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RUPERT WATES and GRETCHEN WITT Appearing Sunday March 13 2016 at 7:30pm


Rupert Wates was born in London, and he is "a ridiculously talented musician," said Kitchen Sink House Concerts in Arizona.

He has been a full-time songwriter since 1992 when he signed an exclusive deal with Eaton Music Publishing. Between 2007 and 2011, Rupert has won over 25 songwriting awards.

Joined by fellow singer/songwriter Gretchen Witt, who relocated from Ohio and has lived in New York for over a decade, both artist's songs were uniformly excellent in both performance and creation. Paired with unobstructed views of human nature from the vantage points of the songs' characters, both Witt and Wates's gift for smart lyrics and sharp hooks only hint at the depth of their talents.

Moving to Paris in 2001, Rupert Wates developed his skills as a singer and performer and formed his own group. Since September 2006, he has been based in the USA. His music has found a warm reception in America. 

The Forwardian Arts Society, in describing a recent performance, wrote, "It was as if Mr. Wates was standing at the well of humanity and drawing up the emotions and experiences of mankind to the surface where they could nourish those who partook of them from his vocal and musical instruments."

Since coming to the US, Rupert has won over 30 songwriting awards.

Wates averages 170 live shows a year, and he has performed in every state in America to critical acclaim. “[Wates] made us all sit up pop-eyed at what he could do with six strings,” wrote Keith Harrelson of Moonlight on the Mountain in Alabama. And in Concerts In Your Home reviews, C. Murphy wrote, “Our audience was spellbound for the duration of his performance.”

He has released six albums. His recordings have gained outstanding reviews and continue to be aired on college and mainstream radio all over the world.

Discography: The Rank Outsiders Ball (2014), At the Losers’ Motel (2012), Joe’s Café (2010), Dear Life (2008), Coast to Coast (2007) and Sweet or Bitter Wine (2005). Music Store 
In 2010 Wates released ‘Joe’s Café,” an album of 15 original songs based on true stories, each interpreted by a different vocalist, retelling the stories of ordinary American people. Through them we trace the story of America itself: through two world wars, the Dust Bowl depression, Vietnam and the struggle for Civil Rights, all the way to the present day. Recorded live in the studio in a single weekend, the album’s warm sound evokes the welcoming atmosphere of an all-night café, where friends gather to share their stories. Featured virtuoso musicians on the recording include Darol Anger on violin and Michael Manring on bass.

‘Joe’s Café’ has been presented very successfully at the Fringe Festivals throughout North America including Hamilton (Ontario), Kansas City, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Victoria (British Columbia) and San Francisco, and in other venues from New York City to the Southeastern United States.

The show won Best Music Revue in the San Francisco Fringe Festival.

Audiences everywhere respond to Rupert Wates’ brand of melodic art/folk—haunting songs that ring true.

Singer/Songwriter Gretchen Witt 
uses threads of folk, country, and pop to weave a sound ripe with femininity and edge.

She was selected three times as a Finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Competition, as a Top 5 Finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Troubadour Competition, The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Emerging Artist Showcase, and has received multiple honors from the Mid Atlantic Song Contest (2009 Finalist for "You Now", 2007 Silver Prize in Folk Category for "Sun on My Back", 2007 Honorable Mention in Pop Category for "Sunday Night", 2007 Honorable Mention in Folk Category for "Say So", 2006 Honorable Mention in Folk Category for "Consequence", 2006 Honorable Mention in Folk Category for "Soft Spot").

She plays regularly in New York City with her band at venues such as The Living Room, Makor, and The Bitter End, at festivals across the country including South by Southwest, The Heart of Texas Music Festival, NEMO (Boston), and others.

Gretchen was featured in a 2009 video clip as "one to watch". She has appeared on Charleston, South Carolina's ABC Morning Show "Low Country Live", the "Random Acts of Music" TV show (Canton, OH), and the "Bart Hawley TV Show" in Jackson, MI.

Reviewers have offered glowing feedback, including quips such as the following from Discovering Artists; "Whatever she does, she should keep on doing it. This is acoustic rock there anything this woman can't do musically? I doubt it." Another reviewer cites; "Witt's voice is her own and her style distinctly unique...neither formulaic nor contrived. It's worth catching her play at one of her favorite spots: this woman deserves a following," (Red is All the Rage).