+ Robin James Hurt
“At 70, Julie is still the possessor of the most radiant smile in Britain” – Tom Paxton
After a career in music spanning 47 years and counting, most musicians would be winding down and preparing for retirement but folk-legend Julie Felix is not most musicians and seeing the phenomenal energy exuded by Julie onstage is like being in the eye of some sort of folk hurricane.
Julie left her home in California in the early 60’s, hitch-hiking throughout Europe with just a duffle bag and her guitar. After living on a Greek island – where she met and performed with another newcomer by the name of Leonard Cohen – Julie finally arrived in England in 1964 where she was quickly signed to the seminal Decca label and became the singer-in-residence on the hugely popular Frost Report which culminated in Julie getting her own BBC show where she hosted legends such as Leonard Cohen, Dusty Springfield and Richard Harris among many others.
Julie is acknowledged as one of the world’s top interpreters of the music of Bob Dylan. It was therefore no surprise when Remarkable Records released the album “Starry Eyed & Laughing”, a double CD of her versions of Dylan’s songs. The album was recorded with a veritable array of superstar musicians, including John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), John Renbourn (Pentangle), Danny Thompson (John Martyn, Pentangle, Nick Drake, Richard Thompson), Dave Swarbrick (Fairport Convention), English folk legend Martin Carthy, Kiki Dee, and P.J Wright (Steve Gibbons Band, The Dylan Project).
After nearly 50 years of making phenomenal music nothing has changed for “Britain’s first lady of folk”; Julie Felix is still brimming with energy on stage and off and still performs with pure joy for music and for the world around us.
ROBIN JAMES HURT
Born in Belfast, raised in Scotland and living in Dublin for many moons now, Robin James Hurt plays guitar like a ‘demon gadgie’, as they say in Edinburgh! He also sings like a wee bird, and composes and arranges fine folky music.
In 2006, having spent 13 years as a professional guitarist working with all manner of bands, artists and projects – both famous and not-so-famous – Robin James Hurt decided to find his own voice and start performing solo, quickly drawing considerable interest in Ireland and abroad.
Long fascinated by the history of the stories told in song from these islands, Robin collects these ballads and re-works their melodies and structures to make modern diffusions of the originals – “traditional songs for the now“.
Robin has a new album in the can, for imminent release, another truly unique collection of the traditional music of Ireland and Britain as well as great original tunes.