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An Evening of Country Rock
The Lower Boathouse is a spectacular riverside, intimate and atmospheric venue, set along side the River Cherwell in Oxford. In this context it lends itself readily to summertime music and theatre art events.
For our 4th season and the third riverside event this summer, we are pleased to present Lil & Ollie, an evening of Original Country Rock Music. This description doesn’t fully illustrate the music these two perform as it has such a country rock, jazz and mellow ballad sound to it. Expect a great night with these top performers! Lil & Ollie will be accompanied by a percussionist to form a trio.
Artist Background and Biography.
Cyr wheel artist and singer Lil Rice started out by studying philosophy and theology at Glasgow University. She later trained at the National Centre of Circus Arts and, along with Fiona Thornhill and Jessica Ladley, won the NCCA Business Plan Award, which helped them launch Alula Cyr, the world’s first all-female Cyr wheel troupe.
Lil’s first performance was as an aerialist on the London Eye for Elizabeth Streb’s One Extraordinary Day during the 2012 Olympics, and she co-founded the events company Tangerino with her sister, Kitty. She also performs with musician Ollie Clark as Rice and Clark.
In the following extract Lil chats to Liz Arratoon for what was the last in a series of interviews with the Alula Ladies, before her appearance in their first full-length solo show, Hyena. They were presenting it together with Jacksons Lane – where they were associate artists – at the Spiegeltent on the Southbank in London during the Underbelly Festival. Hyena ran from 6-11 June 2017
‘What did you want to do after university?’
‘Lil Rice: I didn’t know, actually, I really didn’t know. I wanted to be a rock star, always, and my parents said: “For goodness’ sake go to university first and then you can choose what you want to do.” So I just did what I was good at at school, philosophy and theology… ethics was the thing I was most good at so I went and did that. I didn’t want to be a vicar.’
‘A rock star; did you start singing professionally very young?’
‘I didn’t sing so much professionally but I sang in public all the time. Always, that was my main thing. Even when I was five, I’d sing at the piano with my dad after dinner.’
‘You come from rather a famous family, was there any other showbiz or singing in your background?‘
‘Yes, my uncle worked for a country record label and my aunt, Nell, is a circus artist and runs her own circus, but no other singers.’
‘Were you just born with this fantastic voice…’
‘Yeah. My mum’s got a lovely singing voice. She used to sing me to sleep and I’ve just always sung.’
At an early age, Ollie had mastered the art of the guitar. His passion for wide varieties of music enforced his love for guitar mastery, which also drives him to discover new techniques and styles.
Ollie is not restricted to just being a writer and nylon string guitar player, he has experience in music production, in which he uses to release his own high quality recordings. on these recordings he is also known to play the drums, piano, saxophone, bass guitar and clarinet.
His enthusiasm is as unbounded as his talent, and his performances stagger even the most veteran of guitar players. Tonight he will join Lil Rice to entertain us.
These are some links for you to check out. They give you a taster for the live talent these artists have. Enjoy and hope to see you on the night.
Mississippi | Sofar London
Crazy’ by Lil and Ollie
Ray Baldwin & Joe Oliver Cherwell Boathouse
Tel: 01865 552746
Event tickets in advance – £20 BOOK NOW
THIS MUSIC ONLY TICKET PRICE INCLUDES A WELCOME DRINK
FOOD IS EXTRA and can be ordered on the night to be served in the interval
The bar will be open throughout for drinks
Thursday 02nd August 2018
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm