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Georgia Lewis is an up-and-coming folk singer with a penchant for taking well-worn ballads and adding a little spice!  She is a fine singer, both with the band and unaccompanied, and she also plays the accordion.  She is joined onstage by Felix Miller (guitar) & Rowan Piggott (5-string fiddle & harmony vocals) and together they are garnering attention on the English folk/ acoustic scene with their signature panache!

She has already played some great sets at last year’s Village Pump festival and at this year’s Bradford Roots Festival, together with floor spots in Devizes and Seend Acoustic.

The clarity of her voice and choice of material combined with her extrovert personality and stage presence is a winning formula.

http://www.georgialewis.co.uk/

Support will be from Club favourite Phil Deverall, fresh from his appearance two weeks ago with Wessex Contraband.  This time solo with guitar and banjo, delivering some beautifully crafted songs.Georgia_Lewis_Friends_2


Wessex ContrabandIf you want to hear a unique, exciting band who can get the audience going from the very first tune, or perhaps play a thoughtful travelling song, or a well-known Irish drinking song, then you should get along to hear Wessex Contraband.

Wessex Contraband are led by local favourite Phil Deverall, together with Carmen Tunney and Jane Jameson.  Phil is a mellow, competent folk singer, often seen lurking at local folk clubs and festivals. He plays guitar, banjo, melodeon and bodhran, and is half of the lead vocal.  Carmen is a classically-trained violinist and is leader of the Trowbridge Symphony Orchestra.   She plays fiddle, whistle and mandolin, and has been known to sing backing when she can be persuaded.  Jane plays guitar, accordion and percussion, and is the other half of the lead vocal.  She sings blues, soul, jazz and country with various friends in her spare time.  Between the three of them they pump out an acoustic mixture of traditional tunes, popular Irish songs and the occasional Bluegrass song, not to mention a good smattering of low-class humour.

They are quirky and like to stamp their feet a lot, and are very popular in the local pub scene, not to mention ceilidhs, Irish nights and any general knees-up.  You can always be sure of a lively night with plenty of foot tapping and good humour.

They have released two CDs – “The Raking Of The Moon“, which has 11 lively songs and tunes, and “Quare Bungle Rye“, which is a mixture of Irish songs, a few tunes ,some acapella singing and even the odd Morris tune .

http://www.myspace.com/wessexcontraband

Support acts:

Robert Bowden, from Trowbridge, started young in the music business. By 17 he was signed to Sony Records, but decided that was not the right direction for him. He is an excellent singer/ songwriter, with an incredible voice, playing both guitar and piano.

Sherena Dugani, who is also local, wrote and performed the soundtrack to the movie Saving Grace. She is a great singer and guitarist.


Geoff- colour publicity shotWell with a name like Lakeman you’d be forgiven for thinking he might be related to Seth, Sean and Sam!  And you’d be right, he’s their Dad and we’re delighted to have him visit Seend for the first time!

GEOFF LAKEMAN, a Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor in Devon for 37 years, has been described as ” a stalwart of the west country folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty.”
He’s the dad of  of Seth, Sean and Sam Lakeman, all of whom are nationally and internationally renowned as performers.They began playing as children in a family band with Geoff and their violinist mum, Joy.
Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs self-written and west country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers,the Louvin Brothers,
Richard Thompson  and Randy Newman. He’s also one of the few to play 1920’s/ 30’s jazz on an authentic 1920’s instrument.
Support this week comes from local legend and stalwart Pete Stearn.

yirdbirdsWell, is there any other way to welcome in the new year at Seend Acoustic Club. Just as they did in 2013 & 2014, these lovely and popular Wiltshire folk will be the opening act of the new season.  No doubt promoting their new album about Imber too!

The Yirdbards lead singer Paul Darby first came to prominence in the early ‘70s as one half of the duo Windfall, and over the ensuing years he used his musical talent to raise thousands of pounds for Greenpeace. In the ‘80s he became frontman for the R&B band the Dubious Brothers, but has more recently returned to his love of acoustic music. ‘I sing’ he says, ‘because it gives me pleasure. With The Yirdbards’ line up of cello and acoustic guitars, there’s more space for intimacy and subtlety. It’s more intricate. I just hope that people will be moved by our music in some way’Jamie Hawkins

Joining us to do the opening support slot is another local favourite Jamie R Hawkins displaying some of the finest songwriting and vocals we’ve ever seen at the club! Great start to the year!

 


Wildwood KinHere’s something new and exciting for you. This trio of females from Exeter (2 sisters and their cousin) will blow you away. The most stunning harmonies interspersed with lovely guitar and great rhythm from the cajon. Andy & Malc saw these quite by accident at another venue and booked them on the spot. They’re that good!

Support this week from Is You Is, fronted by local top musician Graham Ball.


Mike ScottKeeping up his reign as the most booked performer at Seend Acoustic Club, our old friend and everyone’s favourite Grandad returns to the top slot with a whole heap of new material as well as all his old classic singalong tunes. Prepare to weep, laugh and quite positively wet yourself!


ThornbridgeA welcome return for this fine trio who last appeared here in January 2011.

Thornbridge simply make beautiful music, taking inspiration from the folk song tradition throughout the British Isles as well as more contemporary sources. They write and arrange their own songs too. They’ve appeared at clubs and festivals from Minehead to Grimsby and Swanage to Penrith.  The line-up of Barbara and Andy Rusbridge and Guy Hawthorn bring three quite different voices together to make a distinctive “Thornbridge” sound that is rich and complex, injecting new life into old songs with expression, subtle harmony and gentle instrumentation.  si Barron

Support act this week is Si Barron.

Si Barron is a folk singer, songwriter, and superb self-taught musician based in Somerset. He has a deep relationship with English traditional music and a gift for turning time-honoured melodies into foot stomping anthems on guitar, dulcimer or pedal organ.

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