THE Gallery Café at Barnstaple s Queen s Theatre welcomes two highly talented international musicians to its session on Wednesday, September 15, with American multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Kristina Olsen and Australian master of the cello Pe

THE Gallery Café at Barnstaple's Queen's Theatre welcomes two highly talented international musicians to its session on Wednesday, September 15, with American multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Kristina Olsen and Australian master of the cello Peter Grayling.

A fine instrumentalist (acoustic guitar, steel-body slide guitar, saxophone, concertina and piano) as well as a powerful songwriter with a big bluesy voice, Kristina Olsen has audiences around the world coming back for more.

Her mix of strong songs in the troubadour tradition, some jazz-inspired sounds and powerful bottleneck blues (as well as her hilarious storytelling) makes for a diverse and satisfying musical experience, on stage and on disc.

Such respected artists as Eric Bibb, Fairport Convention, Maddy Prior, Mary Coughlan and Mollie O'Brien have covered and recorded songs by Olsen and she has also worked as a session musician on numerous artists' albums including playing the hammered dulcimer on Michelle Shocked's album 'Short Sharp Shocked' on PolyGram and touring as Mary Coughlan's guitarist in 2005.

Cello, mandocello and mandolin player Peter Grayling bends classical technique to his own ends, plucking and bowing a solid driving bottom line and then taking soaring solos to unexpected places; many a festival-goer has taken back memories of his particularly passionate solos.

As a classical cellist, he's worked in the West Australia Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, including a year as principal cellist with the TSO.

n Tickets are £10. For further information or to book, call the Box Office on 01271 32 42 42 or visit www.northdevontheatres.org.uk