Further Shows: 6th October
Dan Raza has already established a considerable reputation on the UK singer songwriter and folk roots scene. His distinctive approach has won him many fans and led to his supporting Joan Armatrading on a recent European tour, as well as opening for artists such as Mary Gauthier, Badly Drawn Boy, Cara Dillon and Alejandro Escovedo at concerts throughout the UK and USA. He also had a song, Every Little Dog endorsed by Neil Young when Shakey chose it for his 'Living with War' website.
His live performances are noted for their strong emotional impact and his songs are informed by literary influences such as Ben Okri and also the influence of painters like Marc Chagall. Indeed, Dan's songs receive colourful treatment on this his first album. From the yearning sweep of 40 Miles to the vibrant energy of Cool Dark Night and No-One Shed A Tear, the intense originality of his writing is balanced by strong and varied musical texture.
Raised in Bedfordshire, Dan is of mixed Indian and British origin. Many of his songs draw on images from his past and there is an enigmatic and whistful quality at the heart of his writing.
A chance meeting at a gig in South London led Dan to record his debut album with Charlie Hart, who has worked previously with Ronnie Lane, Ian Dury, Eric Clapton and Mose Allison. It features a stellar array of guest appearances from Geraint Watkins (Van Morrison, Paul McCartney), BJ Cole (Dolly Parton, Martin Simpson) Steve Simpson (Eric Bibb, Ronnie Lane), Frank Mead (Albert King, Eric Clapton) and Mosi Conde (Mory Kante, Salif Keita).
Dan Raza has waited a long time to make his first full album after earning plaudits from some of the most notable songwriters on both sides of the Atlantic. There is no doubt he has a lot of promise, this album is a clue to what he might do with it.
(Info taken from Dan's website: http://www.danraza.com)
"A great young talent."
Chris Farlowe *4/5 Stars*
"An astonishingly accomplished set of songs, one of which a veteran songwriter would be proud."
Jeremy Searle, R2 Magazine
"Stunning - our Album of the Week."
Ross MacFadyen, Celtic Music Radio
"One of my favourite new songwriters."
Gerry Andersen, BBC Wales
"There's a great fusion of influences in his music, yet it all sounds very much his own vision."
Iain Anderson, BBC Scotland
"Dan Raza's haunting vocals captivated the audience. A rising star to watch out for - extremely impressive."
Malcolm Galloway, Classical London and Arts Opinion
"A swarthy, lyrical journey of delight."
Sue Marchant, BBC Cambridge
"This guy really is something else - there's something very beguiling about his music."
Brian Mullen, BBC Ulster
"Fantastic, absolutely brilliant."
Gareth Lloyd, BBC Three Counties
Once upon a time Des Horsfall had a Dream. A Dream about a Musical Key. He foresaw his Rock and Roll Future, and his Inspiration was Ronnie Lane.
Des Horsfall will be performing songs from his album "The Good Gentleman's Tonic" .The album is part 1 of a trilogy of albums dedicated to Ronnie Lane and his band Slim Chance (one of the founders of English Rock & Roll band Small Faces)
"This is a killer record… KILLER"!
“an engaging mix of Country, Rock, and Folk-themed tunes”
(Info taken from Des Horsfall's website: http://www.kuschtyrye.net)
A relative newcomer to Nottingham's acoustic music scene, singer Honour Cann has captivated audiences with her own renditions of old-time music, traditional folk songs and contemorary pop songs. Jesse James, Paolo Nutini, Bruce springsteen are amongst her repertoire and influences. But it's her pure vocals that set her apart with gestures towards folk and a contemporary finish.
£7 on door, £5 online
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