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An acoustic quartet steeped in the British Folk Tradition with influences of Celtic and American Bluegrass

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Open Water are an acoustic quartet steeped in the British Folk Tradition with influences of Celtic and American Bluegrass

Based in the South East of England,  Open Water bring a fresh approach to acoustic music.  Joanne Doolan’s unique vocals emanate from her Welsh musical roots.  Guitars and other stringed instruments are played by Jeff Alexander and Richard Rozze.  Jeff’s influences come from traditions as varied as the Renaissance lute and flamenco guitar.  Richard’s influences stem from rock, blues and jazz traditions.

With refined vocal harmonies, Open Water create original music, taking folk music in new directions.  The trio have recorded and performed with double bassists Alex Keen and Dave Whitford.

Tracks have been featured on BBC Radio Cambridge, BBC Radio Kent and BBC Radio Shropshire Folk Shows

”Cracking they sound, magic. Very impressed by them indeed.” Doug Welch BBC Radio Kent Folk Show

Reviews:

….heart – breakingly poignant [and] liltingly nostalgic…Joanne Doolan has a beautiful voice that puts one in mind of June Tabor or Maddy Prior.” Kent JazzFolk

 ” A really entertaining album and for one whose taste is more rock – based,  I found it very much ticked enough boxes for me to listen to each track intently. In my years as a reviewer there have been a few pleasant surprises, notably Carolyn Hester in the 60’s and Joanne Carlin (aka Melanie Harold) in the 70’s. This album had the same effect and made me want to hear more.’‘ Jim Gaines legendary reviewer for the ‘Disc and Music Echo’ magazine

…they will find their natural home on the folk club circuit where they will be very well received…”  Shire Folk

Hugely talented”  Chris Denerley, The Beyond Folk and Acoustic Radio Show

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    Debut album from Kent based folk group, Open Water. ” I found it very much ticked enough boxes for me to listen to each track intently….This album …made me want to hear more.’‘ Jim Gaines, ‘Disc and Music Echo’ magazine



    Above The Waterline

    About ‘Above The Waterline.’
    From March 2020 we started writing material for our second album
    It helped us through those tricky times. Rather than dwelling on the uncertainty of the situation, we were inspired to write hopeful, uplifting, often ‘spiritual’ music that would unite all. The music has the ability to heal and uplift.
    We have been greatly inspired by Deal’s beautiful coast line, historic buildings and Folklore. There is a song on the album, ‘Lone Tree Hill’ inspired by a gruesome tale of a soldier posted at Dover Castle. Another song ‘The Tinker’ was inspired by Richard’s  Grandad who made dolls house furniture. Other songs ‘Summer Cries,’ ‘ I Trust The Road,’ and ‘Rainbows End’ embrace the human journey, letting go of the ego and following a simpler path,  ‘Winter Bride’ is a heartbreaking story of a lady, who pregnant, was left at the altar.  ‘Mabinogion’ is Jo’s ode to her birth place, Wales. 
    The CD features some impressive Turner inspired artwork by celebrated Kent  artist Matthew Alexander.

     



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