Category: 2015

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.

Gig 4th July – Three Pilgrims&Eva Abraham

Sat 04/07/2015 The Three Pilgrims, an exciting trilogy of experience and skill. 3pilgrims The band formed when the paths of three very individual musicians, already accomplished in their own right, fortuitously converged in the fall of 2013. Within a few months of forming, word of mouth ensured a steady increase in attendance at their small West London gigs. Soon Three Pilgrims were to appear at London’s Bush Hall in support of sixties folk singer Beverley Martyn and received invitations to play at various festivals before they even had a chance to write a bio let alone record anything.

In the last year and a half, they have played at various festivals and venues in London and across the country and have been drawing crowds ever since. Among them, Love Supreme Festival, Live On The Wye, The Hawkhurst Vault, Bush Hall, The Drawingroom and Green Note. Embracing both British and American folk & blues traditions  their lyrics are bittersweet, edgy and human. Some are simply heart-breaking. 

Support comes from Eva&DrewBazaar~11 Eva Abraham (accompanied by Drew) a dream team of music, Energetic, commanding, uplifting, tender and harmonious duets.

Eva & Drew deliver real songs direct to the listeners heart. They bring flavours of folk, Country… Ska.. Gypsy and the blues …..their influences are endless….book now to ensure you get a place at this event.

Gig 20th June 2015-Hattie Briggs&Natalie Gelman

Sat 20/06/2015            Welcome to the most important and significant gig so far! These are both stunning artists Hattie Briggs  who ahead of the Cambridge Folk Festival this year, it seems she has been permanently on the go hattie briggs This rising Gloucestershire folk star Hattie  was runner up for the coveted Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2015.  With a voice as distinctive as Eva Cassidy, music as memorable as Carol King, like so many special musicians, Hattie has magically drawn a whole wealth of talent around her as well Hattie herself supporting some serious name across the UK. Listen just once to her voice and if it does not penetrate your to me! Supporting Hattie tonight is  NatalieGelman Natalie Gelman , on tour from the US and really excited about her coming too. More gritty and with an edge, Natalie is a feisty and charismatic girl who clearly and justifiably has big ambitions. I hope you get to hear them both, tickets already selling fast and if you cannot get to be here, you can listen live as we broadcast live…will post the link nearer the date.

Gig 16th May 2015

Sat 16/05/2015                Ruarri Joseph OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Such a great sound…Discovered at Glastonbury 2014 by me; what else has been said of him? “One of our best songwriters and lyricists” – The Times  “As wise as a 70 year old Johnny Cash” – NME “Genius…a breath of the freshest air” – Observer   “Like a modern Cat Stevens” – Paolo Nutini    “Stunning” –  Claudia Winkleman, BBC Radio2″ &  Paul Diello  pauldiello who was to appear, has been taken ill. I am excited and delighted to announce that Jasmine Rodgers jasminerodger has stepped in. Since 2010 Jasmine has been gigging frequently as a solo performer, supporting her father at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011, and at Guilfest in 2010 and 2011. She performed at the Venice Biennale in 2011.  She has played the London circuit frequently  (The Bedford, The Vibe Bar, The Underbelly, The Social, The Proud, Camden and The Barfly etc).  She has supported Scott Matthews, working with Dan Carey (producer and co writer for Lianne Le Havas, Emiliana Torrini, Franz Ferdinand and the Mystery Jets among others) on her newest material, and she is currently writing a new album of songs – about life and the way she sees it….she’s really special, so make sure you get to listen and see her play here in the live link, starting at 20:15 GMT

Gig/party 2nd May

Sat 02/05/2015               Hannah Scott   hannascottii is Drawingroom family, she’s played so often you could be mistaking she lives here! …and we love her as much as we love her music and musical companion Stephano. What do the papers say? Hannah’s New Voice entry immediately made those at MOJO HQ want to hear more. Tonight she proved she can cut it live as well as on record.” – MOJO Magazine “These songs are built for radio.” – Paul Lester, The Guardian “Sooner or later Hannah’s combination of talent, charm and determination is certain to gain her the breakthrough she’s seeking – and as far as I’m concerned it can’t happen soon enough.” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music. “I hope you’ve never heard of her so I can be the one to introduce you to her!” – Mark Forrest, BBC regional radio across England …“This has Radio 2 written all over it.” – Nick Coffer, BBC 3 Counties “One of the best songwriters to come out of Suffolk in the last 30 years.” – Stephen Foster, BBC Suffolk

and Peter Conway peterconway played here last year His songs thread a line between Springsteen and Waites”
Music Week “He’s my favourite singer… He’s making music that many people won’t realize they need until they hear it”
Charles Shaar Murray

….and to open.. Rew Elkington and Tanya Brown-sugar Phillips. There’s no easy link to their sound suffice to say when they played here some months ago, they went down a storm.