Whilst some of you may have heard of Sarah Jane Scouten she is best known on the North American and Canadian music scene but that will hopefully all change soon as she hits these shores later this month.
She Hails from an an island in British Columbia measuring 6km by 12km called Bowen Island. According to her biography it was here at the age of 12 that she began playing guitar and it wasn’t long before she was also taking part in all-night kitchen jams. Her melodies will certainly prove popular with those of you that love Folk Radio UK but it’s her lyrics that seem to attract the most comments.
Her lyrics are described as candid, poignant and flirtatious but it was C.R. Avery who maybe best summed them up:
I like her songs, each one has a great line or two that jump out and slap you in the face. She can do funny and she can do sad, there’s just something special in her stanzas that are better than most. Picture a feisty 12 year old Tom boy in a dress gripping a sling shot.
Here she is putting that into practice with Palm of My Hand which even includes a line mentioning Dylan Thomas and ‘Under Milk Wood’ followed by Til the Wheels Come Off.
Palm of My Hand
Til the Wheels Come Off
Sarah will be charming UK audiences later this month as she heads out on her UK tour taking in England, Scotland & Wales as well as appearing at Maverick Festival so make sure you try and catch her. Dates below:
UK Tour Dates
26 – Falkirk Folk Club, Falkirk Scotland
03 – Black Swan Folk Club, Peasholme Green, York
04-05 – Maverick Festival, Easton Farm Park, Suffolk
06 – The Queen’s Head, London
08 – Ten Feet Tall, Cardiff, Wales
10 – Bicycle Shop, Norwich
11 – Live at the Institute, Kelvedon, Essex
12 – Square and Compass, Dorset
13 – The Canteen (Early Evening Show), Bristol
13 – Tobacco Factory, Bristol
14 – The Bell, Bath
15 – The Golden Lion, Bristol