TWO award-winning singers who met at Nettlebed Folk Club are preparing to release their first
TWO award-winning singers who met at Nettlebed Folk Club are preparing to release their first record together.
The five-track Wings EP is the work of Jackie Oates and Megan Henwood — plus bass player Pete Thomas, with whom they regularly perform live as a trio.
Produced by Pete Brown and recorded at Henwood Studios near Wallingford, the EP is the trio’s first studio collaboration since Oates and Thomas worked on Henwood’s acclaimed 2015 album Head Heart Hand. By contrast, the new record features one original composition — Henwood’s Bettystown — alongside three cover versions and Oates’s reworking of the traditional song Setting of the Sun.
The EP’s title comes from a haunting take on What’s the Use of Wings by Brian Bedford of vocal harmony trio Artisan. The other two covers are Love Vigilantes by indie legends New Order and Ghosts by folk trio Lau.
Having warmed up by playing the Crooked Billet in Stoke Row earlier this week, Oates, Henwood and Thomas will officially launch the Wings EP at St Pancras Old Church in London on Thursday (August 25).
Megan said: “It’s like a smaller Union Chapel — it’s a really beautiful venue, great acoustics and I think it will lend itself really well to what we’re doing.”
Doors open at 7.30pm. The support act is the trio’s Dharma Records labelmate Kevin Pearce.
Tickets for “An evening with Jackie Oates & Megan Henwood” are £15. To book, visit www.musicglue.com/dharma-records/listings