Larkham and Hall - Sarah Larkham and Elliot Hall - write intelligently crafted Americana songs with a lyrical poetry rarely seen these days, incorporating alt-country and soul sensibilities, taking influences from artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, PJ Harvey and Joaquin Sabina.
Brooding singer songwriter Elliot (Bristol songwriter of the year 2012) writes 'with a rare honesty and passion' (Anna Britten Venue Magazine) and is joined by fellow songwriter, blues and country singer Sarah (‘A vocal dynamo. A true songbird of Americana’ Bluesdoodles)
The couple met in 2012 and have been busy collaborating on musical projects since, including working extensively with music in mental health, addiction and dementia settings, a spin-off blues band (COYOTE BLUE) and a dedicated Bob Dylan covers act (THE HARD RAIN BAND). They both also perform as solo artists.
Critical acclaim for Elliot’s first couple of albums included a hand penned letter from music journalist Alex Lee Thompson (NME) proclaiming ‘congratulations young man, this is the best collection of songs I have ever been asked to review’
In the last year they have toured extensively over the UK and have recently released their second album ‘Songs of Hurt and Healing’ – a follow up to debut album ‘Stick or Twist’ produced with Jim Barr (Portishead) Both available on Spotify and i-Tunes
'A rough, gruff and tumble voice that pulls away at lyrics this good is the kind of daydream we need in England to reignite a spark for credible new songwriters. Fans of folk, poetry and rock 'n' roll should pay attention to this wholly earnest and breathtakingly awe inspiring rogue'
Alex Lee Thompson - NME
'The music is replete with skills of Elliot’s songwriting skills and the hypnotic musicality of Sarah’s vocals. The duo are singers of songs, troubadours of melodies; they bring the traditions of English folk with a tale to tell, often shining a light into the darker corners of life’s experiences'
Liz Aiken - Bluesdoodles
'Between them, Elliot and Sarah take the smoky-room, rare-steak, bourbon-laced sound of his voice and weave in the softer, country-edged sound of hers to concoct a powerful brew - one you’ll want to taste again and again. In fact, when you listen to this music be ready for its essence to linger in your head for days.'
Tim Carroll - folkwords
'A delightful set of songs...they display a unique knack for songwriting. Elliot sounds like I imagine Leonard Cohen with his voice breaking. Sarah has a rock edge that creeps excitingly in every now and then'
JK - BRISTOL 24/7
Steve Lee - Glastonbury FM
'Larger than life and totally unique' BRISTOL ROCK
'Heroic and compelling' VENUE
"Beauty’s in the ear of the beholder, and it’s here in the most diverse of forms as Sarahl’s crystalline harmonies weave a silvery web around Elliot Hall’s rough-hewn, unaffected vocals on his songs and he fashions a gravelly baritone ballast for the soulful utterings on hers. I’m reminded of the peerless partnership of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris on Gram’s headliner albums of the early seventies; the contrast between his rough diamonds and her polished gems"
Len Leichti - Bristol music reviewer
''Gloriously soulful songwriting powerhouse Larkham and Hall from Bristol, live streamed a stunning forty minute set from Frome ….to the world.
Sarah Larkam sings with sensuality and power, and yes, she knows she sounds a lot like Stevie Nicks! Elliot Hall is more of a rasper with a rock and roll edge to the voice and the songwriting credentials of a long time admirer of Dylan and Cohen. He is as large and shambling as she is tiny. As he gets manfully to grips with mismatched shirt buttons and a recalcitrant mouth organ frame she tunes up, smooths down layers of lace and tulle and rearranges waist length blonde locks to accommodate the most enormous set of studio headphones.
Both play acoustic guitars and mandolin, taking it in turns with each others songs and supporting harmonies. Live performance and the new album 'Songs of Hurt and Healing' are intense experiences.
Elliot who won the Bristol best songwriter award in 2012 feels that the popular song can and should cover difficult topics and to that end writes movingly about; dementia, the triumph of love over hate in the wake of recent terror attacks... abuse and about him and her. Larkham and Hall are in fact the recently married 'Hall and Hall', so they write movingly about that journey too and their life together afloat on a boat in Bristol Harbour.'
Sue Harding - Visual Radio Arts
'Sarah Larkham has one of the most soulful genuine heartfelt warm voices I’ve heard in a long time. Exactly the kind of singer I love to listen to. Fantastic talent'
Victoria Bourne HUSKY TONES and Bristol Hippodrome Choir leader