West Berkshire Villagers Guest Blog -The Music Scene with Graham Steel 22/04/2021

West Berkshire Villagers Guest Blog -The Music Scene with Graham Steel 22/04/2021

Listen Up – Discovering Music Together

Coming up this week from GSMC we have the second of our Fiery Bird Showcase Sessions taking place tonight (Wednesday) with Carola Baer and Elaine McGinty & Joe Buckley. There are two new single releases from The Salts with an A Capella version of Drunken Sailor and Paul Alexander Low releases Shine from his forthcoming new album. Our Online Music Club continues with live music every evening and our weekly New Music Playlist features 20 tracks from 20 different artists.
See below for full details and much more. 

You can support GSMC by purchasing a ticket for The Event That Never Happened please click on the link below or by making a donation via PayPal or our website.

Live Music This Week
 GSMC Online Music Club

Coming up this week at the GSMC Online Music Club we have live music from folk singer Dave Dando, singer and songwriter Simon Morley, GSMC Music Award Winners Dragonfly Sky, Berkshire based performer Marc Woosnam, and a welcome return of Michael Tuffery, we hope you can join us, please visit our What’s On page for full details.

Fiery Bird Showcase Sessions Online
Carola Baer + Elaine McGinty and Joe Buckley
Wednesday 21st April – Starts 7.30pm  

Following a great start to our Fiery Bird Live Music Venue Showcase Sessions Online last week we are back on Wednesday 21st April starting at 7.30pm with Carola Baer who is known for combining layers of vocals, piano and keys to create a lush and unique ambient progressive sound. Vocalist & writer with darkly poetic post punk band Phoenix Chroi (2010- 2019) who released two albums, Elaine McGinty & Joe Buckley perform poetry and songs. This series of events which are supported by Arts Council England.

GSMC New Original Spotify Playlist

This week’s New Original Music Playlist featuring 20 tracks from 20 different artists this week includes Deva St. John, The Bluesbones, Sarah Dearlove, Justin Rutledge, Anna Elizabeth Laube, Samantha Crain, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Graham Coe, Rebecca Downes, Sister Gavin and the Gator, Mairi Campbell, Polly Paulusma, Chris Cleverley, David Wax Museum, Kitty Macfarlane, New Yank Yorkies, Mo Kenney, The Annulments, Rachel Baiman, Barbara Cassidy Band.

New Single Out Friday !!
The Salts
Drunken Sailor

This is what the band have to say:-
‘Exciting news! We have a new single coming out this coming Friday, April 23rd! We haven’t been able to get together in the same room for a long while to record but we wanted to do something special so we recorded our individual parts remotely for a brand new A Cappella version of the classic Drunken Sailor shanty that was originally on our ‘Brave’ album! It will be available to download and stream on Friday so please pre save to spotify now using the link at https://orcd.co/zxgkoop . That would be much appreciated! You can also use the link for a few other providers too and it will be on loads more from Friday! We are looking forward to getting back together in person very soon and to seeing everyone out there.

The Salts will be releasing a brand new version of the Sea Shanty classic ‘Drunken Salior’ which come out this Friday on Braccan Records and you can pre save on Spotify today by clicking on this link https://orcd.co/zxgkoop

New Date Announced
Keith James
The Songs of Leonard Cohen
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell

Keith James will performing the Songs of Leonard Cohen at the Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell on Thursday 17th June at 7.45pm, tickets on sale now. Included in the concert are Cohen’s well-known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne, and Hallelujah alongside his rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Also included are songs from his posthumous album Thanks for the Dance such as What happens to the Heart and Keith’s dramatic performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence. Keith has also transcribed into song one of Leonard’s poems from his collection ‘Book of longing’ written whilst on retreat during the 1990s.

FATEA Magazine – Listen Up
Mandy Woods  

This month’s Listen Up piece for Fatea Magazine features singer & songwriter Mandy Woods, 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. Her new album ‘Cabin Fever’ is out now.

Tomorrow Bird
Sofa Sessions
This week’s Sofa Sessions from Tomorrow Bird is a cover of Tubthumping featuring Dave Mann. Tomorrow Bird is a British acoustic duo comprising of solo artist Jen Bird and Simon Driscoll from the folk- rock band, Burnt Tomorrow. Drawing influences from bands such as The Civil Wars, their haunting melodies and heart-felt lyrics have transfixed audiences and marked them out as a band to watch!

New Video
Paul Alexander Low
The new single ‘Shine’ by Paul Alexander Low which is released on Friday (23rd April) in aid of Mind the mental health charity. The track features well-known session musicians Jeremy Stacey (Noel Gallagher, Robbie Williams & Ryan Adams) and Simon Johnson (Tom Jones, James Morrison, Lana Del Ray). After seeing support from previous singles across radio and press outlets including the likes of BBC Radio Tees, Amazing Radio and Folking, Paul Alexander Low is ready to release ‘Shine’ in aid of the mental health charity MIND.


The Festival of Food and Music
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell
Sunday 29th – Monday 30th August
The Festival of Food and Music is South Hill Park’s opportunity to showcase a wealth of music as well as a range of food and drink suppliers in the beautiful grounds of South Hill Park. From tasty Thai and real ale, to BBQ food, craft stalls and a children’s play area – there’s something for everyone. Music performances take place throughout the weekend whilst visitors enjoy delicious food and drink. A fantastic and unmissable event for all ages – no need to book tickets in advance; just turn up on the day and bring the sunshine! Entry is free, but please note that stall holders will charge for food, drinks or activities.

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