Rupert Wates, singer/songwriter and Last Minute Folk favorite will return to Topeka for his first appearance at the Jayhawk Gallery stage on February 11th, 2017. The Vogts Sisters from Erie, Kansas will open the show.
Concerts are held at the historic Jayhawk Theatre Gallery at 720 SW Jackson, Topeka, KS. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students with ID and are available on line at www.lastminutefolk.org or at the door. Refreshments provided at intermission by Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Social Justice Committee for free will offering.
Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. His contract required him to write material in all kinds of styles and genres, for all kinds of artists. He worked extensively with Jazz vocalist Liz Fletcher, and wrote the album ‘Blue Afternoons‘ (Mainstem, 2002) specially for her voice. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado.
Since coming to the US, Wates has won more than 30 songwriting awards (www.rupertwatesmusic.com/awards).
His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released seven solo CDs. They have been very well reviewed in the online press and tracks from them have been played on radio all over the world. Wates’ songs have been recorded by other artists in the UK, Canada and the US. In 2015, Nashville-based performer Roxie Rogers independently released Crazy Puzzle, a CD comprising songs from Wates’ back catalog, which might fairly be described as a tribute album to his songwriting. Over 20 recordings featuring Wates’s songs by other artists were made in 2016, and more are scheduled for 2017 (full list at www.rupertwatesmusic.com/covers).
“Hauntingly Gorgeous…Angelic Voices.” Frank Gutch, Jr. – No Depression Album Review
Touring the Midwest since May 2012, the Vogts Sisters touch the hearts of audiences everywhere they go. The young emerging artists have gained widespread recognition for their haunting vocals and tight sisterly harmonies, taking their music wherever they can to include stages at festivals, auditoriums, theaters, and even a few coffee houses.
The Vogts Sisters have garnered numerous awards in regional and international songwriting competitions, including their latest win at the 2016 Walnut Valley Festival’s New Song Showcase. The girls have over twenty-four original songs that fit seamlessly into their acoustic Americana-Folk act, blending timeless music with sweet sister harmony. A few of their musical influences include Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, and Gillian Welch, but they often surprise audiences with covers from Johnny Horton, U2, or Fleetwood Mac.
The Vogts Sisters released their first co-produced album, Homeward, (June 2016) as a humble attempt to truly define who they are as artists and musicians. My Own Dixie (March 2015), has achieved high-ranking reviews and radio airplay on a regional and international level, calling attention to their haunting vocals and lyrical depth and maturity. Their debut album, Old Time Noise, released in 2012.
Maggie (age 25) plays the fiddle and guitar and graduated college in December 2013, while Abigail (age 20) plays the mandolin and guitar and attends a local junior college. They make their home in rural Erie, Kansas. Praised for their graceful, authentic, yet vulnerable performances where one hears the real deal, the Vogts Sisters remain humble, possessing a highly developed sense of who they are and what they represent.