Rob Lane and Minnie Birch

27th March 2020

Ticket info: £5 in advance or £10 on the door.  Available from Rob Lane or The Manor House (enquiries@manorhousesedgefield.co.uk) or https://www.wegottickets.com/event/489111#tickets

Minnie writes dark, plaintive, beautiful music about life, love, adventures and fairy tales.

Following slots supporting Joan Armatrading and a stint at Edinburgh fringe, Minnie has been wooing audiences all over the place with tours in Iceland, America, Europe and all over the U.K under her belt. Her debut album received national airplay on BBC radio 2, BBC 6 music and on BBC Radio 1 as Huw Stephen’s Introducing artist of the week.

"Minnie is quite the wordsmith, knowing not just when to sing, but when to leave phrases hanging to concentrate on the meaning, silence can say so much and Minnie knows how to use it, almost as an instrument to contrast against not only what is being sung, but what is being played" Fatea Magazine

Robert is a musician, songwriter, actor, guitar tutor and workshop leader based in the UK. He released Only a Flight Away in April 2018, his third record following his self-titled debut album and his 2016 extended EP Ends and Starts. As an actor he works in theatre and film and is a founding member of short form comedy improvisation group The Improlectuals. Robert has delivered workshops on topics including songwriting and comedy improvisation in various establishments including schools and colleges and provides regular music and drama sessions for Midland Mencap. As a guitar teacher he works with students of all ages and abilities.

In 2019 Robert was cast as one of the leads in independent feature film Sam and Dan Get Lost directed by Lee Price of Homebird Productions. The film is a partly improvised comedy drama and also features Robert’s music as the score.

In June 2019 legendary DJ Janice Long played Robert’s track Bill Frost’s Flying Machine on her BBC Show.

Robert has toured extensively in the UK as a support for artists including Jenn Bostic, Sarah Darling, Calan, Lotte Mullan, Nell Bryden, Dan Whitehouse and Bob Fox. 2019 tour dates have included Wimborne Folk Festival, HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, Bath Fringe Festival, Bridport Folk Festival and concerts around the UK. He has played joint headline shows and tours with Kyshona Armstrong and Iona Lane and his 2018 solo headline tour to support Only a Flight Away included a 5th trip to Germany and first visit to Holland.

Robert was chosen by the LG Arena to perform in the Forum Live area of the arena before concerts by Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Ellie Goulding, John Mayer and Fleetwood Mac.

In August 2013 he was selected to attend a song writing retreat/course with Kinks front man Ray Davies.

Robert was chosen by the LG Arena to perform in the Forum Live area of the arena before concerts by Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Ellie Goulding and John Mayer.

“You got me out of bed to listen to this and it was worth it…
I actually got out of bed to make sure I sent this in for the programme because I thought it was so good.” Janice Long, radio legend.

“an outstanding release…one of the first essential albums of 2018" Fatea Magazine