"Like A Woman"

A musical celebration for International Women’s Day

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JW3 and Green Note present…. “Like A Woman”: A very different musical celebration for International Women’s Day.

Featuring, for one night only, The Magic Numbers co-founder Michele Stodart, iconic and enigmatic Canadian artist Jane Siberry, award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker, hotly-tipped Salford songstress Ren Harvieu, Mercury Prize nominated British artist Kathryn Williams, powerful English singer-songwriter Karima Francis, and the multi-instrumentalist front-woman of Art-Rock band Moulettes, Raevennan Husbandes, for an evening of salvaging and reinterpreting songs about the girl.

The singers will be accompanied by an all-female band featuring renowned multi-instrumentalist Kate St John on accordion and piano, Sophie Alloway on drums, with Michele Stodart on bass and Raevennan Husbandes on guitar - playing together for one night only!

The evening will include original material from the artists, plus an eclectic array of cover songs pertinent to the theme. An 'homage', if you like to She - the beautiful muse, the beloved sweetheart and the dangerous seductress to inspire and tempt male creativity so often depicted in song. She doesn’t exist, of course, but she has still managed to leave a huge song archive to her charms!

This promises to be a unique and very, very different and special evening of music… Not one to miss!



She takes just like a woman, yes, she does
She makes love just like a woman, yes, she does
And she aches just like a woman
But she breaks just like a little girl…
    – Bob Dylan


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Over a decade after Mercury Prize-nominated four piece The Magic Numbers landed in the top ten with their double-platinum-selling debut album, Michele Stodart took temprary leave of the band she formed with her brother Romeo, to release her second solo album‘Pieces ’.

Released four years after her solo debut, ‘Wide-Eyed Crossing’, the nine songs that comprise ‘Pieces’ confirm that, almost by stealth, Michele Stodart has turned into an artist whose work stands up to strong comparison to some of the iconic songwriters that helped shape her outlook.

The bedrock of Michele’s writing is a reliance on rock-solid melodies that always stop short of outstaying their welcome. Keen to ensure that the tunes earned their place on the record, Michele wrote most of the songs on ‘Pieces’ away from her guitar – only setting them to chord sequences when they refused to leave her head.

“Steeped in languid melancholy… [it] sits in a rich tradition that encompasses such touchstone female performers as Karen Dalton, Judee Sill… Emmylou Harris, Allison Moorer or Gillian Welch… ‘Pieces’ may just be the most impressive record she’s ever made” – 8/10 – Uncut

“…instantly engaging and evocative melodies and sung with an open and honest conviction that reflects the experiences that inform her words… Stodart’s album is a thing of perfection” – Folk Radio UK.

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Jane Siberry is a pure, prolific, Canadian singer-songwriter, composer, musician, record producer, poet, renowned for her hauntingly beautiful music, her creative innovations and signature sound that is uniquely her own. 

Iconic and enigmatic, Siberry is one of the world’s most unique and gifted singer/songwriters. Blessed with a sincere integrity and emotional depth, her work has spanned 3 decades, with the release of 14 studio albums and performances on concert stages around the world. Her 1985 album The Speckless Sky was a huge critical and commercial success and the follow up albums The Walking, Bound By Beauty, When I Was A Boy and her signature song Calling All Angels cemented her status as one of the world’s foremost performance artists.  Jane’s songs have been covered by numerous artists, with particular success by k.d Lang on her renditions of Love is Everything, Haint It Funny and a stunning rendering of The Valley.

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Emily Barker is best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to the hit PBS Masterpiece drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. Growing up in rural Western Australia, Barker fell in love with American roots music from the soul of Aretha Franklin to the country of Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris. Her travels led her to settling in the UK, where she has released a succession of critically acclaimed albums, including Nashville-recorded Applewood Road with Amy Speace and Amber Rubarth.

Her new solo album Sweet Kind of Blue was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Mary Chapin Carpenter). From country-soul ballads to the unfettered joy of the bluesy ‘Sunrise’, the album has been lauded as Barker’s best yet and features contributions from some of Memphis’ finest musicians.

“the arrangements are exquisite and the clear love [Barker] has for this music brings its own integrity” The Times ★★★★

“country-soul with luminous warmth” Mojo ★★★★

“finally sets out her true claim for stardom” Q ★★★★

“the sweltering funk of Sunrise and the title track sound like lost Muscle Shoals gems” UNCUT 8/10

“[Barker is] not some cultural interloper, but a true believer who has it in her blood” No Depression

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Ren Harvieu is a darkly enigmatic singer/songwriter from Salford, Manchester. Her top 5 UK debut album 'Through The Night' showcased her supple yearning voice and leant towards 60's pop, country & soul. She has performed with an eclectic array of artists including the legendary Tom Jones, US rapper Nas and with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

She's currently putting the finishing touches to her follow up album with songwriting partner Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, it promises to be something truly special. 

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British singer/songwriter Kathryn Williams began her career in 1999 with the release of Dog Leap Stairs, a beguiling set of low-key folk songs that drew comparisons to the hushed musings of Nick Drake. A native of Liverpool, Williams relocated to Newcastle to pursue a fine arts degree, emerging somewhat unexpectedly with a promising musical career when her second album, 2000's Little Black Numbers, was nominated for Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize. More expansive than her debut, yet still winsomely intimate, the album was initially released on her own Caw Records label, though it was soon delivered to a much larger audience via a licensing agreement with Warner's EastWest imprint. With her newly raised profile, Williams began writing her third album and making collaborative appearances with folk legends like Bert Jansch and John Martyn. Her much-anticipated follow-up, Old Low Light, arrived in 2002, followed in 2004 by a covers album called Relations.

Fiercely independent in attitude and appealingly understated in song, Williams resumed recording new material at a prolific pace, delivering 2005's Over Fly Over and 2006's Leave to Remain on her Caw label when her tenure with EastWest ran out. In 2008, she worked with British singer/songwriter Neill MacColl (son of folk icons Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger) on the collaborative album Two, which received a widespread release via Nettwerk Records. That same year, she also contributed vocals to Bombay Bicycle Club's debut single, "Evening/Morning." Another collaborative project followed in 2010, when Williams and Newcastle-based punk musician Anna Spencer formed the children's duo the Crayonettes.

Resuming her own solo career later that year, she signed with London-based label One Little Indian and continued releasing high-quality albums at a fairly brisk rate by modern industry standards. Issued in 2010, The Quickening was followed by the Adrian Utley-produced The Pond in 2012. Crown Electric arrived a year later as Williams embarked on her biggest U.K. tour yet. She has shared the stage with acts like Ray LaMontagne, Martha Wainwright, and KT Tunstall, among many others. Her 11th album, Hypoxia, a lyrically and sonically ambitious set of songs inspired by Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar, was co-produced by Ed Harcourt and released in 2015. The following year saw the release of Resonator, a set of jazz standards recorded with vibraphone player Anthony Kerr, and her 14th album, a collaboration with author Laura Barnett featuring songs based on Barnett's second novel, 'Greatest Hits' was released on 16th June 2017.

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Karima Francis is an English singer-songwriter originally from Blackpool. She was named by The Observer the number one act to watch in 2009. After performing at In The City in Manchester and SXSW in Austin she was signed by the independent record label Kitchenware Records/Columbia Records. She signed with Vertigo Records, a division of Mercury Music Group, in 2011. She released her first album, The Author, in 2009, The record was produced by Kevin Bacon and Jonathan Quarmby. The Author, Mixed by Micheal Brauer and Mastered by Bob Ludwig. 

Notable performances include appearing on Later With Jools Holland, supporting Paul Simon on the main stage at Hard Rock Calling, shows with Amy Winehouse, Patti Smith and The Stereophonics, as well as playing The Royal Albert Hall in support of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Her second album, The Remedy, was released in 2012. Produced by Flood ( U2, PJ Harvey, Smashing Pumpkins, Foals (band), Warpaint, St Vincent ). She recorded her third studio album BLACK Produced by Dan Austin ( Massive Attack, Biffy Clyro, Doves (band), Maximo Park) in 2015. 

Karima is currently working on new material to be released in 2018.

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Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Raevennan Husbandes has been touring the world with Art-Rock band Moulettes over the last 3 years, headlining prestigious venues across Canada, Europe and the UK. Husbandes' fluid finger-picking guitar style and beautiful, clear voice can electrify a room.  

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