Tuesday 29th May, 7.30pm, The Bedford, Balham
Join us for the culmination of The Acoustic Guitar Project in London: a songwriter’s-circle concert at the legendary Bedford in Balham with five of the best singer-songwriters this city has to offer.
The Acoustic Guitar Project (TAGP) is a global song-writing project taking place in 50 cities throughout the world. Each participating city has its own guitar and every season 5 new local musicians are chosen to participate by writing a song on their city’s guitar. Each musician is challenged to write and record an original song on the city’s guitar in just one week. This season we had the fantastic Autumnmusic, Harry Quinn, Barry Locke, Nick Di Gregorio and Martha Paton, and the concert will be hosted by one of the participants of last year’s project: Cerian. The culmination of the project is this concert, where you have a chance to hear the songs they wrote during the challenge! All 5 songwriters will debut the song they wrote on the guitar, talk a little about the process, and also play a couple of their own songs. Every musician who has taken part in the project has signed the guitar, and will share the guitar for the concert.
You can preview the songs on the TAGP website:
This is a FREE entry event, everyone is welcome!
“Pretty Extraordinary” – Tom Robinson
”A songwriter blessed with incredible control” Clash
Autumnmusic is musical artist Rosi Croom’s solo project.
Her pulsating songs and rhythms speak of power struggles, politics, feminism, mental health, loss and sensuality. She creates these stories live using a digital loop station and live sampling, weaving her stories and their accompanying musical motifs into a complex tapestry before your eyes.
While Rosi is gaining kudos behind the scenes, gaining sync work with Harvey Nichols and collaborating with the producers that brought you one of Madonna’s seminal albums and Maroon 5, Autumnmusic remains her public alias and the face of her exploration of the human heart and psyche.
Harry Quinn is a singer-songwriter influenced by Pop, Soul and Jazz music. Over the past few years Harry has notched up hundreds of public performances at venues including The Royal Society, St. Pancras Church and BBC Three Counties Radio. His debut album ‘Parallels’ features a mix of moods and grooves, delivered by warm soulful vocals, dynamic guitar playing and a talented bunch of musicians as part of the Harry Quinn Band.
Barry Locke is a 31 year old singer songwriter from Northern Ireland who now lives in London. So far 2018 has seen the release of his Debut Single ‘ T O M B S ‘ and the airing of BBC One’s ‘All Together Now’ which featured Barry as one of ‘The 100’ judges of the singing competition. With single number 2 recently released, Barry has busied himself with perfecting his live show which heavily features his unique hybrid brand of “leg slapping alternative Folk/ Pop Acoustica” coupled with simple plucky guitar, punchy lyrics and catchy melodies.
NICK DI GREGORIO
Melbourne native Nick Di Gregorio announced himself in 2016 with the release of his debut EP ‘Lover Birds’. The 6-track offering provides a snapshot of life and love for a musician making his way in London. Songs like ‘Lauren Brown’ and ‘Collisions in Love’ showcase his Jazz leanings and knack for writing indie-pop flavoured acoustic gems which have drawn comparisons with John Mayer, Damien Rice, The Shins and John Martyn. Not afraid to convey a personal story in his music, there is a level of honesty not often seen in such a young artist, not to mention clever guitar licks and a distinctive vocal tone throughout.
Martha Paton is a South London-based singer and writer of little chocolate-box songs about the city, suburbia, and how fucked we all are. Born in the badlands of Hampshire and raised on the worst pop excesses of the 90s and early 00s, she now specialises in folk and country-infused pop (which she calls Briticana) that takes cues from Laura Marling, Regina Spektor, Margo Price and First Aid Kit. You may have seen her busking a gut out on the South Bank, or supporting artists like Rae Morris, Kim Churchill and Joel Baker.
London singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Cerian, has been described as a cross between Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell and London Grammar. She has been a BBC Introducing featured artist and recently recorded with Radiohead on their latest album. Classically trained in voice, harp, piano and guitar, Cerian weaves together melodic vocals and rich harmony with a love of poetry and literature, her songs often quoting from legendary writers such as William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Jack Kerouac and Lewis Carroll to create heartfelt poetic musical journeys. Having sung with the likes of U2, Tom Chaplin, Imogen Heap, Laura Mvula, Newton Faulkner and Amber Run, Cerian is now taking on the world with her own brand of contemporary ethereal folk and is looking forward to releasing her much-anticipated debut single this Summer.