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Hello, as winter comes closer we decided  there’s nothing better than  some warming music to help you through November, first up on November 19th our guest is Jim Moray.

For 15 years Jim Moray has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of folk song and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was always Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way. His sixth album Upcetera heralds a new chapter for the producer and has received the best reviews of his career, including five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines. He has also found the time to contribute three new songs to BBC Dr Who spin-off show Class, and launched his own Low Culture Podcast. His latest album Upcetera is the singer, musician and producer’s sixth album, the making of which he describes as being like “learning to do it all again from scratch”. It’s an album of stories. Some of these songs, such as opening track Fair Margaret And Sweet William, first noted in 1411, are hundreds of years old. Others, like the self-penned Sounds Of Earth, written about the gold record curated by Carl Sagan and placed on the Voyager spacecraft, are brand new. Upcetera places the narrative element of these songs centre stage, with Jim’s supple soaring vocal leading the listener by the hand through ancient and modern tales.

The very next day on November 20th and hailing from the wild and beautiful northern shores of Cornwall it’s a first visit for Winter Mountain + support Adam Sweet
Winter Mountain blends powerful melodies, an extraordinary voice and heartfelt lyrics in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording, when the emphasis fell on the importance of the live performance and the essence of the song.

Recently, Winter Mountain have opened for Seal, Guy Garvey of Elbow ​
Fleet Foxes, Richard Thompson, and have toured as support with Rosanne Cash, Patty Griffin, Leann Rhimes, Sara & Sean Watkins, Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman and many more.

The spring ’17 full band headline tour was received incredibly well all over the UK with calling Winter Mountains London show ‘a night of exceptional music from a blistering, shimmering 4 piece comprised of exemplary musicians who recreate and re-energise the soulful, folk-rock songs from the extraordinary albums that have won Winter Mountain so much acclaim ★★★★★’.

In November ’16 Winter Mountain released his highly anticipated and critically acclaimed second album ‘I Swear I Flew’ (‘Accomplished and hugely enjoyable, ​this is a record one can recommend unconditionally’ ★★★★★Rock N’ Reel
A solo acoustic tour of Ireland and the UK opening for Ben Ottewell (Lead singer of Gomez), and headline shows and festival appearances across Ireland and the UK lie ahead of the national Autumn ’17 tour.
Support Adam Sweet2017 has seen Adam release “Take Your Time” – a 5 track EP that presents Adam’s latest material in a stripped back acoustic format that perfectly captures the essence of his acclaimed one-man shows. The EP, performed and produced solely by Adam, features material co-written with his long-standing writing partner Steve Black, as well as a track written with founder member of Level 42, Boon Gould.
“Adam Sweet’s one of those undiscovered talents that, if there were any justice, would have been swept up by Jools Holland’s researchers long ago.” – ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE
“He is simply among the most original and visionary young musicians currently on the cusp of widespread discovery” – ALAN CACKETT
“We urge you to check this out!” – GUITAR TECHNIQUES MAGAZINE
“Adam’s gift is timeless, and his is the sort of voice you’ll want to live with, the sort that’ll only get deeper and stronger as the years wear on.” – THE BLUES MAGAZINE

And yes this run of music is so good we’ve kept it going when on  November 21st our guests are the amazing Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi
Guy Davis once said, “I like antiques and old things, old places, that still have the dust of those who’ve gone before us lying upon them.”  Blowing that dust off just enough to see its beauty is something Guy has excelled at for over twenty years of songwriting and performing.  It’s no wonder his reverence for the music of the Blues Masters who’ve gone before him has been evident in every album he’s ever recorded or concert he’s given.

Guy has had his musical storytelling influenced by artists like Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy, and his musicality from artists as diverse as Lightnin’ Hopkins and Babatunde Olatunji.  However, there’s one man that Guy most credits for his harmonica techniques, by stealing and crediting from him everything that he could, and that man is the legendary Sonny Terry.

Guy’s new album, “Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train – A Look Back at Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry” is an homage to these two hugely influential artists, not only on Guy’s career, but to thousands of musicians around the world.  One such artist is the Italian harmonica ace, Fabrizio Poggi, who collaborates with and produced this recording.

Guy and Fabrizio have a relationship going back a decade in which they’ve performed together on tour in Europe and in the United States.  In 2013 Fabrizio produced and played on Guy’s highly acclaimed recording, ‘Juba Dance’, which was number one on the Roots Music Charts for eight weeks.  And ‘Fab’ also performs on Guy’s last album, ‘Kokomo Kidd.

Guy Davis has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, earning him the title “An ambassador of the blues”.  His work as an actor, author, and music teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues.  What music and acting have in common, he explains, “is that I don’t like people to see the hard work and the sweat that goes into what I do. I want them to hear me and be uplifted.”
All at Kingskerswell Parish Church  TQ12 5LD Doors 7pm
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