Abi Farrell was raised in Oxfordshire on a soundtrack of female-driven pop, funk and soul. Influences from the likes of Aretha, Carole King, Eva Cassidy and Chaka Khan may all be present in her music, but each song is brought into the here and now by her effortlessly pure voice and lyrical dexterity. Named as ‘an artist on the rise… a considerable talent’ by Blues and Soul magazine, Abi’s music explores topics such as self-esteem, empowerment, ambition, social mobility and misogyny.
Abi’s songwriting, which blends a love for classic and modern soul with a contemporary pop sensibility, has been praised by BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 4, BBC Introducing, BBC Radio London, and Mi-Soul Radio to name a few. Her signature track, ‘Empowered’ earned a 10/10 review from Blues & Soul Magazine who named it “A bouncing soul-soaked track chock full of positives, including a standout vocal from an artist on the rise.”
Abi has performed sell-out shows with her 7-piece and 10-piece band line ups at London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, Pizza Express Holborn, and the Jericho Tavern Oxford to name a few, and has previously opened for artists including Izo Fitzroy, MF Robots and Michelle David and the Tru-Tones. Festival appearances include The Big Festival and Cornbury Festival. For her show at Servant Jazz Quarters, Abi will be debuting new music with her 7-piece band.
“Proper Soul for the 21st Century” Craig Charles House Party – BBC Radio 2
“Great songwriting and a beautiful voice” Robert Elms – BBC Radio London
“An artist on the rise… a considerable talent” Blues & Soul Magazine
“Abi’s sound is proof of the power and reach of true music… a rising star!” Soul Tracks
“Sounds good doesn’t she… very cool!” Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show – BBC 6 Music
With support from Stephen Springall. Stephen’s music is an amalgamation of genres drawing influence from the Rock & Roll attitude of his upbringing and his love for the art of folk storytelling, which he discovered while growing up in Ireland. With a lyrical palette coloured by artists like Damien Rice, Kae Tempest and musical knowledge informed by Stevie Wonder, Sting and the Bros. Landreth, Stephen’s music is both thought provoking and deeply moving.