The Music Scene with Graham Steel
4th June 2021
Discovering Music Together
We have another exciting week coming up from GSMC with the release of the excellent debut album ‘The Bird, The Book & The Barrel’ from The Lost Tradeswhich comes out on Friday as well as the new single ‘Alien Race’ by Paul Alexander Low. The new single ‘What Comes Next’ from Tomorrow Bird was released this week and is getting radio play nationwide and the new single from Neil Wells ‘Why Do I feel like This Right Now’ is out now on all digital platforms.
We have live public shows coming up with Choro Bandido performing at the Chapel Arts Centre, Bath on Wednesday (9th June) and Sandy McLelland will be performing Music on the Terrace at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell (Saturday 12th June). Our Fiery Bird Showcase Sessions continue (behind closed doors) this Sunday with Mark T and the Grand Old Uke of Dork. The GSMC Online Music Club continues with performances from Jim Cozens, The Lost Trades (Album Launch), Peter Crutchfield and Gavin Thomas (Songs from the Summer House).
If you like to discover new music and artists then look no further than our weekly New Original Music Spotify Playlist featuring 20 tracks by 20 different artists which is available to listen now.
Discovering Music Together
New Album – Out Today
The Lost Trades
The Bird, The Book & The Barrel
West Country folk supergroup’s debut album delivers a modern folk sound drenched in vocal harmony
There’s a certain magic that occurs when musical soulmates find each other, and when three songwriters join forces and play to their strengths, you can find the very definition of gestalt. When Wiltshire based songwriters, Jamie R Hawkins, Phil Cooper and Tamsin Quin announced their plans to combine their efforts in the form of The Lost Trades, there was a palpable buzz from their fans in reaction. Sadly, a global pandemic meant their debut tour was cut short and the three retreated to their songwriting rooms and studio in an effort to condense the initial excitement into an album they could tour once the world opened up again. The resulting album is “The Bird, The Book & The Barrel” (a title loosely based on their surnames), 11 tracks of lush three part harmony and modern folk instrumentation.
With the three part harmony taking centre stage, there’s a distinct Laurel Canyon feel to a lot of the tracks but there’s a leaning towards the British Folk Revival too, emphasised by a guest performance from former Steeleye Span violinist, Peter Knight.
Wednesday 9th June
Chapel Arts Centre
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.
The new video ‘The Path’ from Ajay Srivastav is about the journeys far and wide that we all take, and which ultimately culminate in our return to the place we started originally, or to finding the new place where we belong which feels like home.
Download the song herehttps://fanlink.to/ajaypath
New Single – Out Today
Paul Alexander Low
Americana artist Paul Alexander Low is due to release his new single ‘Alien Race’ is out today. The 2nd single from his debut album ‘Sunshine After The Rain’. The track features popular session musicians Rob Brian (Goldfrapp, Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel) and Simon Johnson (Tom Jones, James Morrison, Lana Del Ray).
After seeing support for previous singles across radio including the likes of BBC Solent, BBC Radio Tees and Amazing Radio and press outlets such as Vents, Lifoti and Americana UK Magazines, Paul Alexander Low is ready to release ‘Alien Race’ as the final single from the forthcoming album.
‘Alien Race’ tells the story of Low’s “clash with culture” in his time as a 1st Year Student at what was then Birmingham Polytechnic, now Birmingham City University. “Having grown up in a sleepy village in Wiltshire it was like landing on a different planet” says Low. “I felt like I had arrived in an alien civilisation but clearly I was the alien. It took me a while to settle in but in the end, I really enjoyed my time in the great city of Birmingham”
The resulting track is an upbeat and catchy Pop Americana song perfect for the summer season. The track starts with a memorable piano riff which pervades the song through-out. This is quickly joined by riffing electric guitars which together with Low’s characteristic powerful vocal delivers a solid punch.
With his much-anticipated album ‘Sunshine After The Rain’ due for release in July this year and the gigs once again returning, this won’t be the last you hear of Paul Alexander Low.
Follow his socials for the latest updates.
‘What Comes Next’
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.
New Music Playlist
This week’s GSMC New Original Music Spotify playlist featuring 20 tracks by 20 different artists is out now including music by Ajay Srivastav, The Bridge City Sinners, Tomorrow Bird, Ekaterine, HVIRESS, Johnny Flynn & Robert Macfarlane, Mala Oreen, Payton Parrish, Ivor Game, Lunatracktors, Vinnie Camilleri, Oliver Wood, Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer, Mardi Gras, The 4 Of Us, Jill Andrews, Neil Wells, Johanna Samuels, Kathryn and the Overbytes, Simon Meakin,
Live Music This Week
GSMC Online Music Club
Coming up this week at the GSMC Online Music Club we have performances from excellent singer & songwriter Jim Cozens (Friday), The Lost Trades Album Launch (Saturday), a welcome return of Peter Crutchfield (Monday) and Gavin Thomas with Songs from the Summer House (Tuesday), we hope you can join us. Please visit our What’s On page for full details