Archive for March, 2013

The Drystones

drystonesThis pair of schoolboys have already blown audiences away during 2012, and are set to go on to great things.  They are booked to play in Seend 3 times this year as we’ll see them also at the Beer Festival in May and Acoustic Festival in September.

The Drystones started out when Dean Collier, Chairman of the Priddy Folk Festival, needed to fill a slot at short notice at one of his venues in July 2011 and asked his son Ford if he could step up to the plate. One quick phone call to fiddler friend Alex Garden and the Drystones were formed.

Alex and Ford were friends from school. They both had a background in playing various instruments and in different styles. But they clearly found their stride in arranging lively jigs, played on guitar, fiddle and whistle.

Encouraged by the warm reception at Priddy, and the success of some lucrative busking through the summer, the lads decided to enter the Mid Somerset Battle of the Bands, and they made it into the finals.  The odds were surely stacked against them, as easily the youngest contestants, and the only purely acoustic band they found themselves up against techno, grunge, rap and heavy metal bands. But somehow they seemed to span the wildly different audiences and won over the judges and audience alike to win the contest!

So the band, whilst still less than two years old, have already played several festival gigs. In the meantime you may be able to catch them busking around Wells and Bath. They are also getting practice at local acoustic clubs like The Beacon (Wagon & Horses, Doulting, Shepton) or the Wookey Hole Club.

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Jess Morgan

JessBlueJacket2 (1)We’re delighted to welcome a newbie to Seend in the shape of folk starlet Jess Morgan all the way over from Norwich. She has the most beautiful voice and when we heard her online we just had to get her to drop in on her tour of the south west.

Jess writes songs that tell stories – about women and men, life and death, work and play; the adventures of the real and the imaginary sure to make you laugh and cry. Jess is a singer-songwriter who is steadily building a name for herself in roots and folk music at home and away. Accompanied by acoustic guitar Jess’s style has been likened to that of the classic names of the 1970s but with her own easily distinguishable voice. Songs are peppered with influence from British Folk music as well as country, folk and blues from across the Atlantic.

Check out her music here http://www.jessmorgan.co.uk/

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