Abi Farrell Live at Piano Smithfield London, 07/07/22

Abi Farrell Live at Piano Smithfield London, 07/07/22

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Abi Farrell Live at Piano Smithfield - 07/07/2022

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"Proper Northern Soul for the 21st Century" - The Craig Charles House Party Show, BBC Radio 2

"A great soul singer!" - Tony Blackburn, BBC Radio London

“Great songwriting and a beautiful voice” - Robert Elms - BBC Radio London

“An artist on the rise... a considerable talent” - Blues & Soul Magazine

Join Abi Farrell and her 7-piece band at Piano Smithfield, London on Thursday 7th July 2022 for this not-to-be-missed headline show. £15 Advance tickets via Eventbrite. Special Guest to be announced.

About the artist

Hailing from Oxfordshire, Abi Farrell was raised 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 Abi’s music but each song is brought into the here and now by her effortlessly pure voice and lyrical dexterity.

Following the release of her debut EP, ‘The Only Way I Learn’, in November 2019, Abi was named Richer Unsigned’s ‘Artist of the Week’ - “Abi’s control and vibrato of her incredible vocal tone is truly stunning”.

At an East London jam In February 2020, a chance meeting with Nick Corbin (New Street Adventure, Lack of Afro, Big AC Records), sparked a songwriting partnership that would develop fruitfully over lockdown and saw Abi becoming part of the Big AC Records family. A shared love of soulful music contributed to ‘Empowered’ and the co-written ‘I Will See You Through’, recorded with producer Mitch Ayling (The Milk) at Woods Lodge Studio in Essex.

‘I Will See You Through’ became Abi’s debut single on the newly established Big AC Records, shortly followed by ‘Empowered’ and a much sought-after 7” vinyl release to go alongside it too. This debut was quickly embraced by the underground soul scene with both singles earning rave reviews and worldwide radio exposure, including plays from the likes of Craig Charles (BBC 6 Music), Robert Elms (BBC Radio London) and Kurtis Powers (The Face Radio). As well as being reviewed by Blues & Soul Magazine who rated it 10/10 - “a bouncing soul-soaked track chock full of positives, including a standout vocal from an artist on the rise.”

October 2021 saw Abi opening for the Gospel/soul singer Izo FitzRoy at Oslo, Hackney followed by a sold-out headline show at Pizza Express Live, Holborn to mark the release of ‘Don’t Follow Me’, a social commentary on misogyny which was premiered by Robert Elms alongside an interview where Abi spoke eloquently about the importance of joining the fight for gender equality. The release also attracted the attention of Mi-Soul radio who named Abi as their ‘One-To-Watch’ and playlisted the track across their station. The momentum continued when Abi was invited to perform ‘Don’t Follow Me’ live on Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends”.

2022 is another busy year for Abi, beginning with the release of her brand new single 'Stepping Out Of Your Shadow' which has been championed by the Craig Charles House Party on BBC Radio 2 and followed by a sell-out show at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho. Piano Smithfield will be Abi's next full-band headline show. The remainder of 2022 will see more headline shows, festival appearances including most notably at Cornbury Festival, and a string of new releases.

About the venue

For over 10 years, Piano Smithfield has been the quintessential piano bar – a charming place to soak up the fun, lively and often raucous atmosphere whipped up by some of London’s finest piano players and singers, all the while requesting songs and indulging in the most delectable drinks and choice cocktails from an expertly crafted menu.

Now, driven by the passion of soul and blues artist James Sayer, Piano Smithfield has become London’s premiere live music and piano-bar venue, showcasing some of the best talent in the UK music scene today. Piano Smithfield has already played host to a whole range of acts and musical styles and has most recently featured acclaimed jazz and soul artists such as Liane Carroll and Derek Nash.

Still continuing to preserve the classic late-night piano bar tradition, Piano Smithfield is now also paving a way for exciting live music in the heart of London’s Culture Mile with mid-week and weekend shows followed by the brilliant piano players that are the beating heart of the venue.

Look no further than Piano Smithfield for a fantastic night of live music, piano bar favourites, singing, dancing and endless fun. Come on down and ‘let the good times roll’!

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