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Siblings: The Webb Sisters.  Picture: Lorca Cohen
Siblings: The Webb Sisters. Picture: Lorca Cohen
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THE Webb Sisters were praised by Leonard Cohen - one of their musical idols.

They perfomed at charity functions and parties when they were teenagers.

And they also played twice for Princess Anne and once for the Queen.

Now it’s your turn to be entertained for they conclude their latest UK tour, which kicked off in London, with a show at Sheffield’s hottest new venue, The Greystones, on Greystones Road.

Charley and Hattie Webb were born in Kent to a drumming dad and tennis coach mum. They have two brothers who are both drummers.

The sisters themselves had early on decided on a career in music. Hattie played the harp and mandolin, and Charley the guitar, clarinet, and piano.

Record producer Johnny Pierce invited them to Nashville, where they recorded debut album Piece of Mind. After six months, they went to California where they were offered a deal with Universal Records. The result was Daylight Crossing which was relased in 2006 and became Record of the Week and Album of the Week for Radio 2.

The Webb Sisters performed on The Sharon Osbourne Show and toured in support of Jamie Cullum, for whom their brother Brad played drums.

But their biggest piece of exposure came in 2009 when they were chosen to join Leonard Cohen on his first tour in 15 years.

After a couple of EPs, the sisters returned to the studios under direction from Peter Asher to record Savages, which is scheduled for release next month. The album is a stunning collection of intelligent and emotional material.

One moment it floats along on what Cohen would call the Webb Sisters’ ‘sublime’ vocies, the next it is rocking with the best.

They will be at The Greystones, Sheffield on Tuesday

LEADING Brit purveyor of Alt-country, Michael Weston King will be at the Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield next Saturday, April 30. Support comes from The Fontana Instincts, fronted by Derby singer songwriter Tom Campbell.

GUESTS tonight at the Rock@Maltby, Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Matlby, will be Dana and Susan Robinson with their special blend of self-penned material and traditional olde time American music. Next Friday the club will host a singers’ and musicians’ night.

GET ready for Wath Folk Festival which is back with us beginning next Friday with a concert in the Montgomery Hall, featuring Frances Black, John Tams and Barry Coope and Jez Lowe. On Saturday, there will be a procession from Montgomery Hall to Montgomery Square starting at 9.45am and led by Barnsley Samba Band and Wath Morris Team. In the afternoon, a concert will feature Charlie Barker and Harriet Bartlett, Bernard Wrigley, and Kieran Halpin and then an evening show will have Bernard Wrigley, Anna Shannon, Chris Wood and the Tannahill Weavers. There will also be a host of other activities around the town.

On Sunday, a Montgomery Hall afternoon concert will feature Holly Taymar, Flaxenby, Uiscedwr and Kris Drever and in the evening performances will be by Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby, Elbow Jane and Drever McCusker Woomble featuring Heidi Talbot. Also on stage will be the winner of the Wath Young Performers Award 2011.