Creative, folk-pop genius

2011-10-28 00:00

JOSIE Field will be performing at Cliffy’s country pub this Sunday afternoon. The opening act for the afternoon, starting at 2 pm, is local folk rockers Zephyr.

Two albums into her career, and Field has successfully taken occupation of that part of the musical terrain defined by free-flowing, sometimes spiky, folk-pop, coupled with intense and often personal lyrics.

The multiple South African Music Award-nominated singer and ­songwriter doesn’t veer dramatically out of her now-signature creative style on her third solo album 1984. Instead, she has followed a natural path to add in material that’s more ballsy than ­anything else she has done and, at times, quite unashamedly, commercial.

Producer and musician Kevin ­Leicher of Dark Star Studio has proved a potent creative foil for Field, helping her bring to life the songs that she writes. After producing Field’s debut, 2006’s Mercury and her follow-up, ­Leyland (2008), Leicher has an intuitive feel for the songs that she brings into the studio, and on 1984 he’s credited as a co-composer of the music on the album — with Field handling all ­lyrics.

Goodbye, a duet with Arno Carstens, is a keenly felt emotional ballad that’s likely to cement a creative relationship between the two artists that will have fans of both enraptured.

Still, make no mistake — 1984 is very much a Josie Field album, and, as early reaction confirms, is hands down her best and most diverse record yet.

For more information, go to www.josiefield.co.za or e-mail ­josie@josiefield.co.za. For information on Cliffy’s country pub, phone 033 396 6710.

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