Rupert Wates: A unique blend of folk, jazz, vaudeville and cabaret

Date/Time Sun 01 Oct 2023 8:00 PM

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Rupert Wates has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. In London he worked with some of the best performers in the city. After moving in 2001 to Paris, he is now based in New York City and Colorado. Since arriving in the US in 2006, he has won more than 50 songwriting and performing awards.

Wates has released 12 CDs, each an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavours of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. They have received outstanding reviews in the international online press and tracks from them have been played on radio all over the world. In 2010, Joe’s Café, an album of songs based on true stories, each interpreted by a different vocalist, traced the story of America through two world wars, the Dust Bowl depression, Vietnam and the struggle for Civil Rights, all the way to the present day.

Rupert Wates was voted an Artist Of The Year in both 2013 and 2016 by the international house concert network Concerts In Your Home. He performs sometimes alone, sometimes with his trio or his quartet. He prefers smaller listening rooms where the audience is up close and the emphasis is on the music. That would be us!

Despite Wates’ British background, and underpinning the universality of his music’s appeal, Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange has called him “a prime figure in American music” and goes on: “This is one gifted sonofabitch… If you’re not hip to this guy yet you’re missing out.”