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! 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 Pilgrims 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.
Gig 19th Dec – Three Pilgrims & Kezia
Posted by Richard on December 18, 2015
NEW YEARS EVE-2015-16
Posted by Richard on November 23, 2015
There will be a gathering of Drawingroom folk….kids welcome, usual prices, just add £5 to usual ticket prices(20/10/free)…with (byo) Fireworks…Soups…music, bring a hat or wear a moustache ! (more info to follow)
Gig 18th July Mim Grey & Gareth Dunlop
Posted by Richard on July 8, 2015
Sat 18/07/2015 Mim Grey & Garath Dunlop
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 19th Melinda Ortner & Jazz Morely
Posted by Richard on August 27, 2015
Sat 19/09/2015 Melinda Ortner and Jazz Morley
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 is..book early! Mail me!
Gig 5th Sept Will Mcnicol & Luke Selby
Posted by Richard on August 17, 2015
Sat 05/09/2015 Luke&Will …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)..so 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
Posted by Richard on July 28, 2015
Sat 15/08/2015 Beth Rowley and Mark Abis Beth 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‘ (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
Posted by Richard on July 23, 2015
Sat 01/08/2015 Jon Kenzie Big Sixes 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
Posted by Richard on June 23, 2015
Sat 04/07/2015 The Three Pilgrims, an exciting trilogy of experience and skill. 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 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
Posted by Richard on June 15, 2015
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 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 soul..talk to me! Supporting Hattie tonight is 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
Posted by Richard on May 8, 2015
Sat 16/05/2015 Ruarri Joseph 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 who was to appear, has been taken ill. I am excited and delighted to announce that Jasmine Rodgers 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