From: Martin Snodin [martin.snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]

Sent: 27 April 2011 19:27

Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2011-04-27 - Royal Wedding special


Newsletter                       27 April 2011

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Sorry, no wedding feature, just grabbing attention shamelessly - a last reminder...

And the gig makes it into the national press!

28 April 2011
Mary Gauthier

at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead

Ben Glover

£15 (£12.50)
Box Office 01342 302000






Mary Gauthier's (pronounced Go-shay) songs are as colourful as her background. Originally from New Orleans, she's survived jail, drug problems, living rough, various thankless jobs, the pressures of running a Cajun restaurant and intolerance of her lesbian lifestyle... and has the tales to prove it.

She has an incredible life story. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, given up at birth by a mother she never knew, Gauthier was adopted by an Italian Catholic couple in Louisiana. At age 15, she ran away from home, and spent the next several years in drug rehabilitation, halfway houses, and living with friends. She spent her 18th birthday in a jail cell.  Struggling to deal with being adopted and her sexuality, she used drugs and alcohol.

Spurred on by friends, she enrolled at Louisiana State University as a philosophy major, dropping out during her senior year. After attending the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, she opened a Cajun restaurant in Boston, which she ran for eleven years. After achieving sobriety, she was driven to dedicate herself full-time to song-writing, and embarked upon a career in music. She wrote her first song at age 35, and has since released seven albums. The latest, the highly autobiographical The Foundling has received tremendous reviews.

"With ‘The Foundling’, Mary Gauthier has created her first masterpiece. Not for the easily frightened, it is the most raw, brave and ultimately satisfying album I’ve heard in a very long time. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. ” No Depression Magazine

“With a voice like a grazed hawk, she sings bluesy Southern Gothic tales…Whatever you are doing I guarantee you’ll stop and listen to every word.” 4 Stars MOJO Magazine

“Without question, The Foundling is one of the most brilliant and heartbreaking pieces of music you will hear this year or any year.” 5 Stars The Sun

Ben Glover - We've been trying to book this exciting and prolific new artist for 2 years now. His third album 'Before the Birds' was released earlier this month and we can tell you it is superb, just as his earlier albums were - both were in our top three albums for 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Ben's story is quite amazing. He'd just finished his law degree in Belfast when he decided to become a troubadour instead of a barrister. Still relatively new to the scene, he was spotted and quickly found himself in Nashville recording with the likes of Vince Gill, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, and Mary Gauthier.  Gauthier especially has taken an interest in Glover, adopting him as the support act for 2010 and now her 2011 UK tour. This from Ben's website:

"I am so grateful for the opportunity to support Mary on tour. She is one of the finest artists and people that I know," says Ben. "We had such a great time on tour last November and I'm looking forward to another successful run of shows. The first date kicks off  at Chequer Mead in East Grinstead, England  on April 28."

"From the rapt attention of everyone in this packed venue you might have thought he was a headliner rather than the support act but it probably won’t be long before he is getting star billing" Gig review from St. Bonaventure's in Bristol by Keith Clark


Mary Gauthier

Click here for YouTube video/music sampler from Mary's 2007 album, Between the Daylight and the Dark

Ben Glover

Click here for Youtube video/music sampler from Ben's new album, Before the Birds



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