4:00pm Sunday 8th April 2012
NEVER ones to stand still, Brewery Blues present four brand new debutant performances of the area's favourite live music showcase.
Headliners the O.D's are a six-piece Blues band from West London who draw their influences from the heritage that that part of the world had on the great British Blues boom of yesteryear. The name stands for 'Open D' which is the guitar tuning favoured by many original Blues artists including their hero - Josh White. The band's debut album Grand Union Connection, which features a wealth of original material penned by band members Brian Reeves and Mike Nicholson is named after the waterway which runs through their native Brentford connecting London with Birmingham.
Jack McNeil and Charlie Heys have a well-known idiosyncratic approach to folk music and song writing that has earned them an enviable reputation as two of the most exciting, heartfelt and challenging musicians around. Their first two albums on Fellside Recordings, Light Up All the Beacons and The Northern Road followed their achievement as Finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards. Their fresh and compelling sound is inspiring audiences up and down the length of the country.
Anomaly describe themselves as acoustic country/soft rock built principally around the talents of songwriters John Cook and Mike O'Neil, who have been penning their own material for many, many years. Their latest album's title track Room at the Top is about the aspirations surrounding the penthouse suite at the former Hill Paul factory building in central Stroud. Another local landmark the Painswick Beacon is also featured in their repertoire. The line-up is completed by Clare Found (vocals), Dave Smith (harmonica), Mervyn Cave (Keys), Tony Morris (drums) and Mike Davis on Bass - a very well accomplished and respected line-up.
And Dominic Lunn a 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Cirencester has been writing songs since the age of 10. He recently made the finals of the Stroud Undiscovered project. And is kind of what Brewery Blues is all about - giving the area's talent a credible venue to play. His influences are varied and include Angus and Julian Stone, Ben Howard, James Vincent McMorrow and Lindisfarne.
Brewery Blues, New Brewery Arts, Friday, April 13, 7.45pm - 11pm+
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