A Double Duo-Bill: The Gillies + Milton Hide

Date/Time Sun 03 Mar 2024 8:00 PM

Price Online - £10 + £1 fee; On The Door - £12

We follow two solo artists on one bill with two duos on one bill…

The Gillies are an Americana, Folk singer/songwriter duo from SE London. Their music tells of love, loss, bittersweet and harsh realities, while the distinctive sound of their acoustic guitars create an intense lonesome dark musical style.
“Music for your graveside” is one way they describe their songs. True, there’s darkness in there but also moments of lightness and joy that confirm our existence, and The Gillies can convey all that in just one song. Their sound, a weaving together of steel-strung and tenor guitars, flits between the ethereal and gritty down-home reality. Delivered with unaffected clarity, their work combines bittersweet immediacy with an intangible sense of nostalgia.

Masonry Nails, their third album has eleven original songs produced by award winning Phil Dearing and recorded at LSound London. This album takes on a different feel to their other acoustic albums, having a full band sound on some of the tracks. In November 2022 they followed up the album with an E.P.: Can’t. In November ’23 they released the single Saviour.

Milton Hide (AKA Jim and Josie Tipler) come from East Sussex and live at the foot of the famous Long Man of Wilmington hill figure. The duo weave eloquent, well-crafted songs and stories – Jim’s guitar and Josie’s pure vocal delivery blending perfectly. Arrangements also include percussion, with the clarinet providing a third voice. Their music has been described as “reminiscent of the Moody Blues” (Living Tradition), “a touch of Fleetwood Mac” and “vintage Steeleye” (Spiral Earth).

Their debut album, Temperature’s Rising was recorded during lockdown in 2020 and released in Spring 2021 to great reviews.

Building on Jim’s experience of many years playing in folk and roots bands, Milton Hide started performing in 2017.  Milton Hide will transport you from the Sussex Downs, across the Atlantic to the Appalachian Mountains introducing a host of intriguing and memorable characters on the way. At the end of the evening you will be humming their witty, insightful and uplifting music all the way home.