The Music Scene with Graham Steel
e have another exciting week at GSMC with the release of the excellent new album ‘The World Went Quiet’ from South African guitarist Tony Cox and the debut album from Beyond 6 Strings by Brian Doran, both are out now. The new single ‘The Path’ by Ajay Srivastav from his forthcoming new album, reached number 1 in the iTunes & Amazon Blues Charts on the first day of its release and the new single ‘What Comes Next’ from Tomorrow Bird is released this Sunday (30th May).
Our Fiery Bird Showcase Sessions returns tonight (Thursday) with a rescheduled line up featuring two Surrey based artists Life Like Charlie & Downtown Roundabout which is live on YouTube and our Online Music Club has live music this week from Paul Wilson, KC Jones, Marc Woosnam, Ollie West, Gavin Thomas (Songs from the Summer House) & Toxic Sofa.
We are delighted to announce that we will be running a regular series of events at The Printers Playhouse, Eastbourne starting on 17th September with The Lost Trades & Tomorrow Bird and tickets for our first showcase event at Honesty, Hungerford on 23rd June are on sale now. Our weekly New Original Music Spotify Playlist featuring 20 tracks by 20 different artists is available to listen now.
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Discovering Music Together
Fiery Bird Showcase Sessions
Life Like Charlie + Downtown Roundabout
Thursday 27th May 7.30pm
Our Fiery Bird Showcase Sessions Online continue (behind closed doors) on Thursday 27th May starting at 7.30pm sadly Sandy McLelland who was scheduled to perform can no longer do so and we hope to get him back soon. Instead we are delighted that Life Like Charlie have stepped in at the last moment and will be joining Downtown Roundabout for an evening of emerging Surrey based singer songwriters. We hope you can join us.
Live Music This Week
GSMC Online Music Club
Coming up this week at the GSMC Online Music Club we have performances from the excellent Paul Wilson (Friday), KC Jones make their Music club debit (Saturday), a welcome return of Marc Woosnam (Sunday), surrey based songwriter Ollie West (Monday), Songs from the Summer House with Gavin Thomas (Tuesday) and Toxic Sofa (Wednesday) we hope you can join us. Please visit our What’s On page for full details.
GSMC New Original Music Playlist
This week’s New Original Music Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists which includes Chasing Shadows, The Wandering Hearts, Ava, Lydia Luce, Susan O’Neill & Mick Flannery, Maaike Siegerist, Amelia Coburn, Paul Handyside, Spriggan Mist, Blake Red, Staran, Saint Sister, The John Williams Syndicate, Mike Ross, Annakin & Ed Harcourt, Sarah Smout, Foreign Affairs, Jessie Reid, Jumbotown, How I Became A Wave.
New Album Out Now!
The World Went Quiet
Multiple award-winning acoustic guitarist, singer, composer and recording artist, Tony Cox has just completed his twenty-third album. Titled after the strange oddities that have taken place during the
Covid19 pandemic such as well known and generally bustling tourist areas now utterly silent and
abandoned. This theme runs through the album with tracks like Empty Dance Hall and the haunting
title track, The World Went Quiet. Cox pays remembrance and homage to those that have been taken by the virus with the sparse, Never Forgotten.
Before you begin to think the album is all doom and gloom, along come tracks like Elephant
Stomp, a killer fingerpicker with overtones of blues, rock and jazz. Then there is a playful, African
inspired romp for his young son, Tauboy my Cowboy and the almost Celtic, Campling’s Challenge .
The album’s last track is Sho’ Left, a South Africanism used wryly and applied to something that has
taken a serious deviation. The track is an upbeat Zulu flavoured toe-tapper and is the only track with
a full set of drums.
The three songs with lyrics on the album are each stylistically different from the other. One and
Only that features Cox’s daughter Thuli on vocals, is an unforgiving yet hauntingly beautiful song
about gender-based violence, something that South Africa has a massive problem with. Then there
is Bathed in Blue, a song about love and immigrants who are treated very shabbily in that country.
In massive contrast to these two songs is the country-flavoured and tongue firmly-in-cheek, love
song that comes with a humorous critique on machismo, I Meant to put A Heart.
For the first time since 1984 when he holed up in his bedroom with a Fostex X15 and recorded an
album for cassette tape release and brought on by the Covid restrictions and lockdowns, Cox has
engineered and produced the entire album himself. He plays all the instruments, including two steel-
strings, one nylon string, bass guitar and he uses a baritone steel-string on the track Elephant Stomp.
The World Went Quiet is due for release in both South Africa and the UK since Cox has now taken
up residence there with his family. The official launch of the album will take place in the UK in
September with performance tours planned for both South Africa and the UK.
GET THE ALBUM HERE:
1. Hardcopy CD and Flashdrive (flashdrive comes encased in Elm wood with full artwork,
extra TC albums plus vintage video): www.tonycox.co.za
2. Download (comes with full artwork): https://tonycox.bandcamp.com/album/the-world-went-quiet
3. Direct from Tony, order from: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘What Comes Next’
Released 30th May
Tomorrow Bird are a male/female folk duo from Reading, Berkshire, UK. Following their GSMC Music Award win earlier this year (for their NHS Charity song ‘Not All Heroes Wear Capes’) the pair are excited to be releasing their new single, ‘What Comes Next.’ Due for release on May 30th on all major digital platforms this song is an anthem for the times, and a preview of what’s to come with their new album (out later this year!)
Beyond 6 Strings
Out on Friday !!
The debut album from Beyond 6 Strings featuring Brian Doran is released on Friday 21st May featuring Classic Rock songs performed on instruments with more than 6 strings it will be available from the website.
Paul Alexander Low
The new single ‘Alien Race’ by Paul Alexander Low is released on 4th June on all major digital platform.