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Return Of The Divas

Fri Oct 8th, 2021

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They go on too long, they laugh too loud, they’ll drink you out of the house and home and probably steal your horses. Lock up your sons! But they have beautiful voices and you will almost certainly fall in love with them.” Tony Fuell, Paekakariki

“With beautiful voices and arrangements, our pedigrees are immaculate. Between us we’ve worked with Richard Thompson, Van Morrison, Jasper Carrot, Fairport convention, John Martyn – oooh far too many to mention. Just say that they all worshipped and adored us dahlings.”

“Our songs are mostly self-penned along with the songs that have made us so well known throughout Europe.”

The Divas Gilly Darbey and Vikki Clayon

See you at the next gig at Delicia Café.

“Gillys emotional and sensual interpretations of blues / folk / jazz and gospel have had many likening her favourably to the late Eva Cassidy, but her voice is also reminiscent of Joan Baez, Katie Melua and early Joni Mitchell. Simply stunning and hauntingly beautiful!” Kiwi Folk Club
“In listening to Gilly Darby, one gets the distinct impression that this is the voice of a woman who has sung her entire life, a woman at ease with the voice she has and with the considerable talent she possesses.” Te Miringa Hohaia, Parihaka Peace Festival.

Vikki Clayton seemed to be aiming for a musical career from an early age. Born in England in the early/middle-1950's, she spent her early childhood absorbing the sounds of trad-jazz records, courtesy of her parents and, by her own account, later came to love the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein through the contemporary cast albums of South Pacific and The King And I. From her grandmother she learned folksongs from old Sussex, and she later enjoyed the advantage of having an eccentric music teacher, who introduced her to Morris Dancing and other folk traditions as well as to the folk-based work of Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Brittein, and Frederick Delius. Clayton took up the guitar at age 12, and at the time her influences were decidedly American -- Bob Dylan and Joan Baez loomed especially large in her consciousness.

See you at the next gig at Delicia Café.

blues, country/folk, jazz, Vikki Clayton, Gilly Darbey

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