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We have another great week of Music lined up from GSMC with the release of the excellent debut album ‘ Sunshine after the Rain’ by Paul Alexander Low, which is released on Friday followed by an Online Album Launch on Saturday. Ajay Srivastav releases his Same Difference EP Vol 1 on 30th July which feature remixed tracks by the legendary Jah Wobble.

Coming up at The Couch, Bracknell this week we have a great line up for New Music Tuesday featuring Ajay Srivastav, Tunehead, Carola Baer & James Parkin and the excellent Blue Touch perform the Music of Robert Johnson on Thursday evening.

The Salts continue their ‘Now Where Were We’ Tour on Sunday at the Nearly on the Beach Concert, Hastings on Sunday, our GSMC Online Music Club continues with performances by StEm on Wednesday and Neil Wells on Friday and don’t forget to listen to our weekly GSMC New Music Spotify Playlist featuring all the greatest new releases.
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New Album
Paul Alexander Low
‘Sunshine after the Rain’
Released 30th July

Americana artist Paul Alexander Low is due to release his debut album ‘Sunshine After The Rain’ on 30th July. The album features popular session musicians Jeremy Stacey (Noel Gallagher, Robbie Williams & Ryan Adams) Rob Brian (Goldfrapp, Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel) and Simon Johnson (Tom Jones, James Morrison, Lana Del Ray). Having seen support across UK radio including the likes of BBC Solent, BBC Radio Tees, Amazing Radio and myriad stations from Canada to Russia to Australia together with solid press coverage in press outlets such as Vents, Lifoti and Americana UK Magazines, Paul Alexander Low is now ready to release his debut album.

‘Sunshine After The Rain’ is the realisation of a life-long dream to release a solo album of his own songs, produced in the way he wanted them to sound. It’s an honest and heart felt expression of music, sometimes fun and uplifting, sometimes deeply emotional and powerful. “I have included those songs that have some special meaning to me or that have struck a real chord with people in the past at live shows” said Low. “I believe this album contains something for everyone, stretching the Americana genre in all directions with soulful, country, blues, folk, pop and rocky elements. I also believe that lyrics are very important and that is a constant theme in my songs. A catchy tune and melody are good but to produce a great song it also needs to have meaning for the listener, so I always focus on that. Now I genuinely can’t wait to get the music out there and see what people have to say”

New Music Tuesday
Ajay Srivastav, Tunehead, Carola Baer, James Parkin
Tuesday 27th July
Starts 8pm, admission £5.00
The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell

Our New Music Tuesday at The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell on 27th July will feature live music with Ajay Srivastav who is currently promoting his new album Powerless, jazz/fusion band Tunehead, Caroal Baer who creates a lush and unique ambient progressive sound and singer songwriter James Parkin, starts 8pm, doors open 7.30pm.

New Release
Ajay Srivastav teams up with Jah Wobble
to release Same Difference Vol 1 EP on July 30th

Ajay Srivastav releases a brand new EP “Same Difference Vol 1: Jah Wobble“ on Scion Records on July 30th, featuring two Jah Wobble remixes and the original versions of The Path and Break The Circle, taken from his critically acclaimed second album “Powerless”, which topped the Amazon and iTunes Blues charts.

Ajay is a singer/songwriter and composer, whose sound flows from the banks of Delta blues and Americana to the sacred rivers of Indian folk, and his work has been majestically remixed by the polymath and virtuoso bassist, who says “Working with Ajay was a breath of fresh air; I think he’s destined for great things”.

“I loved being in the studio with him (Jah Wobble). He’s got an amazing sense of musicality and spirituality. It was easy for me to let go and flow with his vibe.” Ajay Srivastav.

The Path’s poignant sense of optimism will uplift the listener and is a perfect example of Ajay’s unique approach to music, with his soulful blues guitar joined by a string quartet and tabla. While Break the Circle is part protest song and part meditation and sbrings an element of fire into the ethereal sound Ajay is known for.

Ajay is committed to his own vision – his fiery, spiritual and sublime second album, Powerless is perfect for these turbulent times.

To celebrate Powerless and the release of Same Difference Vol 1: Jah Wobble, Ajay continues performing throughout the summer and beyond.

GSMC Online Music Club
Wednesday 28th July
Starts 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.

GSMC Online Music Club
Neil Wells
Friday 30th July
Starts 8pm

Born 1962 in Woking, Surrey, UK . Played guitar since 13 years old
In first band called Steeplejack at 15 years old playing covers and some of the originals written by Neil. Played in other local bands before starting a music production company as a joint venture with songwriting/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.

The Salts
Sunday 1st August
Starts 12:15
Nearly on the Beach Concert, Hastings

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. 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. Their latest album ‘Brave’ has received rave reviews and radio plays around the world

Online Music Club
Paul Alexander Low
Saturday 31st July
Starts 8pm
GSMC Online Music Club

Paul Alexander Low celebrates the release of his debut album with a Online Music Club performance. 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. In that time, he has written with multi-platinum selling songwriters and supported some well-known artists. With his own unique folk blues style, Paul songs expose a truly sensitive artist.

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