Our most booked performer at the club and usually the most requested. Mike Scott became a ‘certain age’ earlier this year and still continues to write and perform with his brilliant wit and funny take on life. Not all of it is funny though, Mike writes some very serious, thought provoking and moving stuff. We can’t wait to have him back.
Ash Mandrake is one of the most exciting and original acts on the circuit today. Impossible to pigeon-hole, his act incorporates music, loop machines, stories and comedy. He designed his own double- necked guitar, his hats and his costumes. This is folk rock, but many other styles are also used. He has been described as imaginative; an incredibly skilled musician and songwriter; as unique, brave, and completely naturalistic.He is an independent spirit who has built a tiny business from doing things that come naturally. He lives on the road in vehicles and he tours constantly. He started touring back in 2008. He took three seats out of his Nissan Micra, put a futon in; and managed to do 137 gigs all over the UK, before driving it into the ground (he’s on vehiclenumber five now). He moved out of bricks and mortar in Feb 2012. He describes his approach as the antithesis of X Factor – it involves putting one foot in front of the other, bare foot if necessary. If you really mean it, you’ll find shoes along the way.This eclectic artist has released several CDs of his work, the latest being twin releases in 2014 – “Barons and Bananas” and “Wizards And Kings”. However, it’s almost impossible to catch the true sensation of Ash in full flow except in live performance.
In support this week…..
Dr. Zebo’s Wheezy Club
When you put two old folkies together with a seasoned jazz bassist you get the Wheezy Club. One minute you arein the 1930s with an old Ellington swing number and then you are listening to a traditional Irish fiddle tune (there may have been a Tom Waits song squeezed in between!)This friendly trio create great, foot-tapping music – they are fantastic in pubs, brilliant at wedding receptions, but so far are untried at tupperware parties (but game).
A very welcome return to Rob, without doubt one of the finest singer / songwriters to ever grace our club. Having performed here solo, as a duo and a 4 piece band, this time it’s full on 5 piece band.
As a performer, Rob’s passion and self-penned emotionally driven songs have helped him provide recent touring support to Ian McCulloch, Mark Morris and Amy Wadge as well as a growing catalogue of live sessions on national and independent radio.
Also, as a song writer Rob has recently been sought after to write for X-Factor finalist Katie Waissel’s new band and Spanish ‘emo’ artist Alen Seed. He has also written four new songs for a new musical film release by Tornado Films entitled ‘Rain’.
Prior to Rob’s solo career, he has toured the UK and Europe, including a residency at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, has played Wembley arena and has supported Dodgy, The Mystery Jets, Hayseed Dixie and Bernard Butler.
Let it go is Rob’s new debut 12 track album released last year, 2013. The album was mixed and co-produced by Richard Thomson’s Grammy nominated producer Simon Tassano and has received praise from the great man himself!
Taking the support slot this week is local lad Eddie Witcombe, a fine guitarist and singer / songwriter.
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.
If 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 .
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.
Well 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!
Well, 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’
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!