Posts Tagged ‘Acoustic’

Walking to this evening’s venue a concerned policeman can be seen sniffing suspiciously around one of the many shady backstreets within the vicinity of Clyde Street, Leicester. Unbeknown to him, a crime was being committed just round the corner at The Musician where a less than 10% capacity crowd had descended to watch a stellar mid-week line-up of raw local talent.

Understandably hesitant initially, Theo Miller grows visibly in stature towards the end of his stage-warming set. Theo’s intelligence shines through in his acoustic repertoire, his comical rhyming couplets coming to the fore on Plans. His lyrical prowess on the likes of Forgive & Forget has won him fans, and a competition: to perform a support slot for Joan Armatrading at De Montfort Hall in November on her 40th anniversary. Fitting is it then, that he departs with Letters, a song about song-writing.

Last time Rosie Doyle entertained at The Musician she was afflicted with a broken string. On this occasion it’s a woefully-tuned top E string and a cold. Despite the mishaps, Rosie adds valuable impetus to the plucking stakes here, epitomised in the skippy number Yellow Brick Road. Her time will come.

Fay Brotherhood – a bizarre meeting of Boudicca versus Cavegirl, bashing out her Pagan-influenced traditional folk. Photo: Steven Seniw/Kicha Media

Fay Brotherhood’s time is already upon us. Born into a blues-loving family based in Coalville, Fay begs to be different. Aesthetically, she is a bizarre meeting [photo left] of Boudicca versus Cavegirl with her dreadlocks and crafty attire. Musically, her traditional folk interpretations of local legends [Black Annis] and battles [Blue Spiral Screams] make for fascinating listening. Combined with Lee Burns’ violin & electric mandolin, Fay’s music accurately recreates rousing Gaelic tones. Chalk Horses for instance is a galloping romp influenced by stone circles and a certain Pagan festival. Lowlands of Holland is another with an ethereal edge. With a name for fame and the conviction to match, now is a great time to Follow the Falcon and join the Brotherhood.

Sporting a “Drink Coca Cola” t-shirt, headline act Chris Ostler climbs to the stage opting, somewhat surprisingly, for a stool. In energising fashion, as if he’d drunken 10 litres of the caffeine-packed drink, Chris’ strumming arm sets off like a piston. Lamplights is the pinnacle of his intermittently emotional set, featuring a beautifully whistled intro. Bullet from Heaven is another highlight, inspired by his Grandad’s participation in World War II. Evidently an accomplished musician, Chris is firmly in the ilk of Ed Sheeran. Also touring with Joan Armatrading in the winter, 2012 promises to be a memorable year for Chris.

And so the evening closes, the buzz dies down and our thanks go to The Musician and promoters Horus Music Ltd for greatly enriching our musical education.

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“Ever the dreamer, ever the believer” according to his Myspace bio, Calder McLaughlin can now add fatherhood to his growing list of credentials. It is a theme that inspires much of Chapters & Phases: a twelve-song acoustic album that chronicles his emotional ascent from boy to man.

What Calder lacks in poetic invention, he more than compensates for with his unleashed, heart-warming vocals: best described as a vibrant concoction of Kelly Jones’ gravel and James Skelly’s passion.

On the title track Calder describes fatherhood as “the greatest gift of all”, accompanied by a heart-felt chorus of “this star will always guide you home”. Rarely, in fact, do his melancholic guitar lines and lyrics fail to strike a chord.

The floodgates truly open on Breathe Out and Lights Across The Liffey: a beautiful song inspired by a jaunt to Dublin during a pivotal time in the boy’s life. Passion gushes from every pore as he confronts and accepts his overwhelming emotions, “yeah I’m in love”. It’s not hard to picture Calder featuring in a Gene Kelly-style video; kneeling on a cobbled street, pouring his heart out amidst torrential rain.

Parallels are perhaps better drawn with Chris Martin or Travis on See Saw, a roller-coaster ride of emotive peaks and lulls. And on the anthemic Conflict of Emotions, Calder’s almost a certain Mr Keating back in his Notting Hill days.

“I’ve always kinda looked at the world from a sideways point of view” expresses Calder, a converted drummer. Becoming a parent has clearly elucidated his perspective on life, but in the not-so-distant past he was a young pretender.

These Streets sees Calder revisit his first footsteps in Leicester: soul-searching while lost on a late night out in the city. Back In The Day meanwhile is a nostalgic glance back at “the glory days” – a reference to his participation in Sheffield’s late 90’s drum ‘n’ bass scene. Angelina is a strummed sweetie to end the affair.

Sat, guitar in hand, in what looks like a graffitied skate park corner, sporting heavy stubble and dark-wash jeans, Calder gives the impression of a rough-slept busker. Based on the evidence of Chapters & Phases, one senses he is destined for greater things. Not even the venues on Pocklington’s Walk could house him.

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Song of today comes courtesy of Conor J. O’Brien‘s Irish creation Villagers. Taken off their Mercury-nominated 2010 debut Becoming A JackalThat Day inspires an acoustic-folky sing-along similar in essence to Mumford & Sons. Enchanting, enlightening, emotional –  I’m a converted Jackal!


Conor’s cereal bowl haircut caused quite a stir on YouTube discussions, which inevitably dissolve into a fully-waged war of verbal volleying.

Villagers are signed to Domino Records, the same London-based label as Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand and The Kills, amongst others. One characteristic of the neighbourly fivesome is their ability to defy categorisation! Try finding their musical genre on their Wikipedia page. Search me.

Réalisé par Myles O’Reilly, regardez un autre clip pour la chanson The Pact (I’ll be Your Fever) ici. C’est ok Tweek?