The Thursday Night Music Club presents two of our favourites returning, on the same bill!
LEWIS CLARK is normally found fronting the a three-piece band called The Essentials but whether in full band mode or as a solo act his music is nothing short of beguiling. It may be made up of recognisable swathes of folk and blues but it is the injection of Balkan folk rhythms, gypsy jazz vibes, lyrical depth and a truly charismatic live performance that really makes him stand out.
We go down a more traditional folk route for the June edition of The Sunday Social as we welcome The Bellflowers.
Claire Amor and Jessie Thompson are a Wiltshire-based folk duo. Armed with Jessie’s accordion, Claire’s percussion and a blend of heavenly harmonies, they’ll soon have your foot tapping along to their range of covers, traditional folk songs and original music.
Also performing will be Wiltshire folk singer Chantelle Smith who tells stories through the medium of song. Chantelle sings a capella, with her shruti box, guitar or with percussion.
As it is a Bank Holiday Music Quiz day we thought why not make it double the fun and get our good friend Jim to play too!
So from 5.30 we have the usual music quiz nonsense (£2 min per person, max 6 per team, all proceeds to Swindon Mind) followed by some groovesome live Roots, Blues and Funk music from Swindon’s master of slide guitar, whisky soaked vocals and flip-flops with flares Mr Jim Blair of Hip Route fame!
Add to that all the usual Tuppenny magic and all is in place for a stonkingly good Bank Holiday.
We are pleased to welcome one of the brightest new stars on the UK Country / Americana Scene. Music from 8.30pm, entry Free
Hannah Rose Platt is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, talented guitarist and storyteller. Hannah has just finishing recording her second album, a co-production with AMAUK Instrumentalist of the Year Winner, Thomas Collison (Dreaming Spires, Danny & the Champions of the World). Her latest video ‘Chanel and Cigarettes’ debuted on SKY and Freeview TV, she also performed live on BBC One and was named as a rising independent star on the Americana scene in ‘Billboard’ magazine.
Last year Hannah wrote and released the heart-wrenching and striking track ‘Sorry’. A song written from personal experiences of her own and of her friends, of domestic abuse in it’s many forms, with all proceeds donated to Women’s Aid.
Hannah recorded her debut album Portraits in Nashville where she worked with some of the industry’s leading names, Grammy award-winning musicians Mark Fain, (Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton) Stuart Duncan (Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss) Her melodic, poetic and powerful music offers self-written narratives to ordinary people who had no one to unfurl their stories; tales of luck, stoicism, loneliness, love, heartbreak and hope. She warmly builds characters like an author, penning songs that almost eavesdrop on other people’s lives. ‘Portraits’ was released independently to widespread critical acclaim, receiving 5star and 4star reviews across the board after which, she was invited to legendary BBC broadcaster Bob Harris’ home to record a live session for his ‘Under the Apple Tree’ youtube channel. Championed by broadcasters Sid Griffin, Baylen Leonard and Ralph McLean, Hannah has also had TV sync successes, with several tracks used for Channel 4, and considerable airplay on BBC, national and international radio.
REVIEWS AND PRESS
“Hannah Rose Platt is a young, north of England Emmylou Harris in blossoming before our eyes and ears”
– Sid Griffin
“A country-folk singer destined for musical stardom…sheer talent & determination…a captivating artist…future big successes to come for this gifted singer-songwriter”
– Glamour Magazine
“Powerful and affecting music” – Harpers Bazaar
“Platt doesn’t put a foot wrong in a series of superb vignettes…one of the most assured and accomplished debuts of the year”
* * * * *- R2 Magazine (5 stars)
“London-based Americana musician debuts compassionate and mesmerising album…this gifted storyteller takes the essence of human struggles, love and heartbreak, and intertwines them into tender songs surrounded by hope and fragility… * * * * – Maverick Magazine (4 stars)
“One of the finest home grown debuts you’re likely to hear in this, or any decade”
– Sean MgHee (Editor at R2 Magazine)
Tyler Massey, an American-born guitarist and songwriter, has been living in the UK for twelve years, during which time he has collaborated with Vo Fletcher, The Pull, and The May Dolls. His trio features Alex Knight (bass) and Eric Hej (percussion) playing Tyler’s collection of evocative, often brazen acerbic indie-folk odes set against the backdrop of an increasingly unnerving 21st century.
Originally this show, with this line up, was meant to happen back in May 2017, but due to illness Larkham & Hall had to pull out. Despite both acts playing here in the interim we always felt this was a line up worth returning to. So here it is!
LARKHAM & HALL – Alt-folk/alt-country duo writing artistic, attractive songs with a lyrical intensity rarely seen these days. Think Leonard Cohen with Marianne Faithful, at dawn after all night out at sea with a lot of tequila.
The Americana flavour comes from the influence of the great sixties folk artists and storytellers such as Bob Dylan, Tim Buckley, John Prine, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell.
Throw in quiet influences from a little punk and a little rock and you have the idea…Guns N Roses, Pink Floyd, Nick Cave, Patti Smith.
Lately World music influences have been creeping in via Elliot’s exploration into Flamenco and modern Spanish music from the likes of Joaquin Sabina.
CANUTE’S PLASTIC ARMY – Canute’s Plastic Army is an acoustic duo consisting of the vocals of Anish Noble-Harrison (previously of the well known Teddy White Band) and Neil Mercer on acoustic guitar and backing vocals (previously of Rumour Shed and the Dacoits). The band started as the solo project of Neil who started playing and writing on his own due to running out of band mates. In spring 2016 Anish and Neil played around with a few covers and found a shared love of dark, twisted songs by artists as disparate as Odetta, Cate Le Bon and Pulp. They also found that Anish’s soaring, passionate vocals and Neil’s intricate, dynamic acoustic guitar was a potent mix. They quickly started writing dark and twisted songs of their own. Their first EP, Building Walls, was released in summer 2017 on Secret Chord records. They have gone on to expand their sound, constantly writing new songs and sometimes using a loop pedal to layer their guitar and vocals and add dynamics and power. They are currently demoing tracks for their next EP or album.
The second Sunday Social event features the music of Richard Wileman, a Swindon musician who is probably best known for releasing 14 albums as the composer behind Karda Estra. Inspired by weird soundtracks, easy listening and library music, art pop and prog rock, his first solo album ‘Veil’ features new songs and instrumentals plus some rearrangements of Karda Estra pieces that can fit into a live setting.