The Music Scene with Graham Steel 18/03/2021

Listen Up- Discovering Music Together

Welcome to the weekly newsletter from GSMC, this Saturday marks the first Anniversary of our Online Music Club which was set up as a response to the Covid 19 Pandemic, in an attempt to keep music live during Lockdown. During this time we have shared hundreds of live performances to thousands of people worldwide and we would like to say a big thank you to all the musicians and viewers who have supported us during this time.

We are in the process of announcing live shows all of the time and you can find out details of forthcoming performances by The Filthy Llamas, The Salts, Antoine & Owena, Sandy McLelland, Ajay Srivastav below, as well as the re launch of our New Music Tuesday Showcase Sessions, a review of the new album from Steve Bonham & the Long Road and our latest New Original Music Playlist.

See below for full details.

You can support GSMC by purchasing a ticket for The Event That Never Happenedplease click on the link below
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/512092

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 Online

There is some great Live Music Online this week, as Gavin Thomas celebrates the 100th episode of Songs From The Summer House on Tonight (Tuesday), we welcome the return of Michael Tuffery on Thursday, excellent singer and song writer Marc Woosnam performs on Friday, the fabulous Dragonfly Sky help us celebrate the 1st Anniversary of our GSMC Online Music Club – From the Artists Living Room to Yours’ on Saturday and we have the extremely entertaining Matthew Quilliam performing for us on Sunday.

Online Music club – https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusicclub  
Website – https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

The Filthy Llamas

New Date Announced
The Filthy Llamas
Thursday 30th September, doors 7.30pm 
The Couch, Bracknell, Berkshire

GSMC are delighted to announce that The Filthy Llamas their own Rock/ Pop Punk Party to The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell on Thursday 30th September, tickets are on sale now. 

Tickets https://www.wegottickets.com/event/511992  
Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/258860032576941  
Website – https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

American Wilderness Odyssey

Album Review 
Steve Bonham and the Long Road 
‘American Wilderness Odyssey’

The American Wilderness Odyssey is an extraordinary project from Steve Bonham and the Long Road which features fifteen songs released over a fifteen month period through a series of EP’s culminating in the release of the album and a companion book. The songs from the project have all been written by Steve Bonham, Chris Lydon and Kev Moore, 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.

The album opens with the ‘Ballad of Duane and Billy Marie’ a gentle song with intricate piano playing interweaved with guitar and harmonies reminiscent of Crosby, Stills & Nash, like most of the songs on this album the inspiration for this comes from a chance encounter  or observation by Steve Bonham which is then expanded into a story. The more up tempo ‘Wrapped Up in You’ has a great rhythm and slick guitar playing and a catchy chorus and was a hit on independent radio globally and number 1 on UK Country Radio. ‘American Wilderness’ is an eight minute song which tells the strange story of Paula Angel, said to be the first woman to be hung in New Mexico. ‘Do You’ is a beautiful gentle song described by the band as a ‘secular prayer’ wishing someone an authentic and spiritual life despite all the madness that precedes. ‘Midnight Radio’ is cracking little song where all the component parts of The Long Road come to together with great lyrics, a gentle keyboard backing and excellent percussion.

The final track of the album ‘Western Requim’ is a fantastic end to this epic project conjuring images of the wide expanse of the American landscape with it’s almost cinematic soundscape with Hammond organ, piano, guitar & percussion. In a time when how we listen to music is changing almost on a daily basis The Long Road have come up with a creative and inventive solution by incorporating an album, book and videos making it accessible to everyone, big congratulations to all involved.

American Wilderness Odyssey is available from https://www.thelongroadband.net/awo.html  

Antoine & Owena 

Tickets On Sale Now
Antoine & Owena 
Saturday 19th -22nd August
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

Antoine Owena will be performing at this year’s Purbeck Valley Folk Festival alongside some other great acts including Kathryn Tickell and the Darkening, Elephant Sessions, Los de Abajo, Drever, McCusker, Womble and many more, tickets are on sale now. 

Tickets https://www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk/shop/tickets  
Antoine & Owena – https://antoineandowena.co.uk  
GSMC What’s On – https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

Sandy McLelland

New Date Announced
Sandy McLelland
Thursday 15th July, doors 7.30pm 
The Couch, Bracknell, Berkshire

GSMC are delighted to announce that Sandy McLelland will be performing at The Acoustic Couch on Thursday 15th July with guests to be announced, tickets are on sale now. 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.

Tickets https://www.wegottickets.com/event/512550  
Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/800003197590678  
Website – https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

The Salts

New Date Announced
The Salts
16th -19th September
Southdowns Folk Festival,
Bognor Regis, West Sussex

GSMC are delighted to announce that The Salts will be performing at this year’s Southdowns Folk Festival which also features the Steve Harley Acoustic Band, The Strawbs & Steve Knightley and other great artists. The Salts will be headlining the Shanty Showdown Stage on Sunday 19th September. 

Tickets https://southdownsfolkfest.co.uk  
The Salts – https://www.thesalts.co.uk  
GSMC What’s On – https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

Ajay Srivastav

New Date Announced
Ajay Srivastav
Saturday 26th June
Rosslyn Court, Margate, Kent
 
Ajay Srivastav will be performing at Rosslyn Court, Margate on Saturday 26th June. Ajay Srivastav is a London based singer songwriter who plays a genre-bending mix of Indian Folk, Blues and Americana with lyrics that explore issues of identity, loss and spirituality.
 
Tickets https://www.rosslyncourt.com/concerts  
Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/384441395930011
Ajay Srivastav Website –  https://www.ajaysrivastav.com  
Website – https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

Mandy Woods

The new album ‘Cabin Fever’ from Mandy Woods is available now on all digital platforms, including Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/6Aobg93jU2DX4wBJb9I8cQ

New Original Music
GSMC Spotify Playlist
 

This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists includes When Rivers Meet, Psyence, The Celia Bryce Band, The Jujubes, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Communist Daughter, Lunatraktors, Grainne Brady & Claire Hastings, D. Marin Perez, Roddy Woomble, William The Conqueror, Scott Klein, Janet Simpson, Polly Paulusma, Track Dogs, Stef Lynn, Bryde, Jacko Hooper, Visions of Albion, James Blyth, Savour the Flavour.

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

New Music Tuesday

New Date Announced
New Music Tuesday
Tuesday 22nd June – Starts 8pm
The Couch – Bracknell, Berkshire
 
New Music Tuesday is set to return to The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell on 22nd June which will feature live music from Bracknell based duo StEm, a solo set from Michael Tuffery who is also a member of folk bands WolfNote & RyeWolk, singer & songwriter Marc Woosnam and musical madness from Grand Old Uke of Dork, starts 8pm.

To book go to :-
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/511915
Event Page  –
https://www.facebook.com/events/3673156232795830
What’s On –
https://www.grahamsteelmusiccompany.com/events

 

 

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