What an gorgeous gig at Tower of Song on Sunday night. Briga is an artist I met long ago in Montreal, playing violin for the amazing Amanda Mabro. It was so nice to be able to welcome her to Birmingham to play at our little venue and she is an astounding performer. Recipient of the Stingray Rising Star Award, and nominee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Québec’s ADISQ awards, and the Juno Awards her songs are half instrumental, half written in French and English, of which all are accompanied by her fervent violin firmly rooted in eastern European and Romani folk sounds learned from the days her father played the piano to put the children to sleep. Accompanied by brilliant double bass player Bradley Blackwell who according to Briga learned the set effortlessly! Considering the complicated nature of the set, that’s pretty amazing!
What an amazing Lazy Sunday we have for you on January 31st! Grammy Award nominee Amy Wadge and young genius troubadour Luke Jackson.
Amy Wadge, is one of the UK’s most prolific contemporary songwriters.
Over recent years, she has accumulated numerous cuts with emerging artists such as Lewis Watson, (Warner), Shannon Saunders, (Caroline) and Cyril Hahn, (PMR). She is currently co-writing with both new and established talent alike including; Janelle Monáe, Birdy, Keith Urban, Ms. Dynamite, Aquilo, Zak Abel, Dua Lipa, Aston Merrygold, Mahalia, Thomas J Speight and many more.
Amy’s most notable success to date comes from her long established writing partnership with, Ed Sheeran.
Thinking Out Loud, was the third single from Ed’s second album, the triple Grammy nominated, X, (Multiply). It went to No. 1 in the UK chart in November 2014 after spending 19 weeks in the Top 40, breaking the record for the longest ever ascent to the peak position. The track went platinum later that month and returned to the No. 1 spot for a second time in December 2014. It also held the No. 1 position for five weeks in Australia where it achieved triple platinum sales as well as topping the charts in many other territories.
Luke is a young Roots Singer/Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. With a bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a confident and captivating live performer. He was also winner of Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year 2014”
Over the past few years he has steadily been developing a reputation for himself in the Folk & Roots circuits either through his solo shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Show of Hands, Steve Knightley, Martyn Joseph, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady, Glen Tilbrook, Sarah Jarosz and Lucy Ward
He has also completed two short tours of Scotland, which this year included playing at both the highly regarded Belladrum and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
This month our special guests are three amazing Scottish songwriters Rosie Bans, Anna Mac, and Mike Nisbit! This is going to be a very special night full of witty banter and amazing songs! After seeing them on the Ginger w/ Attitude tour earlier in the year, I am so pleased to be able to hosting this amazing group of songwriters at Tower of Song!
Yay! The next instalment of my Lazy Sundays Songwriter Series will be the amazing Yvonne Lyon! We are so lucky to be able to host her on her UK tour performing and promoting her perfect new album These Small Rebellions!
If you haven’t heard her before, “singer/songwriter Yvonne Lyon is among the best and brightest talent currently emerging from Scotland. Her new album, More Than Mine combines poignant lyrics with strong, creative melodies demonstrating a voice that can be both fragile and intense. She has consistently drawn and stirred crowds across the UK with her emotive performances.
Yvonne has shared the stage with the likes of Patti Griffin, Karine Polwart, Luka Bloom, Steve Forbert and toured the UK with Juliet Turner.
Most recently Yvonne secured a position on BBC Radio Scotland’s playlist with her new single The Coffee Song as well as being nominated songwriter of the the week.
Sunday, October 20th
8pm-10pm(doors at 7:30)
Tower of Song, 107 Pershore Rd S, Birmingham B30 3JX
Can’t wait to see you! Please support live music and one of the best small venues in the UK, Tower of Song!! x
A few months back, I played a gig at a lovely venue in Cotteridge called Tower of Song. It was a true listening environment and amazing people running the place. I’m so happy to say that they’ve said yes to a bi-monthly (for now) Sunday songwriter gig there! Our first amazing artist has been confirmed as Emily Baker, one of my song writing heroes. I first saw her perform at the illustrious Ginglik, at one of the best singer/songwriter nights in London, vetted and booked by Amity Hill. There have been only a few people in my life that made me tear up the first time I saw them perform, and Emily is one.
Here’s what people are saying about Emily’s new record All at Sea…
Q Magazine **** ‘Within minimal enhancement…she sings and strums about fragile lives and loves with the directness of a stripped back Aimee Mann’
Acoustic Magazine ‘a masterclass in restrained acoustic balladry…’.
Don’t miss this amazing gig!
Buy tickets in advance and save £1 each! Advance £5, Concessions £4, Door £6
*Please note that tickets are not refundable, but if for some reason you cannot make the gig, feel free to sell the ticket on and let me know so I have their name at the door! ! x