John Etheridge (guitar)
Vimala Rowe (vocals)
Legendary English guitarist brings sensational new vocal star Vimala Rowe to the Vortex for an evening of passion and soul. John will play some of his celebrated solo set and then be joined by Vimala for an intimate guitar /vocal duo, featuring repertoire drawn from sources across the world.
“Awesome authority whenever he touches a guitar” – The Guardian
“National Treasure” – Birmingham Post
Rowe is a highly accomplished jazz singer who has worked on the London jazz scene with saxophonist Bobby Wellins and pianists Jonathan Gee and Alex Webb amongst others. She has also worked with the rap band TKO, guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel, and released the EP “Vimala”, a collaboration with bassist Simon Horn that won an Indy Award for ‘Best Soul, Jazz and Funk Act’ in 2008.
The collaboration between Etheridge and Rowe developed from a spontaneous meeting as the guitarist’s liner notes explain;
“I first met Vimala while walking on Hampstead Heath. We struck up a conversation ,talking about music and philosophy. A few months later she came with friends to one of my solo shows and I invited her up to sing. The audience and I were taken straight to another dimension through the soul, range and passion of her singing”.