This four-track EP showcases Tomos Lewis’ exceptional vocals, fiery guitar skills and sweetly sensitive hook-filled tunes. It is an EP to sway, dream, smile and weep to.
After leaving home at 17 years old to work at the foot of the Snowdonian Mountains in Dolgellau he found there was very little to do – that was until he was given a Washburn guitar with 3 strings at the end of one summer. Thankfully he qualified to six strings by Christmas and went on to learn from as many local musicians as possible in exchange for a sofa to sleep on and if they were lucky a few beers too.
At 22 he did some recording in the national folk centre Siamas in Dolgellau with Welsh producer Dyl Mei. He played a fully formed set of originals to an applauding audience and thus his solo career began. Tomos, now aged 26 and living in Cardiff, signed to Still Small Voice Records in 2011 after producers Gethin John and Jonathan Powell heard him play at a local festival. They were so impressed with his soaring vocals that they invited him to begin recording soon after.
Melodic hooks, sweet harmonies and alt county/folk twangs – Tomos Lewis is worthy of joining such greats as Ryan Adams and Bon Iver in the beautiful sounds country club.
“Tomos Lewis, mines lilting folk melodies similar to Irish balladeer Damien rice. The amiable singer’s voice soars on these introspective tunes.” – Big Issue
‘My Friend Marx’ is the debut album from Irish folk-blues artist Marc O’Reilly. Its release has been greeted with much acclaim in his native Ireland and received extensive national media, radio and TV exposure with Marc been strongly tipped to follow artists like James Vincent McMorrow and Villagers as Irelands international breakthrough artist of 2012.
The video for his first single, ‘My Friend Marx’, won the Best Music Video at the DareMedia Underground Short Film Festival Awards in 2011.
Marc was invited to open for John Grant on his recent Irish Tour and his song ‘Family Reunion’ was chosen by ISCA as their ‘PLAY Irish’ song for Dec’11.
Marc’s album ranges from US and UK inspired folk ‘n’ blues to African percussive rhythms. His roots may lie in Ireland and France, but Marc’s sound rests somewhere between the American-influenced folk-blues of Peter Green and contemporaries such as Ray LaMontagne. Marc is gaining a reputation as a spellbinding live performer and his musical journey has seen him play across different continents with gigs in Europe the US and Australia in 2011.
2012 will kick of with UK dates in February followed by a trip to Toronto in March for some gigs as part of Canadian Music Week.
“A remarkable debut ” Hot Press Magazine
“ A classy debut ” Dan Hegarty (2FM)
Kristy Gallacher is a singer/songwriter from Coventry. I was impressed with her new video of a song called ‘Fending off the Frost’ and thought I would share it with you below…
Kristy signed to the independent record label, Broken Player Records (www.brokenplayerrecords.com) in 2008 and each release since have been on the label. Kristy regularly performs on the acoustic circuit to sell out audiences across the UK and has supported Scott Matthews, Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), Ed Sheeran, I Am Kloot’s John Bramwell, Miles and Erica (Wonderstuff) Mark Morriss (Bluetones), Nerina Pallot, Polly Paulusma and Nizlopi.
In May 2010 Kristy won the LG Arena’s singer/songwriter competition and played before Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and John Mayer on separate nights at the LG Arena in Birmingham. Subsequent to the competition win, Kristy was invited back to the LG Arena’s Forum live to play before Paul Weller. The title track of Kristy’s 2008 debut album ‘Emotional Gun’ has been selected for the British Library Project which achieves significant new music. In 2009 Kristy’s first live CD was recorded (by Nova Music) at the historic Troubadour, Earls Court, London. Kristy has formal musical training with a degree in Music Composition gained at Coventry University.
Already firmly established on the Australian festival circuit, Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson have arrived in the UK and Europe to entertain audiences with their foot stomping blend of hill country and delta blues that is given a startling and exciting new direction with Cara’s Irish roots. As well as showcasing songs from their critically acclaimed album ‘Beauty and the Beast’ the charismatic duo will be performing a wealth of new material enhancing their reputation as one of the best live blues acts around. Both artists live their music, giving it a gritty and genuine warmth. Their lives and musical backgrounds were half a planet apart until they met and forged a unique musical partnership. The ‘wild man’ of Australian blues, Fitz hails from Queensland, plays guitar and banjo whilst singing the blues with a huge physical presence that harks back generations to the blues greats like Son House and Charley Patton. Not to be outdone, Cara plays drums, flute, washboard and whistles as well as singing. Whilst pulling her Irish roots into the mix she also lends her love of old time swing to their compositions. Their own songs and tunes are crafted by them both to produce a sound totally original yet firmly rooted in many traditions that evokes raw and powerful emotions.