RIP DAVE SWARBRICK

The English folk musician, singer-songwriter and mult-instrumentalist Dave Swarbrick has died — 3 June 2016. Swarbrick is most famous for his work with Fairport Convention [1969-1984] and, in particular, the innovative Liege and Lief album (1969) which featured the vocal talents of Sandy Denny and kick-started the electric folk movement. Born in New Malden, Surrey, the family…

LIZA MARSHALL Live in Staines

The country-music songwriter and guitarist Ray Peters usually fronts-up the talented Smokey Turtle Band with the excellent Dean Barnes on guitar and Hannah Cope on bass. But last night the good folks at Staines’s first-class Riverside Club were treated to the honeyed mellifluence of LIZA MARSHALL on vocals. Liza’s voice is remarkable — husky with…

SWEET REVENGE Rock the Surrey Young Superstar Awards Show

A Lingfield, Surrey indie rock four-piece band (now based in Guildford and studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music) calling themselves “Sweet Revenge” delivered a superior performance at the Surrey Young Superstars Award this year, held at the upscale Guildford Harbour hotel on Sunday, May 8th. The young band won a contest organized by the Academy…

SKINDRED Share Secrets of Survival for Students of Surrey ACM

SKINDRED SHARE SECRETS OF SURVIVAL FOR STUDENTS OF SURREY SKINDRED’S frontman Benji Webbe and guitarist Mikey Demus dropped into Guildford’s ACM (Academy Of Contemporary Music) in Surrey to talk to the students about how best to endure and deliver in the music business. They also played a special acoustic set. Formed in 1998, SKINDRED have…

ACM Guildford Announce Freddie Mercury Scholarship

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is a music academy located in Guildford, Surrey in England. The Academy was the brainchild of Phil Brookes, a guitar tutor from nearby Woking, Surrey who established the institution in 1995 with the aim of bringing music education and the music industry closer together. The school differs from more…

STEVE WHALLEY Live in Staines

Watching Steve Whalley perform is like having all your anxieties and emotions torn from you and tossed into the wind — like confetti — then patiently and kindly stuck back together, with paste and water, by the good-hearted musician himself, on mandolin and guitar. He is the master of cathartic liberation — not hokey or…

KAT & CO live at Staines Riverside Club

KAT & CO introduce their audience to an expressive musical style… reminiscent of the Blues tradition — for example, they employ cigar box guitar, washboard, shakers etc — but they also focus on the gradual transition of the blues by developing something that is far more sophisticated and is, very obviously, ‘night-club ready.’ Their songs…

SANDY DENNY — New Collection of Acoustic Songs

The incredible English folk singer SANDY DENNY was the silky voice of FAIRPORT CONVENTION during their Liege and Lief emergence in 1968-9 – this was the album that launched folk rock and re-energated the English folk movement. Lady Alexandra Elene MacLean Lucas [Sandy Denny] was also a proficient songwriter and pianist who worked with British…

BONAMASSA to Salute the Great British Blues Explosion — Special Concerts for UK Fans — TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 29 JAN

The Superstar American blues rock musician JOE BONAMASSA will pay tribute to the legends of British Blues in a wonderful live tribute concert series titled JOE BONAMASSA IN CONCERT: A SALUTE TO THE BRITISH BLUES EXPLOSION. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be an honest and thrilling homage to the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and…