Author: Richard

Gig sat 12th Dec: Jazz Morley & Jasmine Rodgers

Sat 12/12/2015     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.
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!

Gig 21st Nov: Hattie Briggs-Henry Fraser& George Corby

Sat 21/11/2015                 Hattie Briggs hattie briggsHenry Fraser Henry Fraser
I am eagerly awaiting the return of these two artists. They performed here in June 2015 (see this gig) Hattie Briggs is a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee 2014.  The 22 year-old quit Oxford University in the 2nd year of her Russian degree to concentrate on her musical career in January 2014.  Since then, her music has been played on TV, on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6Music as well as many regional BBC radio stations.  She released her debut album ‘Red & Gold’ on 6th April 2015 with a single ‘A Beautiful Mind’ on the same day.  The album includes a cover of Eva Cassidy’s version of ‘Fields Of Gold’, produced by Eva’s brother, Dan Cassidy, who also plays a violin solo on the record. (Click here to go to the dedicated ‘Red & Gold’ page where you can read the latest reviews including Q magazine, the Maverick & R2, and order the album.)Henry Fraser   An Australian, now based in London, Henry loves to play with different genres and sounds.   Henry launched his first solo EP, “Quickly” in March 2012.  “Quickly”, takes a distinctly folk bent.  It is a cosy little thing, full of pretty tunes and layered harmonies.  Henry’s eclectic musical upbringing includes a mix of self-taught instruments and classical singing, and he reflects this blend of simplicity and sophistication in his songwriting.  An arresting, intense performer, Henry’s regular appearances in Sydney, London and Oxford have gathered him a loyal and growing fan base.  Henry began playing duo sets with Hattie in mid 2013 and features on 3 tracks of Hattie’s debut EP, “My Shepherd’s Hut.”   Henry now plays with Hattie and Asha at many of the gigs all around the UK and features on the new album. For more info go to:

Gig- Sam Sallon & Black Feathers 7th Nov

Sat 07/11/2015                Black Feathers bl;ackfeathers 

The Black Feathers are an award winning duo from Gloucestershire in England.
The perfectly paired voices of Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes intertwine effortlessly to create a genre-defying sound, combining elements of folk, roots, americana, and southern rock. The duo have been touring all over the UK for the past 2 years, winning over new fans of all ages everywhere they go.

They have performed at festivals all over the country, including the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival,Stroud Folk Festival, and Maverick. They were awarded the 5 Valleys Folk Award in September of 2013, and theFolkstock Arts Foundation award for Best Live Performance in February the following year.

2014 also saw the release of Strangers We Meet, the duo’s debut 5 track EP, garnering national airplay on BBC Radio2, as well as regional play across the country and warm reviews from the music press, including The Telegraph, fRoots Magazine, and Acoustic Magazine.

 Sam Sallon  sam sallon Making his second performance here, 2013 saw the release of One For The Road, Sam Sallon’s debut album. A genuine labour of love, it took Sam and his producer David Watsonover two years, working strange hours on downtime out of several studios, to create this record of twelve songs and an orchestral afterword.

Sam Sallon was born in London and raised mostly in Manchester as the fourth child of eight. He started writing songs while still at school and played throughout his teens around Manchester at venues like Night and Day, Band On The Wall and the Roadhouse.

Outside the studio, Sam has spent the last few years perfecting his delivery and finding fans on tour with a diverse set of homegrown and international talents including Paul Kelly, Pete Doherty, Mark Fry, Dot Allison,Lucy Rose, Johnny Flynn, Son of Dave, Fionn Regan, Nick Harper, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Kami Thompson(Rails),Johnny Bramwell, Lyle Lovett, Nouvelle Vague, Paul Wassif (Three Pilgrims) and the Neil Cowley Trio. Sam recently completed his second UK radio tour.

Gig 17th Oct Kenny White & Ike Greenwood

Sat 17/10/2015                  Kenny White kennywhite Kenny is the bluesiest jazz piano playing singer-songwriter I know. He performed here two years ago and nailed it. At eight years old, upon being asked whether he’d practiced this week’s piano lesson, Kenny said, “yeah…but HERE’S what I wrote.” Since when he has gone on to write for film, TV and accumulated fans  like David Crosby (Stills&Nash) and multi-award (Oscar and Grammy) winning Will Jennings, he has huge respect amongst artists the World over. His lyrics are intelligent, funny and his music reflects the enormous gray matter from which he writes. Supporting Kenny tonight and making his debut will be Ike Greenwood. Also on keys with some of his own material and some you may know, either way Ike is just 14 years old and someone to watch.

Gig 3rd Oct Jesse Terry & Sharon Lewis

We’re back with another stunning night of music food and entertainment this coming Saturday

JT at beach -small   Jesse Terry  “Jesse is a troubadour in the classic sense. His songs and voice remind one of James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, and even Ryan Adams. He writes with true craft, and his melodies linger with you long after just one listen. He sings the melodies with passion and believability every time. It is easy to be struck by how great his songs are and how Jesse delivers them with such ease.”

Sharon Lewis SharonLewis Much revered for her tender and heartfelt songs, enchanting songstress, Sharon Lewis weaves a rare and compelling spell with delicate vocals and piano/guitar playing.


Formerly of the highly regarded female duo Pooka, whose union spanned a decade releasing four albums and several EPs to great acclaim (‘so fine, it’s almost worrying!’ **** Q Magazine). Sharon has enjoyed a diverse musical career writing and recording with eclectic artists such as Orbital (Middle Of Nowhere) and 1 Giant Leap (What About Me?) which featured

artists such as Michael Stipe and KD Lang; she also performed alongside Ani Difranco and Martin Carthy in Anais Mitchell’s brilliant Folk Opera ‘Hadestown’.


Sharon is now promoting her most recent album en-titled Roses At The Top – a gentle and poignant work that takes the listener on an emotional journey through the hearts valleys and rising mists up to the top of the mountain

where wild roses are rumoured to grow. Themes of love, longing and transformation take precedence.


One of her biggest fans is Mark Abis, whom you will have seen perform here…and as an acclaimed singer-songwriter himself, will give you an idea of just how good she is..


Book yourselves in right now for a fabulous show this coming Saturday…bring your kids (under10 for FREE)..and celebrate another night of music food and great company here at The Drawingroom…01494 791 691

Or text me with your name and numbers to 07973 664 551

Best wishes r

Gig-Sat 19th Melinda Ortner & Jazz Morely

Sat 19/09/2015                Melinda Ortner Melinda Ortner and Jazz Morley jazzmorleyii

Melinda has a unique sound, and certainly of the quality of Regina Spektor, with an emotive, smoky voice combined with her keyboard. She gives you the feeling of being in some hazy city at dusk amid the noise and the chaos, wandering through the passing crowd, lost in your thoughts. She writes amazing songs, plays wonderful piano, and to top it off, amazing unique voice. She started music from her father’s footsteps, now she’s recording her first full length album, making music videos and being shopped around for a record deal. After comparisons to Fiona Apple, Muse and Alicia Keys, she’s more than on her way.

Jazz has played here before, many times, again, use this as a measure of how exciting she is. Recently having her first national airplay  on BBC Radio two with award winning DJ and music pundit Dermot O’Leary. She is as unpretentious as they come, utterly the girl next door, with a voice to make you weep as she effortlessly pours out her heart with a rich bluesy style to her accomplished piano playing…we love her.

If you’re planning to come…word early! Mail me!


Gig 19th Sept Jazz Morley & Melinda Ortner

Gig 5th Sept Will Mcnicol & Luke Selby

Sat 05/09/2015              Luke&Will    Will Luke small res-13…yep… this is Will Mcnicol and the one and onlyLuke Selby a collaboration/union of two of the finest musicians in their field. Will Acoustic Guitarist GB 2011 (since when no one has been awarded the title) remains the champ! Luke is an accomplished songwriter and musician in his own right and is already acclaimed as one of the finest drummers in the UK…their musical collaboration is as you might imagine, extraordinary. The pair were hand-picked to perform alongside Antonio Forcione the multi award winning finger-style guitarist. Having witnessed the event, I have to say, between Will and Antonio, aside of the twenty years age difference, there’s nothing to separate their skill. Will on the other hand composes bigger music and can be more realistically compared to Einaudi .

Gig 15th Aug Beth Rowley & Mark Abis

Sat 15/08/2015               Beth Rowley  betheditand Mark Abis markabisBeth is an artist I have followed and known of for a few years. She has appeared on stage with some giants of the music world including Burt Bacharach, David Arnold (James Bond) and as Angelo Badalamenti‘s personal guest (David Lynch’s right hand man) at Ghent film Festival.

Following her top 10 album Little Dreamer Little Dreamer(nominated for a Brit Award) her much awaited second album is just around the corner!  This is such a coup for The Drawingroom as Beth has only performed at handful of select sell-out shows each year. The last time I saw this British Blues and Soul singer/songwriter, was in front of 20,000 people. Beth told me ‘I’ve been close to releasing new music a few times, but it hasn’t been ready so I’ve waited.” Recently she teamed up with the acclaimed Producer  Abrahams, (Paolo Nutini, Nick Cave and Brian Eno) she continued “Now, working with Leo I feel like its finally ready. I cant wait to start performing it live’…so this is a pre-album, preview gig and only those in the know will be here! Opening for Beth on the night is a Drawingroom darling, Mark Abis, an artist in his own right whose music was made famous in Buffy the Vampire and Mark is one of Three Pilgrims: Mark was described as ‘one to watch’ by rock legend Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Pink Floyd, REM) “My vote for one of the best of the new generation.”

1stAug Gig-Jon Kensie&Big Sixes

Sat 01/08/2015              Jon Kenzie      Jon Kenzie Big Sixes bigsixes  Jon is a full-time professional musician whom I met at Glastonbury almost twelve years ago. It took a further seven years to organise a date here, and he was just awesome. He sings the blues in a way few can connect at such a soulful level. His smokey gritty voice along with his own original music, creates his unique and definitive sound.  This is a welcome return for the Big Sixes..local lads whose music plays here every day. The evening will open with a short set from Harry Phillips.