Chris Newman & Stella Hensley
Chris Newman, Blues, rock, slide and ragtime guitarist teams up with the velvet vocals of singer songwriter Stella Hensley. Their recent collaboration has culminated into a collection of 15 beautifully crafted original songs co written by the pair.
Their album "Tantra Blues" is receiving great reviews:
Art and Soul magazine Nov 2010.
"The combination of Stella's haunting voice and Chris's easy flowing style puts me at ease straight away. Turn It To Song, Controlled with Words, Letter To the Sun, from their album "Tantra blues" showed the lighter and more melodic side to their repertoire. With "Troubled Mind" the deeper bluesy side predominates giving reign to a more strident guitar and bluesy vocal. Feet had to tap, guitar lines to die for gave a platform for a powerful and wide ranging performance.My favourite has to be "Time Falls Away" the catchy hook and circular form immediately grabs you and is a grand example of the synergy hallmarking this wonderful duo.Try and get along to see them live, you won't regret it! " (www.artandsoulmagazine.com)
Chris Newman is an outstanding guitarist who started performing in the mid 70's. He has an impressive musical C.V. He has been a member of the "John Slaughter Blues Band" and toured as support for" The Climax Blues Band." Later he joined "The Gravy Train," a band formed by Colin Cooper (front man of the Climax) which featured Pick Withers on drums (Dire Straits) He has worked with Russell Gilbrook (Sabbath/ Uriah Heap) on a national Mapex drum tour. In 2003 he played at The Cambridge Folk festival with Steve Lockwood and Eric Roche. 2005 he headlined at the Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival in Philadelphia, performing songs from his Acoustic Tribute to Rory Gallagher album. (Redball Records) Chris composes music for TV adverts and film, and has been featured on BBC Radio 4. He demonstrates for Collings Guitars in the UK.
Stella Hensley trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. Worked on sessions for Mark Shaw (Then Jericho), Ricki Wilde, various film and radio work alongside her own gigs on the London circuit.
She has been songwriting all her life working with various musicians. She recorded her first original album "Ben and Me" with Guitarist Ben Smith in 1997. 2001 saw her opening up for "Uriah Heap" at "The Magicians Birthday Party " at The Shepherds Bush Empire. Her album "Six Hours Notice" followed . Stella went on to record a further two albums with guitarist Johnny Wright ; "Strong" and "Glass Bridges". Her voice is mellow and soulful and the lyrics are quirky and heartfelt.