The Music Scene with Graham Steel 11/ 03/2021

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This week’s newsletter features the latest live music announcements which includes forthcoming performances with John Otway, Owen Paul, The Lost Trades, Ajay Srivastav & Choro Bandido, as well as the full line up for this week’s Online MusicClub with performances taking place every evening. We also have a review of the new album ‘Cabin Fever’ from Mandy Woods and this week’s New Original Music Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists. Big thanks to all those people who joined us for our online live music events this week, we have had some exceptional performances and it has been great to catch up with people (virtually) through our chat pages.

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Live Music This Week GSMC Online Music Club Coming up over the next week at the GSMC Online Music Club which includes Gavin Thomas with Songs from the Summer House tonight (Tuesday), The Velveteen Orkestra (Wednesday), Blues from Greg Mayson (Thursday), Simon Morley (Friday) making his Online Music Club debut, duo StEm (Saturday) performing original songs and covers and the excellent Paul Wilson (Sunday). For dates and times please visit our website.
New Date Announced The Lost Trades Thursday 24th June, doors 7.30pm The Couch, Bracknell, Berkshire We are delighted to announce that The Lost Trades will be performing at The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell on Thursday 24th June. 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. Plus special guests to be announced.
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. The title track Cabin Fever opens the album telling the story of being confined inside with a loved one which is appropriate for a Lockdown which is followed by the gentle My Second Hand Heart with beautiful harmonica backing. This whole album has an Americana/ Folk feel to it with well crafted songs, wonderful musicianship and easy to listen to stories and you have to wonder why Mandy Woods isn’t more well known on the acoustic music scene. The up tempo One Trick Pony definitely takes on more of a Country Music sound and could easily be heard in any Bar or Honky Tonk in Nashville and even has a Yee Haa at the end to prove my point. 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. Available now on Bandcamp
Tickets On Sale Now Ajay Srivastav Saturday 3rd July Folk in a Field Festival Bradmoor Woods, West Acre, Norfolk Ajay Srivastav - artist page will be performing at this year’s Folk in a Field Festival alongside some other great acts including The Urban Folk Quartet, Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys, Flook, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman and many more, tickets are on sale now. 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. In an age of cultural division and societal conflict, his performances have been described as passionate, healing and uplifting. Ajay’s laid-back style transcends musical borders with a sound that flows from the banks of Delta Blues which influenced him as a child to the sacred river of the Ganges where he learnt raags from the Gurus in his father’s hometown of Varanasi – the holy city of India. Blending these influences, he came back with what he calls Karmic Blues.
Rescheduled Date Announced John Otway Friday 9th July, doors 7.30pm The Couch, Bracknell, Berkshire The John Otway performance due to take place at The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell in May has been rescheduled to Friday 9th July due current Government guidelines for performances. John is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, tickets purchased for the May show will be valid, refunds are available through the ticket agent and additional tickets are on sale now.
New Date Announced Owen Paul Sunday 4th April, Starts 8pm GSMC Online Music Club GSMC are delighted to announce that Owen Paul will be performing at our Online Music Club on Sunday 4th April. After a very successful 2020 with 3 charting singles, Owen Paul is back and promoting his first release of 2021 - the beautiful Sparkle in the Rain, taken from his forthcoming Country/Americana album; Overblown Superstar. This event will be streamed live on Facebook through our usual platforms.
New Original Music GSMC Spotify Playlist This week’s GSMC New Original Music Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artist includes ELTEL, Mandy Woods, Giovanni l'Immigrato, Manntra, Tobias de Kretser, Gary Lee Southwell, Captain Of The Lost Waves, Cassandra Violet, Jeauneil, The Hold Steady, Dean Owens, Oka Vanga, Liz Simmons, James Drury , Tinkers Lane, The Carloways, Modesty Blaise, Rumour Mill, Lonehead, Ilja Alexander
New Date Announced The Salts Friday 25th June Norden Farm Centre for The Arts, Maidenhead, Berkshire GSMC are delighted to announce that The Salts will be performing Sea Shanties as well as their own original songs at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts , Berkshire on Friday 25th June, tickets are on sale now. The Salts 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.
Tickets On Sale Now Choro Bandido Wednesday 9th June, doors 7.00pm Chapel Arts Centre, Bath, Somerset Tickets are on sale now for the Choro Bandido performance at the Chapel Arts Centre, Bath on Wednesday 9th June. Choro Bandido have 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. DUE TO REDUCED CAPACITY MINIMUM BOOKING OF TWO TICKETS 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.

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