Just over a year after her last Manchester gig, Lucie Silvas returns to the city to perform at the Ruby Lounge alongside Charlie Worsham.

One of the finest vocalists and musicians we have heard in a while (as evidenced by her excellent Manchester gig at the Deaf Institute), Lucie Silvas performs four UK shows in November, including one at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge.  The UK born singer and songwriter has achieved massive success with her own music as well as writing for other artists.  She currently has songs on both Miranda Lambert’s and Reba MacEntire’s new albums.

The singer has been recording the highly-anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed, Letters To Ghosts album which she self-produced and released last year.

Born in the UK and raised part of her life in New Zealand by her Kiwi dad and Scottish mother, Lucie Silvas grew up listening to her parents favourites from Ray Charles to Nat King Cole to James Taylor and Roberta Flack.  She started playing the piano and writing songs at age 10 but wasn’t exposed to the music industry until she was 17 when she went out on the road as a backing singer for British singer/songwriter Judie Tzuke.

A few years later she released her debut album on Mercury Records, Breathe In, and toured Europe extensively for the following years with both her debut and second album.  She went on to sell well over a million albums in Europe, alone. Lucie worked and toured with many artists at the time including the likes of Elton John, Jamie Cullum, Macy Gray, and Jamiroquai.

Support comes from Mississippi native Charlie Worsham, who makes his return to the UK.  Beginning of Things lives on contemporary country music’s cutting edge, with echoes from the past that thunder and whirl their way into an electric Southern symphony of guitars, strings, horns, twang, funk, rhythm, smile and snarl. Whilst it has its moments of nostalgia, it’s far from a throwback album.  It’s both a declaration of independence and a celebration of musical community.

Whilst 2013’s debut Rubberband showed promise, it’s with Beginning of Things that he has come in to his own.  And he proudly declares its honesty to his musical style, writing an album which is true to him.  “This one’s me,” he says. “I’ve been around long enough now to get why you’re supposed to do what you do, and not do what someone else does.”