SOMETIMES the very best way to spot sheer quality is to experience it in its most stripped-down form.

And that's very much the case with emerging Colombian artist Carolina Herrera, who will be playing at Prema in Uley this weekend using just a stunning voice and a guitar.

Carolina was discovered busking in the London Underground and has since gone on to appear on radio, make recordings and is just going out on the road to wow audiences with her flamenco melodies, Venezuelan songs and fine latin tunes.

Carolina Herrera is a Colombian living in London, where she is currently studying medicine - she is a fully qualified doctor in Colombia, business studies and music.

A guitar-playing singer, Carolina's repertoire ranges from Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil to Spain and Portugal plus an American song or two.

Since her first appearance on Charlie Gillett's Saturday Night show on BBC London in March last year, Carolina has played the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Ronnie Scott's club in London.

Of her performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Michael Church described Carolina's arrival on stage: "A girl with a guitar humbly picked her way among the instruments cramming the stage, sat down, and played a flamenco melody."

In spite of her youth, Carolina's voice is just dazzling and her style beguiling. This girl is going places.

Carolian Herrera appears at Prema on Friday, July 8 at 8pm. Tickets are available at the box office, priced £8 or £6 concessions.