Sun 20th Oct
Gathered In Song
@ Gwdihw Cafe Bar, Cardiff
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Gathered In Song: Songdog + Valleyers + Up Down Go Machine + Without Feathers + John Smith + Mark Eitzel
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Pop noir and alt country underpinned by dark, romantic lyricism, Songdog is a vehicle for the songs of Lyndon Morgans (from Blackwood in South Wales) with accompaniment from Karl Woodward (guitar/banjo/mandolin), Dave Paterson (percussion/accordion), Jasper Salmon (violin) and Mal Phillips (bass). The songs form a heartfelt testimony to a life lived, bearing witness to the passing of time, to pain, to love and the loss of it, and to the consolations of memory. Yet, however bleak the vision, the spirit remains defiant in their elegant melodies and explicit lyricism.
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London based six piece with a distinctive British folk revival sound.
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Earthy pop sound comprising acoustic pluckery and folky strumming.
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John Smith's mesmerising percussive guitar and storytelling has been winning fans everywhere. Whether it be playing the guitar lap-style like a drum, detuning the strings mid-chorus or just straight-forward rumbling fingerstyle, the Devon man's playing has prompted both hushed appreciation and riotous standing ovations.
'John Smith again demonstrates why he is the guitarists’ guitarist. His steel-strung acoustic playing adding a beguiling complexity to songs that possess a sharp communicative clarity and directness' (The Sunday Times)
'A man with one of those rattling hearts. It's a true heart. It's a hurt heart' (Daytrotter)
'Songs that impress with the beauty of John's guitar work and intertwined vocals. Staggeringly good' (Acoustic)
'Beyond beautiful' (Jo Whiley, Radio 2).
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