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Thu, 16 Nov



Steve Wallis & Erika Olson

For November's Hilltop Session we welcome Steve Wallis, a citizen of the world: Born in Australia's Byron Bay, living in Paris and playing stunning Americana. Steve brings all these life experiences into his very own brand of Americana. North Carolina-born and Sussex based Erika Olson supports.

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Steve Wallis & Erika Olson
Steve Wallis & Erika Olson

Time & Location

16 Nov 2023, 19:30 – 22:30

Lewes, 139 High St, Lewes BN7 1XS, UK

About the Event

Steve Wallis

Folk singer-songwriter Steve Wallis was raised in Byron Bay, Australia, but after spending more than a decade playing in bands around the country, he relocated to Paris, France in 2014.

Steve Wallis writes vital, clear eyed folk songs, driven by his shrewd fingerpicked guitar, and a disarming mix of wry wit, potent honesty and bittersweet sadness in his writing that recalls Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, or Justin Townes Earle. 

His live shows are an intimate affier. Steve performs solo, telling stories and singing songs, with his little Guild guitar, his harmonicas and his voice slipping between delicacy and gruff candour, the perfect vehicle to traverse the timeless and ever-potent topics of new loves, lost loves, old homes, old friends.

His debut solo album ‘Nothing Stays The Same Way For Long’ released September 16 2022 to rave reviews: 

“Make no mistake, this album heralds the arrival of a very significant talent, and one who deserves to find his record lauded alongside the greats of the genre” - 9/10 - Americana UK

Erika Olson

Having played at two of our festivals, we are delighted that Erika Olson will join us for one of our 'traditional' Hilltop Sessions. North Carolina native, it didn't take long for Erika to create new roots in Sussex while raising three children. She has just released her debut album 'This Is How I Pray'.  

Erika’s songs bear witness to the glorious and devastating moments that can only be seen when we slow down. She sings to look deeper, see clearer, and know better. Her music is here to wake us up to our precious and unique lives.


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