Influenced by blues, jazz and country, Somerset-based duo Beth Packer and Clinton Hough – otherwise Ma Polaine’s Great Decline – have drawn comparisons with many: Billie Holiday, Tom Waits and “a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara” to name a few, yet their sound is very much their own. Beth’s distinctive, emotive vocals coupled with her evocative lyrics are truly unique, whilst Clinton’s perfectly judged guitar playing sensitively and sympathetically underpins their performances.
They have won praise from MOJO Magazine for their distinctive blend of pop, folk, blues and Americana. With airplay on BBC 6 and BBC Radio 2 and the support of Cerys Matthews (in 2020 they were due to perform live on BBC Radio 2 for Cerys Matthews before Covid intervened) the band’s genre-defying charm unfolds through songs that explore the intricacies of human connections, weaving tales of light and dark with uplifting melodies and heartfelt storytelling.
Throughout their journey they have released three albums and five EPs, City of Love, their album from June 2020, receiving “Best band/duo” award from Fatea Magazine. They have also had a 4 star review from MOJO.
Above all Beth and Clinton excel in playing live with Beth’s stories and anecdotes interspersing songs that range from darkly humorous to deeply poignant. Throughout, her remarkable vocals are to the fore while her electric and double basses anchor the sound with occasional addition of accordion and harmonica. Meanwhile Clinton’s guitar playing is always perfectly judged, ranging from the sparsest of accompaniments to full-on weight and emphasis exactly when needed.
Ma Polaine’s Great Decline embark on a Spring tour supporting the release on the 22nd March 2024 of their fourth album, Molecules.
Upstairs at The Globe will be their only North East gig on the tour. Definitely a night not to be missed!
“Ma Polaine’s Great Decline have evolved a pop-folk-blues-Americana style that is warmly familiar, yet is sufficiently unhinged to keep you guessing…” MOJO
“.. [City of Love is] an album to be cherished, replete with enchanting musical treats around every corner”. Folk Radio UK
“This is 21st-century music chock full of mystery and acute observation”. Blues Matters
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