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About Judith Owen
Show details for The Sugar Club, Dublin on Friday 21 November 2014:
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“One of the albums of the year” – The Independent
“Beautiful” – Ryan Tubridy, The Late Late Show (RTE 1 Televsion)
'Album of the week’ – RTE Radio 1
Judith Owen together with Leland Sklar (bass), Waddy Watchel (guitar) & Russell Kunkel (drums) will be making a highly anticipated return to Dublin in November, this time to play a live show at Dublin’s Sugar Club on Friday 21st of that month. Between them, Judith’s core band of drummer Russell Kunkel, bassist Lee Sklar and guitarist Waddy Wachtel played on many of the landmark albums from the 70s by the likes of Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne & indeed, many more.
Currently touring in the USA, the Dublin show is part of a frame of pre-Christmas European dates by Judith & friends as part of her “Ebb & Flow” album tour.
When Judith Owen & her band visited Ireland earlier this year it was to engage in promotional work for Judith’s new album, her eight, “Ebb & Flow”. While in Dublin Judith Owen and her band of legendary musicians recorded an RTE Radio 1 special with Ronan Collins, which we are delighted will get its official airing ahead of the band’s return in November.
Judith is married to the actor and humorist Harry Shearer, and in addition to her acclaimed solo work, Judith has for many years been Richard Thompson's female foil of choice. Both have appeared on each other's albums and Owen played a leading collaborative part in Thompson's projects 1000 Years Of Popular Music and Cabaret of Souls. She also co-created “Losing It” with Ruby Wax, a funny yet devastatingly honest two-woman show chronicling descent into mental illness that was a box-office hit in London's West End in 2011.
But it is her role as an unflinching singer-songwriter baring her soul that remains at the core of Owen's creativity. ‘Ebb & Flow’, she says, feels like a homecoming. "It's the sound I heard as a kid and which made me light up. I've brought it home and it feels nice to be here."
Following the release of the album in April, Judith played a sold out show at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival was touring as a special guest with Julia Fordham together with live summer dates in the USA ahead of her own headline European shows this winter.
The album, released in April of this year has received some stunning plaudets. Following a performance on BBC Radio 2’s Weekend Wogan earlier this spring, Judith has garnered support from Bob Harris and Jamie Cullum as well as Michael Ball and Patrick Kielty. In Ireland, this album has seen Judith embraced by many, and also RTE Radio 1 where “Ebb & Flow” was featured ‘album of the week’.
“The Welsh songstress revisits the velvet texturing of the classic 1970s LA studio sound. It is a choice made not lightly or indulgently as Owen’s delicious phrasing and languorous pace bring out the depth and lustre in her svelte songs.” – Daily Mirror, The Ticket
“The languidly poignant quality of the songwriting renders Ebb & Flow a resounding success, an incredibly lovable album full of heartfelt, honest emotion and effortless charm swept along by Owen’s gentle, lustred vocal style.” – R2
“Ebb & Flow” is seen as the most confident and assured album of Owen's career to date. Judith created ‘Ebb & Flow’, basing the songs on many of her own personal experiences.
To offer proper justice & respect to the album, and the sound Judith wanted to emulate, she turned to the legendary musicians who created the seventies’ troubadour sound. Between them, her core band of drummer Russ Kunkel, bassist Lee Sklar and guitarist Waddy Wachtel played on many of the landmark albums from the era by the likes of Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne & many more. The Sugar Club show is going to music lover’s dream, and we personally, cannot wait.