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The Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room will host one of the UK’s most interesting up-and-coming singer-songwriters Jono McCleery for the 3rd year of the annual Independent Venue Week.

Born deaf, McCleery only became able to hear at age 5. He picked up the guitar as an eighteen year-old, honing his craft on the London live circuit. Along the way his music, which has been described as like ‘Miles Davis, Massive Attack, John Martyn, Fink and Radiohead wrapped up in one exquisitely produced sound’, has picked up a small army of evangelical fans, including luminaries such as Tom Robinson and Vashti Bunyan. He has released three albums to date: Darkest Light, There Is and Pagodes (released October 2015).

Jono will be performing with his trio Milo Fitzpatrick (Portico) on double bass, and Dan See on drums.

Bristol resident RHAIN is currently a bit of a hidden gem. Her huge vocal and inimitable charm recently won the favour of Alex Lee (Goldfrapp), Ali Chant (Youth Lagoon) and John Parish (PJ Harvey) at a local show, and subsequent secret basement recording sessions with these musicians are showing a lot of promise for things to come.

Her unique style of song-writing and piano playing has been making a significant impact on the live scene, with notable recent performances including support for Tune-Yards and a slot on the Calling Out stage at Kendal Calling.

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'... subtle, soulful vocals, flanked throughout by a minimalistic array of padded acoustic plucking, glitchy electro-textures and glancing orchestral sweeps. Undeniably strong throughout...'

'Jono McCleery has a relaxed, un-rushed temperament, with each song seeming to tumble out in a sweetly poetic fashion.'

'The collaboration of acoustic, electronic instrumentations, simple and lyrical edits and –to describe we will be at the risk of to become kitsch- ‘velvet’ voice of Jono, is just mesmerizing'