Archive for September, 2011

When a song called ‘Fall on Me‘, was recently played on Johnnie Walker‘s Drive Time show on BBC Radio 2, he was inundated with e-mails wanting to know who this new singer songwriter was, where they could find out about her, and most importantly would he please play more.

He had so many requests that he plugged her website the next day, and informed the listeners that it was taken from Montpelier a debut album by a singer songwriter called Jane Taylor who was from Bristol and who had released her album under her own label, Bicycle Records.

One live Radio 2 session later, and a distribution deal with Pinnacle followed alongside a national release of the album and support slots with Bill WymanJools HollandPaul Buchanan, Seth Lakeman and Paolo Nutini. And…having just recorded her second album with Mercury nominee Producer Colin Elliot, one of Bristol’s finest singer songwriters is truly on her way.

But the journey really started some three years ealier in 2002 when she decided to give up life and work in the real world and focus her attention on the fact that she’d been writing songs since she was little, and maybe there was something in that.  Read more

Have a listen to Jane’s beautiful music which you can stream directly from her website here

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For details and tickets for all events call 01380 827041 or email seendacoustic [at] gmail [dot] com.

Songwriters Keren and Francis Hayden have been performing as Sloe Jam for the last five years around Bristol, Somerset and London. Francis wrings a whole spectrum of colours and textures out of his vintage Bristol-made Kinkade guitar while Keren’s vocals take the audience through the stories of their lives, weaving by turns from the tenderness of ballads through passionate blues to foot-stomping rock and back again.

Like most guitarists, Francis has been in various bands but he has spent most of his career as a solo singer-songwriter. Keren spent her formative artistic years as a poet and backing singer so when they got together they decided to do something different. They put together a classic rock band with a group of friends and thus Sloe Jam was born.  The five-piece line-up didn’t last very long but the energy remains. Sloe Jam as a duo are in the great and thriving tradition of memorable tunes, of thoughtful, beautifully crafted lyrics and acoustic music without boundaries.

Sloe Jam have played the Trowbridge Village Pump Festival, Gillingham Festival, the Cheese and Grain in Frome, the Colston Hall in Bristol and the Bedford, the Regal Room and the Troubadour in London. The last few months have seen them on the stages of Bristol and Bath Folk Festivals, The Prom in Gloucester Road, Tonefest in Dorset and a number of other summer festivals, pubs and music venues around the region.

Sloe Jam currently perform about two hours’ worth of original material interspersed with a small and diverse selection of covers.

You can find further Sloe Jam information – including songs and gig listings: 
On Facebook:  (just search for Sloe Jam – it’s easier!) 
On Reverbnation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/sloejam 
On Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/user/Sloejamuk 
By email:  sloejam@sloejam.info

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We had an incredible first festival, thanks to all the performers and all who came out in support. Just a brilliant day that ran like clockwork.

Next year’s festival is confirmed and definite for Friday 7th & Saturday 8th September. Send us an email to seendacoustic@gmail.com if you want to be on our mailing list.

We’ll be announcing next year’s acts in the spring. For now we’ll leave our festival page as it is but very soon we’ll upload photos and HD videos of the event.

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We open today at 11.45 am, bar opens at 12, show starts 12.15. We are expecting a surge so get there early to be sure of a seat.

For those coming for the evening only, we will let you in at 5.50pm so you can get a drink and be ready to watch Phil King at 6.10pm.

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Tickets are still available for afternoon and evening session of the festival but they are selling quickly now. If you’d like to reserve tickets please call 07702 967150 or 07894 707965 and we’ll add you to the list. You can pay and collect at the door.

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Unfortunately Gaz Brookfield is unable to make the festival tomorrow due to a bad throat infection. His evening slot will be taken by local band The Carousel.

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Tickets are now available by calling 01380 827041 or 07702 967150. They can also be bought online through We Got Tickets by clicking here.

Priced at £12.50 for the afternoon session or evening session or £20 for an all day ticket.  We accept cash, cheques (made payable to Seend Acoustic Club) and bank transfers. You can send this to the address below including your name, address and email and we will despatch your wrist bands straight away and keep you updated by email.  The wrist band is your ticket, that’s all you need!

Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Anybody that looks under 21 will be asked to prove their age with photo id at the bar.  Children under 5 are free.  Children over 5 half price.

Doors will open at 12 noon and music will start at 12.30. Holders of a blue afternoon only wristband will be asked to leave at 6pm immediately after Moscow Drug Club.  Holders of yellow evening wristbands will not be allowed entry until 6pm.  Holders of red all day wristbands will be allowed all day, obviously!

Parking will be available at £1 per car close to the venue but NOT at the venue. Parking in Rusty Lane is for performers only, please follow directions in the village.

The number 49 bus stops almost right outside the venue at The Lye. This connects to both Swindon and Trowbridge railway stations.  Campsites are available here and here and are both a short walk along the canal towpath from the community centre.

Send cheques (payable to Seend Acoustic Club ‘NOT festival’) to the following address

Malcolm Shipp, 1&2 Weavers Cottages, Seend, Wiltshire, SN12 6NN.  Or phone 01380 827041 to get bank details for transfer.

Here’s a detailed description of our 12 fantastic acts in the order they are playing, click their pictures to go to their website!


Opening the show for us is the supremely talented and lovely Nicola Clark.

As a live performer, Nicola is a must to see. I have seen her bring silence to a rowdy pub session with her beautiful voice and later have everyone in fits of laughter with a well-crafted, irreverent song.

I suppose you could say the songs are about seeking, finding, falling and not falling in love with tenderness, heartbreak, fun and humour.  Nicola’s clear, pure, voice rings out, accompanied by her very accomplished, guitar playing. Unlike many singer/songwriters whose words and melodies are very similar, her songs are very varied in pace and rhythm, light and shade, and are perfectly suited to her voice.

Nicola has, for several years written for a revue group, Kulture Brake and some tracks . . . have a delightful touch of the Music Hall reminiscent of some of the songs of Jake Thackeray.

Nicola is a poet, songwriter and performer and the artwork on her CD booklets  is also her own.

“…she occupies that area between Purcell, Edith Piaf and Arthur Askey.”

 Audrey Aroha

Next up we have Seend’s own teenage songstress Audrey who has encapsulated audiences at the acoustic club a couple of times with her quirky self penned songs.

Audrey Aroha is a cross between an English, modern Joni Mitchell and a Female Bob Dylan. Swaying inbetween Jazz vocals and Folk guitar, thus creates an aery, light but pronounced sound. Inspired by Marilyn Monroe, Laura Marling, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse and Jose Gonzalez.

David Gibb & Elly Lucas

David Gibb and Elly Lucas are a young duo hailing from Derbyshire in the Midlands. They play a mixture of original and re-worked traditional material and have toured the UK extensively as part of David Gibb & The Pony Club. They were chosen as finalists in the prestigious BBC Young Folk Awards 2011 and on the road have supported such acts as Bob Fox, Mark Chadwick (of The Levellers) and 3 Daft Monkeys.

Rob Lear

Rob Lear is an artist with undoubted quality, which shines throughout the quirky and creative pop-rock tones. This is backed up in the skilful ability to write likeable, catchy and bouncy tunes that make you sit up and smile and want to hum along. new track ‘A Million Stars’ is a laid back and relaxing tune with fantastic rhythm and melody. There is an awe-inspiring air following Rob around because of the exemplary standard set in the ability to create such simple yet mind-bending songs.

Dan Raza

Dan Raza is a Bedfordshire-born singer who has been developing his own unique style of roots music for several years.

In recent years, he has opened up for Joan Armatrading on her European tour and played throughout the UK and abroad, sharing the stage with artists such as Mary Gauthier, Badly Drawn Boy, Cara Dillon, Chris Farlowe and Slaid Cleaves.

Dan has just finished recording his debut album with Slim Chance’s Charlie Hart on production duties and featuring guest appearances from Geraint Watkins, Steve Simpson and Mosi Conde.

Moscow Drug Club

Moscow Drug Club: Is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, New Orleans Funeral Parade & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and then stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits, Mario Lanza, Edith Piaf & Duke Ellington Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience. You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…..this way please & mind the stairs!!! 

Phil King 

Phil King released his debut album “Leaves” in Nov 2006. It received some fantastic press, both regional and National. (see reviews page). He has performed all over the UK, including at some fantastic festivals including Glastonbury Fest, Bestival, Guilfest, Ashton Court Fest, The Sunrise Celebration, Priddy Folk Fest, Cheltenham Jazz Fest, Bath Fringe, Trowbridge Pump Fest and Bristol Harbourside.

He has supported many touring artists, including Amp Fiddler, Kate Walsh, Jon Allen, Foy Vance, Karima Francis, Emmy the Great, Ruby Turner, Chris Farlowe and Tina Dico, and has been lucky enough to share a stage with many other great artists includingBeth Rowley and Alice Russell. Phil has had his music played on many local radio stations and also by Bob Harris, Steve Lamacq and Alex Lester on BBC Radio 2.

Gaz Brookfield

Gaz Brookfield is a solo acoustic artist based in Bristol.

Since embarking on his solo career in 2006 he has been fortunate enough to have played with artists such as Newton FaulknerFrank TurnerNik KershawNigel Clark (Dodgy), Mark Morris (Bluetones), Pete DohertyBen MarwoodJim LockeyJake MorleyDave McPherson (InMe) and many more.
His songs are instantly accessible, everyman tales of life, love and everything else in between. Played in a folk-ish style with occasional use of the guitar as a percussive tool, as well as some two handed venturing around the fretboard, Gaz’s simple yet poignant songwriting captures the imagination of the listener.

Reg Meuross

REG MEUROSS is a champion of  Rural Touring throughout Britain and America, playing Village Halls, Churches and House Concerts as well as conventional theatres and clubs. He is widely recognised as one of the UK’s most talented and widely respected singer–songwriters.

Reg’s clever and imaginative lyrics have earned him the title of ‘Master Storyteller’ (Pennyblack Music) and prompted Mike Harding from BBC Radio 2’s Folk programme to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as “One of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced”

His performance is pure class; bringing to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, often informed and inspired by his own experiences, sometimes just great stories expertly told and linked by wry & witty observations, the delivery of which is complimented by his soulful high tenor voice and fine, Guitar, Dulcimer and Tenor guitar playing.

Reg has often toured with an accompanist and his collaborators have included PHIL BEER, JACKIE OATES, MIRANDA SYKES, MARTIN BELMONT, KAREN TWEED, HANK WANGFORD,  and his current accompanist, the Singer & Cellist BETHANY PORTER.

The Home Fires

The core of “The Home Fires” consists of Nikki Capp (vocals and flute), Will Lawton (vocals, piano and hang) and Neil Muttock (guitars).   The band are regularly joined by Bethany Porter (cello, ukulele and vocals) who also contributes towards the song writing.

Although only formed in 2010, this West Country band have been performing together in various guises for twenty years.  They play real acoustic instruments, including an upright piano which they tour with, blend stunning vocal harmonies and have amazing depth and honesty in their song writing.

They are slowly incorporating the hang into their music which brings an unusual dimension to their songs. 

Mike Scott

Here’s an “old guy still doing it” with a song of that title.  This dear fellow from Bristol is a brilliant guitarist and sings with a warming west country accent.  His self penned songs will make you laugh to the point that you miss the odd verse entirely but guaranteed you will have tears rolling down your face at the end of the performance, if not then that’s your problem, not Mike’s!!

Listen out for his songs about Ireland, Marmite and Royal pooh!  Just what you need at the end of a long day of listening to angry musicians!

The Great Western Chorus

The most successful Barbershop Chorus in the UK having won the British Championships no less than 8 times.  Most of you will never have seen anything like this.  Brace yourself for some 40 men (all controlled by one feisty woman) to fill the hall with the sound of perfect 4 part harmonies without any requirement for amplifications.  What better way to close the show!  Get yourself singing along to Amarillo amongst other classics!

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