Mixing elements together to make gold is called alchemy right? In which case I think alchemy is the right word to describe Kevin and Kelly’s music.
Two individually great musicians come together to form a truly wonderful act.
Come to think of it, as I’m already using the word, I think alchemy is a good way to describe their music too. Superb song writing meets flawless performance and harmonies that make your toes curl. Coming together to create truly golden songs.
Their EP ‘Acoustic Sessions 1’ has been on regular rotation in our car’s CD player since we picked up a copy at Folk East in the summer following their stunning set on the main stage.
I'm very excited that there’s at least two more volumes of the Acoustic Sessions to look forward to!
Personally I cant wait to hear more.
You can here some of their music right now by clicking on the videos below. Recorded live from their beautiful set a couple of weeks ago at the Benhall Candlelit Concert 2016.
Do you enjoy richly developed songwriting delivered with genuine passion and great skill? of course you do. Therefore you should check out the music made by Charlie Law.
Like many of the local singer-songwriters around Suffolk, I first encountered Charlie at an open mic a couple of years ago. I was mesmerised by his performance and very moved by his song ‘Who Made Heaven’ which stayed with me for a long time. In fact I still wake up humming it sometimes. Such a great song.
Charlie has managed to achieve that which many of us singer-songwriters aim for. His music is engaging and memorable, whist at the same time tackling important and challenging issues such as prejudice, religion (Who Made Heaven) and depression (My Black Dog). An artist of considerable range, he has also written some fantastic, tow-tapping sing along songs such as ‘broken campervan’ a firm favourite among many followers of the Suffolk music scene.
Sadly for us Charlie is moving to London soon and so will be out and about around Suffolk less often. So I recommend you check his music out at the earliest possible moment.
All the best in London Charlie, I’m looking forward to hearing what comes next!
You can connect with Charlie Law on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/mrcharlielaw
Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/mrcharlielaw
And Twitter here: https://twitter.com/mrcharlielaw
As I’ve said quite a few times now, the Suffolk music scene is absolutely bursting at the seams with talent. In my opinion one of the brightest lights among these talents is Folk Singer-Songwriter Tilly Dalglish.
Like all great lyricists, Tilly writes lyrics which are akin to poems and could be enjoyed as such. Her words are crammed with insight and commentary on everything from politics to the human condition. The fact that they are sung beautifully by Tilly when she puts them to music elevates them even further and makes for truly magical songs.
I was fortunate enough to be among the spell bound audience for her recent concept set ‘War In Words’ on The SoapBox Stage at Folk East a couple of weeks ago, which Tilly wrote and performed with the equally talented Singer-Songwriter Sam McKie. Tilly and Sam’s voices work fantastically together and their writing styles blend together to create moving and insightful music. Anna and I were delighted to have been among the lucky few who got hold of the hand made album which Tilly and Sam produced specifically for this event. I think there were only 16 of them made. However if it’s made available to download or if a second run of CDs is produced I strongly recommend you give it a listen. Or more specifically quite a few listens, because there is much to be discovered in the lyrics as well as to be experienced in the music. War In Words is well worth dedicating some serious time to.
I feel very privileged to have seen Tilly perform a few times now, and I’m excited to experience the music she will be creating in the future. Until then ‘War In Words’ will be a main stay on my iPod for some time to come.
Tilly is heading of to York soon, so if you’re Suffolk based check her out when you get the chance (She is performing at a fundraiser for Suffolk Mind at The John Peel Centre on November 26th) or if you’re Yorkshire based, keep an eye out as I’m sure Tilly will be lighting up your music scene soon too!
You can connect with Tilly Dalglish’s music on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Tillysmusic
or on Bandcamp here: http://tillydalglish.bandcamp.com/releases
It’s been a tough few months, but there’s been some wonderful musical highlights too.
My health has been bad the last three months or so and that’s been restricting what I can do. So it’s been a while since I was last out busking. That’s going to change today though as I head out to Stowmarket to busk for the first time in ages. It may sound strange but I’m quite nervous, however I’m sure that once I’m set up and in the swing of things I’l enjoy it as much as I always do. After all, it’s a beautiful sunny day here in Suffolk.
I’ve been using some of the time that my health has confined me to home to get some writing done. I tend to be good at coming up with tunes and ideas but not so good at the crafting of a song into a finished article. Therefore I’ve had a bunch of half finished songs hanging around for a while. I took the opportunity presented by being virtually house-bound to finally finish some of these songs. I don't mind telling you all that I’m very excited about them.
Having given some thought as to what to do with these songs, I’ve also been dreaming of/planning for some future music projects. So hopefully I’ll be recording some new music before the end of the year. Good times!
I had to cancel one show, in Leeds, due to my poor health but otherwise I’ve been keeping up with my gigs. Even though it often meant days of recovery afterwards. I have to say a huge thank you to my wife Anna and to my band, Jon, Fern, Sam and Oli for carrying me through live shows and giving me such excellent support in my music making. Thanks guys!
My band and I were fortunate enough to perform on The SoapBox stage at Folk East this year and it was out-of-this-world fantastic. Amy Wragg and her SoapBox team do a wonderful job creating a wonderful vibe for this stage. I loved every moment of it and discovered even more amazing local musicians and poets. I’m constantly amazed by how much talent there is out there. I’ll hopefully be writing more about some of the acts I’ve discovered in future blog posts.
In other news, I’m also branching out into London, trying to get more gigs in our capital. So if you’re London based then keep an eye on my Facebook page etc for news of upcoming shows.
See you out there!
It’s been a great start to 2016 for my music making. I launched my album ‘Savour Life: Live at The John Peel Centre’ about a week ago and I have been overwhelmed by the response to it. Thank you to all the people who came out to celebrate its release with us and to the many people who helped me make it!
Two things I’ve learnt from peoples’ responses to the album is that firstly, people seem to be really enjoying it (woohoo!) and secondly, people seem to mostly listen to CDs in their cars these days. Maybe there’s life left in CDs yet.
For me, playing live is what it’s all about and I’ve been fortunate enough to have played quite a few gigs recently. I have some exciting shows coming up in 2016 including headline slots at The Cult Cafe in Ipswich on the 10th of June and at The Fisher Theatre in Bungay on the 18th of August. Hopefully I’ll see some of you at these.
Highlights of 2016 so far include Oliver Arditi joining Jon, Fern, Sam and me in our band of friends on bass. We had our first practice together yesterday and it sounded so great! I feel like my dream lineup is one more step towards being complete.
I also got to play at the party to launch Honey and The Bear's superb EP ‘About Time’ which was a really beautiful evening, once again reminding me how very fortunate I am to be a part of the wonderful local music scene there is here in Suffolk.
I’ve also gotten really into busking (or street performing) this year. I’ve enjoyed busking in a few places around Suffolk and also in Paris on our recent trip there! Busking has been a real revelation for me. It’s not something I would have ever really considered before, but once again, having been inspired by Lior Shoov, I gave it a go and have been loving it. Watching people smile as they walk past, giving me the feeling that I am spreading a little bit of joy through my music, makes life worth living. I’m getting my music out there by taking it to where people already are.
I’ll be busking around Suffolk this summer and I may even expand it to busking around Britain, watch this space as they say!
Thank you all for your continued love, support and encouragement. See you out there.
Lucy Sampson and Jon Hart, aka Honey and The Bear, were two of the first people I met when I ventured out onto the local music scene here in Suffolk back in 2013.
They have both had huge impacts on my music making. At the time Lucy was running a wonderful open mic at The Castle Inn in Framingham. She had played at the first ever open mic I went to (The Suffolk Songwriter’s open mic at The Steamboat in Ipswich) and I was stunned by her soulful voice and moving honest songwriting, so when she invited me along to The Castle Inn it was a no brainer, I was going to be there.
At her open mic Lucy had created a warm and welcoming environment for musicians to come and share their works and it was in the context of this that I first met Jon. The place was packed and Jon took a seat next to me and chatted to me like we were old friends. I liked him instantly and when he got up to perform I was left with my jaw on the floor by Jon's renditions of his songs, Sailor’s Daughter and Wristburner (still two of my favourites). Jon mentioned that he had just put out a CD entitled Level With Me and I snapped it up. I listened to that album on repeat (along with James Morgan’s Knights Of The Road) all of that summer and even today Jon’s music always makes me feel like it’s a sunny day, no matter what the weather is really like.
So when I found out that they were going to start playing together as Honey and The Bear I was an instant fan, even before I’d heard them play!
The thing I love most about watching Honey and The Bear play is that they are clearly having as much fun as the audience are. Their on stage chemistry is as beautiful and mesmerising as their harmonies are. As an audience member you can feel the love in their music. They are clearly writing and performing from a pure place of passion for their art. Every time I have seen them play it has felt like a once in a lifetime, not to be missed moment.
I hope it’s not too long before they put out some recordings so that I can carry their joyful music with me wherever I go.
You can check out their website here
And connect with them on Facebook here or on Twitter here.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about why I make music and what music making means to me.
As many of you reading this probably know, I’ve been struggling with long term health problems for close to eight years now. I have very little capacity for doing things and yet I find myself making music with what little capacity I have left. This tells me that music is very important to me, something I don't think I would have realised had I not fallen ill.
The question I’m pondering now is: why is music so important to me? What’s it all about?
Without realising it, I think we are all to some extent products of the society we live in. So, although I would have probably denied it, I think I came into music making with a few preconceptions about what it is that are programmed into us by our society. For example: it’s only for young people, it’s about ‘making it’ (whatever that means!), getting a record contract, being popular, making albums and getting paid.
I wont bore you by unpacking each of those things, I’ll just say that I think they are all rubbish (for me, I’m not saying they shouldn't be important to others).
I have been realising more and more recently that, for me, music is about making connections with people and sharing my thoughts, emotions and stories. It’s about the moment, creating something in a unique point of time. Each and every time we make music it is an end onto itself and not a ‘stepping stone’ to somewhere else. It’s about living life, expressing ourselves, connecting, sharing and most of all having fun!
Now that I realise those things I have different aims and ideas in my head about where to go next.
I had a fantastic time recording my live album at The John Peel Centre with some amazing friends (friends I have made through music!). It was a wonderful evening, one that I will remember forever. That’s what it’s all about!
It was a truly life affirming experience to share my music with the people who came out to be there on the night. I’m looking forward to sharing the recordings early next year too. It is my hope that through the recordings, I’ll be able to connect with many more people who couldn't be there on the night. That’s what it’s all about.
I’m excited to be a part of such a brilliant, vibrant and friendly music scene here in Suffolk, I’ve met so many amazing people and heard so many beautiful songs and striking voices. Just in little old Suffolk. There really is so much talent out there. I’m having so much fun, and like I said, that’s what it’s all about.
Now that the live album is recorded and being mixed, I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to make it out more to share my music. In the run up to the recording all my capacity was being poured into preparing for the evening at The John Peel Centre. Now I can go to some of the excellent Open Mic nights there are around here, play more ‘gigs’ and go and busk (though the cold weather may put a stop to that one soon!)
I’m excited to get out and live life. That’s what music is all about.
I normally write about the wonderful musicians we have in Suffolk, but this time I'd really like to share about an artist who has had a great impact upon me from a longer distance: Lior Shoov
The last time I felt this all consumed with a musical artist was back in the 1990’s when my brother Ian and my best friend StrHead (aka Daniel) introduced me to Metallica. A strange comparison to make I know, given their vastly different musical styles, but back in the 90’s Metallica first inspired me to pick up a guitar (I’d had no previous interest in music) and Lior Shoov’s music could have an even greater impact on me still.
I remember spending every waking moment obsessed with Metallica. Much like a drug addict I was ether listening to Metallica or thinking about, and planning for, the next time I would listen to them. Their music grabbed me, shook me, and set me on another path.
I have loved a great many musicians’ work since then, Pearl Jam and Paul Simon spring to mind as first among them, but this is the first time I’ve felt revolutionarily impacted by an artiest’s music since those days of playing ‘Ride The lightning’ on repeat 24/7.
A few months ago friend shared a video on Facebook of Lior Shoov performing. There was something about the pure honesty of her performance that drew me in and I have spent much of the weeks in-between watching all the videos of her work posted on line and listening to all the music she has shared so far.
I soon realised that this is the kind of music I want to make. I don't mean copying her style and ‘sound’ but instead being as free and present in my performances as Lior is in hers. I have always believed that music is about connecting with people and sharing stories, thought and emotions. I believe open and real performances like Lior’s are the best way to do that.
Many musicians are obsessed with a kind of mathematical perfection in their performances (and there’s nothing wrong with that, it takes all kinds) but what I love about Lior’s work is that it feels so fresh and real. Like you’re truly glimpsing her soul and personality when she shares her sounds. Even as a remote viewer watching a video online I felt as though I was witnessing something real actually unfold before me as Lior plays. I plan to be in the audience for real soon.
I’m a long way from being able to perform like that my self, but I have realised that it is performances like those that I want to produce.
You can connect with Lior Shoov’s music on:
her website by clicking here:
her wonderful videos on Vimeo by clicking here:
and her Facebook page by clicking here:
Author: Keith Sadler
I want to share my music-making journey with you, as well as my experience of the amazing local music scene here in Suffolk.