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Gig 5th March Will Mcnicol – Chris Woods & Richie Carr

 

5th March           Will Mcnicol & Chris Woods-Grove chris and will..and opening making his début here, playing some music scored by Will is 13 year old Richie Carrrichiecarrii
The headline is an exciting collaboration. Two of the finest guitarists, certainly of their generation and perhaps in Europe…Will, already crowned Acoustic Guitarist of Great Britain and chosen to perform alongside Antonio Forcione antonioforcionesketchesofafrica in 2015 and with many more shows together to follow in 2016. The Mcnicol Woods collaboration created is what you will see performed: ‘A brilliantly brooding neo-minimalist masterpiece, written and recorded in 48 hours. This new ground breaking album #48HourAtlas ‘  Chris is a guitarist, composer, performer, producer, and an educator. Touring across the globe appearing at festivals including Glastonbury Festival (UK) across to  the likes of the Mikulášsky Jazz festival in Slovakia, with performances in art houses, theatres and even prestigious shows such as the NAMM show in LA. His mind bending guitar approach is exceptional, his multi faceted creative mind has spilled out into an array of different concepts including ‘The Chris Woods Groove Orchestra’…..their first performance of this album here at The Drawingroom.

Richie Carr is making his début here and the exciting link here is that Will has been a hero of Richie’s for many a year, and as complex and challenging as Will’s music is, Richie will be performing some of Will’s music …infront of Will. No pressure here then! Watch it LIVE HERE

Gig-20thFeb: Kal Lavelle, Stephanie O and Ben Corby

 Kal Lavelle kalLavelle Stephanie O’Brian stephanieo…and Ben Corby (11)ben corbyii
Kal Lavelle, a returning artist, is an Irish born singer songwriter, now living in London. The Sunday Mirror listed her as a ‘One to Watch’ and Ed Sheeran brought her on tour in both the UK & Ireland. Kal’s EP ‘Shivers’ went Top 5 in the UK iTunes ‘Singer Songwriter’ Chart, and the single was named iTunes ‘Single Of The Week’ in the UK (downloaded more than 60,000 times!)…additionally, she entered the Top 10 singer songwriter charts in Japan, Netherlands and Belgium.
Stephanie O’Brian is making her début here is mesmerising, mysterious and carrying a bold femininity in her style and sound; She’s is a singer-songwriter and musician from London. She came to the music scene in her teens as founding member of Universal signed pop-harmony band The Puppini Sisters; before leaving several years later with a drive to strike out on her own. She’s worked alongside artists such as Michael Buble, Carole King, Cindy Lauper and toured all over the world; her eclectic influences and experiences percolate her music….I can’t wait. Ben has opened here on a number of occasions and aged just ten, opened boutique Music Festival Buryfields. Ben writes and plays his own material together with some ‘tribute’ songs which he really does make his own. He gets better with each live show and he’ll be sure to inspire you to pick up an instrument, whatever your age.

Gig-6th Feb The Portraits & James Kirby 2016

Sat 06/02/16                      Polly Barratt Polly Barratt  was to have performed but has sadly had a family bereavement and cancelled her UK tour. I’m delighted to announce The Portraits portraits Jeremy and Lorraine will now fill Polly’s shows… Violin, Piano and guitars. James Kirby  A night of two headline acts…lucky people…jamesKirbyiii
The Portraits, Glastonbury veterans and one of the hardest working musicians, parents, fundraiser, running their own business and performing gigs across the UK France and Ireland. Somehow their English Irish French roots works its self into their sound, popular folk, tunes, melodies, dreams, aspirations and stories of people and this world…special people.

James… has been performing his music worldwide for over 15 years…his beautiful and melodic songs hold audiences regardless of size, age and musical preference. Opening stages for artists such as Eddie Reader, Toploader, Matt Cardle & Hoosiers to name a few. He has a following  from around the World and some who have seen in Spain and further afield will be here to support him..he is simply a fantastic singer songwriter! No wonder he’s in such high demand in the UK & Europe! Watch it LIVE HERE

Gig 13th Feb Sean Taylor and Amrit Sond 2016

13th                   Sean Taylor sean taylor  George Corby (14) georgeCorby who like Grammy award winning artist Amrit Sond and Sean has performed here before.amritsondGrammy Award Winner Amrit Sond has graced the same billing as some of the world’s most renowned Guitarists on the scene today: Dominic Miller (Sting), Hugh Burns (George Michael), Ronnie Johnson (Van Morrison, Leo Sawyer).

Of Indian origin but born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Amrit was exposed to both Indian music and African folk music at a very early age. As a young teenager, he moved with his family to Kuwait, where he developed an interest in Arabic and Eastern music. This, coupled with the earlier Indian and African influences, has helped to shape his unique compositions. Only last week Amrit was the GSMC’s 1st Choice as Instrumental Artist of 2016. He takes guitar playing into an artform of its own…breath-taking.

Headlining will be Sean Taylor.  ”An absolutely superb guitarist … reminiscent of John Martyn” Bob Harris, Radio 2  ”Articulate, compelling … brilliant” (Four stars) Mojo Magazine ”A bluesy devotional intensity that rightly draws comparisons to John Martyn” Q Magazine ‘A fine blues guitarist … Taylor is a man to watch’ Guardian ”the lyrics are absolulety amazing” BBC Introducing “My main listen today – Springsteen and Taylor are cheering my day…brilliant, stunning songs. Great album.’  Mike Harding “Formidable and skilled…recalls Chris Isaak.’ (Four Stars) Uncut ‘Sean Taylor’s work just gets classier … his talent might yet puncture the mainstream’ Classic Rock 8/10 ”A star in the making …a superb talent” Metro “Sean Taylor is a wonderfully talented modern troubadour whose sincere, thoughtful songs pull you in. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with him. He swings. Check him out!” Eric Bibb “Sean Taylor is the king of the singer-songwriter styling … A classic album” Maverick Magazine ”bold and brilliant masterpiece” Folk Radio UK ”Remarkable” Danny Thompson….nuff said!

Gig 19th Dec – Three Pilgrims & Kezia

New kid on the block Kezia: I hear exciting things about this girl. ‘Kezia stopped me in my tracks. She has a truly beautiful voice, like Anne Briggs but Cornish’ said Neil Halstead ..and “I think she is exceptional – one of the most original and exciting artists to come out of Cornwall” no less than Ralph McTell! KeziaKezia is a singer/songwriter who’s sound drifts between folk and blues with a tinge of country. Her lyric based songs are accompanied by thoughtful melodies on the guitar and piano. Kezia’s mature voice sings heartfelt lyrics of matters that many can relate to, conveying a certain melancholy that is heard throughout her music. & Three Pilgrims 3pilgrims everyone’s favourite party people, such fun, have played three times this year…they’re like the Traveling Wilberies ..musicians  each with their murky musical past formed bringing their combined talent, experience and beautiful sounds in a new band. Bluesy with raw edges, amazing harmonies, tuneful music with words carved by a wordsmith…they are great value.

NEW YEARS EVE-2015-16

There will be a gathering of Drawingroom folk….kids welcome, usual prices, just add £5 to usual ticket prices(20/10/free)…with (byo) Fireworksfireworks…Soupssoups…musicmusic ii, bring a hat cathat or wear a moustache madmoush! (more info to follow)

Gig 18th July Mim Grey & Gareth Dunlop

Sat 18/07/2015              Mim Grey mim15 & Garath Dunlop garathdunlop
When Sir Tom Jones said “She’s My favourite singer”  and Michael Ball  “the most beautiful voice to come out of the UK in a very long time” you will know we’ve done it again… another evening of World Class entertainment. Robert Elms of BBC Radio London added “She’s rather good & rather gorgeous but don’t let that influence you!”  Mim evokes the  sounds of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell or Shania Twain  but conjures up a life lived through high-heeled boots, blue jeans, curling tongs, late nights and love lost and found. Support comes from  Gareth Dunlop, 25 born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Gareth was hailed “One to Watch”  by BBC Radio Ulster. Has opened for Jeff Beck, Jools Holland, Nanci Griffith, Angus & Julia Stone, Paul Carrack, The Steeldrivers, Imelda May and more; his songs have been featured in numerous hit television series including Cougar Town,” “One Tree Hill,” “Private Practice,” “Army Wives,“Life Unexpected,” and more Young Songwriter of the Year at the Annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival.

Gig Sat 5th Dec Dan Wilde and Vashti Anna

Sat  05/12/15                      Dan Wilde dan wilde uk and Vashti Anna vashti both returning artists, a measure in which they are both held; awesome.
“Absolutely Stunning” said veteran BBC Radio 2 presenter Janice Long and “A touch of class” The independent review, Glastonbury.  One of the music industries best kept secrets, Vashti Anna has a reputation for mesmerizing live audiences with her beautifully soaring, haunting style. She is a natural performer; she brings refreshingly honest and emotionally driven themes to her music. Born into Musical royalty with two award winning older brothers (Tom Baxter & Charlie Winston) having set the tone for her career, Vashti’s performing began on the piano at the age of 6 in the Suffolk hotel where she and her brothers grew up. Constantly surrounded by talented performers, Vashti honed her skills amongst a strong network of like minded talent which lead to her recording, touring and promoting her own nights with artists Ed Sheeran, Nick Mulvey, Tom Baxter, Charlie Winston, Hank Wangford, Beth Rowley, Sam Semple, Jamie Lawson to name just a few – as well as continually recording her own music…since when, she’s added motherhood to her repertoire as well…
Dan Wilde first appeared on our stage almost two years ago, and travels extensively. Dan has been performing his own brand of richly observant folk both in the UK and around the world for the past five years. And in that time, he’s developed a growing fan-base and a reputation amongst those who know as “a fantastic songwriting talent who without a doubt will deserve and demand your attention”

Gig 12/12/15 Jasmine Rodgers & Jazz Morley

jazz morley   Jazz Morley WE LOVE HER:

“Haunting vocals, oozing with the pain of heartache and beautifully humble production make Jazz’s records an enthralling listen. A storming live presence leaves no excuse to miss the experience of seeing her live.” Music Week

“She produces rich, powerful, emotive tunes that hush the atmosphere ’til everyone’s too scared to breathe in case it breaks the spell.” The Huffington Post

“Haunting and soulful singer songwriter ” Time Out, London. You can follow Jazz on Spotify for new music and playlists.https://open.spotify.com/artist/3oRBiqxwxW8BYQdWYtktZo
jasminerodgers sitting Jasmine Rodgers…what can I say…we love her, she’s played here  for many a year now….she is very special …‘her grassroots music reflected both quality composition and ease of delivery.  It was a pleasure to hear the song ‘Seamless’ from her eponymously titled 2010 solo album performed live. Jasmine offers a distinctive blend of touching melodic material, executed with ethereal musical beauty.  The notable set highlight was the melancholy ‘Drinking’, a song she has also performed with dad Paul Rodgers and brother Steve’. Did I tell you? She’s from Rock Royalty..daughter to Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad company..and this life long exposure to music shines out of Jasmine like a bright light….and NOW…she’s bringing a new album…years in the making and now its here…so be sure to witness it’s second outing following a star studded SOLD OUT ALBUM launch party…which I’m going to!

Sat 19/12/15  Kezia & Three Pilgrims

: I hear exciting things about this girl. ‘Kezia stopped me in my tracks. She has a truly beautiful voice, like Anne Briggs but Cornish’ said Neil Halstead ..and “I think she is exceptional – one of the most original and exciting artists to come out of Cornwall” no less than Ralph McTell! Kezia  Kezia is a singer/songwriter who’s sound drifts between folk and blues with a tinge of country. Her lyric based songs are accompanied by thoughtful melodies on the guitar and piano. Kezia’s mature voice sings heartfelt lyrics of matters that many can relate to, conveying a certain melancholy that is heard throughout her music. & Three Pilgrims3pilgrims Our favourite party people whom we love so much have already played three times this year…it’s like the Traveling Wilberies ..musicians  whom have formed bringing all their combined talent, experience and beautiful sounds in a new band.