Winner of 9 major awards in the U.S.A and 4 times nominated in the British Blues Awards. The past three years have seen Sewell continue to go from strength to strength particularly in America where his debut album ‘Calling Your Name’ spent a staggering 7 weeks at number one on the American Blues Scene Chart. His second album Independence went on to win multiple awards and firmly establish him as a real force to be reckoned with. An unplugged album recorded live at the Legendary Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood followed and in its first week of release became a pick of the month in the prestigious IBBA chart in the U.K. Sewell was in fact one of the most played artists as reported by the IBBA across the whole of 2014. He has recently become the voice of the audio book Dangerous Gambles by acclaimed American Author J.H Sanderson which also features Sewell’s music . Sewell’s music has not only been recorded recently by several American artists but is also featured on numerous major compilations alongside legendary artists such as Robert Johnson, B.B King and Howlin’ Wolf.
What others are saying:
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This return to his roots has seen him widely recognised as one of the great emerging British guitar talents currently riding the wave of New British Blues gaining popularity in the U.S.A. ( source ).
Legendary Producer/Engineer Stuart Epps (Led Zep, Elton John, Bill Wyman)
“I’ve only just met this brilliant musician but i can tell you he is the real thing. Heart felt, passionate and truly excellent rock/blues guitar playing and singing. Comparable with some of the greats I’ve had the pleasure to work with.Two of them called Lee, Albert Lee and Alvin Lee.”Trevor is in my opinion from the same mould he gives rock/blues a new boost. You’ve just got to love it!!!”
Barry Tomes. Gotham Records:
“I knew when I signed Brooke Nickerson to the label. I had a artist with the potential of Bonnie Raitt. I knew I would need a song writer and producer of the same quality. I found that in Trevor Sewell”
Trevor is currently in the studio doing pre-production for a new album to be recorded at Sound Emporium Nashville later this year and on the road promoting his latest album HOLLOW.
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Returning to the Cockpit after a sold out show last year, we are delighted to have Blanty performing for us in 2020!
Blanty's unique & exciting style of guitar playing and songwriting are heavily influenced by his 22 years living & playing his music in various countries & among many cultures around the world.. his live show is euphoric "Blanty is the best acoustic live show in the UK right now, an asset for any venue or festival" Rhythmtree Festival IOW.
Since returning to the UK 4 years ago, Blanty has played over 200 gigs, 50 festivals, also weddings, funerals, beer festivals, parties galore, yurt gigs, after show parties & many other unusual places, he's also supported some amazing bands, more recently including Henge, Me & My Friends, The Hut People, Captain Hotknives.
Blanty always goes down really well & fully embraces the festival/event, you never know where he will pop up next & if there's a late night acoustic space or communal fire then expect to find him there until after dawn where he'll be jamming, encouraging & entertaining the crowds all night.
Blanty has played as a solo artist for many years, but has also played in loads of bands & has been a dep lots of times. He's released 2 brilliant albums since returning to the UK & has appeared on plenty of tv, radio & recorded a few sessions, including 'The Sessions of March', Blanty is a fan & was honoured to be asked there.
Blanty is a crowd pleaser & takes great pleasure in 'making people smile & feel free', he is loved far & wide and is always asked to return to the festivals & venues where he plays, he has already agreed to return to a number of festivals in 2019.
"A generous, entertaining musician & composer whose great technique is matched by his boundless enthusiasm." Musicport Festival
Always accompanied by a wide smile, a guitar & a twinkling eye Blanty is a one off. Full of positive energy, catchy foot tappers, beautiful balladry & a wonderful musical journey, Blanty's dynamic scattergun performance will have you touring the world & back with him. Humour, storytelling & tongue tying ad-lib make each show so uniquely intimate yet unifying. Blanty's enthusiasm is contagious, his songs very catchy, his music is distinctly individual. The dynamics of Blantys guitar playing & songs are breathtaking, his connection & interaction with the audience means they bounce off each other, egging each other on, making each show unique & you never know what will happen next...
"Blantys show is an acoustic rave full of love & energy" - Green Gathering
Tickets will be £6 Advance / £8 on the door.
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Ben Walker was recently hailed as one of ‘the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now’ by Total Guitar magazine.
Hailing from rural Worcestershire, he is inspired by finding the past in the present, by the languages and lived experience of ordinary people and the names, songs and stories that reflect each other down the ages. A versatile composer as well as a celebrated instrumentalist, his passion is putting old jewels in new settings.
After six critically acclaimed albums and a BBC Folk Award as a duo with Josienne Clarke, and more than fifty records as a producer of other artists, Ben Walker's signature style has been sought out from punk to Proms, from Rough Trade to the Royal Shakespeare Company. He had already built a reputation among his peers for fusing tradition, for innovation and for playing like absolutely no-one else when he released his first solo record in 2018. An EP, The Fox on the Downs showcased his mastery of his instrument and his love for traditional English music.
His first full album, Echo, was released in July 2019 - a reminder that with Ben, ‘guitarist’ has never quite covered it. A collection of original pieces, traditional songs and poems set to music, critics have given it a rapturous reception, with folk and world music bible fRoots magazine the first to welcome it as ‘a profound statement connecting past and present - it sounds very special’.
Verity Sharp picked it up for BBC Radio 3’s legendary The Late Junction within a week of release, telling listeners ‘it just floors me every time I hear it.’
The Guardian remarked on ‘hauntology reminiscent of Gavin Bryars’ after declaring it simply ‘stunning’.
Songlines Magazine gave it a coveted five star review, calling it ‘ambitious, distinctive and brilliantly achieved’.
In between producing and playing for other artists, Ben is thoroughly enjoying bringing his characteristically warm, whimsical and virtuosic set to folk audiences and festivals in the UK and Europe throughout 2019. With red hot irons in the fire for 2020; collaborations with the best of a new generation of folk musicians as well as a major new solo project, you could be forgiven for thinking he's just getting started.
Reviews for Echo
'That just floors me every time I hear it…his guitar playing is second to none.'
Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3, The Late Junction
‘beautiful… stunning, some of the best guitar playing you are likely to hear and the best ending of any track I’ve ever played on this show’.
Greg Russell, BBC New Traditions
'gorgeous...a lovely album. Incredibly atmospheric, absolutely beautiful'
Genevieve Tudor, BBC Sunday Folk
'Stunning… from hauntology reminiscent of Gavin Bryers...to gorgeous duets'
‘Ambitious, distinctive and brilliantly achieved.’
'A profound statement connecting past and present…very special.'
‘...well deserving of your attention’
‘Ben’s reputation for melding tradition with ground-breaking, innovative, indeed passionate music is truly enhanced with this exceptional release.’
Folk Radio UK
'Sublime, intelligent, totally compelling...dazzling from start to finish'
The Living Tradition
‘Hypnotically beautiful...quietly majestic...amazing'
'An intensely thoughtful album, one whose depth of creation belies its gentle and unassuming nature and thus is not to be underestimated.'
‘Echo is een intrigerend en tijdloos album’
'Stunning from start to finish'
Ben Walker Live at the Cockpit / Tickets £10 (Advance) or £12 on the door.
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Medieval & Spanish blues (progressive blues)
“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”Altadena News, USA”
Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.
Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.
Claude Bourbon weaved his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavours of Europe and beyond. It is very hard to describe the almost endless amalgam of different influences in Claude's playing, all melting into each other, as he moves from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearic’s to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that is music that would not have been out of place in the courts of Emperors and Kings.
Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….
Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.
“ Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“ - The Hook, Charlottesville, USA
"Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45", Bob, Tucson, AZ
Claude's official website : www.claudebourbon.org
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Although he was born by the sea, it wasn’t until he moved to the desert that Nels Andrews began writing songs. He sang them alone in a house constructed of mud and tires on the sage-brushed mesas of Taos, New Mexico where he spent his 20’s, airing them occasionally around campfires. Eventually he found his voice as a crooner of literary narratives and increasingly impressionistic story songs.
Nels has toured nationally and internationally since 2002 and has won prestigious songwriting awards from Kerrville, Telluride, and Mountain Stage. His international travels include sessions with the BBC’s Bob Harris, who named Nels’ debut album one of the best of that year.
Folk Radio UK says: “(Nels) combines deft storytelling with a warmth of tone and gentleness of pace .. awash with layers, metaphors and echoes woven into subtle, contemplative contemporary song. Like finding a seashell at the back of a dusty cupboard, putting it to your ear and hearing the ocean.”
Now, happily stationed by the sea again in Santa Cruz, Andrews has gracefully woven the morning fog, redwoods, and oceanside into his forthcoming record Pigeon and The Crow, produced by traditional Irish flutist Nuala Kennedy (Gerry O’Conner, Will Oldham). A songwriter’s record in the spirit of Van Morrison’s Veedon Fleece with a breath of the texture, rhythm, and longing of Milton Nascimento’s Club De Esquina , Pigeon and The Crow brims with literary wordplay, mixed with some sway, some shimmer, and some sand between your toes.
The bones of this soon to be released, 4th studio record were tracked live at indie rock band Lord Huron’s Whispering Pines clubhouse/studio In Los Angeles. Andrews, along with Kennedy, Sebastian Steinberg (Iron and Wine, Fiona Apple , Soul Coughing) on bass, and Quinn on drums/percussion (T-Bone Burnett, Eastmountainsouth), breathed life into the songs together in that one room. The album was then fleshed out via long distance collaborations with an international set of traditional players, from the UK to the Azores, mixed with new friends like Stelth Ulvang (the Lumineers), not to mention some old friends from New York. It also features guest appearances by fellow songsmiths Anais Mitchell, AJ Roach, and Anthony Da Costa. Release Date August 9, 2019.
— AMERICAN SONGWRITER
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