Archive for November, 2011

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 Lockey,Jake 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.

In 2010 Gaz won Acoustic magazine’s Beautiful Days Singer Songwriter competition, earning him, amongst other prizes, a slot on the Big Top stage at theBeautiful Days festival.

His debut album, Trial & Error is available to buy online at iTunes7 Digital and Amazon. Or you can pick up a copy on CD at one of his many gigs/festival appearances this year.

Here’s the cheeky chappy doing a song in a shed about his hometown of Swindon, check out that drumming!

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James Hickman and Dan Cassidy are a newly formed transatlantic folk and roots duo. Dan Cassidy (USA), provides an exciting array of fiddling renditions, while James Hickman (UK), brings his driving guitar playing and wonderfully unique interpretations of songs to their mixture of new and old folk music. James and Dan have recently released their debut CD -“Severn Street”
James Hickman
James was born in Shrewsbury Shropshire where he was raised on a diet of folk and bluegrass music. James’ father (an avid bluegrass musician) bought him his first guitar and at the age of thirteen he started performing with him at sessions and folk clubs.
After music college, James travelled with his guitar to Ireland and then to Iceland. In Iceland he co-formed ‘The Dan Cassidy Swing Quartet’. James then returned to England where he began performing as a solo artist and formed the duo ‘Hickman and Quinn’. He went on to join folk group Uiscedwr and worked with them for two years.
James now performs in the UK and Europe as part of ‘Hickman and Quinn’,‘The Dan Cassidy Swing Quartet’ and ‘James Hickman and Dan Cassidy’.
Dan Cassidy
Dan grew up in a musical family in Maryland, USA, gaining a solid backround in music after taking up the violin on his tenth birthday. His formative years as a teenager were productive, as Dan absorbed a broad spectrum of musical styles on the violin, including classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, blues, and rock.
While touring professionally in the U.K. in the 1980’s, Dan was introduced to the music of Shetland fiddler Aly Bain, which sparked his keen interest in celtic music, and the U.K. folk scene in general. Dan has spent the last 15 years in Iceland as a successful session musician, and has been returning to the U.K regularly to perform with his own group, The Dan Cassidy Swing Quartet. He appears on several recordings of his sister, the late Eva Cassidy.
More information can be found on their website http://hickmanandcassidy.co.uk/
Here they are below playing the beautiful Inisheer.

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