The Music Scene with Graham Steel

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GSMC had a great week last week with new releases by Ajay Srivastav & Simon Driscoll getting to Number 1 in iTunes and Amazon charts respectively, we also had the new release for The Lost Trades featuring Peter Knight. There was some great live music online everyday including a behind closed doors show at the Fiery Bird Live Music Venue and a live stream from the USA, there was also lots of Radio play featuring new releases we are promoting including several BBC Radio plays.

Coming up this week we have a special Listening Party Online with Ajay Srivastavon Thursday. Guitar virtuoso Tony Cox performs at our Online Music Club on Sunday alongside performances this week from Dave Dando, StEm, Matt Hall & Colin Bailey. Our next Fiery Bird Showcase Session takes place next Wednesday with Isobel Thatcher & Paul Alexander Low and we have live shows on Friday 21stMay with Sandy McLelland at Southern Maltings, Ware, Hertfordshire and Antoine & Owena at Wessex Acoustic Club, Dorset with just a few tickets left for both.

The new single ‘Heart Attack’ by Manna Ash is released on all digital platforms this weekend. We are delighted to announce a new monthly Showcase Night taking place at Honesty in Hungerford on 23rd June. Big congratulations to Matt Long from Catfish for Winning Blues Instrumentalist of the year at the UK Blues Awards which were announced this week and our weekly New Original Music Playlist is available to listen now.

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Ajay Srivastav
 Listening Party (Online)
Thursday 13th May, 7.30pm
Coming up this Thursday 13th May at 7.30pm Ajay Srivastav and Vinod Kerai will be performing a very special FREE online gig performing songs from the forthcoming new album – Powerless. (filmed in full HD). Also the chance to bid for signed albums, t-shirts and your own personal live performance!
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. His latest album ‘Karmic Blues’ reached number 1 in the Amazon Blues chart and recieved rave reviews.

Live Music This Week
GSMC Online Music Club

We are delighted to have South African Guitar Virtuoso Tony Cox perform at our Online Music Club this Sunday as well as performances throughout the week from Berkshire based duo St Em, GSMC Award Winner Matt Hall and folk singer Colin Bailey  we hope you can join us. Please visit our What’s On page for full details.

Fiery Bird Showcase Sessions Online
Paul Alexander Low + Isobel Thatcher
Wednesday 19th May

Our Fiery Bird Showcase Sessions Online continue (behind closed doors) on Wednesday 19th May starting at 7.30pm with, UK based Singer Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Alexander Low who is a notable up and coming artist with a powerful voice and catchy folk pop songs. A real songsmith with heartfelt and meaningful lyrics and with his songs played on radio stations all across the globe and releases his debut album this year.

Isobel Thatcher is an award winning singer-songwriter in London UK who’s style is heavily influenced by the Blues scene that Isobel grew up with, as well as Wistful Americana and Country. This series of events which are supported by Arts Council England.

New Music
GSMC New Original Music Playlist

This week’s New Original Music Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists includes Ajay Srivastav, The Lost Trades, Red Rum Club, Third Lung, Katherine Priddy, Berries, Les Becasses, Elford, Storm Seeker, Simon Driscoll, Michael Johnathon, Kira Skov, Erin Ash Sullivan, Sarah – Jane Summers, Steve Warner, Hanna Enlof, Dean Owens, Amelia Coburn, Vanessa Peters, Laura Loh

Live Music
Sandy McLelland
Southern Maltings, Ware, Hertfordshire
Friday 21st May, starts 7.30pm


Sandy McLelland will be performing at The Acoustic Sessions at Southern Maltings, Ware, Hertfordshire on Friday 21st May at 7.30pm. Sandy McLelland will be playing tracks from his award winning latest album “Cross the Line”. Often full and vibrant, sometimes achingly bare and personal, the all acoustic sound of Sandy McLelland unashamedly pays respect to the American country, blues, folk and soul music he absorbed in his early days in Glasgow.

New Venue Honesty Presents Wednesday 23rd June We to present a new regular showcase event at Honesty, Hungerford starting on Wednesday 23rd June with Sandy McLelland, Ajay Srivastav, Marc Woosnam Music & Charley Hart
Listen Up Feature
FATEA Magazine
Isobel Thatcher

Our latest Listen Up feature for Fatea Magazine puts the spotlight on singer & songwriter Isobel Thatcher please take a look.