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Live Music Session #25 – Phil Cooper + Sarah C Ryan

It’s Thursday 19th April and the sun is shining (not that that has any bearing on this) which means it is Live Music time again here at The Tuppenny. This week we are delighted to be able to present the folk-pop-tastic Phil Cooper and our very own team member Sarah C Ryan!

Phil is a contemporary singer/songwriter who has earned excellent reviews from the national press, with his thought provoking songwriting and energetic, often unpredictable live performances drawing comparisons to Neil Finn, Glenn Tilbrook and Ben Folds.

Having been the frontman for The Haiku for 6 years, 2012 saw him go it alone, and play a host of solo shows, including highly successful support slots for Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) and Dave McPherson (InMe). During his live shows, he makes a real connection with the crowd, often starting and finishing the shows entirely unplugged and shunning the stage to stand right in among the captivated audience.

According to her very own write-up, “Like your favourite cocktail, Sarah C. Ryan is a singer-songwriter who blends the coolness of a fresh mojito with the wildness of a woo-woo… ” so there you go. All we know is she is a fab bar-tender and colleague who has a neat line in lovely folky pop tunes herself.

Usual details apply, but essentially, music kicks off at 8.30pm and is free to enter

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Live Music Session #20 – Lewis Clark + Nick Felix

Lewis Clark Feb 18 Tupp WEB.jpgLive Music returns for the first time in 2018 tonight, Thursday 15th February in the fine form of Lewis Clark and local musician Nick Felix.

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.

Nick Felix is a well known figure in Swindon music circles and it is with great pleasure that we welcome him back to The Tuppenny to perform an acoustic set of beautifully crafted songs. With a voice that seems to bubble up from the very core of his soul and chord progressions that act as the perfect vehicle for his soaring melodies, Nick’s songs will draw you in and hold you there until he’s ready to release you.

Entry is free but artist tips are welcome. Music commences around 8.30pm. 18+ for full details consult the Facebook event page.

There are plenty more fantastic sessions coming up too, so keep an eye open here for news!

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Live Music Session #16 – Lisa Richards + Emily-Jane Sheppard

Lisa Richards Oct 17 TuppNovember 9th brings us Session 16, featuring touring Antipodean Lisa Richards, with able support from SoP favourite Emily-Jane Sheppard.

Life in Australia, Austin Texas and New York City have all shaped the sounds and songs of Lisa Richards. With sharp observations, subtle humor and a ferociously sweet voice, she explores the complexities of life through a mongrel mix of folk, blues, roots and jazz……

With a penchant for the underdog and the outsider, she writes and performs songs on guitar in the tradition of solo singers and street performers through the ages. Her guitar playing is sparse, percussive and rhythmic and her songs tell vivid stories of longing, loss, love and hope using a rich palette of musical elements.

Lisa’s songs have appeared on CD’s alongside Adele, Nina Simone and Corinne Bailey Rae as well as being heard in film and television.

Reviewers of her work frequently comment on the unusual qualities of her voice while drawing comparisons to such diverse artists as Billie Holliday, Bjork, Cassandra Wilson, Patty Griffin and Suzanne Vega. Her 4th CD “Mad Mad Love” was downloaded 80,000 times

Lisa’s voice is distinguished by its singularity. Articulated with strength and precision, it can be girlish, tender and innocent as each word is delivered with resonant clarity. Other times it rings with hard-won experience and dark foreshadowing.

Support comes from Emily-Jane Sheppard who effortlessly blends dexterous acoustic guitar work with an outstanding and memorable vocal delivery.

Music from 8.30, entry free.

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Live Music Session #13 – Chris Webb

Session 13 promises not to be unlucky, because we are hosting the talents of the wonderful Chris Webb. Bristol based Chris is a solo fingerstyle modern folk singer who plays high-tempo, upbeat original songs.
Fiercely independent he has been releasing albums and gigging under his own name without management since 2011.Chris somehow racks up near a hundred gigs most years and tirelessly releases EPs and albums for his fans – his 5th full length album is about to be released but you can check out his brand new single here or see a video session of it below.
“His upbeat, intricate guitar playing and beautiful lyrics left the crowd mesmerized, creating a rich tapestry of idioms and ideas with powerful, catchy choruses that are reminiscent of early Fleetwood Mac.”

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Live Music Session #12 – B-Sydes + Neil Morris

B-Sydes Sept 17 Tupp smallAfter the Shuffle excitement and a little summer break from live music over August, we return with a bang on Thursday September 7th with a cracking folk-punk show featuring 2 of the hardest working musicians around.

B-Sydes (AKA Ben Sydes) is a folk-punk singer-songwriter based in Cambridge/ London.  On his travels Ben has been lucky enough to share stages with Frank Turner, Gaz Brookfield, Ferocious Dog, Ben Marwood, Beans On Toast, Dave McPherson, Sam Duckworth, etc

After recording 2 EP’s, ‘Handshakes Turn To Headlocks’ and ‘Wrecked Vessels’, Ben released his debut album, ‘Constant Fictions’, in May 2015 on Aaahh!! Real Records.
|This year has been taken up with work on album number 2 interspersed with some live touring. Ben is no stranger to Swindon, having played a handful of SoP shows already at other venues.

Support Neil Morris was born and raised in the Black Country, started playing bass when he was about 12ish. Formed *Kerz* who would later become HoldUp with a few friends in school in around 1996ish. They gigged a bit and then split up in around 2000. Bored of trying to form new bands and making them tour he switched to acoustic guitar and went solo.

Since going solo he’s toured the UK 9 times and played shows with Carlos and The Jackal, The Dawn Chourus, Oxygen Thief, Ben Marwood, My Name is Ian, Jackrabbit Parole, Adam Boucher, Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun.

All in all, it should be a fantastic night of music, tempered only by Neils rather unusual sense of bumour! More details and info on the artists can be found on the event page.