said that a debut album is often a band's best output, as they
have had all their lives to write it. This is so obviously the case
with Red Shoes. It has taken what must seem like an eternity to get to
this point. But ultimately, things of great quality and beauty will
always out.

Red Shoes are the perfect example of the talent, the substance, and
the songs will find a way. And they have. It's an enlightening story
of hope, optimism, and burning ambition. It's two performers who have
paid their life dues, and have something unfulfilled: a great talent
that deserves to be shared.

Some quotes from reviews for their album Ring Around The Land :

"Beautifully realised collection of well crafted songs rendered in
attractive, melodic folk-rock style" - Rock'n'Reel Magazine (R2)

"In one album, Red Shoes prove they are a potent force in English
acoustic music - `Ring Around the Land' - wonderful lyrics, superb
songs, memorable tunes. What more do you need?" - Tim Carroll

"Sandy Denny-era Fairports and the contemporary American country-folk
of Lucinda Williams sewn together neatly in these well crafted songs"

Support comes from charming and quirky singer/songwriter Libby LaBoo

Tickets are 5.00, available from :

The RMA Tavern

Saraband, 163 Goldsmith Avenue, Southsea

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