Nashville sounds arrive at Twickfolk

Jeni and Billy: Stories about miners, millworkers and revival preachers

Jeni and Billy: Stories about miners, millworkers and revival preachers

First published in News Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Richmond and Twickenham

Nashville-based musicians Jeni Hankins and Billy Kemp bring together their distinct musical backgrounds at Twickfolk next month.

Drawing inspiration from Appalachian roots music, the duo write songs which tell stories about miners, millworkers and revival preachers.

Twickfolk organiser Gerry Evans said: “Jeni Hankins and Billy Kemp charmed us when they performed at Twickfolk last summer and gave our audience a warm feeling.

“When they said they were returning to Britain for another tour we were delighted to invite them back.

“Their Appalachian roots are deep-seated and they play a range of bluegrass instruments, sounding almost like a modern-day Johnny Cash and June Carter and treading the common ground between folk music and country.

“What sets them apart is the quality of Jeni’s song-writing, which harks back to the slower, less hectic and simpler life of the 50s and 60s.”

Jeni Hankins and Billy Kemp; Twickfolk, the Patch, London Road, Twickenham; June 8, doors open 7.45pm; tickets £11 on the door; visit for more information.

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