Bohemian Jukebox

I’m very pleased to be performing on Tuesday June 19th at the Bohemian Jukebox event in the upper room of the Bulls Head in Moseley, Birmingham.

The night is organised and booked by a strong local acoustic performer Ben Calvert who is well worth checking out for some gently melancholic songwriting reminscent of acts like Nick Harper and Nick Drake.

I plan to play a set mostly featuring my own songs, along with a couple of my instrumental piano pieces. As always I’ll be including a Brian Wilson cover – this time a new one which I’ve never sung live before, “I Guess I Just Wasn’t Made for this Time”. It’s a very beautiful song from Pet Sounds which – even more than the other tracks on that fine album – expresses the sadness and frustration of being freely creative. I’ve written a new song which is a reply to it, expressing what I feel about the same issues now, recognising both that I’ve moved on from the person I was when I first got to know it and how times have changed since then and since the mid 60’s when Brian wrote it (I think things have changed for the better!). I’ll be performing them both as a pair, linking the two songs together with some bridge material effectively fusing them into one new song with several parts.

Ben Calvert is active on both the local and national folk/acoustic scenes and has a keen eye for talent, his shows are always worth catching as the rest of the line up well shows.

Headliners Reverie Strings is described by Ben as “Splashes of Ray Lamontagne and Gomez; the beauty of Nick Drake and John Martyn. Augmented with a classy and totally original string trio” and the songs on their myspace page are so good I listened to them all twice.

The other two acts Bustmyflex – “relaxed folk-esque jazzy musings sung with a smoky voice and an exquisitely played guitar “and Matt Geary – “a personal patchwork of lyrics influenced by Bob Dylan, Francis Bacon, and Alcohol” are both excellent as well – do have a listen to them and get down to this gig if you can, its really looking like a special evening.



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