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Listen Up
-Discovering Music Together

It is exciting to think we may be back to having live shows later in the year and at GSMC we have wasted no time in starting to book performances in, although we are very much aware that these may be put back and we are working hard with venues to make sure that when they do take place that our audience, performers and staff feel safe.

This week’s newsletter features the latest live music announcements as well as the full line up for this week’s Online Music Club with performances taking place every evening, we have a Listen Up interview with singer/ songwriter Jenny Colquitt and this week’s New original Music Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists. See below for full details.

To support the work we do you can make a donation through the link below.
 https://www.paypal.me/GSMC874

Live Music This Week
 GSMC Online Music Club

Coming up over the next week at the GSMC Online Music Club we have live music with Gavin Thomasperforming Songs from the Summer House (Tues), The Velveteen Orkestra embody the essences of European folk and bluegrass as well as echoing the guitar-based indie style (Wed), storyteller, a published author, an inveterate traveller Steve Bonham(Thurs), the Grand Old Uke of Dorktakes us on a journey through musical madness (Fri), Kenna & Cox perform their own brand of Blues & Folk live from Paris (Sat) & Toxic Sofa play a mix of original material and covers (Sun).

For dates and times please visit our website.
https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

Listen Up Interview
Jenny Colquitt

Jenny Colquitt is a singer, musician and songwriter hailing from Widnes, Cheshire whose live online performances throughout Lockdown have gained her a widening reputation and fanbase, she is currently promoting her latest EP ‘Dear Daughter’ as well as releasing a Charity Single ‘Captain Thomas Moore’ to raise funds for The Captain Tom Foundation.

Please tell us about yourself
I am part time singer/songwriter from Widnes, North West England. I have 2 EPs out so far; ‘The Quiet Kind’ (2016) and  ‘Dear Daughter’ (2020) as well as a charity single I recently released called ‘Captain Thomas Moore’ (2021) in tribute to Country’s hero Captain Tom. At the moment I do this part-time alongside my job in the NHS. In COVID times I have taken to live streaming to meet my performance needs and I am very regular streamer on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch. I am fortunate to now be partnered with YouTube and an Affiliate on Twitch. Alongside my solo career I am also the lead singer/songwriter for my newly ormed band ‘Elysian’, we are in the baby phases of forming our sound but we have been often described as ‘similar to Fleetwood Mac and Dire Straits’. 

How would you describe your music ?
I studied Psychology at The University of Liverpool and I think comes through in my songs as they are often described as thought provoking and introspective. My music is a convolution of Folk, Americana, Blues and Country although I try to think of myself more as a ‘patchwork quilt’ of genres. I feel I am still on my journey as a songwriter as I am constantly finding new depths within my own writing which is progressing with styles as I go.

What has been your highlight so far?
Although this seems a strange answer, my highlight has been finding a new following online through COVID times. I have made connections that would have never been possible before I took the new approach of live streaming. It would be a massive oversight to not focus on the positives of these relationships as being the light in these dark times.

What plans regarding recordings, video, tours etc do you have for the future?
I am recording my first full-length album and releasing that this year. I plan on gigging as much as I can following this however of course due to the way things are at the moment I am not going to put too much pressure on this. I guess I will just be focussing on growing a following online and putting out as much music as I can until normality is reached.

Is there anything else you would like to say or any message to our readers ?
Thank you for keeping music alive during these times. If it weren’t for people listening, watching, supporting and tipping musicians at the moment, the industry would be completely shot. There will be an end to this and there is a bright future ahead for us as artists and you as listeners and supporters!

For more details ……
Website/ Blog- https://www.jennycolquittmusic.com  
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/JennyColquittMusic  
Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/jenny_colquitt  
Twitter- https://twitter.com/JennyColquitt   
Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/jenny.colquitt
Spotify- https://open.spotify.com/artist/4Z3wXLXW5YcqoBeBi3l3s8?
Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/jennycolquittmusic?fan_landing=true  
Jenny’s latest video is my Captain Thomas Moore video : https://youtu.be/1rqlrlLxgvY

Live Show
Keith James
The Songs of Leonard Cohen
Saturday 26th June, 7.30pm
The Old Court
Windsor, Berkshire

Tickets are on sale now for the Keith James ‘The Songs of Leonard Cohen’ show at The Old Court, Windsor, Berkshire on Saturday 26thJune 2021. With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 500 concerts – close to 150,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and in Andalusia, Spain.

To book please click on the link below
https://tickets.oldcourt.org/sales/events/keith-james—-the-songs-of-le

New Original Music
GSMC Spotify Playlist

This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist featuring 20 tracks by 20 different artists includes Sweet Whirl, The Hawkmen, Jennifer Kamakazi, Kiziah & the Kings, Vilnes, Kenna & Cox, Adam Beattie, Swivel Head Ted, Faeland, Philleann, Megan O’Neil, Aderyn, Mari Joyce, Harmony Byrne, Karl McCann, Alice Skye, Harbottle and Jonas, Eli Lev, Simon Morley, Naomi in Blue.

To listen to all the vest latest in new music go to :-
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

Live Show
Atomic Rapture 
Music of Blondie
Thursday 22nd July, 7.30pm
The Couch
Bracknell, Berkshire
 

Atomic Rapture will be performing the Music of Blondie at The Couch, Bracknell on Thursday 22nd July. With a playlist of popular Blondie tracks spanning the 70’s to the present day, Wokingham-based six piece tribute Atomic Rapture have been recreating the sound of one of America’s most eclectic and influential bands since 2014. In the 2019 and 2020 GSMC local music awards they picked up the award for Best Cover/Tribute Band.
 
Tickets on sale now :- https://www.wegottickets.com/event/511799

Live Show
Matt Long and the Revenant Ones
Thursday 9th September
The Couch
Bracknell, Berkshire
 

Matt Long and the Revenant Ones’ first time at the Acoustic Couch. Matt Long has carved himself a reputation as a stellar front man of multi award-winning British Blues band Catfish. Alongside playing with Catfish, Matt is now also on the road with his own band, Matt Long and the Revenant Ones, with powerful new riff-influenced original rock material. With their first European tour completed in early 2020 and festival bookings coming in, this band was already causing a buzz both in the UK and abroad before Covid struck.
 
The debut album ‘The Other Side’ was due for release this summer but has been put back, Covid permitting, to latter in the year. This new band allows Matt flex his songwriting muscles with a new project focused on rockier riffs and showcasing his impeccable guitar wizardry.

To book go to
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/511880

Online Show
Cilias
Friday 2nd April
Starts 8pm


 
All aboard ! All aboard!
Maxine and Baz from Spriggan Mist are again joined by their Son Aaron to form The Cilias as they board The Goodship Polyphemus and perform live from one of the cabins of the now famed Steampunk airship. Watch the show live on youtube and if you dare join the cabin crew and other passengers on zoom . So don your best outfits and party away as you ‘drift into the skies’ . The evening won’t finish when the music stops, the Cilias will join you on zoom for the afterparty.
 
https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

 

Listen Up
-Discovering Music Together

Welcome to the weekly newsletter from GSMC where in this week’s edition we have live music every evening with our Online Music Club, the excellent and moving new charity single from Jenny Colquitt, a review of the new album ‘Cabin Fever’ from Mandy Woods which is released next week, news on the Festival of the Artisan which takes place in March and our weekly Spotify playlist where we introduce some  great new original music, plus lots more. Please see below for full details.  

If you want to support the work we do you can make a donation through the link below.
Support us – https://www.paypal.me/GSMC874

Graham Steel Music Company
Website – https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/grahamsteelmusiccompany  
Online Music Club – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

Live Music This Week
GSMC Online Music Club
 
Coming up over the next week at the GSMC Online Music Club we have live music tonight with popular singer / songwriter Michael Tuffery, the Cilias featuring Baz & Maxine from Spriggan Mist (Friday), David Barrett from the Screen Gems (Saturday), The Hedge Inspectors make their Online Music Club debut on Sunday. The excellent Jim Cozens returns (Monday), we have folk songs from Colin Bailey (Tuesday) and Neil Wells who is promoting his latest album ‘Live for Today’ returns on Wednesday.
 
For dates and times please visit our website.
 
https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

New Original Music
GSMC Spotify Playlist
 
This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist featuring 20 tracks by 20 different artists includes Hoopy Frood, Tankus the Henge, Jenny Colquitt, The Lost Trades, Kat Danser, Jenny Moore’s Mystic Business, Katherine Priddy, Jim Chorley , David Baron, Saint Sister, Lizzy Hardingham, Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5, Jon Wilks, Leon Stanford & Cathy Thompson, Anni Pohto, Aiida, Keen Garrity, Caoilfhionn Rose, Ivy Ash, The Shadow Bones.
 
To listen go to
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

Video of the Week
Jenny Colquitt
Captain Thomas Moore

GSMC Music Award Winner Jenny Colquitt has released a new Charity single and video which is a tribute to Captain Sir Thomas Moore with all profits going the Captain Tom Foundation. Please see link below.
https://uk.gofundme.com/f/jenny-colquitt-cpt-tom-moore-fundraiser?fbclid=IwAR0IaCw-asBYBr2gnBEmThwd5Ffy5rf_2t1oRVESKbSydaZeFMI4y1bPU0Q

Album Review
Mandy Woods
‘Cabin Fever’
 
Glastonbury based singer and songwriter Mandy Woods releases her new album, aptly titled ‘Cabin Fever’ later this month, featuring fifteen songs recorded during Lockdown. A seasoned writer and performer in both Europe and America, Mandy Woods has spent most of her adult life giving in to wanderlust and crafting songs wherever she has happened to find herself on her unconventional journey, many of them telling stories – about the ups and downs of relationships, about her own and other people’s struggles and quests, and about the myriad other twists of fate that have inspired her imagination.
 
There are so many good songs on this album with Cactus Rose, Butterfly, Awesome Woman and Full Moon Over Vegas being particular highlights all telling what sound like personal real life experiences. Although all the songs feature vocals and guitar from Mandy there is some backing with the occasional steel guitar and in All That is Left to Cherish  beautiful violin accompaniment from Judith Hooper. Ain’t No G in Country is a great fun track with has more of a band feel than the other songs. The closing track Every Single Second is all about making the most of life whilst you can, which is a positive message as we all hopefully prepare to come out of Lockdown. This is a really enjoyable album that is perfect listening equally on a cold Winter’s night or on a Summer’s evening under the stars, highly recommended.
 
The album is available from Bandcamp 22nd February.
https://mandywoodsmusic.bandcamp.com/album/cabin-fever
 
Reviews
https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/new-blog

New Single
The Lost Trades
‘Hummingbird’
Out Now
 
The Lost Trades are a trio of Wiltshire based singer songwriters (Jamie R Hawkins, Phil Cooper and Tamsin Quin) who, brought together by a mutual love of folk and roots music, have joined forces for a three part harmony, modern folk adventure. Performing both collectively and individually penned songs, The Lost Trades tell carefully crafted stories using an array of stringed instruments and light percussion, all lovingly stitched together with soaring vocal harmonies.
 
Taken from a forthcoming album (release date still TBA), Hummingbird showcases exactly what makes The Lost Trades so special. The sound of three voices in perfect harmony, instantly mesmerising but somehow still warm and friendly. At a time when everyone needs a hug, The Lost Trades are intent to hug your ears and try to make you feel like everything will be ok.
 
http://www.thelosttrades.com

New Album
Hoppy Frood
‘Affirmations’
Out Now
 
 It’s been over ten years since their last album “Indigo”. The band has evolved in that time with new members and years of playing live together. Musically, “Affirmations” is intended to capture that full band sound that they have been working on over the years, incorporating live drums this time and built around ideas and jam sessions that they kept coming back to.
 
Lyrical ideas were spontaneous; they had no intention of delivering a theme or a story but now they have completed the project it appears that they have some positive messages to share, hence the album title. As is their way, “Affirmations” is a blend of live instruments/vocal with synths, sequencers and samples. They leave it to you to decide on its genre!
 
Website – https://hoopyfrood.co.uk
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hoopyfroodmusic
Bandcamp – https://hoopyfrood.bandcamp.com

Festival of the Artisan
Fri 26th & Sat 27th March

 
This year’s Festival of the Artisan headliners are BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Bella Hardy and Blair Dunlop, and Steve Bonham and The Long Road. Discover more about all the artists that will be performing on 26 and 27 March here:
 
https://www.festivaloftheartisan.co.uk/artistprofiles
Supported by Arts Council England.

Support Us
 
If you are enjoying the work we are doing at this time and want to support us during this time, there are many ways you can do so, please see links below and big thanks to all those people who have already contributed and supported us in various ways.
 
Tip Jar – https://www.paypal.me/GSMC874
Donate – http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com
Online store – http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/online-concerts
 
Contact Us
http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/contact

Discovering Music Together

Coming up this week from GSMC we have two great new releases with ‘Hummingbird’ the single from The Lost Trades out on Friday and ‘Affirmations’ the first album release in ten years from Hoopy Frood which comes out on Sunday. We also have some great live music at our Online Music Club from Isobel Thatcher,Paul Wilson, Tomorrow Bird, Marc Woosnam, Simon Meakin and Michael Tuffery coming up over the next week and our weekly New Original Music Spotify Playlist which features 20 tracks from 20 different Artists.

If you want to support the work we do you can make a donation through the link below.
Support us – https://www.paypal.me/GSMC874

Graham Steel Music Company
Website – https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/grahamsteelmusiccompany  
Online Music ClubLive Music This Week
GSMC Online Music Club
 

Coming up over the next week at the GSMC Online Music Club we have live music with Blues, Americana & Country singer-songwriter Isobel Thatcher, a welcome return of Paulo Wilson, Berkshire based duo Tomorrow Bird, the fabulous Marc Woosnam, Simon Meakin from Beware this Boy and popular singer songwriter Michael Tuffery. For dates and times please visit our website.

https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

New Album – Review
Hoppy Frood
Affirmations
Released 14th February

At a time when how we listen to music seems to change on almost on a weekly basis and the concept of LP’s and Singles (for all of us who remember them) seems obsolete ‘Affirmations’ by Berkshire based band Hoopy Frood comes as a breath of fresh air. This is without doubt an Album in the finest and most glorious sense, clocking in at just over an hour this is not twelve songs packaged together in 3 -4-minute soundbites but a joyous celebration of music with each track running seamlessly into the other, what recording this way does is that it gives the music time to breath, the listener time to enjoy and the musicians involved time to express themselves fully. There are moments when it feels that the band are just jamming but you can also tell that a lot of thought has gone into this and the production and preplanning is superb.

Having established what Affirmations is, which is an Album, trying to describe what it sounds like is whole different kettle of fish, with deep dance grooves, African percussion, Reggae rhythms, classic rock guitar solo’s exquisite soulful vocals which put together makes it sound like it is incoherent and jumbled, it is not, as Hoopy Frood have their own distinct style which incorporates all these different sounds. From the opening track ‘Water’ which starts with an electronic soundscape overlaid with acoustic guitar fingerstyle and features a guitar solo reminiscent of Pink Floyd followed by the wonderful ‘Round Shaped Hole’, the chilled out ‘Atoms & Molecules’ the beautiful piano overlaid with Spanish guitar playing of ‘Harmonics’ the reggae groves and soul led vocals of Big Wide World and ‘Magic in Your Eyes’, listening to this album is like having a Festival in your Living Room.  The album does slow down with ‘The Woods’ which sounds like it was recorded outside, and you can hear bird song and almost feel a gentle Summer breeze with it’s beautiful acoustic guitar accompanied by a cello, before picking up it’s pace with ‘Whispers’ and they all finally let rip with the album finale ‘Lets Help one Another’. 

This is an excellent well produced album from musicians who clearly know what they are doing that has been ten years in waiting and a great antidote to this crazy mixed-up world with its uplifting music and positive lyrics if any ‘Affirmations’ were needed this is highly recommended.

Website – https://hoopyfrood.co.uk
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hoopyfroodmusic
Bandcamp – https://hoopyfrood.bandcamp.com

GSMC New Original Music
Spotify Playlist
 

This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists this week features The Indigos, Jim Cozens & Adam Dickinson  , Raye Zaragoza, Son of Dave, Tele Novella , The Longest Johns, Eric & The Soo, The BluesBones, Katy Rose Bennett, Danny Goring , Shooglenifty, Brophy’s Law, Simon Morley, The Lost Notes , Avi Jacob , Falcon Jane, Will Ross Music , No Serial Killer, Ivory lake, Chris Chambers

To listen go to
https://open.spotify

This Weeks Blog-Discovering Music Together

It is great to see so many musicians are finding ways of creating and releasing new music right now and GSMC are delighted to be working with some of them to get their music out there and heard. Our good friends The Lost Trades have their new single ‘Hummingbird’ exclusively available on Bandcamp this Friday before it’s official release on 12th February and you can now pre order the forthcoming album ‘Affirmations’ from Wokingham based band Hoopy Frood (which has to be a contender for album of the year) and is released on 14th February.

The new GSMC Keeping Music Live 2021 Tee Shirt is now in stock with all purchases going towards keeping us going as a Company.

Ajay Srivastav promotes his new single ‘Innocent People’ (which is Video of the Week on Blues & Roots Radio) with a live online show for Harrow Arts Centre this Saturday. Our Online Music Club has performances over the next week by Dan Burnett, Ollie West, Peter Crutchfield, India Jones, Mike Rawlins & Isobel Thatcher and our weekly New Original Music Spotify Playlist has been updated featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists.

See below for full details and thank you for all your support.  

Graham Steel Music Company
Website – https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/grahamsteelmusiccompany  
Online Music Club – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub
Support us – https://www.paypal.me/GSMC874.

 

 

New Single & Video
The Lost Trades
‘Hummingbird’

The Lost Trades are a trio of Wiltshire based singer songwriters (Jamie R Hawkins, Phil Cooper and Tamsin Quin) who, brought together by a mutual love of folk and roots music, have joined forces for a three part harmony, modern folk adventure. Performing both collectively and individually penned songs, The Lost Trades tell carefully crafted stories using an array of stringed instruments and light percussion, all lovingly stitched together with soaring vocal harmonies.

Taken from a forthcoming album (release date still TBA), Hummingbird showcases exactly what makes The Lost Trades so special. The sound of three voices in perfect harmony, instantly mesmerising but somehow still warm and friendly. At a time when everyone needs a hug, The Lost Trades are intent to hug your ears and try to make you feel like everything will be ok.

http://www.thelosttrades.com

Live Music This Week
GSMC Online Music Club

Coming up over the next week at the GSMC Online Music Club we have live music from double Blues Awards nominee Dan Burnett, singer songwriter and pianist Ollie West making his Music Club debut, Farnham based musician Peter Crutchfield performing humorous songs and instrumental numbers, Folk singer India Jones, song writer Mike Rawlins and Country / Americana from Isobel Thatcher. For dates and times please visit our website.

https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

 

New Album
Hoppy Frood
Affirmations

It’s been over ten years since their last album “Indigo”. The band has evolved in that time with new members and years of playing live together. Musically, “Affirmations” is intended to capture that full band sound that they have been working on over the years, incorporating live drums this time and built around ideas and jam sessions that they kept coming back to.

Lyrical ideas were spontaneous; they had no intention of delivering a theme or a story but now they have completed the project it appears that they have some positive messages to share, hence the album title. As is their way, “Affirmations” is a blend of live instruments/vocal with synths, sequencers and samples. They leave it to you to decide on its genre!

Website – https://hoopyfrood.co.uk
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hoopyfroodmusic
Bandcamp – https://hoopyfrood.bandcamp.com

GSMC New Original Music
Spotify Playlist

This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists this week features Indigo Road, Ajay Srivastav, Tanya Brittain, Fishing For Compliments, Fay Brotherhood , Dave Nachmanoff & Lizzy Hardingham, Audrey’s Dance , Peter Crutchfield, Charlie Nieland, Sean Taylor, Jimmy Lee Morris, Sarah McQuaid, Su Andersson, Boxin’ the Vox, Annabelle Chvostek, Madisyn Whajne, John Blek, Lee Gillett, Vic Cracknell & Steve Bonham and The Long Road 

To listen go to
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

New Video
Paul Alexander Low
Fisherman’s Heart

‘Fisherman’s Heart’ the excellent new video from Paul Alexander Low is available now to watch on YouTube. Paul started singing and playing guitar and piano at the age of 16. He quickly joined a local band and went on to be lead guitarist and singer in various bands over the next 25 years. His melodies and lyrics cut straight through to the core, which added together with his accomplished guitar playing and a powerful voice create a unique sound that will engage and delight the listener.

https://www.paulalexanderlow.com/

Paul Presents: Vicars Game with Alan Hayward

This Weeks Blog

Listen Up
The weekly Blog from GSMC
28th January 2021
GSMC Music Awards

A big thank you to all those people that joined us for the GSMC Music Awards Night last week and to all those musicians that took part, to Aaron Cilia who put the whole event together and Michael Tuffery who co hosted the show so smoothly, we have been inundated with messages from people saying how much they enjoyed it, which is so gratifying to hear. Congratulations to all the Winners and Nominees it was important to us to celebrate all those people that have supported music over the last year more than ever before. If you missed the Awards Show you can watch it all via the YouTube link below.

The excellent new single & video ‘Innocent People’ by Ajay Srivastav from his forthcoming album ‘Powerless’ is out today (Thursday). Steve Bonham & the Long Road release their 15 song album and companion book ‘American Wilderness Odyssey’ tomorrow (Friday). The Salts have joined the Sea Shanty craze on Tik Tok with their mash up video with Nathan Evans getting over 10,000 views in a week. Our Online Music Club this week features newly crowned GSMC Award WinnersTony Cox & Sandy McLelland alongside other great acts and our weekly New Original Music Spotify Playlist has been updated featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists.

See below for full details and thank you for all your support.  

GSMC Music Awards Night – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtFbSjm5x8s&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3CFmej8M1szPRPRLQQUYhw9zsNzTsIRiSlxr9WLiA1X9NVyq8T4WQctgI

Graham Steel Music Company
Website – https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/grahamsteelmusiccompany  
Online Music Club – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub
Support us – https://www.paypal.me/GSMC874

New Single – Out Today!!
Ajay Srivastav
‘Innocent People’

Scion Records proudly releases Innocent People, the new single from Blues musician Ajay Srivastav. The single is taken from his forthcoming second album, Powerless. Ajay’s soulful, stirring songs are the product of a crossfire hurricane of influences, drawing equally from the Mississippi Delta that sired the Blues and the Varanasi Ghats where prayers, birth-rites and coming-of-age ceremonies are performed beside the Ganges. Blended to perfection with a dynamic sound of slide guitar and tabla, his new single Innocent People lifts the soul while commenting on the broken and troubled world around him.

The video was shot and edited by London film-maker Rupesh Savani. The game of chess is a metaphor for how power brokers and politicians play with people’s lives for profit.

Ajay is committed to his own vision and his forthcoming fiery, spiritual and sublime second album, Powerless, to be released in Spring 2021, is perfect for these turbulent times.

www.ajayhq.com

New Album & Book
Steve Bonham & the Long Road
‘American Wilderness Odyssey’

Released Friday 29th January
 
The songs from the project have all been written by Steve Bonham, Steve and Kev, and Steve and Chris. Their starting point is not first the songs of others but the deep well of individual experience.  They were inspired by the people, the landscape, the stories and the spirit of the Southern States of the USA. . Steve trekked through the brooding old testament forests and mountains of Appalachia in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. He took road trips from Ashville to Nashville and New Orleans and then, trekking and driving, circumnavigated New Mexico. Kev set off in a classic old sedan to visit the hometowns and heroes of his youth spending six weeks on the road through Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana.
 
These songs taste gritty and real, the words rattling across the beat like a typewriter, raging against steel bars, painting images of hope and hurt, the dustbowl, downtown heartaches and impossible dreams….

https://www.thevagabondway.net/awo.html

This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist features Winners of this year’s GSMC Music Awards, artists who performed at our Awards Night and some great new releases, including Matt Peach, Ali Horn, Rebecca Roth , Will Purdue, Dragonfly Sky, Sandy McLelland, Gavin Thomas, Jenny Colquitt, Spriggan Mist, Tony Cox, Boundless Brothers, Ajay Srivastav – artist page, Antoine & Owena, Steve Gifford, Skinny Bob Band, Tomorrow Bird, Soricah, Vic Cracknell, Dave Starke, The Lost Trades to listen go to:-
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

Live Music
GSMC Online Music Club
 
The GSMC Online Music Club continues to Keep Music Live at this time with performances taking place most evenings on Facebook and this week includes Toxic Sofa (Sunday) following Tim & Kim’s recent appearance on National Television, Award Winning South African guitarist Tony Cox (Monday) who is now based in the UK and a welcome return of Sandy McLelland (Wednesday) bringing his own brand of Americana.
 
For full details please take a look at our What’s On page
https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

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The weekly newsletter from GSMC
21st January 2021
GSMC Music Awards

Coming up this week we have the GSMC Music Awards Night which this year will be live online on YouTube this Friday (22nd January) at 8pm, where will have some great live music from some special guests as well announcing the short list and Winners in all twelve categories, to watch simply click on the link below on the night. We hope you can join us!

We have a Special Burns Night Celebration on Monday 25th January with Cailean Baili online starting at 8pm. Paul Alexander Low has a new single ‘Carry On’ out now, which is a beautiful song dedicated to the memory of Joss Spurway who tragically died in a plane crash in 2017. Ajay Srivastav has a new single ‘Innocent People’ released next week from his forthcoming new album ‘Powerless’. We also have live music at the GSMC Online Music Club as well as our GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist which features 20 tracks from 20 different artists.

See below for full details and thank you for your support and please stay safe.  

GSMC Music Awards Night – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtFbSjm5x8s&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3CFmej8M1szPRPRLQQUYhw9zsNzTsIRiSlxr9WLiA1X9NVyq8T4WQctgI

Graham Steel Music Company
Website – https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/grahamsteelmusiccompany  
Online Music Club – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub
Support us – https://www.paypal.me/GSMC874

GSMC Music Awards Night
Friday 22nd January, 8pm
Online Music Club

Join us on Friday 22nd January at 8pm for a celebration of grassroots music as we present this year’s GSMC Music Awards Live Online on YouTube, where we will announce the Winners of all 12 categories and will include live and pre recorded music from some of the nominees as well as a look back at the year and celebrate all those people that helped keep the grassroots music scene alive in 2020.

To watch go to :-  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtFbSjm5x8s&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3CFmej8M1szPRPRLQQUYhw9zsNzTsIRiSlxr9WLiA1X9NVyq8T4WQctgI

Live Music
GSMC Online Music Club

The GSMC Online Music Clubcontinues to Keep Music Live at this time with performances taking place most evenings on Facebook and this week includes singer songwriter Mandy Woods on Saturday, a Burns Night Special with Cailean Baili on Monday and Bracknell based performer Matt Hall next Wednesday, all performances start at 8pm.

For full details please take a look at our What’s On page
https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

GSMC New Original Music
Spotify Playlist

This week’s GSMC New Original Music Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists this week includes The Jujubes, The Voodoo Sheiks , Parabola West, Bipolar Bows, Storm Seeker, Paul Alexander Low, Iago Banet, Georgia Van Etten, Steve Bonham and The Long Road, David Baron, Simon Morley, The Jellyman’s Daughter, Ryan Summers, Mark Handley and the Bone Idols, Gin City , EllaHarp & the False Bottom Band, Jon Bickly, Gurli Octavia, David Olney & Anana Kaye, Indie Butterflies Dream. Please click on the link below.

GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

New Single
Ajay Srivastav
‘Innocent People’
Released 28th January

Scion Records proudly releases Innocent People, the new single from Blues musician Ajay Srivastav. The single is taken from his forthcoming second album, Powerless. Ajay’s soulful, stirring songs are the product of a crossfire hurricane of influences, drawing equally from the Mississippi Delta that sired the Blues and the Varanasi Ghats where prayers, birth-rites and coming-of-age ceremonies are performed beside the Ganges. Blended to perfection with a dynamic sound of slide guitar and tabla, his new single Innocent People lifts the soul while commenting on the broken and troubled world around him.

Ajay explains “The Blues endures through the generations because it’s so personal. It’s about finding your truth and right now my Blues are both political and spiritual. I wrote ‘Innocent People’ a while back and I would return to it at different stages and re-write it. With each version I would strip away to get closer to the truth of what I needed to say… what I wanted to ask.” ‘Innocent People’ expresses my disillusion with a world in which people who profiteer from war and death get away with it again and again. It’s about those in the secret corridors of power making deals that cost lives. It’s about the everyday people who are just getting on with their day and end up dying because of someone else’s lust for money and power. It’s about losing hope, living in fear and accepting the harsh truth that some things just don’t change.”

The video was shot and edited by London film-maker Rupesh Savani. The game of chess is a metaphor for how power brokers and politicians play with people’s lives for profit.

Ajay is committed to his own vision and his forthcoming fiery, spiritual and sublime second album, Powerless, to be released in Spring 2021, is perfect for these turbulent times.

www.ajayhq.com

New Single
Paul Alexander Low
‘Carry On’

Paul Alexander Low has a new single ‘Carry On’ out now on all major digital platforms. This beautiful moving song is a Tribute to Joss Spurway who tragically passed away in a plane crash in Australia in 2017. Hampshire, UK based singer-songwriter Paul Alexander Low is behind many vibrant, beautiful folk-pop blues inspired songs powered by a talent for writing music that combines a story of both the joys and heartaches of life.

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/5O1kI7vLprFPk1cpOuthLJ
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Carry-On/dp/B08T5WV3GC/ref=sr_1_1…  
Website – https://www.paulalexanderlow.com

FATEA
Listen Up
Steve Bonham 

This month’s Listen Up feature focuses on Steve Bonham who is a storyteller, a published author, an inveterate traveller, for decades a songwriter, performer and musician, and an award-winning psychologist. Born in Derbyshire, England, Steve studied psychology and philosophy at university. He has recorded more than 10 albums; written two musicals; and several books including his latest: A Beautiful Broken Dream. He is the author of the Vagabond Philosopher blog and proud member of The Long Road.

Please click on the link below for the full article
https://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/news/SteveBonham/?fbclid=IwAR1rcM4B5YOj2RY1pQmD0CKXdhLE68j4zaeTln4SDRApR3PSjLgu1kCJDHg

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Listen Up-14th January 2021.Keeping Music Live

It seems to be such a tough time for so many people at the moment with the news getting worse everyday, at GSMC we are trying to do our little bit to offer some distraction during this time with our Online Live Music Shows, our weekly New Music Playlist, promoting new releases etc. Our thoughts are with all those who are struggling at this time, please see below for what is coming up this week and please visit our website for all the latest news.

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The GSMC Online Music Club continues to Keep Music Live at this time with performances taking place most evenings on Facebook and this week includes singer songwriter Marc Woosnam who is promoting his latest single ‘Silver Lining’ on Friday followed by Michael Tuffery from RyeWolf & WolfNote who will be performing a solo set on Saturday, we have the welcome return of Tomorrow Bird on Sunday, well respected songwriter Jim Cozens performs for us on Monday and the excellent Sandy McLelland returns next Wednesday.

For full details please take a look at our What’s On page
https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

New Original Music
Spotify Playlist

This week’s GSMC New Original Music Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists this week includes Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls, Countless Thousands, Matt Long and the Revenant Ones, Native Harrow, Armstrong, Jenny Colquitt, Eli Lev, Dave Goldblum, DÆD MEN, Vic Cracknell Music , Sydney Dejorey, Third Horizon, Therion, Major Baldini, Simon Meakin, Bianca Alana, Our Man In The Field , Stacey Z , Julian Shah-Tayler Aka The Singularity Music , Mark Duggan.  Please click on the link below.

GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

Live  Review
Jenny Colquitt
GSMC Online Music Club
Monday 11th January 2021

Tonight’s GSMC Online Music Club performance featured Jenny Colquitt who is a singer songwriter from Widnes in the North West of the UK . Jenny has been streaming live shows several times a week throughout Lockdown, I was really looking forward to this performance and wasn’t let down as we were treated to a great performance.

 Alternating between piano and guitar this hour and fifteen minute set consisted completely of original songs which is testament to Jenny’s talent. The first of the evening was ‘True to Me’ which was overlaid with some beautiful piano playing, which was followed by ‘Part of the Story’ and then ‘Tell Me Where the Light Is’, the first track from Jenny’s new EP ‘Dear Daughter’. Jenny has great charm and personality between songs and with a good number of people watching and commenting on the chat page, she makes time to answer all questions and acknowledge everyone as well as making new visitors welcome. ‘Captain Tom’ is the forthcoming  Charity Single due for release in a few weeks about the Lockdown hero and Dirty Town was probably my favourite of the evening, written just a week ago, it is about fighting of the negative energy when you visit some places, although all her songs are great, with a Folk / Blues feel and the occasional touch of Country Music.

With a rich soulful voice, brilliant musicianship and outstanding songs this was a stunning set from a performer who is definitely going places and one to watch for the future.

You can find out more about Jenny Colquitt by visiting her website https://jennycolquittmusic.com

Reviews Page
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What’s On
The Salts –
Songs from the Sea

Thursday 25th February 2021, 7.30pm

Kenton Theatre, Henley On Thames

The Salts who are one of the most exciting and energetic concepts around performing original material alongside their own interpretations of traditional songs we all know and love. Their live shows have been going down a storm throughout the UK at festivals and venues alike. Their latest album ‘ Brave’ has received rave reviews across the board and got radio plays all over the world. The band feature five seasoned musicians collectively performing a mixture of instruments as well as great harmonies and are guaranteed to get the crowd singing and dancing along.

To book go to – https://kentontheatre.co.uk

New Album 
Album: Bedtime Blues
Artist: Mark Handley & the Bone Idols

 “Woke up this morning still had them bedtime blues”

The new album ‘Bedtime Blues‘ from Mark Handley & the Bone Idols is out now on all major digital platforms. Following a rather successful 2020 with a lot of interest and airplay for his song “God Bless the NHS#2”, singer/songwriter Mark Handley kicks off 2021 with a new album called “Bedtime Blues” …  And it pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a fine collection of songs exploring the emotional, and physical side of love.

Website: www.markhandley.rocks
www.facebook.com/markhandleymusic
www.soundcloud.com/markhandleymusic
www.youtube.com/markhandleyvideo

GSMC Music Awards Night
Friday 22nd January, 8pm
Online Music Club

Join us on Friday 22nd January at 8pm for a celebration of grassroots music as we present this year’s GSMC Music Awards Live Online on YouTube, where we will announce the Winners of all 12 categories and will include live and pre recorded music from some of the nominees as well as a look back at the year and celebrate all those people that helped keep the grassroots music scene alive in 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/events/725216044788044

Ajay Srivastav
Playlist


 Later this month Ajay Srivastav will be releasing a new song and video! In the meantime, here’s a little playlist to remind you of his last single and older songs.

Online Store
GSMC Keeping Music Live / Artists Roster 2021 T Shirt

Our GSMC Keeping Music Live / Artists Roster 2021 T Shirt are available now, these grey T Shirts are available in small, medium, large, x large and xx large alongside a wide range of merchandise and CD’s. Please visit our Online Store for more information.

https://www.grahamsteelmusicc

Listen Up- Keeping Music Live

A New Year and at GSMC we have some exciting new projects to announce over the next few weeks. We are delighted to be now taking live bookings for Award Winning Blues Rock Band Catfish and really look forward to working with them. Our Online Music Club continues to promote live music through these tough time with performances taking place most evenings. We continue to explore some of the great new music currently being produced and share through our weekly New Original Music Playlist. We have an exciting new feature on our website where we review live performances and album’s and we will be promoting some great new releases which are coming out this month. Also please visit our Online Store for a range of merchandise and music.

See below for full details and thank you for your support.

Website – https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/grahamsteelmusiccompany  
Online Music Club – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

Live Music 
GSMC Online Music Club 

The GSMC Online Music Club continues to keep music live at this time with performances taking place most evenings on Facebook and this week includes satirical and instrumental pieces from Peter Cutchfield, ambient electronica with Carola Baer, Paul Wilson performing some classic and original songs and singer/ song writer Jenny Colquitt who is promoting her new EP ‘Dear Daughter’

All shows start at 8pm and can be watched at :-
https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

Artist Roster-Catfish Blues Rock Band
 

GSMC are delighted to be taking live bookings for Blues Rock band Catfish, for more information please contact us. International touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe.  This year in the UK Blues Awards they were named Band of the Year and Matt Long the guitarist was named Blues Instrumentalist of the Year (Matt Long).  In 2018 they won the UK Blues Award for Blues Act of the Year (England) to add to their 2016 British Blues Award. In the last few years, they have played at almost every major UK blues festival and have established themselves as a real force in the British blues scene.  They now tour regularly in Europe.

Their first two albums ‘So Many Roads’ and ‘Broken Man’ both reached no. 1 in the IBBA airplay charts.  The second of these, ‘Broken Man’, was also nominated for a UK Blues Award and was named album of the year by the IBBA.  Their third album ‘Burning Bridges’ was released in May 2019 and has received excellent reviews from the UK and European music press.  It was the third most played album by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association in 2019 and was nominated for a UK blues award for 2020 as album of the year.  They release a new live CD and DVD set on 1 December 2020 which was recorded during lockdown at a full band live stream broadcast across Europe by Blues Maastricht festival in Holland.

New Original Music 
Spotify Playlist 

This week’s GSMC New Original Music Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists this week includes Daniel Takes A Train, Giulia Millanta, Honey & The Bear, Manna Ash , Boo Hewerdine, Storm Seeker, Anna Elizabeth Laube, Feed Your Wolves, Frank Birtwhistle, Kian Sparkes, Peach & Quiet, Angel Snow, Jacko Hooper, HXNY, Leon Stanford & Cathy Thompson , Joan as a Police Woman, The Coral Cross Band, Dan Whitehouse & Gustaf Ljunggren, Vic Cracknell & Gravity Machine.

GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist 
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

Album Review
Neil Wells
‘Live for Today’

‘Live for Today’ is the new album from Surrey based singer, musician and song writer Neil Wells who is a familiar figure on the local acoustic music scene. Neil joined his first band at the age of 15 and played in other local bands before starting a music production company as a joint venture with song writing/production partner Jonathan Brown for over 10 years, creating original songs and recordings. Neil has continued to write new songs, drawing inspiration from all sorts of avenues and experiences and in the last ten years performed these at open mic and showcase gigs.

All eleven tracks on this album are very good but for me the standout track is ‘That’s What We Believe’ as this is where everything comes together, with a great song, Neil’s vocals and backing band all in fine form with a Hammond organ sound adding the finishing touch. ‘Why Don’t We’ is a song for these crazy times we are currently living in with a simple message of why don’t we all just be good to each other, which you can’t really argue with. ‘Marvin’s Philosophy’ pays tribute to the Prince of Soul Marvin Gaye and the album finale ‘Words Will Stay Unsaid’ is a slow, fluid and thought provoking song, which features Glen Vaal on harmonica.

‘Live for Today’ is a really good album which with the help of an excellent backing band and production from Al Heslop brings Neil’s excellent songs to life and is highly recommended.

Neil Wells – https://neilwellsmusic.biz
Reviews https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/new-blog

GSMC Music Awards Night 
Friday 22nd January, 8pm 
Online Music Club 

Join us on Friday 22nd January at 8pm for a celebration of grassroots music as we present this year’s GSMC Music Awards Live Online on YouTube, where we will announce the Winners of all 12 categories and will include live and pre recorded music from some of the nominees as well as a look back at the year and celebrate all those people that helped keep the grassroots music scene alive in 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/events/725216044788044

Live Show
Keith James 
The Songs of Leonard Cohen
Saturday 20th February, 7:30pm
The Old Court, Windsor, Berkshire

The Poetry and Music of Leonard Cohen has been a constant friend throughout many of our lives. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognise our own fragility. Leonard Cohen was a Man of Grace and this World misses him very much.

To book go to :- https://oldcourt.org

Video of the Week 
Atomic Rapture 

You can catch the highlights from the recent Atomic Rapture performing the music of Blondie at the Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre. With a playlist of popular Blondie tracks spanning the 70’s to the present day, Wokingham-based six piece tribute Atomic Rapture have been recreating the sound of one of America’s most eclectic and influential bands since 2014.
 http://atomic-rapture.co.uk

 

Listen Up
Keeping Music Live!! 

GSMC would like to wish you the very best and a Happier New Year as we go into 2021, we would also like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all our clients and artists who have stayed loyal to us throughout this tough year and all those people that have made donations, brought merchandise, CD’s etc and supported us in various ways, without you there is no doubt we as a Company would not be here now, and as regulations seem to be getting tighter we hope we can rely on your support going into the new year.

Coming up this week we have live music at our Online Music Club, the release of a new single and video from Manna Ash, the launch of a new T Shirt design for 2021, our weekly Spotify Playlist and we have just over a day to go before voting closes in this year’s GSMC Music Awards.

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Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/grahamsteelmusiccompany  
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Our last Online Music Club performance of 2020 takes place tonight (Wednesday) with Matt Long from Catfish and The Revenant Ones and we are back on Saturday with excellent singer songwriter Hannah Turner followed by a welcome return of Steve Bonham on Sunday and Kay Nixon on Tuesday, we hope you can join us. To watch go to - https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub
GSMC Merchandise New 2021 Tee shirt With a new year comes a new GSMC 2021 Tee Shirt, with Keeping Music Live on the front and our live music artist roster on the back, we will be looking to place the order in early January, so please let us know if you would like one on the link below? Default colour will be Grey although other colours available in a range of sizes although lettering is in black so darker colours not advised. https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/contact
GSMC Music Awards Voting closes for this year’s GSMC Music Awards on Thursday at midnight, we have had a record number of votes so far from thousands of people worldwide, a big thank you to those who have voted so far. The winners will be announced online at our Awards Night on 22nd January. To vote go to https://t.co/15SetwKeSw?amp=1
Original New Music Spotify Playlist This week’s GSMC New Original Music Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists that we have been introduced to this year, it was really difficult to keep it down to 20 as there is so much great music being released right now :- Jess Fitz, The Dustbowl Sinners, Evert Outen Music, Anna Renae, Merry Hell, Elles Bailey, Jimmy D Thorn, When Rivers Meet, Stick In The Wheel, Ms Amy Birks, Larkin Poe, Polly Bolton, Noga Erez, Lauren Moon, Natalie D-Napoleon Music, Isobel Thatcher, Rita Braga, Jenny Colquitt, 19th Street Band, The Horse Puppets. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb
New Single & Video Release Manna Ash –‘Light of the Moon’ Boost your already warm hearts at Christmas with this tale of devotion between man and beast (well a cute cat actually) from singer, songwriter and musician Manna Ash. Available on Bandcamp - https://mannaash.bandcamp.com/track/light-of-the-moon https://www.facebook.com/mannaashmusic
GSMC Music Awards Night Friday 22nd January, 8pm Online Join us on Friday 22nd January at 8pm for a celebration of grassroots music as we present this year’s GSMC Music Awards Live Online on YouTube, where we will announce the Winners of all 12 categories and will include live and pre recorded music from some of the nominees as well as a look back at the year and celebrate all those people that helped keep the grassroots music scene alive in 2020. https://www.facebook.com/events/725216044788044

Listen Up -Merry Christmas from GSMC. 24th December 2020

It has been a tough year for all involved in music and especially all of us who work on a Grassroots level. Throughout this year GSMC have tried to keep music going as best we can and have streamed over 300 live performances, produced a weekly Original Music Playlist, promoted a number of new releases including singles, EP’s, albums and videos, we have supported various partners including venues we work with to ensure that they can stay open, helped connect thousands of people through our online shows during and when safe to do so put on live events . None of this would have been possible without your fantastic support either through making a donation, purchasing merchandise or simply sharing our social media posts, your contribution has made all the difference and we are extremely thankful, and now it looks like we will need to continue in this mode for sometime to come, we hope we can count on your continued support in the New Year.

 

In the meantime we hope you can have the best Christmas possible in the circumstances.

 

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GSMC Online Music Club Our Online Music Club will be having a short break over Christmas and returns on (Sun 27th Dec) with Marc Woosnam who is promoting his new single ‘Silver Lining’, followed by performances by singer songwriter Dario Cassini (Mon 28thDec), poetry & songs from the excellent Humanity Lands (Tues 29th Dec) and Matt Long from Catfish (Wed 30th Dec). What’s On - https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events
GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists this includes The Lost Decades, Ajay Srivastav - artist page, Antoine & Owena, Marc Woosnam , 30 Degree Cycle, Cafe Chaos, Dave Starke, Neil Wells, Paul Alexander Low, Aaron Cilia, Mairi Campbell & Davy Clincart, Sandy McLelland, The Salts, Blue Touch, Steve Bonham and The Long Road , WolfNote, Keith James, Tomorrow Bird & Tom Burden, please take a listen. To listen please go to https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb
GSMC Music Awards 2020 Just a week to go before voting closes for this year’s GSMC Music Awards, thousands of people have voted so far from over 50 countries Worldwide. This year more than ever we felt it was important to celebrate music and those that make it especially on a grassroots level and we would like to encourage everyone to listen to all the nominees, visit their websites, listen to their music and if you can buy their music and merchandise. This time of year is one of the busiest in the music calendar for musicians and we feel it is important to support them as much as possible, please help us do that. To vote if you haven’t already done so, go to https://t.co/15SetwKeSw?amp=1 GSMC Music Awards Nominees Playlist https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5DWBU2GBbASLRPgPsZE0t8
New Video Release A Strange Kind of Year Hannah and the Hollylujah Chorus In aid of Challengers. Words, Music and Video by Hannah Turner Music Production by Joe Wright at Hillside Studio. This excellent video was put together by Hannah Turner & Joe Wright and features a number of performers from our music community. The song will hopefully speak for itself. At its heart is the serious situation we find ourselves in – everyone in isolation and unable to make the music that they love. But it aims to bring humour, joy at this difficult time of year and to say thank you to a number of individuals who have kept music alive online this year. This year has been challenging for everyone, not least for disabled children and their families. More than ever, Challengers understands how devastating isolation can be and why their mission, bringing disabled children together to make friends and have fun, is so important. Challengers is an independent children’s charity that provides fun, safe and inclusive play and leisure activities for over 1000 disabled children and young people across Surrey, Hampshire and the surrounding areas.
The Fiery Bird live Music Venue Really excited to announce that we will be working more closely with the wonderful team at The Fiery Bird, Woking programming more regular events as they begin an exciting new chapter. Elaine Catherine McGinty and her team have worked hard during Lockdown working towards securing funding and new premises they have also brought in former West End Centre Director Barney Jeavons and his new company Kick Arts UK as consultants and alongside their wonderful team of volunteers this is a very exciting time for them and we are very excited to be involved. http://www.fierybirdvenue.org.uk/front

Listen Up
The weekly newsletter from GSMC
16th December 2020
Discovering Music Together

It is great to see the various artists we work with get recognition for their work with Café Chaos, Neil Wells and The Lost Decades all being nominated for Album or Single of the year by various broadcasters, we are also getting lots of radio play for new and recent releases from Ajay Srivastav, Paul Alexander Low and Steve Bonham & the Long Road and the excellent new video of ‘Sliver Lining’ by Marc Woosnam is out now, and there is still time to vote for your favourite artists in this year’s GSMC Music Awards.

We have some great Live Seasonal Music coming up this week at the GSMC Online Music Club featuring Sandy McLellandHannah Turner, Grand Old Uke of Dork, Tomorrow Bird, Colin Bailey & StEm. There is still time to place an order through our Online Store before Christmas where we have Tee Shirts, Mugs, Bags and CD’s available and this week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist featuring 20 tracks by 20 different artists has now been updated.

Please see below for more information and links and a big thank you for your support.What’s on – https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

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GSMC Online Music Club

We have a seasonal theme this week at our GSMC Online Music Club with live performances from the award winning Sandy McLelland, singer songwriter Hannah Turner, the always entertaining Grand Old Uke of Dork, Berkshire based duo Tomorrow Bird, folk singer Colin Bailey and a welcome return of StEm, we also step aside on Friday for our good friends at Music at the Pottery  as they present their Christmas Special.

https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

 

GSMC Online Music Club
 
We have a seasonal theme this week at our GSMC Online Music Club with live performances from the award winning Sandy McLelland, singer songwriter Hannah Turner, the always entertaining Grand Old Uke of Dork, Berkshire based duo Tomorrow Bird, folk singer Colin Bailey and a welcome return of StEm, we also step aside on Friday for our good friends at Music at the Pottery  as they present their Christmas Special.
 
https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

GSMC Music Awards 2020
 
A big thank you to all the thousands of people who have voted so far in this year’s GSMC Music Awards from over 40 countries Worldwide. This year more than ever we felt it was important to celebrate music and those that make it especially on a grassroots level and we would like to encourage everyone to listen to all the nominees, visit their websites, listen to their music and if you can buy their music and merchandise. This time of year is one of the busiest in the music calendar for musicians and we feel it is important to support them as much as possible, please help us do that.
 
To vote if you haven’t already done so, go to
https://t.co/15SetwKeSw?amp=1
 
GSMC Music Awards Nominees Playlist
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5DWBU2GBbASLRPgPsZE0t8

 

Tickets On Sale Now
Keith James
The Songs of Leonard Cohen
Saturday 20th February
The Old Court, Windsor, Berkshire
 
Included in the concert are Cohen’s well-known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne, and Hallelujah alongside his rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Also included are songs from his posthumous album Thanks for the Dance such as What happens to the Heart and Keith’s dramatic performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence. Keith has also transcribed into song one of Leonard’s poems from his collection ‘Book of longing’ written whilst on retreat during the 1990s.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnMR5Jn_RMw
 
To book go to
 https://tickets.oldcourt.org/sales/events/keith-james—-the-songs-of-le/ticket   

  

GSMC Artist Roster – Café Chaos

Café Chaos’s style has been richly described as a “ Floyd-esque rock band with a heavy dash of Gary Moore, Focus, Colosseum, Camel and Led Zep (for those that remember that era!) brought up to date with modern rhythms and sounds ”. Their debut album ‘Shifting Sands’ has been released to great acclaim with rave reviews across the UK, Europe & Canada.

https://cafechaos.net

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Whats on this week from GSMC

The Salts – Keith James – Ajay Srivastav – Blue Touch– Sandy McLelland– Corinne West – Choro Bandido  – Cafe Chaos – Antoine & Owena Marc Woosnam – Mark T – Tomorrow Bird  – Wolfnote – Paul Alexander Low – Humstrum 

This Week's Featured group

GSMC Artist Roster-Artists available for 2021 include

 

Songs from the Sea featuring The Salts & Chris Ricketts, The Music of Robert Johnson performed by Blue Touch, Music of Yusuf – Cat Stevens – Keith James , Sandy McLelland – Award Winning Americana, Antoine & Owena – Folk Duo, Cafe Chaos – Prog Rock from this great band, Ajay Srivastav – Indian Folk meets the Blues, Tomorrow Bird – Folk/ Americana Duo, WolfNote – Folk Band , Humstrum – Traditional Songs & Stories, Choro Bandido – Music from South Amerca

Beyond 6 Strings presented by Brian Doran from The Salts, Steve Bonham & the Long Road – Americana , Marc Woosnam – Singer Song writer , Paul Alexander Low – Introducing this exciting new artist

For more information on all these artists and others that we represent please see below or contact us 

 

Tel 07985 359654 

 

Discovering Music Together

 

Coming up this week from 

GSMC

 we have the excellent new single release 

‘Silver Lining’ (Piano Version)

 from 

Marc Woosnam

 which comes out on Saturday (12th December) on all major digital platforms. We also have live music every evening at our 

Online
Music Club

 as well as Christmas Gift ideas at our 

Online Store, all proceeds go to ensuring live music events in 2021. A big thank you to the thousands of you who have voted so far in this year’s 
GSMC Music Awards, we have received votes from over 40 countries worldwide, which is amazing, voting closes on 31st

December, to coincide with this we have produced a 

Nominees Spotify Playlist

which features over 5 hours of music as well as updating this week’s 

GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist

 featuring 20 tracks by 20 different artists.

Please see below for more information and links and a big thank you for your support.

What’s on – 

 

Online Store 

 

GSMC Facebook Page- 

 

GSMC Online Music Club – 

This Week’s Blog-Discovering Music Together

 

A big welcome to all those new people who have joined our mailing list in the last few days, this week we announced the nominees in all 12 categories in this year’s GSMC Music Awards with voting open now. Our Online Music Club continues this week with performances from Sandy McLelland, Paul Wilson, Marc Woosnam and Tomorrow Bird, we also have new video releases from Ajay Srivastav and The Lost Decades.

We also have some great Christmas Gift ideas available from our Online Storeincluding ‘Keeping Music Live’ Mugs, T Shirts, Bags as well as a wide range of CD’s. We also have our weekly updated GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist featuring 20 tracks by 20 different artists.

Please see below for more information.

What’s on – 

 

Online Store 

 

GSMC Facebook Page- 

GSMC Artist Profile

Mark T

Mark T. has his own unique way of presenting original music that spans English Folk, American Blues and Greek Rembetika, performing on National Steel Guitar and Bouzouki with fine vocals, Mark performs original songs as well as traditional numbers in his own style. Having performed at venues and festivals worldwide Mark is currently working on his new album due for release in 2021.

https://www.marktmusic.co.uk

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Whats on this week from GSMC

The Salts – Keith James – Ajay Srivastav – Blue Touch– Sandy McLelland– Corinne West – Choro Bandido  – Cafe Chaos – Antoine & Owena Marc Woosnam – Mark T – Tomorrow Bird  – Wolfnote – Paul Alexander Low – Humstrum 

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GSMC Music Awards 2020

Voting is now open for our annual GSMC Music Awards which this year includes two new categories ‘Best Overseas Artist’ and ‘Best Independent Radio Show’ which acknowledges all the people that have supported our artists and played new original music throughout the pandemic.

This year more than ever we felt it was important to celebrate music and those that make it especially on a grassroots level and we would like to encourage everyone to listen to all the nominees, visit their websites, listen to their music and if you can buy their music and merchandise. This time of year is one of the busiest in the music calendar for musicians and we feel it is important to support them as much as possible, please help us do that.

To vote if you haven’t already done so, go to

 

Photo by Andrew Merritt

Online Music Club

Our Online Music Club runs most evenings from the artists living room to yours and features a wide variety of genres. Coming up this week we have our Online Music Club’s 300thperformance tonight (Wednesday) with the excellent Sandy McLelland, on the Thursday we have Paul Wilson who performs original songs and covers and has an amazing voice, Marc Woosnam will be promoting his forthcoming single on Saturday and Berkshire based duo Tomorrow Bird perform on Sunday.
 
https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

  Live Show-Sandy McLelland

The Sound Lounge, Morden, London.  Friday 4th. December, doors 7pmBooking in advance required

 Throughout a long and respected music career, Scottish singer songwriter, Sandy McLelland has contributed to the artistic achievements of numerous artists and projects all over the world. Capable and comfortable across many, diverse, musical styles……‘This music’ represents the culmination of a lifetimes’ work.Sandy’s latest album ‘Cross the Line’ reached number 1 in the iTunes Country Music chart as well being Awarded album of the year by Blues & Roots Radio.

GSMC Original New Music Spotify Playlist

This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist features 20 tracks from 20 different artists and this week features Stick In The Wheel, Telephone Road, Jess Fitz, Ajay Srivastav , The Lost Decades, Deep Six Project, Dan Millson, The Choco La’s, Tom Copson, Chris Short, Whisper Through Walls, Rich David, Josh Hetzke, Armstrong, Marina Florance, Jack Blackman, Simon Meakin, Omari Johnson-Daley, Red Dirt Skinners, The Amber Bugs, please take a listen We will continue to update this each week and we would love to hear what your favourites are or any suggestions for future playlists.

New Original Music Spotify Playlist
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

New Video Release 
The Lost Decades ‘River Folk’ 


 
Described by songwriter Tom Gamble as a “love letter to London”, River Folk is a nostalgic muse on the British capital; its people, its history and the story of the working Londoner. With Tom’s vocals and intricate guitar playing as the focus, its thoughtful and wistful melodies rise over the subtle instrumentation. It is due for BBC radio play as well as the release of the official video online. Featuring Stephen Doughty on Irish flute, Cameron Smith on cello and Duke Alexander on piano.
 
https://www.howlermonkeyrecords.com/thelostdecades

The Lost Decades ‘River Folk’ 

Described by songwriter Tom Gamble as a “love letter to London”, River Folk is a nostalgic muse on the British capital; its people, its history and the story of the working Londoner. With Tom’s vocals and intricate guitar playing as the focus, its thoughtful and wistful melodies rise over the subtle instrumentation. It is due for BBC radio play as well as the release of the official video online. Featuring Stephen Doughty on Irish flute, Cameron Smith on cello and Duke Alexander on piano.

https://www.howlermonkeyrecords.com/thelostdecades

Support Us

 

If you are enjoying the work we are doing at this time and want to support us during this time, there are many ways you can do so, please see links below and big thanks to all those people who have already contributed and supported us in various ways.

Tip Jar-https://www.paypal.me/GSMC874

 

Donate – http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com

 

Online store-http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/online-concerts

 

Contact Us-http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/contact

Last Week’s Blog-Discovering Music Together

Coming up this week from GSMC we have the brand new single release ‘Break the Circle’ from the forthcoming new album by Ajay Srivastav as well as the new single ‘River Folk’ from The Lost Decades. We have had some great performances so far at our GSMC Online Music Festival which runs until 25th November with Mim Greyperforming tonight (Monday) followed by Dragonfly Sky and The Portraits before our GSMC Online Music Club commences on Thursday with Matt Hall, Michael McMillan, Hugh Spalding and Paul Alexander Low performing this week.

We have also introduced Gift Vouchers to our Online Store for those people looking for Christmas gift ideas, alongside our current range of Mugs, T Shirts, Bags and CD’s and our GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist, featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists has been updated for this week. Please see below for more information.

https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events
https://www.facebook.com/grahamsteelmusiccompany  
https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

GSMC Online Music Festival
Mim Grey
Monday 23rd November
Starts 8.00pm

Mim Grey, the most beautiful voice to come out of the UK in a very long time, released her long-awaited and highly accomplished debut album, ‘Grey Matters’ in April 2010. The album evokes the sounds of James Taylor and Joni Mitchell but conjures up a life lived through high-heeled boots, blue jeans, curling tongs, late nights and love lost and found.

To watch go to – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

New Single Release
Ajay Srivastav –‘Break the Circle’
Wednesday 25th November

Break the Circle is the second single from Ajay’s forthcoming album, Powerless. ‘Break the Circle ’is part protest song and part meditation. Blending gutsy Delta Blues guitar with tabla and drone, Ajay brings an element of fire into the ethereal sound he is known for. Lyrically, this is a song for our times. A direct call out to what is unjust in the world, with an uplifting resolution which suggests that positive change is within our grasp.

Say’s Ajay: “I started this as a protest song and all that came to mind was negative thoughts: things that I didn’t like, or believe in. Taking a step away from writing the song, I realised that both with the song and as a person, I was caught in a circle of negativity… where negative thoughts reinforce negative emotions, which in turn produce negative actions and I needed to break free of that. Musically this worked well with my Delta Blues style.. as traditionally a lot of Blues songs deal with the struggle to break free of the forces that weigh the singer down.”

Break the Circle is the new single from Ajay Srivastav’s second album – Powerless, releasing in Spring 2021

www.ajayhq.com

Original New Music Spotify Playlist

This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist features 20 tracks from 20 different artists and this week features Emma Stevens, Beth De Bacci & Tom Fearon, George Wilding, Zoe Wren, India Electric Co, Seafarers, Eli Lev, Khaki Scouts, Marya Stark, Jennifer Crook, Baby Shakes, Mary Coughlan, Vic Cracknell, Amelia Colburn, Malcolm MacWatt, Attic Theory, The Demo, Anna Krantz, Vic Allen, Yvonne Lyon, please take a listen We will continue to update this each week and we would love to hear what your favourites are or any suggestions for future playlists.

New Original Music Spotify Playlist
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

GSMC Online Music Festival
Dragonfly Sky
Tuesday 24th November
Starts 8.00pm

We are delighted to have excellent singer song writer Dave Starke performing live from South Africa at our Online Music Festival. Dave is a South African singer-songwriter who strives to capture human moments in musical form – to sum up a whole host of thoughts and emotions using just his voice and a guitar. He describes a guitar as “nothing more than a wooden box with strings, tensioned to near breaking point – it’s fundamental, honest and often scary and it’s a good metaphor for the human experience…”

To watch go to – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

GSMC Online Music Festival
The Portraits
Wednesday 25th November
Starts 8.00pm

Anglo-Irish Acoustic Pop duo The Portraits, aka husband and wife songwriters Lorraine and Jeremy Millington from Galway and Bristol respectively, reached the iTunes chart in January 2015 with their charity single The Rest Of Time, championed by BBC Radio 2 and featuring the voices of 2000 people recorded across the UK during 2014 all singing to save lives lost to blood cancers. Married in 2005, they launched their new music outfit in the same year, releasing first album ‘Kin’ on their own label, Sensorypulse.

To watch go to – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

GSMC Online Music Club
 
Our Online Music Club returns this Thursday with Berkshire based singer songwriter Matt Hall followed by performances by Michael McMillan who will be performing songs from his new album ‘Whiskey’ on Friday, Hugh Spalding from Savour the Flavour performs for us on Saturday and Paul Alexander Low will feature songs from His debut EP ‘Hell Yeah’ on Sunday.
 
To watch go to – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

New Single
The Lost Decades – ‘River Folk’
Friday 27th November

Described by songwriter Tom Gamble as a “love letter to London”, River Folk is a nostalgic muse on the British capital; its people, its history and the story of the working Londoner. With Tom’s vocals and intricate guitar playing as the focus, its thoughtful and wistful melodies rise over the subtle instrumentation. It is due for BBC radio play as well as the release of the official video online. Featuring Stephen Doughty on Irish flute, Cameron Smith on cello and Duke Alexander on piano. 

https://www.howlermonkeyrecords.com/thelostdecades

GSMC Artist Roster
Beyond 6 Strings
 
Beyond 6 Strings is a new show presenting reinterpretations of your favourite Classic Rock songs & originals played by Brian Doran on instruments that you may not have seen before including the 20-String Harp Guitar, The Hydra, The Fusion 8-String,12-String Guitar, Mandolin, Sitar, Triller, Ebow & more that feature classic songs performed by The Beatles, Stones, Floyd, Zeppelin, Queen, Genesis, Bowie etc. Brian is Lead Singer, Mandolin, Whistles & Guitar player with nationally successful Sea-Shanty,Folk/Rock Band The Salts.
 
https://www.facebook.com/Beyond6Strings

Last Week’s Blog-Listen Up
– from GSMC
16th November 2020
Discovering Music Together 

We have another jam packed week coming up from GSMC with our Online Music Festival which runs until 25th November and this week features feature’s live performances from Tony Cox (South Africa) , Sandy McLelland, Dave Starke(South Africa), James Kell, Grand Old Uke of Dork, Jenny Colquitt and Carola Baer. We also have the new video ‘Autumn Breeze’ by Paul Alexander Low out now, and we have new releases from Ajay Srivastav and Marc Woosnam coming out in the next few weeks.

We are also happy to be offering a Limited Edition Christmas Bundle which includes a Keeping Music Live, Mug, T Shirt & Bag for just £15 which makes the ideal Christmas gift and helps us at the same time. We also have 20 new tracks by 20 different artists featured on the GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist.
Please see below for more information.

https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events
https://www.facebook.com/grahamsteelmusiccompany  
https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

Original New Music Spotify Playlist 

This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist features 20 tracks from 20 different artists and this week features Rita Braga, When Rivers Meet, Phil Cooper, Jenny Colquitt, Iago Banet, Skinny Bob, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, I Am a Rocketship, Kirstie Smith, The Woodlands, Jaquelin Loor & Will Evans, Ynana Rose, Stick in the Wheel, Katy Carr, Angel Snow, The Paper Kites & Julia Stone, Dave Thomas Junior, Gulf Stream Riders, Creature Comfort, Skout, please take a listen We will continue to update this each week and we would love to hear what your favourites are or any suggestions for future playlists.

New Original Music Spotify Playlist
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

GSMC Online Music Festival 
Sandy McLelland 
Wednesday 18th November 
Starts 8.30pm 

Throughout a long and respected music career, Scottish singer songwriter, Sandy McLelland has contributed to the artistic achievements of numerous artists and projects all over the world. Capable and comfortable across many, diverse, musical styles……‘This music’ represents the culmination of a lifetimes’ work. Sandy’s latest album ‘Cross the Line’ reached number 1 in the iTunes Country Music chart as well being Awarded album of the year by Blues & Roots Radio.

To watch go to – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

GSMC Online Music Festival 
Dave Starke
Thursday 19th November 
Starts 7.00pm 

We are delighted to have excellent singer song writer Dave Starke performing live from South Africa at our Online Music Festival. Dave is a South African singer-songwriter who strives to capture human moments in musical form – to sum up a whole host of thoughts and emotions using just his voice and a guitar. He describes a guitar as “nothing more than a wooden box with strings, tensioned to near breaking point – it’s fundamental, honest and often scary and it’s a good metaphor for the human experience…”

To watch go to – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

GSMC Online Music Festival 
James Kell
Thursday 19th November 
Starts 8.00pm 

We are delighted that Berkshire based singer song writer James Kell will be performing at our Online Music Festival on Thursday 19th November starting at 8pm, we hope you can join us.

To watch go to – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

GSMC Online Music Festival 
Grand Old Uke of Dork
Friday 20th November 
Starts 8.00pm 

We are delighted to announce the Grand Old Uke of Dork will be performing at our Online Music Festival on Friday 20th November at 8pm. “Come with me on a journey through musical madness and together with my recipe of irreverant original songs, a side of covers and just a dash of stupidity, we can make memories for a lifetime.”

To watch go to – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

GSMC Online Music Festival 
Jenny Colquitt
Saturday 21st November 
Starts 8.00pm 

Jenny Colquitt is a singer, songwriter, musician and citizen of North West, United Kingdom. Jenny began writing music in her early teens and from there she has played many venues and spread her music far and wide. In 2016 she released her debut E.P. titled ‘The Quiet kind’. Jenny also run a successful YouTube Channel under her name in which she post weekly videos with a mixture of cover songs and original works.

To watch go to – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

GSMC Online Music Festival 
Carola Baer
Sunday 22nd November 
Starts 8.00pm 

We are delighted that Carola Baer will be performing at our Online Music Festival on 22nd November from 8pm. Known for combining layers of vocals, piano and keys to create a lush and unique ambient progressive sound, tonight Carola will be performing a stripped back piano set that weaves emotional intensity with captivating lyrical expressions that honestly question and state what we are possibly all feeling to some degree.

To watch go to – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

GSMC Artist Roster-Artists available for 2021 include-


Songs from the Sea featuring The Salts & Chris Ricketts, The Music of Robert Johnson performed by Blue Touch, Music of Yusuf – Cat Stevens – Keith James , Sandy McLelland – Award Winning Americana, Antoine & Owena – Folk Duo, Cafe Chaos – Prog Rock from this great band, Ajay Srivastav – Indian Folk meets the Blues, Tomorrow Bird – Folk/ Americana Duo, WolfNote – Folk Band , Humstrum – Traditional Songs & Stories, Choro Bandido – Music from South Amerca
Beyond 6 Strings presented by Brian Doran from The Salts, Steve Bonham & the Long Road – Americana , Marc Woosnam – Singer Song writer , Paul Alexander Low – Introducing this exciting new artist
For more information on all these artists and others that we represent please see below or contact us.
http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/artist-roster

Last Week’s Blog

Discovering New Music

We had a great week of live music last week at our GSMC Online Music Club with some excellent performances and it was great to catch up with old friends and make new ones through the chat bar and we have some more great music coming up with a welcome return of The Lost Trades, the fabulous Tomorrow Bird, live music from the USA from Brooksie Wells and singer song writer Tom Silk making his debut for us.

We are delighted that ‘Hell Yeah’ by Paul Alexander Low is currently Album of the Week on Blues & Roots Radio and there are new video releases from Steve Bonham & the Long Road and Choro Bandido. We now have our Online Music Club ‘I Kept Music Live’ T Shirts back in stock after the last batch sold out as well as the new ‘Keeping Music Live’ T Shirts and Mugs and a wide range of CD’s all available though our Online Store. We also have 20 new tracks by 20 different artists featured on the 

Thanks again for all your support.
Please see below for more information.

https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events
https://www.facebook.com/grahamsteelmusiccompany  
https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist.

This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist features 20 tracks from 20 different artists and this week features Rachel Newtown , Merry Hell, Kalandra, The 19th Street Band, Bantunani, Jack Francis, Jim Chorley, Jamie Freedman, Bryde, Lena Andersson, Martin Simpson, Owen Paul, Sophie Griffiths, Joseph Parsons, Paul Alexandra Low, Ollie West & the Wild Flowers, Jack B Dawson, Steve Bonham & the Long Road, Eric Anders & Mark O’Bitz, State of the Union, please take a listen We will continue to update this each week and we would love to hear what your favourites are or any suggestions for future playlists.

New Original Music Spotify Playlist
https:/ Online Music Club 

We have a great line up of live music coming up this week at our Online Music Club featuring singer song writer Brooksie Wells performing directly from the USA on Tuesday, excellent duo Tomorrow Bird return on Wednesday, Tom Silk makes his Online Music Club debut on Friday and we are delighted that the fabulous The Lost Trades featuring Tamsin Quin, Phil Cooper and Jamie R Hawkins will be performing for us on Sunday.

To watch go to – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub/open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

What’s On
This Week at a Glance 
Mon 9th – Sunday 15th November

Tuesday 10th November – Brooksie Wells, 8.00pm
Singer song writer performing live from the USA

Wednesday 11th November  – Tomorrow Bird, 8.00pm
Berkshire based a country, folk, songwriter  duo

Friday 13th November  – Tom Silk, 8.00pm
Performing acoustic melodies inspired by personal experiences and a love of all things 90’s

Sunday 15th November – The Lost Trades, 8.00pm
Excellent Wiltshire based Folk & Roots Trio

Online Music Club  https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

GSMC Artist Roster 
Blue Touch 

Blue touch are getting closer to releasing their next album but just when they start thinking of mixing and videos etc Covid strikes, again, and we are back in lockdown ! The album will happen of course, just a bit later –  the associated live show is ‘An Evening with Robert Johnson’ (which they launched at the marvellous Epping Music Club) and they are trying to come up with an album title and artwork and do what they can remotely. Never shy to break away from the formulaic or cliché, Blue Touch are less about a Texas shuffle or waking up this morning and more about getting out, having a good time and enjoying what you do.Their latest albium ’40 miles…’ recieved great reviews with radio play across the UK and Europe.
http://www.bluetouch.info

For more information please contact 
http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany

New Video Releases 
This Week 

New video’s from Steve Bonham and the Long Road and Choro Bandido are out this week, please click on the links below to watch.

Steve Bonham & the Long Road – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogOHB74aZ98
Choro Bandido – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0gSfL9wMPwamsteelmusiccompany.com/contact

Support Us

If you are enjoying the work we are doing at this time and want to support us during this time, there are many ways you can do so, please see links below and big thanks to all those people who have already contributed and supported us in various ways.

Please support us

Tip Jar – https://www.paypal.me/GSMC874
Donate http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com

Copyright © 2020 Graham Steel Music Company,

Last Week’s Blog

Discovering Music Together
 

As we are about to go into another Lockdown at GSMC we are determined to do our bit to keep music live with a full programme of events at our Online Music Club with artists performing from their Living Room to Yours which this week features Andy LaveryPaul Player, Sandy Mclelland, Jon Fletcher, Colin Bailey, Michael Tuffery and Paul Wilson, sadly we will have to put our planned physical shows on hold for this month, but will try and rearrange and announce details soon.

We also have some great new releases out now from Ajay Srivastav, Paul Alexander Low & Neil Wells, new videos from Tomorrow Bird Choro Bandid, our New Original Music Spotify Playlist this week is a real corker and we are delighted to have taken stock of our new ‘Keeping Music Live’

 A big thanks to all those that have been attending our events, purchasing merchandise and making donations, it really does make a big difference.
 
 
 
 

Featured Band

Antoine & Owena

Folk Duo

Folk duo Antoine & Owena released their 2nd album ‘Something Out of Nothing’ just before Lockdown and have recommenced with promotion, they also had a busy Summer of Festival performances planned which are currently being rescheduled for next year along with a UK Tour and they are preparing for their next album release. Inspired by traditional and contemporary folk music, Antoine & Owena create their own original blend of folk music that provides a feast for the ears, the heart and the feet. Combining original material with their own take on some traditional songs, this Wiltshire-based duo of multi-instrumentalists delivers an eclectic mix of songs and tunes which enthuse and entertain. The duo are currently working on their third album.

For more information please contact us.

Amazon – Something Out of Nothing – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Some…/dp/B085G4BQSV/ref=sr_1_1…  

Best regards 

Graham 

Graham Steel Music Company
www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com 
grahamsteel@virginmedia.com 
07985 359654

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Thursday 5th November 
Jon Fletcher, 8.00pm

Folk songs from this Oxford based performer
 
Friday 6th November   
Colin Bailey, 8.00pm

Singer-songwriter performing his own material and traditional songs
 
Saturday 7th November  
Michael Tuffery, 8.00pm

Solo performer and member of folk groups Ryewolf and WolfNote
 
Sunday 8th November 
Paul Wilson, 8.00pm

Excellent singer performing a wide range of covers and original numbers
 
https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

Tomorrow Bird
New Video
Tomorrow Bird
 Each week Tomorrow Bird release a new video, this week they have covered a fun version of the classic Monster Mash to coincide with Halloween. Tomorrow Bird is a British acoustic duo comprising of solo artist Jen Bird and Simon Driscoll from the folk- rock band, Burnt Tomorrow. Drawing influences from bands such as The Civil Wars, their haunting melodies and heart-felt lyrics have transfixed audiences and marked them out as a band to watch!
Walking Down The Tracks
Original New Music Spotify Playlist 

This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist features 20 tracks from 20 different artists and this week features Paul Alexander Low, Isobel Thatcher, Ajay Srivastav, Muddi Brooke, Polly Bolton, Trevor Babajack Steger, Wild Tibetan Monks, Neil Wells, Third Horizon, Harrowman, Fluer, Zoe Wren, Mike Ross, Luluc, The Explorers Club, Peter Crutchfield, Fly The Nest, Kanna, Neverwait, Days Indoors, please take a listen We will continue to update this each week and we would love to hear what your favourites are or any suggestions for future playlists.

New Original Music Spotify Playlist
 
Choro Bandido
Choro Bandido
 

Choro Bandido have a new video out now, Choro Bandido is a Surrey based four piece band, initially brought together through friendship and their mutual love of Brazilian samba. Between them they have a wealth of musical experience in many styles and are now entertaining audiences with Choro, and other music from Latin America and beyond. Please click on the link below to watch the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0gSfL9wMPw&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3Nj_INXkDY2-t4mzoFcmWQwZDRP0BlYOSBecSJocnNSWub71bRgMSjfVw

Steve Bonham and The Long Road-Out of the Darkness EP

​Steve Bonham and The Long Road take a trip to the dark side with their continuing exploration of the madness, myth and moonshine of the Southern USA.

The first track A Bridge Across The River was released on 4 September 2020. The second If There’s A God Out Here was released 2 October 2020. With Waiting on a Storm and Do You, this chapter of the American Wilderness odyssey is complete.

Previous  Blogs

Discovering Music

We have a jam packed week of new releases and live online music coming up from GSMC including ‘Shanti’ the brand new single from 

Ajay Srivastav‘Hell Yeah’ the debut EP by 
Paul Alexander Low ‘Live for Today’ the new album by Neil Wells. We are very much looking forward to 
Ghostly Tales

 featuring Spriggan Mist with stories, dance and poetry from some special guests  and we have live performances from the brilliant 

Dan Burnett, the welcome return of Beyond 6 Strings, a Halloween double bill with the debut online performance from 
Ruby Dawn 

and the always entertaining Toxic Sofa, we also have the hilarious Peter Crutchfield, sublime duo StEm and Surrey’s very own Vic Cracknell who is promoting his new single as well as our New Original Music Spotify Playlist that comes out today. It’s going to be a great week, we hope you can join us.

Please see below for more information.

 
 
 
Halloween Special Online Music Club Ruby Dawn Saturday 31st October, 9pm Ruby Dawn is a new international collaboration that formed in July 2020. They perform hypnotic ambient grooves with a social conscience. The band are working on their first album and look forward to more live performances after their debut at The 1865 Club in Southampton on 13 Sept. Join them on 31st October for a live Halloween set 9-10pm. Ruby Dawn members: Carola Baer (vocals, keyboards - ex Quiet Wish), Anne Emmerson and Joshua Rose (bass, drums formerly with No Strife), and Stu Crawford-Browne (guitar - ex Kilter). Streamed directly through Graham Steels on line Music Club GSMC To watch go to - https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub
Original New Music Spotify Playlist This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist features 20 tracks from 20 different artists and this week features Pippin Henderson, Vic Cracknell & Julia K, Sami Joensuu, KB Bayley, Sugar Junkies, Jamie Larbalestier, The Slow Readers Club, The Mirror Pictures, Polly Bolton, Carrie Martin, The Magpie Arc, Abi Mia, The Haar, Daz Cadwallander, Katy Carr, Honas, Katy Rose Bennett, John Hynes, Land and Salt, Tim Grimm. please take a listen We will continue to update this each week and we would love to hear what your favourites are or any suggestions for future playlists. New Original Music Spotify Playlist https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

What’s On
This Week at a Glance 
Monday 26th October  – Sunday 1st November 
 
Tuesday 6th October– Vic Cracknell , 8.00pm
Singer-songwriter promoting his new single
 
Wednesday 28th October  – St Em, 8.00pm
Up and coming acoustic music duo who write and perform melodic songs.
 
Thursday 29th October  – Peter Crutchfield , 8.00pm
Performing original song as well as instrumental compositions
 
Friday 30th October – Ghostly Tales, 8pm
Live music from Spriggan Mist as well as Tales & Poems from special guests.
 
Saturday 31st October – Toxic Sofa, 8.00pm
Halloween fun from this entertaining duo.
 
Saturday 31st October – Ruby Dawn, 9.00pm
Hypnotic ambient grooves with a social conscience.

Sunday 1st November – Beyond 6 Strings, 3pm 
Classic Rock songs played on acoustic instruments with than 6 strings
 
Sunday 1st November – Dan Burnett, 8pm
Brilliant pianist and singer returns to our Online Music Club
 
Online Music Club

New Release ‘Hell Yeah’ Debut EP-Paul Alexander Low Released  1st November
 The debut EP from Paul Alexander Low is released on CD and all major digital platforms on 1stNovember. Paul started singing and playing guitar and piano at the age of 16. He quickly joined a local band and went on to be lead guitarist and singer in various bands over the next 25 years. His melodies and lyrics cut straight through to the core, which added together with his accomplished guitar playing and a powerful voice create a unique sound that will engage and delight the listener.

Halloween Special-Online Music Club.Toxic Sofa-Saturday 31stOctober, 8pm
 Join us for a night of Trick or Treating with the Toxic Sofa Halloween Special, Toxic Sofa are Kim Halliday and Tim Bastock, and play a mix of original material and covers in an Eclectic Cabaret Folk style.
 

To Watch Live Go To:-

 

Online Music Club- Dan Burnett. Sunday 1stNovember, 8pm
 

Double British Blues Award nominee Dan Burnett is not only a phenomenal keyboard player – he has a voice to die for and writes songs that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Truthful, exposing, honest lyrics about his own life experiences that cut straight to the core of your emotions.

To watch go to https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

GSMC Artist Roster 
Steve Bonham  & the Long Road

GSMC are delighted to be working with Steve Bonham and The Long Road – doing it The Vagabond Way, taking live bookings for venues and festivals as well promoting new releases through media and radio. The Long Road were formed with a single idea to go back to the source to explore and re imagine what might grow out of the great musical roots of USA to try and distill something original and powerful from the elements that made some of the most potent music ever heard by human ears. The band call it Moonshine Music: taking a few simple, authentic ingredients adding a little heat and magic to try to conjure up some rare, raw spirit.

https://www.artisan-creative.com/thelongroad.html
For more information please contact 
http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/contact

Online Music Club. Beyond 6 Strings Sunday 1st November, 3pm
 

Brian Doran from The Salts presents the latest in his popular series of Beyond 6 Strings where he explores and introduces unusual musical instruments and performs classic and obscure cover songs alongside original tune.

To watch go to: https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

Online Store 
Album of the Week 
‘Live For Today’
Neil Wells

Neil Wells is a singer songwriter who was born in Woking, Surrey and has been playing guitar since he was 13 years old and formed his first band ‘Steeple Jack’ when he was just 15  which performed a mixture of covers as well as his own songs. Trained as a mechanical engineer Neil spent ten years working in Formula one before setting up his own Music Production Company with song writing partner Jonathan Brown. Over the past ten years Neil has continued to write and perform his songs in venues in the South East of England and both his son and daughter (Elliott & Becky) sing and play guitar and have contributed to Neil’s recorded work. His forthcoming album ” Live For Today” will feature eleven tracks and is released on 31st October.

Online Music Club. Vic Cracknell- Tuesday 27th
October, 8pm
 

Vic Cracknell is a professional live music performer, singer, pianist, guitarist, singer songwriter, open mic host, promoter of live music and involved in many music related activities. Since 2007 Vic has been host of the Rustic Stage at Weyfest.

To watch go to: https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

Online Music Club- Peter Crutchfiled. Thursday 29th October, 8pm
 

We are delighted to have Farnham based singer song-writer Peter Crutchfield perform at our Online Music Club on 29th October at 8pm. Peter writes some very funny songs about his home town and everyday life as well as more serious original songs and some guitar instrumental pieces. Please join us

To Watch Live Go to https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

 

Online Music Club
 
 
StEm
 
 
Wednesday 28th
 
October, 8pm
 
 

 

 

StEm is an acoustic duo, comprising of female vocals and guitar(s). They play mainly original songs, written from the heart. Music and lyrics are of an uplifting and reflective nature. Singing along is encouraged.

To Watch Live Goto https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

Discovering Music Together 
 
A big thank you to all those people attended our Sold Out live shows at South Hill Park Arts Centre and The Old Court last week, we are working hard to put on live shows where possible and safe to do so as well as continuing with our Online Music Club events which this week features Sandy McLellandMarky DawsonAlison Benson and Marc Woosnam.

We also have some great new releases coming out with the brand new single ‘Shanti’ by Ajay Srivastav on 28th October, ‘Live for Today’ the long awaited album from Neil Wells on the 31st October and the debut EP from Paul Alexander Low‘Hell Yeah’ which comes out on 1st November. We have some new Keeping Music Live merchandise currently being ordered and will be announcing soon and a big thanks to all those who purchased Mugs so far, selling product through our Online Store really helps us at this time. Finally, our New Original Music Spotify Playlist featuring 20 tracks by 20 different artists has now been updated with some great new music.

Please see below for more information.
Thank You for Your Support !
 
http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com
https://www.facebook.com/grahamsteelmusiccompany

Live Music This Week! 
Online Music Concerts
 
Our Online Music Club returns this week with live performances including a Sandy McLelland request show on Wednesday, brilliant pianist and all round entertainer Marky Dawson on Friday, singer song writer Alison Benson making her Online Music Club debut on Saturday and Marc Woosnam who is also doing a request show on Sunday, we hope you can join us.
 
We share all links for these performances on our Online Music Club page and we hope you can join us.
https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

Original New Music Spotify Playlist 
 
This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist features 20 tracks from 20 different artists and this week features Charlotte Campbell, Steve Bonham & the Long Road, Cerian, Michael McMillan, Megan O’Neil, Jon Gomm, Cameron Hayes, Phillip Bracken, Megan Pulles, Sonic Gap, Bryan Robinson, Heartache, Wild Horse, Natalie D-Napoleon, St Lucifer, Molly & the Moon, Strings & Things, Michael Lane, Sunstack Jones, Jay Morgan, please take a listen We will continue to update this each week and we would love to hear what your favourites are or any suggestions for future playlists.
 
New Original Music Spotify Playlist
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

New Single Release ‘Shanti’ Ajay Srivastav Released 28th October 'Shanti' the brand new single from Ajay Srivastav is available to download on 28 October. ‘Shanti’ is the Sanskrit word for ‘Peace’ and the lyrics are an ancient chant taken from the The Pavamana Mantra which is part of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, composed in the earlier part of 1st millennium BCE, around 700 BCE https://www.ajaysrivastav.com
Beyond 6 Strings Acoustic Classic Rock Beyond 6 Strings is a new show presenting reinterpretations of your favourite Classic Rock songs & originals played by Brian Doran on instruments that you may not have seen before including the 20-String Harp Guitar, The Hydra, The Fusion 8-String,12-String Guitar, Mandolin, Sitar, Triller, Ebow & more that feature classic songs performed by The Beatles, Stones, Floyd, Zeppelin, Queen, Genesis, Bowie etc. Brian is Lead Singer, Mandolin, Whistles & Guitar player with nationally successful Sea-Shanty,Folk/Rock Band The Salts. The Online Shows have been a Lockdown success story reaching hundreds of thousands of people Worldwide. For more information please contact us. Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/Beyond6Strings For Live Bookings - http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/contact
Online Store Marc Woosnam Little Comfort (Acoustic Session) EP In just a few months Berkshire based acoustic solo singer / songwriter Marc Woosnam has gone from playing pubs and open mics to performing at music venues and festivals across the South East of England. His musical roots stem from the Seattle grunge scene and branch out to blues, rock, and folk to give him a unique sound in modern music. His debut ‘ Little Comfort’ Acoustic Session EP has received radio plays across the UK and the momentum seems to be growing for this talented new artist. https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/new-products/marc-woosnam-little-comfort-acoustic-session-ep

Previous Blogs:-

We have a jam packed week of Live Music coming up from GSMC, with Mark T performing Blues & Roots at the Thatcham Festival with a special online performance. 

Antoine & Owena will be performing live at St Neots Folk Club, Cambridgeshire . Singer song writer’s Kay Nixon & Neil Wells who is promoting his forthcoming new album ‘Live for Today’will be at our Online Music Club

The Atomic Rapture – Music of Blondie performance at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell on Thursday is now sold out. We have just a few tickets left for the Keith James, Music of Yusuf – Cat Stevens performance at The Old Court, Windsor and our good friends Choro Bandido will be at The Yard, Reigate.

Online Music Club We have some great events coming up at our Online Music Club which this week features singer song-writer Kay Nixon on Wednesday and Neil Wells on Friday who is promoting his excellent new album ‘Live for Today’ we are now booking in performances until the end of the year and would be delighted to hear from performers who would like to take part. We share all links for these performances on our Online Music Club page and we hope you can join us.
Original New Music Spotify Playlist This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist features 20 tracks from 20 different artists and this week features The Little Unsaid, Rebecca Jayne, E.J Limberg, Caragh, Jon Wilks, Tony Milwood, Fuckers, Dave Giles, Emma Stevens, Megan Linford, Leoni Jane Lennedy, Starveya, Nora Anna, Ashley Campbell, Tom Copson, Deep Love Foundation, Harry Baker, The Far North, Callum Hornby , Michael Kilbey., please take a listen We will continue to update this each week and we would love to hear what your favourites are or any suggestions for future playlists. New Original Music Spotify Playlist
Live Show
Antoine & Owena 
St Noets Folk Club, Cambridgeshire
Tuesday 13th October, 7pm 

Inspired by traditional and contemporary folk music, Antoine & Owena create their own original blend of folk music that provides a feast for the ears, the heart and the feet.  Combining original material with their own take on some traditional songs, this Wiltshire-based duo of multi-instrumentalists delivers an eclectic mix of songs and tunes which enthuse and entertain. PLEASE NOTE – All folks need to book a place as they are restricted to 20 places with social distancing in place. The venue are using the Guest Hall.

To Book Tickets :- Email or ring 01234 376278 before 5 pm on the night or do so before hand.

https://antoineandowena.co.uk

Online Performance 
Mark T 
Thatcham Festival 
Tuesday 13th October, starts 7.30pm 

Mark T has his own unique way of presenting original music that spans English Folk, American Blues and Greek Rembetika, performing on National Steel Guitar and Bouzouki with fine vocals, Mark performs original songs as well as traditional numbers in his own style. Having performed at venues and festivals worldwide Mark is currently working on his new album due for release in 2021.

https://www.facebook.com/thatchamfestival

GSMC Profile #8
Beyond 6 Strings 
Acoustic Classic Rock 

Beyond 6 Strings is a new show presenting reinterpretations of your favourite Classic Rock songs & originals played by Brian Doran on instruments that you may not have seen before including the 20-String Harp Guitar, The Hydra, The Fusion 8-String,12-String Guitar, Mandolin, Sitar, Triller, Ebow & more that feature classic songs performed by The Beatles, Stones, Floyd, Zeppelin, Queen, Genesis, Bowie etc. Brian is Lead Singer, Mandolin, Whistles & Guitar player with nationally successful Sea-Shanty,Folk/Rock Band The Salts.
For more information please contact us.

Facebook Page  – https://www.facebook.com/Beyond6Strings
Website – https://beyond6strings.com
For Live Bookings – http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/contact

Live Show 
Choro Bandido 
The Yard, Reigate, Surrey
Sunday 18th October
Starts 5pm 

Delivering their phenomenal blend of Brazilian Choro music alongside other Latin styles and a variety of languages, what better way to spend a lazy Sunday evening. Choro Bandido is a Surrey based four piece band, initially brought together through friendship and their mutual love of Brazilian samba. Between them they have a wealth of musical experience in many styles and are now entertaining audiences with Choro, and other music from Latin America and beyond. A limited number of tickets are available to purchase direct online at:

https://theyardreigate.co.uk/ticketpurchase.php

Online Store Album of the week" Something out of nothing by Antoine & Owen a mix of original and traditional folk music.
Live Show Keith James Music of Yusuf Cat Stevens Saturday 17th October, 8.00pm The Old Court, Windsor

What’s On
This Week at a Glance 

Monday 12th   – Sunday 18thOctober

Tuesday 13th October –  Mark T, 7.30pm
Thatcham Festival Online 

Tuesday 13th October – Antoine & Owena, 7.00pm 
St Neots Folk Club, Cambridgeshire 

Wednesday 14th October – Kay Nixon, 8.00pm
Online Music Club 

Thursday 15th October – Atomic Rapture, 7.45pm
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire 

Friday 16th October – Neil Wells, 8.00pm
Online Music Club 

Saturday 17th October – Keith James 
Music of Yusuf – Cat Stevens, 7.30pm
The Old Court, Windsor, Berkshire 

Sunday 18th October – Choro Bandido, 6.00pm
The Yard, Reigate, Surrey 
 
Whats On – https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

 

As the evenings start drawing in and we all start thinking about putting the heating on we have lots of great live music that we deliver from the Artists Living Room to Yours which this week features performances from Mim Grey, Sandy McLelland, Steve Bonham, Jim Cozens, Dragonfly Sky, Beyond 6 Strings and Tomorrow Bird, we also have our updated New Original Music Spotify Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists. Tickets are selling fast for our live shows coming up at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell and The Old Court, Windsor with booking in advance advised and if you haven’t already done so please visit our Online Store where we will be introducing lots of new products in the next few weeks. Please see below for more information.

Thank You for Your Support 

 
 
 
Live Music This Week!

 Online Music Concerts

We have some great events coming up at our Online Music Club this week with live performances including Mim Grey who returns following technical difficulties we had last week, the award winning Sandy McLelland whose latest album ‘Cross the Line’ won Blues & Roots and GSMC Album of the Year. We have the welcome return of Steve Bonham, Jim Cozens, Dragonfly Sky and Tomorrow Bird as well as a Sunday afternoon performance with Beyond 6 Strings with Brian Doran from The Salts, we hope you can join us. We share all links for these performances on our Online Music Club page and we hope you can join us.

 

 

Antoine & Owena St Noets Folk Club, Cambridgeshire Tuesday 13th October, 7pm Inspired by traditional and contemporary folk music, Antoine & Owena create their own original blend of folk music that provides a feast for the ears, the heart and the feet. Combining original material with their own take on some traditional songs, this Wiltshire-based duo of multi-instrumentalists delivers an eclectic mix of songs and tunes which enthuse and entertain. PLEASE NOTE - All folks need to book a place as they are restricted to 20 places with social distancing in place. The venue are using the Guest Hall. To Book Tickets :- Email or ring 01234 376278 before 5 pm on the night or do so before hand.
Antoine & Owena
 
St Noets Folk Club, Cambridgeshire, Tuesday 13th

 October, 7pm

 

Inspired by traditional and contemporary folk music, Antoine & Owena create their own original blend of folk music that provides a feast for the ears, the heart and the feet.  Combining original material with their own take on some traditional songs, this Wiltshire-based duo of multi-instrumentalists delivers an eclectic mix of songs and tunes which enthuse and entertain. PLEASE NOTE – All folks need to book a place as they are restricted to 20 places with social distancing in place. The venue are using the Guest Hall.

To Book Tickets :- Email or ring 01234 376278 before 5 pm on the night or do so before hand.

 
MARK T 
Blues/ Roots
 Originally from Hereford, but now living near Reading, Mark T. has been playing his unique blend of blues, folk and roots music since the mid eighties, solo and in the company of esoteric collaborators The Brickbats, roots rock band Rootdogs and more recently with Charles Spicer (Mellstock Band). High points have included an Arts Council award for his LP The Room, main stage Saturday night appearances at the Bracknell, Pontardawe and Christchurch festivals as well a sessions for BBC radio 2 live from their Paris theatre London and Pebble Mill in Birmingham as well as gigs in Denmark, Italy and two tours of France. Also of note was a recent performance in the Salon Noir cave in Niaux, France amongst the 15,000 year old cave paintings. His latest full length CD ‘From Blues to Rembetika’ received excellent reviews and his new single ‘Suzie, Suzie, Suzie’ is available now.

For more information please contact us.

Website – https://www.marktmusic.co.uk

For Live Bookings –http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/contact

Discovering Music Together

Coming up this week from GSMC we have the excellent Mim Grey making her Online Music Club debut tonight (Monday) we also have performances from Hannah Turner, Colin Bailey, Paul Wilson & Matt Hall. Antoine & Owena will be Premiering their Garden Concert video on Youtube this Wednesday. Tom Burdenhas a new video out this week which is a reworking of the classic song ‘Shipbuilding’, we have also set a new Poetry / Song Writing Challenge with the theme of Hope & Positivity and we have updated our New Original Music Spotify Playlist featuring 20 tracks by 20 different artists and don’t forget you can support our work by ordering our Keeping Music Live Coffee Mug through our Online Store.
 
Thank You for Your Support !

http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com
https://www.facebook.com/grahamsteelmusiccompany  
https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

Original New Music Spotify Playlist
 

This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist features 20 tracks from 20 different artists and this week features Megan O’Neil, Daedman, The Paper Kites, Deep Six Project, Khaki Scouts, Jay Tennant, Steve Bonham & the Long Road, Mairi Campbell & Davy Clincart, Track Dogs, Spider Mike King, Peat & Diesel, Diana DeMuth, Scott & Maria, Shira, Kirby, Tom Houston, Bella White, Padraig Jack, Simon Morley & Tom Burden, please take a listen We will continue to update this each week and we would love to hear what your favourites are or any suggestions for future playlists.
 
New Original Music Spotify Playlist
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

Online Music Concerts
 

We have some great events coming up at our Online Music Club this week with live performances from the excellent Mim Grey who will be making her Online Music Club debut, Carefully crafted songs explore the charms, trials of being human from Hannah Turner, Colin Bailey performing his own material and traditional songs, Matt Hall who will be performing online for the first time and Paul Wilson who will be performing a mixture of originals and well known covers, we hope you can join us.
 
We share all links for these performances on our Online Music Club page and we hope you can join us.
https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

Antoine & Owena
Concert in the Garden


Video Premiere
Wednesday 30th September, 8pm
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUclFbepxBR-LBpDA8PfbpQ
 
Inspired by traditional and contemporary folk music, Antoine & Owena create their own original blend of folk music that provides a feast for the ears, the heart and the feet. Combining original material with their own take on some traditional songs, this Wiltshire-based duo of multi-instrumentalists delivers an eclectic mix of songs and tunes which enthuse and entertain.Their second album ‘Something Out of Nothing’ is out now.
 
https://antoineandowena.co.uk

Sandy McLelland
Country / Folk / Blues
 

Last year was a great year for Sandy McLelland with the release of his album ‘Cross the Line’ which entered the iTunes Country Music Album Chart at number one on the first week of release, and has received rave reviews since. ‘Cross the Line’ is unashamedly rooted in the American country, blues, folk and soul music he absorbed in his early days in Glasgow. Often full and vibrant, sometimes achingly bare and personal, Sandy is capable and comfortable across many, diverse, musical styles, always with a highly personal core.
 
Throughout a long and respected music career Sandy has contributed to the artistic achievements off numerous artists and projects all over the world. His early days saw him work with the humblest of new pop artists such as Massive Attack, Neneh Cherry and Bros, through to established international stars like Paul McCartney & Tears For Fears. He is a 3 times Grammy nominee and has won awards around the world. He has written and produced music for Latin artists, significantly Spanish legend Miguel Bose with whom he achieved a series of chart topping albums, changing the landscape of contemporary Latin music along the way.
 
‘Cross the Line’ was entirely written, performed and produced by Sandy McLelland. A set of songs as deeply personal, as they are universal, brought vividly to life by one of the UK’s finest singers. You can catch him live solo or with his band across the UK at venues and festivals this Autumn.
 
Sandy says,
“The aim of my music is to be simple and direct. Some of it is inspired by half truths, remembrances, and an imagination which keeps me awake most nights. Much of it entirely rooted in personal circumstance.”
 
“I have been fortunate, able to have carved a living from doing something I truly love, something I would have done anyway. There’s no way out for me even if I wanted it. My music inhabits me in the deepest way.”
 
“This music’ represents the culmination of a lifetimes; work and living.”
 
For more information please contact us.
Website – https://www.sandymclelland.com  
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/5xI64AAKKOcCo2LNO74lkY
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/sandymclellandofficial
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Justsand2
Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cros…/dp/B07XB1LFTR/ref=sr_1_1
For Live Bookings – http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/contact

New Video
Tom Burden – Shipbuilding
 

Please take a look at the latest video from Tom Burden a reworking of the Elvis Costello classic ‘Shipbuilding’ .
 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YpyLT5u65M

Online Store
 

Our online store has a wide selection of CD’s available from its online store including the latest releases from  Antoine & Owena, Sandy McLelland, Cafe Chaos,  Marc Woosnam, Ajay Srivastav,  Keith James, Blue Touch, WolfNote, Daniel Nestlerode, Tamsin Quin, Corinne West, John Cee Stannard & Blues Horizon, The Salts, Davy Clincart, Emma Jane Kennedy, Damian Clarke, Fleur Stevenson, Blue Touch, Zach Johnson, Hidden Agenda, Kinfolk & Beware this Boy.
 
http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/new-products

GSMC Keeping Music Live Mugs


 We are delighted to now have GSMC ‘Keeping Music Live’ mugs in stock, proceeds go towards events and keeping us going as a venue, cost £8 plus p & p please contact us if you would like one. Please click on the link below to order yours.
 
https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/new-products/gsmc-keeping-music-live-mugs

Discovering Music Together 
 
With the introduction of new Covid-19 regulations by the Government at GSMC we take the health & safety of all attendees, performers and staff very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation regarding live performances and will continue with these events only if it is safe to do so and of course we will keep you posted as when we get news, any tickets sold for postponed events will be valid for rearranged dates and it really helps us and the venues we work with if people continue to buy tickets.
 
Our Online Music Club continues with performances this week from Sandy McLelland, Neil Wells, Paul Player, Michael Tuffery & Marc Woosnam. The new singles from Mairi Campbell & Davy Clincart, Paul Alexander Low and Tom Burden are available now on all major Digital Platforms. We have also now taken delivery of the GSMC Keeping Music Live Mugs which are available from our Online store. This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist features 20 tracks from 20 different artists. The first part of a two part interview with Transatlantic Connections is available to watch on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz2ucZT80IQ
 
Please see below for full details.
 
http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com
https://www.facebook.com/grahamsteelmusiccompany  
https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub
Please see below for full details.

Online Music Concerts

We have some great events coming up at our Online Music Club this week with live performances from the Award Winning Sandy McLelland, Neil Wells who is currently promoting his forthcoming new album, slide guitarist Paul Player, popular singer song writer Michael Tuffery and rising star on the acoustic music scene Marc Woosnam, we hope you can join us.

We share all links for these performances on our Online Music Club page and we hope you can join us.

Original New Music Spotify Playlist
 
We have updated our Spotify Playlist from last week that you can listen to during the Lockdown, featuring 20 tracks by 20 different artists which this week features Lauren Moon, 30 Degree Cycle, Jon Gomm, Mairi Campbell & Davy Clincart, Bear’s Den, Ellinor Springstrike, Lewis Fincham & Aaron Cilia, Kris Drever, Annie Dressner, Femi Precious, Tom Burden, Harbottle & Jonas, Allison Leah, Luna Keller, Jim Kirkpatrick, The Kintners, Fintan McKahey, Diane Birch, Paul Alexander Low, Indigo Road. We will continue to update this each week and we would love to hear what your favourites are or any suggestions for future playlists.
 
New Original Music Spotify Playlist
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Qwb5U2VFZz7NRTHEBIJlb

‘Hell Yeah’
Paul Alexander Low
Out Now
 
The new single from Paul Alexander Low is available on all major digital platforms and is the follow up to Paul’s debut single ‘Feel Your Heart Come Alive’ which was released to great reviews last month.
 
Amazon –https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hell-Yeah-Paul-Alexander-Low/dp/B08H5RL58F
Spotify –https://open.spotify.com/album/36rYZthGCVeAP6nvhgahmg
Website –https://www.paulalexanderlow.com

GSMC Profile #6
Blue Touch
Blues Rock
 
Blue Touch are never shy to break away from the formulaic or cliché, Blue Touch are less about a Texas shuffle or waking up this morning and more about getting out, having a good time and enjoying what you do. They have been in existence in a number of guises since 2001 but this line up the one that brings together all the elements needed to ensure they maintain their reputation as one of the top live acts on the blues circuit playing at many festivals and clubs over the years. Their excellent new album ’40 Miles…’ is out now. The band are currently working on a Tribute to the Music of Robert Johnson which is available for Theatre’s & Arts Centre’s for 2021.
 
For more information please contact us.
Website – http://www.bluetouch.info

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/blue.touch.92
For Live Bookings – http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/contact

New Release
‘Come To Your Senses ‘
A Powerful New Single by Mairi Campbell (Sex in the City – Auld Lang Syne – Pulse)
( Radio Edit and Extended Edit)
 
Come to your senses was inspired by the beauty on the island of Lismore and a recent directive from the Angelic realm that for human kind to wake up the only way is to reconnect with nature, to come to our senses, literally.            Other words came from a poem written by Lucinda Pearce Higgins. The words tumbled out during a recording session one afternoon in Davy’s recording studio on the island.
 
https://clincartmusic.com/lismore-artists-sounds-from-the-great-garden
www.clincartmusic.com .

What’s On
This Week at a Glance
Monday 21st   – Sunday 27thSeptember

Wednesday  23rd September – Sandy McLelland, 8.30pm
Award Winning Americana

Thursday 24th September – Neil Wells, 8.00pm
Singer song-writer promoting his forthcoming new album

Friday 25th September –Paul Player, 8pm
Excellent slide guitar player performing Blues & Roots

Saturday 26th September – Michael Tuffery, 8.00pm
Welcome return from this popular singer song-writer

Sunday 27th September –Marc Woosnam , 8.00pm
Singer song-writer performing originals and covers

Online Music Club – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub

Live Show
Atomic Rapture
Thursday 15th October, 7.45pm
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell
 
Rearranged date, tickets on sale now.
 
Tickets are selling fast for the Atomic Rapture performance at South Hill Park Arts Centre on 15thOctober, with a playlist of popular Blondie tracks spanning the 70’s to the present day, Wokingham-based six piece tribute Atomic Rapture have been recreating the sound of one of America’s most eclectic and influential bands since 2014.
 
In the 2019 and 2020 GSMC local music awards they picked up the award for
Best Cover/Tribute Band.
Website – http://atomic-rapture.co.uk

Spriggan Mist
Friday 30th October , 8pm
Online Music club
 
Friday 30th October 2020 Ghostly Tales will be live streamed from The Acoustic Couch in Bracknell. It will be streamed on Youtube and a link posted to the  Spriggan Mist facebook page and The  Graham Steel Music Company online page .Join us for music ( Spriggan Mist are playing a new song too ) stories and dance everything you’d expect from a Ghostly Tales show, just everything done behind close doors at ‘The Couch ‘ but broadcast live to you. There will be a tip jar out and a percentage of that will be going towards The Acoustic Couch.

Keith James
The Great Canadian Songbook
Thursday 12th November, 7.45pm
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell
 
The music of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Wainwrights, Leonard Cohen, K D Lang, Gordon Lightfoot and more
 
Keith James brings you a concert of this amazing material in the most emotional and sensitive way. After the gold rush, Harvest, The circle game, Big yellow taxi, Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk, Suzanne, Famous blue raincoat, Constant craving, If you could read my mind are all in this concert.
 
https://www.southhillpark.org.uk

Online Store
 
Our online store has a wide selection of CD’s available from its online store including the latest releases from  Antoine & Owena, Sandy McLelland, Cafe Chaos,  Marc Woosnam, Ajay Srivastav,  Keith James, Blue Touch, WolfNote, Daniel Nestlerode, Tamsin Quin, Corinne West, John Cee Stannard & Blues Horizon, The Salts, Davy Clincart, Emma Jane Kennedy, Damian Clarke, Fleur Stevenson, Blue Touch, Zach Johnson, Hidden Agenda, Kinfolk & Beware this Boy.
 
http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/new-products

Consultations
 
Our consultation sessions are designed for musicians and bands who are looking to develop their career within the music industry. Each session lasts 60 minutes after which we will send a report with goals and targets  as well as advice and contacts to ensure you take the next steps in your music development. To book a session and to discuss further, please contact us.
http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/contact

Live Music during Lockdown

As someone who runs their own Live Music Company this Summer has been completely different to the one we had planned, instead of organising bands, liaising with technicians and checking the weather forecast on a daily basis to see what surprises the British climate has to offer, we have instead been dormant like a lot of companies due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.

For Live Music venues this has potentially catastrophic implications especially for those at a Grassroots level who generally struggle to keep going in normal circumstances as well as for the musicians many of whom are self employed and the technical and venue staff. In my experience no one who works in the Arts does so for the money, but it is a testing time for all.

At GSMC we have tried to keep Live Music going during Lockdown by setting up our Online Music Club the purpose of which, is to stream performances live on social media, we have been doing this every evening since the 20th March and have had a variety of genres of music and featured artists from across the UK as well as around the World including South Africa, Greece and USA.

Now that Lockdown for many begins to ease for the time being the task at hand is to see how we can start live performances again in a safe and comfortable environment. This is easier said and done especially for small venues as with social distancing regulations in place it means that a venue of say 200 people will now have a capacity of 20-30, which in many cases doesn’t make it worthwhile opening. The recent Government announcement of funding to the Arts will hopefully make a difference and allow more venues to open, but the full details have yet to be announced as I write this it is yet to known if these funds will go to those that need it.

For many years now in times of need it is musicians that have been one of the first to stand up to the plate and offer to perform for free to help good causes from Worldwide events such as live Aid to local Charity events at Fetes etc, hopefully now is the time to get behind all those that have suffered financially over the past few months and show them how much they are appreciated and supported.

Graham Steel

Graham Steel Music Company

http://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/

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