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Performers Music Collection

RHYS WILSON

Howling at the Moon

Its been a while since Rhys released an album so this latest offering has been much anticipated. With 9 songs this latest album is a fair reflection of his songwriting ability and his unique performance that brings these songs to life.

Of the songs and words, Rhys examines a subject and find words that help to explain his thoughts. His subjects are contemporary, reflective, often almost poetry to music. When Oil Was King reminds of us of carefree days when you did not really understand the effects. Howling at the Moon has a wonderful piano that helps convey his broken heart. William and Maud is a love song of colliding traditions with a beautiful melody.

 

However, to fully understand his music, as ever, a CD can only present the performance not the background and context. To find out more, the only real way is to listen live and understand his story.

 

Full details can be found at Rhys Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

ELIZABETH & JAMESON

Dead Ends and Hand Me Downs

The latest release from this exciting duo is a short collection of their recent songs. They demonstrate a real talent for writing up-beat and optimistic songs that not only showcases their individual talents but when combined with Gaffyn Jameson on bass they really raise their game.

Tales of childhood coupled with a longing to live near the sea permeate the whole EP. They have a knack for catchy tunes and clever rhymes. They write from experience both recent and from the distant past. Catching Crickets and Hand Me Downs are great examples of remembering a childhood with affection whilst Tell The World To Go Away speaks for itself.

This EP is a highly likeable and generally happy offering from a couple who put their hearts and soul into their music, to really good effect.

 

DAVE SUTHERLAND

NINETEEN TWENTY-FOUR

Over the past year Dave has been enormously busy. I know he is moving ahead to develop a new album. The first offering from him is his latest single NINETEEN TWENTY-FOUR.

 

Rather than try to explain the concept, the terrifically talented Emma Pitt has conjured her incredible magic with a video that hits the meaning and concept of the song.

 

For the video link is

NINETEEN TWENTY-FOUR

 

Click the LINK, I am sure you will enjoy the experience

 

 

 

 

Pat Crilly

Amber & Gold

Pat Crilly is an enigma. He will turn up, play and entrance you with his songs, he will duet with Greg Camburn or with his band or even give you a selection of Traditional Irish of Scottish songs. But what he does best is play and sing his songs. This album is the latest of a long list of musical offerings but is unique in one respect. It is just Pat and his guitar. Recorded in one take, no overdubs, no fancy backing tracks and certainly no looper! It is just Pat. There are songs that we have all heard him play, there are songs we have heard in various forms but this collection is marked by how Pat wants them to be heard. The 14 songs are sign posts along his life. “Senegal” from an oil rig, “Irish Reels” from a story from his family in Dublin, “Somebody Take Me Home” a tribute to his father, “The Man Who Named The Clouds” from his extensive reading and his inquisitive mind and “I Don’t Have The Blues” from his family memories. All the songs are special, all are personal and the epitome of the intelligent and versatile songwriter that he is. Yes, I will miss the Camburn interludes we often hear live, but this album is about the man, his songs and his music. An absolute must have in any collection.

 

If you want it, go to Pat Crilly Music on Facebook and follow the link to get the CD or download, or you can e mail him at patcrilly@hotmail.com and ask him or, much better still, see him live and buy one from him. I am sure he will sign it.

Luke James Williams

Our Blood Is Red

Luke James Williams is an archetypal troubadour. He will travel to share his music and his first full blown album follows the lead of his EP and completes the next step. Our Blood Is Red is an album that is full of haunting melodies and lyrical meanings.

He has many friends who help with musical support but the album is clearly his creation. An authentic voice and distinctive sound. From the opening track "This Says" to the last note of "Monuments" this album is a must have if you admire the singer-songwriter tradition that is the backbone of the Acoustic Scene in the UK

To find out how to get this essential slice of music

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Ivor Game

Fine Summer Rain

Ivor Game is a singer/songwriter from Middlesex and has enjoyed performing at The Acoustic Club in the past. His latest release is Fine Summer Rain.

He writes " On 6th May, I'm releasing a new LP, called "Fine Summer Rain". 12 short tunes which are more summer vignettes perhaps. Here is the link title track.

Fine Summer Rain

It's more a musical companion for the summer when we hope we will see some summer weather as a respite from such trying times."

 

Bravo Ivor! A lovely collection of songs, ready for listening to.

The link to the full album is here

Ivor Game - Fine Summer Rain

Nice one Ivor, nice one!!

 

 

 

Akos

Golden Days in Puerto Rico

Long-time friend of the club Akos Hasznos has recorded a rather brilliant original song and has put a video of it on YouTube for our delectation and delight. His skilful guitar playing is there for all to see and hear.

IT IS WELL WORTH A LISTEN if only to remind everyone what a damn fine performer Akos is. Click the link below to watch and listen

Golden Days in Puerto Rico 

 

 

 

 

 

Fly Yeti Fly

Make a Ring

Wiltshire based indie-folk duo Lorna Somerville and Darren Fisher recorded this album on their house-boat studio on the Kennet and Avon canal and have produced a collection of songs inspired by connection to the natural world.

With a combination of guitar, mandolin and harmonica as well as good vocal harmonies, the songs reflect stories and themes of community with a variety of musical styles from traditional folk to bluegrass with Blue Yonder.

All in all, a cheerful album from a duo who are a delight to listen to.

To find out how to get this essential slice of music

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Elizabeth & Jameson

Northern Shores & Stories

Taking their inspiration from the North Yorkshire coast and the harbour town of Whitby, 'Northern Shores & Stories' is full of delightful soundscapes and characters.

Early highlights ‘Endeavour’ and ‘How Long Has It Been?’ both find their inspiration in the art of letter writing. ‘Dance In The Shadows’ is a dreamy waltz, the romantic escapism and longing to quit the rat race of ‘Live By The Sea’ is a theme familiar to most

This is a beautiful record that has been lovingly crafted by two musicians who share a love of their art.

 

 

M G Boulter

Clifftown

M G Boulter is from the Thames Coast and he brings a new album based upon a fictional town so reminiscent of Southend it is uncanny!

Having recorded with many people over the years, his collaborations are a breath of fresh air and Clifftown develops these principles nicely.

Working again with producer Andy Bell and a host of friends from bands as diverse as Bellowhead and Spritiualised, M G has created an all-encompassing personal history of growing up in seaside suburbia which is both affecting and observant.

Full details can be be found at his website

M G BOULTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jo Ash

Matinee

Jo Ash has recently released two EPs eloquently described as her musical non-identical twins! Over the last year or so she has learned how to produce and mix her own music, and over lock down has created two five-track EPs. 'Matinee is like a little trip to the theatre and 'After Dark' is more synth led, with vibes of pop and electronica. Both are linked through Jo's musical journey and songs written over the last few years. This has been quite an experience for Jo, not devoid of stress at times, but worth every minute as it’s been a huge learning curve!

With live performance on hold during the Lock down, the past 18 months have been a highly productive time for Jo. These 10 songs on two Eps both reflect not only her continuing growth and development as both a writer and performer but put a very large stake in the ground which reads “LISTEN TO THE MUSIC”.

Both can be downloaded from various places but as a first step click joashmusic.com. Alternatively, you can e mail Jo at jo.ash.artist@gmail.com where both can be ordered.

Jo Ash

after dark

 

 

Last Drop of Empty

Dave Sutherland

It has taken over three years but Last Drop of Empty has finally arrived. This is Dave’s fourth album and is a huge step forward in terms of his musical development. His new label is taking a great deal of interest in the future and how Dave is presented to the World. His work with Stacey Parrish and Jack Casady has given a whole new musical landscape, ripe for the Sutherland treatment.

The observational qualities of Dave’s writing, so abundantly demonstrated over his previous albums, has continued and developed unabated. He has a wonderful ability to adopt into character traits of both ancient and modern times.

 

The opening track Ghosts is equally at home in the modern era as well as the mid-19th century Ireland. Both her dedication and his loss of memory are equal players in a tale of tragedy. One True Love is an eternal love song slipping seamlessly into the best of the genre. Ever Changing Skyline is a testament to contemporary London, the moving skyline with the images of modern-day Bermondsey interspersed with the detritus of modern life.

Money Can Do is a cautionary song on the effects of money – both good and not so good.

The reworking of Dave’s most popular and his signature tune From the Vauxhall Tavern to the Deptford Broadway, is a welcome new look at a song that invokes several important parts of South East London. The new version brings a much harder focus on the reality of South London life. Meadow Daisies is a whimsical song of love discovered utilising classic Sutherland rhymes and word play. Damaged is a cry from the heart defining the comparison between a child and an adult and how the damage occurs.

 

 

All Of The Things That You Are is a classic love song expressing the reality of making the best of where we are.

 

Throughout the centuries there have always been those places where unlicensed and unregistered boxing took place. The Yorkshire Grey, a pub in South London, was one of those mythical palaces where fortunes were won in the ring and won and lost with the bookmakers. This song evokes the spirit of Rocky without the glamourous locations of the USA eastern seaboard.

 

The last and title track Down To The Last Drop of Empty reflects on the hope that inevitably makes living worthwhile. “When you start out in this world you’ve plenty, And when it’s gone you hope some more will come” is the eternal optimists creed.  And a wonderful way to finish an astonishing album.

 

Available from Dave’s Website.

Click Here

 

Live at the Acoustic Club

Dave Denny and friends

Dave Denny has been at it again. He has released yet another album for which all the proceeds go to St Clares' Hospice.

This time he has spent the last 18 months or so capturing live performances at the Acoustic Club from so many players that it is almost a Who's Who of local talent. Bella Chipperfield, The Fog, Jeff Carpenter, Joe Chipperfield Hanako Ward and of course Dave Denny with Jeff Carpenter. All make an exceptional contribution to this unique slice of Stortford Musical History which is available for the princely sum of £5.

Dave has a few in stock and will be happy to swap one of his stock for the aforementioned £5!! Dave said he will drop a few on the desk with Geoff so there are no problems with obtaining a copy

 

Gretel!

The Musical

In Concert

After its initial sell-out run at The Other Palace studio space, Gretel! The Musical is back with all the hits from the show. An innovative take on a concert showcase; let the story take you away with magical illustration that will bring the forest alive.

 

Gretel! is a tale of childhood, loyalty, and the power of fantasy to arm us against a dark reality. In a world where your fate is seemingly already written, it’s a reminder that we all have the power to create our own story – for sometimes destiny could use a little help.

 

The newly imagined artwork is by the fabulous Bella Chipperfield and more is expected

Initially this event was planned for June this year, but due to COVID the date has been moved. As soon as the date is released you will find out here!!

 

If you want to find out more, read updates, see previews or generally just support, search Facebook and become a Friend. They are lovely people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday’s Band

Chittagong Tattoo

One of my very favourite Bands have just released their 2nd Album Chittagong Tattoo.

A year in the making, this is Thursday’s Band’s second full album - a worthy successor to their previous release ‘All We Have in Common’.

 

Early reviews of Chittagong Tattoo say it is ‘Beautiful storytelling, singing and playing… transports you to cosy intimate interiors and rugged, vibrant landscapes' and ‘A worthy follow up to the first CD - no small achievement, seeing as their first was so brilliant. It’s a great album and worth the wait…'

 

You can get hold of Chittagong Tattoo from www.clunkandrattle.com .

 

Anna Wells

Circles

Anna is an artist we have seen from the very start. From the first nervous steps to the accomplished performer, musician and writer who is destined to move ever onwards and upwards. Circles is an easy-listening, quasi classical-crossover pop album. Some mellow tunes and some definite foot-tappers. Vocal clarity and mixed arrangements featuring mellifluous saxophone hooks, smooth bass lines and tasteful drum grooves. Something here for everyone. The album has a live, acoustic vibe, which venerates the classic singer-songwriter pop genre of the late twentieth-century, combined with a modern, contemporary idiosyncrasy. This album has been in progress since 2017. Ten tracks composed between 2017 up to June 2019.

 

 

Peter Crossley

Rags to Riches

An album to uplift - enjoy these folksy, original tunes written and performed by Peter, singer songwriter and fiddle player extraordinaire. Peter Crossley has been performing around Hertfordshire Venues for more than a decade, including appearances at Festivals. He has made it his mission to tell stories of being lost and found, broken and fixed, poor but rich and he does so with poetic skill, passion and compassion.

 

Peter is warm and engaging – as a singer-songwriter, a performer and as a person, and this heartfelt warmth shines through.

 

 

 

 

M G Boulter

Blood Moon

M G Boulter is one of our favourite players. Coming from the Thames Coast he brings a new perspective of life, love and all things in between.

Having recorded with many people over the years, his collaborations are a breath of fresh air.

 

Full details can be found at his website

 

M G BOULTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUBY MUSE

Just Like You

‘Silver-laced songs, filled with the edge of Americana and the gentle repose of love’ Liverpool Sound & Vision

Featuring three enticing tracks in lovingly designed, vinyl-style CD format – plus eco-friendly packaging! All written, played, recorded and produced by Jools Heyes and Malcolm Heyes, aka Ruby Muse in their cosy Cambridgeshire studio.

 

 

CLICK HERE to buy/download

Ruby Muse Facebook Page

 

 

Bella Chipperfield

Leave My Mind

One of our favourite artists has just released her debut EP.

 

Bella says "Excited to announce that the EP is officially HERE! Available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Amazon Music! Give it a listen and let us know what you think!"

Available now on Spotify

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELLIOT PORTER

LANES

 

Lanes is Elliot’s most recent album which is top full of great tunes.

11 very classy songs that reflect his life, loves and music, an absolute belter of an album.

 

Available on iTunes

CLICK THE LINK HERE!

 

elliotporter website

 

CARELESS

FRED'S HOUSE

The brand-new album now. Careless is the third album from Fred's House featuring 11 tracks. Presented in a scrapbook style packaging with lyric booklet.

 

CLICK HERE

for information.

 

FRED'S HOUSE MUSIC

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday’s Band

All We Have In Common

 

The songs on this album take you on a journey through the bleak darkness of The Black Ship, the quiet longing of ‘Cold Boston, the understated sharing of emotion in Train to Albionby way of the tongue in cheek humour of Eating Mexican, to the raw feeling of ‘Flyand if Lucindas vocals on ‘Jupiterdont move your soul then you should start looking for it.

 A band that works its magic across its chosen genre, blurring and bending the edges along the way….’ (Folkwords)

 

 

 

 

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