NOTTINGHILL ARTS CLUB AND NO QUARTER RIVERSIDE
SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER
JONNY P. TAYLOR
Jonny was born in Greenfield, Massachussetts, but is a British actor and singer. He formed the Winchester band ‘Coffee’ with guitarist Rob Penders. Following a recent accident this summer of 2011, he is in the process of writing a solo album.
"You can never underestimate a good acoustic singer songwriter, and this fella has it all" - Gill Mills, NME
Francis taught himself how to play the guitar in the traditional clawhammer fashion after discovering the music of Townes Van Zandt. Another poignant moment was watching the late Bert Jansch play a spellbinding show at the famous Round House in London.Avert Francis plays acoustic finger picking folk songs in the vein of Townes Van Zandt, Bert Jansch and Nick Drake. Inspiration is drawn from traditional Folk and Blues artists and story telling is always key to his songwriting experience.
JOHN BULL AND THE BANDITS
John Bull & The Bandits are a six piece outfit based in the South East of England. For the last year they have played in London headlining such venues as Ronnie Scots, The Notting Hill Arts Club, and The Proud Galleries amassing a solid fan base whilst doing so. The growing reputation of The Bandits has enabled them to perform more widely in recent months including shows across the UK and in Germany. As part of the London Blues Fest they supported Booker T and more recently James Hunter on his UK tour. Originally a blues band covering songs from the 50’s and 60’s, The Bandits have worked to include these influences into their own material and certainly pay homage to the Blues and Folk greats of the past for influencing their songwriting. An introduction to this work can be heard on their first EP, Approaching Bandit Country, which has now been released.
DAVID J. ALEXANDER
David J. Alexander was born and raised in Belfast but has now made West London his adopted home. His songs are reflections and observations on youth, fear, curiosity, hedonism and heartache. In March 2009 he started 'Songs From A Room' (Sofarsounds.com) as a way for his music to be heard live, unplugged in the most intimate setting possible. These unique shows have turned into a global movement and occur monthly in the secret setting of packed living rooms worldwide. The Sofar movement has regular shows in London Paris, New York, L.A., Mumbai, Sydney and beyond. Despite only playing his first gig last year, and still yet to release a record, he has managed to sell-out London headline shows at The Barfly, Notting Hill Arts Club and Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen in the last 12 months. He is currently playing a monthly residency at Ronnie Scott's throughout the summer of 2012. He will be working on a forthcoming EP with producer Charlie Francis (REM, Noisettes, Turin Breaks) this summer and his song 'When We Were Young' has just been picked up by Henri Lloyd for an online ad campaign for their latest menswear range. He is playing Station Sessions along with Hop Farm festival this summer.
Song's that radiate rock tradition, pop’s culture blues brought back by a nostalgic foot stomping. Five drive deep into rhythms of provocation. In the wake of a two year worldwide tour as an acoustic duo consisting of Galih Richardson (half Indonesian, half English born, lyricist/writer/guitarist and singer), and Francis Newington (multi-instrumentalist, and driving percussive guitarist/writer/backing vocalist), Ay Ducane have now taken their London born distinctive folk music to staggering new heights by forming a fully electric five piece band. With the addition of the Somerset born Richens brothers: Adam (face melting lead guitarist), and Ollie (exemplary drummer, and backbone of the band), as well as pretty boy Edward Maltby (a thundering, force of a bassist who's origins are still unknown), they were able to coax a natural evolution of their duo song's. Working them into arrangements that radiate Rock tradition, Pop’s culture Blues brought back by a nostalgic foot stomping. These five musicians drive deep into rhythms of provocation. Their heart-warming music reaches deep into classic Americana, whilst lyrically, it's vibrant imagery ranges from the fantastical to the familiar, and depicts their experiences and their home-town London.
Dominic is a London based singer-songwriter gigging regularly across the UK with his band and as a solo performer. His influences range from Jamie Cullum and Amos Lee back to the likes of Ray Charles and James Taylor. His debut EP, 'Bourdon Street', was released in 2011 and has since been performed live at Ronnie Scotts, the 100 Club and the Bedford among others. Dom is currently writing and recording his first full album.
Hailing from Brixton, Oli Wennink delivers a charismatic brand of personality-driven music and showmanship, setting him apart from the crowd. With authentic lyrics, driving guitars, classic piano, stomping beats and a voice that sounds like a fallen angel in rehab on the road to salvation, Oli Wennink brings alternative rock star edge to mainstream pop culture with creative intelligence and elegant rebellion. Think Empire Of The Sun meets Elton John; Brandon Flowers & Adam Levine meets David Bowie. With influences from rock, dance, pop, funk and electronica, Oli Wennink has something unique and original to offer that speaks to the contemporary cultures of our times. Here is a credible talent whose artistry is drawn from the authentic depths of his personality and imagination.
Andrew has been playing, singing and writing since he was a kid growing up in Cornwall. He honed his talent at the renowned Academy of Contemporary Music and has been playing, writing, recording and performing all over the UK ever since. He’s a first-rate singer, brilliant piano player and writes strong pop songs with good hooks. Andrew has worked with some great artists, most recently with Charlie Simpson who he recently supported on his UK tour. Andrew was also recently booked as a solo artist to perform for Prince Charles’ charity, Start at Lancaster House alongside Jools Holland.