Yes, it is that time of the month again when we decamp to the marvellous Baila Bar in Swindon for our live music sessions. We have some proper treats lined up for you music fans as well, so we leave you in the capable hands of our buddies at Songs of Praise to explain what is going on.
Thursday 26th May – Franc Cinelli, Monkfish (Acoustic) + Oli Norman – The Renegade Sessions in The Loft @ Baila Coffee & Vinyl
Franc Cinelli (pictured) has has been on Dave’s radar since he reviewed his album last year (which he thought “a sublime mix of all that is familiar but crafted together into new shapes and presented with a masterful touch”). He has carved a niche for himself in the industry by bucking trends with his free-wheeling alternative folk and doing things his way. Considered by many the songwriters’ songwriter his style ranges from uptempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and love struck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads.
Ed’s contribution to the line up has been to procure a rather special acoustic set from Swindon / Oxford band Monkfish. As a full on electric band they sound like the bastard sons of Johnny Cash and The Sisters of Mercy, with a dash of The Gun Club thrown in for good measure. Their acoustic set therefore promises to pitch somewhere around The Handsome Family but that is just a best guess. What ever it sounds like I think it will be something dark, lush and wonderfully unique.
Our opener, Oli Norman, kind of found us and is very much a raw prospect. Helping new talent gain an audience is one of our main drivers though, so it is a pleasure to be able to present an artist who so far has been only really been seen at open-mic slots. So let this be a lesson to all you other new faces out there – keep on getting up at open-mics and similar to hone and perfect your songs and performance, know your scene, network, ask for shows, get yourself out there and heard. Anyway, Oli presents simple songs sung with heart, and what more could you ask for than that from a guy with a guitar?
Entry is £5 and strictly limited in numbers. Music starts around 8pm. Full details to be found here.
Sunday 29th May – Phil Cooper + TBC – The Renegade Sessions @ Baila Coffee & Vinyl
Sop regular Phil Cooper (pictured) is a contemporary singer/songwriter with thought provoking songwriting and energetic, often unpredictable live performances. Phil has regularly (especially from Dave) drawn comparisons to Neil Finn, Glenn Tilbrook and Ben Folds, which is a very good thing.
Having been the frontman for The Haiku for 6 years, 2012 saw him go it alone, and since he has played a host of solo shows, including highly successful support slots for Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) and Dave McPherson (InMe). During his live shows, he makes a real connection with the crowd, often starting and finishing the shows entirely unplugged and shunning the stage to stand right in among the captivated audience.
Entry is free, music from 3pm. Details here.