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
April 12th features a rather cool little show that has come together as something of a surprise. After both originally billed acts pulled out, it was a a rather pleasing set of circumstances that led to this line up pulling together suddenly.
Heading the night is a special show from SoP regular Moleville – Cotswolds based musician and enigma Steve Skinley. Moleville is an intimate, quirky, late night kind of project – rough-hewn yet sensitive, bittersweet pop songs featuring piano, toy synths and a broken guitar. He is putting the finishing touches to his brand new EP “Dynamite” which will be launched at the show. We were such fans of last year’s debut album from him that we have jumped at the chance to help introduce this new collection.
What we have heard of it so far has been unfinished, but even in this incomplete state, it is still head and shoulders above much of superficial nonsense doing the rounds currently. Once again, these songs are based around rolling piano riffs, with simple beats, effects and sounds layered subtly over the top, with his signature use of toys and battered old instruments, leaving music that charms, haunts and hypnotises. The simplicity of much of the recordings are in perfect contrast to the trademark depth and sombre nature of the lyrics, words that ensure Moleville remains one of the most vital songwriters to the local scene.
In support we are stoked to welcome back Salisbury trio TriAmi, a band where hushed folktronica meets chilled acoustica, and the harmonies, oh my god the harmonies, well, you’ll just have to come along and see what I mean but bring something to wipe the tears away with.
Music from 8.30, entry free. Full details available HERE.
Session #23 took place on March 15th and featured two Bristol artists – The Blunderbuss Press and Cursor Major. We forgot to put it on the website – hence this belated posting. Whoops
THE BLUNDERBUSS PRESS: Strange tales spat over acoustic guitar and syrup mooded electrics. Story telling credentials with punk teeth.
“a blend of Old World alt-folk and New World Americana that leaves a strange post-punk taste in the mouth” Dancing About Architecture
“made me feel woozy & a bit tipsy, I rather liked it” – Adam Walton Show BBC WALES
CURSOR MAJOR: An ongoing alt-pop musical project from Andy Norton (ex The Crimea). We present the latest incarnation in a unique stripped back format, with additional contributions from Rory Geisow (Beyond Rivers) & JP Jacyshyn (Tax The Heat).
“If you believe kookiness is next to godliness you’ll love Cursor Major” – Paul Lester, The Guardian
“Powerpoptastic” – Steve Lamacq BBC6music Recommends Show
“brilliantly odd pop music” – Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music
Entry free, please tip the artists. Music from 8.30pm. 18+
We are super excited about session 22, as it features the amazing Swedish folk pop band Sun & The Rain Men.
Hailing from from Gothenburg, Sweden, the band posses over 150,000 plays on Spotify, and were nominated for best new artist / band at the Denniz Pop awards. Their music, often recorded in one take, is a wonderful mix of folk, soul, and indie, all with that classic Swedish touch. The band are playing as a stripped back trio and are supporting the release of the “Dive EP” that is out on 2nd March exclusively in the UK on Swindon record label Secret Chord Records.
Support comes in the fine shape of Tuppenny regular Shaun Buswell, who, as per usual, will be performing in a format that even he does not yet know….
So, it is a night of indie folk-pop from Sweden and indie folk-pop from Swindon…
Entry free as usual. Music from 8.30pm.
Stereocilia is Bristol based guitarist and composer, John Scott. John uses his guitar, analog synths and live looping techniques to create dense, rich layers of sound.
His live show is centered around a visual backdrop he has created, with the improvisation acting as a live soundtrack. Over the past 10 years John has performed all over the UK and Europe with various projects. He has also presented work for live radio broadcasts, and regularly composes for Short Film. He has also performed in three of Rhys Chatham’s 100 piece guitar Orchestras. In 2012 at the Biennial festival in Liverpool cathedral performing ‘A Crimson Grail’, San Francisco 2013 and Birmingham 2014 both performing ‘A Secret Rose’.
John’s Debut album Mumurations came out on his Echoic Memory Label in November 2013, bookended by two E.P’s and a string of compilation appearances. 2016 saw the release of his second album, The Road to the Unconscious Past. In 2017 he released 2 E.P’s, one on Low Point, the other on Champion Version. His Latest album, ‘Hive Mind’ is out now on Drone Rock Records.
Grasslands is Swindon based musician/producer and ecologist Tom Haynes. Grasslands is a fusion of alternative rock, electronica, found sounds and folk pollinated with information about meadows, grasses and the environment. Grasslands performs in both electronic form, with his rig of synths, samplers and DJ decks; and as a more gentle acoustic act with acoustic guitar and occasional samples.
Grasslands also composes DJ mixes, remixes and soundtracks including Danuki Grasshopper’s theatre production of Orwell’s 1984.
Tom also performs as part of the electronic duo No Side Effects, and the cinematic folk duo GrassGoblin
Entry Free, artist tips encouraged. Music from around 8.30pm 18+
Live 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!
We are stoked to be able to bring back the irascible Grant Sharkey back to The Tuppenny. Grant is a double bass wielding, musical satirist dealing in insightful social commentary, leftfield musical creations, challenging political messages and often just plain silly songs.
This show comes as part of the cycle for album Trollbadour, the tenth record and quarter way point in Grant’s ongoing challenge to record 40 albums over 20 years. Grant is known for writing songs with powerful political and social themes and great humour and this album is no exception. Live, the set is interspersed with plenty of witty banter and passionate discourse about current affairs, so the ongoing debacle of Trump, Brexit and general crapness of UK politics bodes well….
Grant is with us on Thursday 17th December from approx 8.30pm. Entry is free but we do ask you to donate and support the artists. More info here: Grant Sharkey Event Page
So, how do we party on our first birthday? With some of our favourite musicians of course! So, on Thursday 23rd November we have curated a special night to celebrate turning one!
Headlining the night is folk-pop pixie Tamsin Quin, someone we have been meaning to get back in since she wowed at the Literature Festival, so it is a real pleasure to have her, and she will hopefully be clutching a host of new songs from her soon toe be released new album! Tamsin is an acoustic Folk/Blues songwriter and musician from South West England. With influences such as Laura Marling, Seth Lakeman and the Levellers, you’ll be in for a whirlwind of charismatic tale telling.
“A tiny package of blues, pop and folk rolled into one. This lady is great; it is as simple as that.” – Dave Franklin, Swindonian.
“Tamsin is infectious… in a really good way. Her song craft and performance is enough to make others raise their game.” – Keiran Moore, Sheer Music
Ably supporting are a pair of our favourite musical gents – Buswell and Jim Blair. Shaun Buswell is one half of the duo who accidentally invented the Bateswell Tart cocktail (try it, it is delicious). Shaun’s stock in trade is melodic indie folk-pop, often augmented by orchestral msucians. He is bound to have a few extra folks on stage with him, so don’t miss his set. Jim Blair is one of our lovely regulars and a superbly talented slide guitar player. Normally found as part of funky blues rock outfit Hip Route solo he still has a swagger.
There will be plenty of other treats and surprises too – don’t miss the night! Entry is free, music will be from around 8pm.
We are one!
Who would have thought it that this little idea that germinated away in Jamie’s brain for so long, would actually work. But, work it has and we have reached that first milestone of 12 months open and have loved every minute of it (apart from the time the plumbing went wrong, or when the water got cut off during a very very busy bank holiday). It has been mental!
So, to celebrate we are having a bit of a weekend of it! We will be having live music from Tamsin Quin, Shaun Buswell (co-creator of the Bateswell Tart) and Jim Blair (who is almost as regular here as we are) on our actual birthday (Thursday 23rd). We follow this up with a bit of a “Super-Sunday” on 26th with the triple whammy of the Old Town Christmas Lights Switch-On, an early DJ set from Harki and the November installment of the frankly lunatic Music Quiz. See the other blogs and our social media for more details on these events, and for anything else we have planned!
So, in a year what have we achieved? Plenty, as it turns out! We have hosted a variety of events from the Swindon Literature Festival and the Old Town Sausage and Ale Trail to a beer school with the guys from West Berkshire Brewery / Renegade as well as a Tap Social Movement Tap Takeover . We will have hosted 17 live music sessions which featured 33 acts plus three sessions of the Swindon Shuffle music festival that brought in another 14 performances. The Shuffle team have hosted 11 quizzes that have raised hundreds of pounds for charity and we had a Tryanuary promotion at the start of the year.
We also hit the road and went to Craft Beer Rising, The Beavertown Extravaganza and Bristol Craft Beer Festival. All in the name of research of course! Oh and we have had has lots and lots of different beers (over 70 at the last count).
So, thank you for supporting us this year, we couldn’t do it without you. Enjoy the celebrations and we will see you for much much more of this over the next 12 months!