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Rita Payne / Live Music

Fri 27Dec
9:00 PM

Note: This event has finished


Self proclaimed “Acoustic Foot-Stompers” Rita Payne (Rhiannon Scutt and Pete Sowerby) are one of the UK’s fastest rising acts. From supporting some of the country’s leading artists to appearing on BBC One’s The Voice UK, this unstoppable duo’s voyage to superstardom is unquestionable.

Drawing from eclectic mix of musical tastes, from Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles to Paloma Faith and Beirut, Rita Payne use breathtaking vocal harmony, mesmerising guitar riffs and toe tapping beats to create their own unique brand of acoustic music that is enjoyed by the most traditional folkies, rockers and chart lovers alike.

Even though they rub shoulders with the likes of Wilko Johnson, Chantel McGregor, and Sean Lakeman on a regular basis, this small town duo still have their feet firmly on the ground and are always eager to promote their hometown. “Doncaster’s finest songwriters,” were commissioned to write the Official Anthem of Doncaster for the opening of the new multi million pound arts venue- Cast, and performed it to a thousand strong sell out crowd. They then went onto make history by becoming the first musicians to headline the venue.

Rhiannon ScuttPete Sowerby

 “Doncaster’s finest songwriters.”kully thiari, managing director cast doncaster

“An incredibly talented band with glowing stage presence and a strong and tight set. Very professional and an absolute pleasure to work with.” amy brown, promoter candy bar soho, london pride 2013

“Rita Payne are capable of subtle magic. They’ve already pinpointed their strong points and there’s little doubt that future releases will see greater refinement of their talents. It’s the duo’s vocals that are the main attraction here; Scutt and Sowerby’s vocals which harmonise throughout, blend excellently with Scutt’s sweetness and control, complimenting the occasional hints of grit in Sowerby’s tuneful, adaptable croon. This début release sets out the Rita Payne stall with impressive purpose.” ian fildes, americana uk, feb 2013

“Audience reaction said it all, not one person left the room during their set and I can’t ever remember a support selling so many CDs, signing so many autographs and posing for so many photos. Charming isn’t a word I use very often but that describes their stage presence perfectly. Great songs, easy going but professional, an absolute joy to work with.”  chris wilson, promoter greystones sheffield, sheffield city hall and formerly the boardwalk sheffield

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