How many pundits frantically casting their runes back in 1999 for predictions for the new millennium would have foreseen that Turin Brakes would be releasing their seventh studio album in 2016? Back then, they were hotly-tipped young ingénues, and we all know what usually happens to them in the heartless world of showbiz – but while many of the rest of the class of 2000 seem forever frozen into the faces in their yearbook pictures, Turin Brakes are still making their way through the century’s changing landscape. Turin Brakes was created by Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, in a millennial South London bedroom, more out of a shared need to express a hidden message they’d both caught at the century’s end, than in a grab for stardom. Enlisting the membership of long-term collaborators Rob Allum and Eddie Myer, the band carries on because the message is still there, still hidden, still with something to say. 2010’s Outbursts was followed by 2013’s We Were Here, written on the back of a continuous live touring schedule driven by their fans’ need to keep tapping in. Sending out continuous streams of under-the-radar transmissions to whoever tuned in to hear, the band found their audiences staying, then growing, as more and more listeners tumbled to the secret. The cover artwork of their new album Lost Property shows an urban spaceman marooned in a deckchair as, behind the winter lawn, half-hidden shapes loom in the dark. The intimacy and warmth that Turin Brakes have taken along with them down the years, but this time reaching up towards something bigger, more epic in scope and darker in hue. It’s a sound yearning for the wide open spaces of the USA but rooted in the grimy streets of South London, still unique, still unforgettable. Sixteen years of touring across continents have sealed their reputation as a fearsome live act, able to hold any size crowd with the sheer chutzpah of their no-hidden-tricks raw and direct onstage presence. Turin Brakes carry on their secret life, and with a new generation of artists like Max Jury, Aquilo and Benjamin Francis Leftwich starting to beat a path to their door to collaborate, it looks like the secret is getting out. With a new album recently (and successfully) launched, the band has been rehearsing the tracks ready to take them out on the road, which can present its own set of problems not necessarily foreseen at the writing and recording stages. “So far, everything has gone pretty smoothly I am glad to say,” Gayle says. “The bit we are thinking about is where exactly to put it in the running order. You have to make sure that your live set is balanced, and works up to a good ending.” After seven albums – and over a million records sold – we think that Turin Brakes might just have that set list sorted by the time their European tour starts in April, and it’ll be just perfect for the London Acoustic Show in September!
We are excited to announce that Stuart Ryan will be performing at the London Acoustic Show 2016. Diverse, but never disparate and with over 15 years’ worth of professional live performance experience the highly regarded guitarist has learned how to showcase the instrument to its fullest potential. Taking up guitar at the age of thirteen, Stuart was first influenced by the ‘hair’ metal of the 1980s and the ensuing harder sound of Guns n’ Roses and Metallica. After several years honing his skills by playing along with records, he discovered a wider palette of players and began to draw influence from jazz icons Wes Montgomery and Django Reinhardt alongside country bluesmen like Mississippi John Hurt. The turning point, however, came when he saw his hero Martin Taylor MBE perform live. Suddenly it all clicked into place and Stuart began to compose his first fingerstyle guitar pieces. That was almost twenty years ago and since then he has become regarded as one of the UK’s finest fingerstyle concert guitarists and composers for the instrument. Named as Guitarist Magazine’s ‘Acoustic Guitarist of the Year’ in 2002 he soon came to the attention of Martin Taylor himself who described him as ‘One of the finest of his generation’ and invited him to perform at his Kirkmichael Guitar Festival. Extensive concert work soon followed and it wasn't long before he had played at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues from The Purcell Room at London’s Southbank to The Sage in Gateshead. In addition to countless shows at Arts Centres and clubs across the UK , international engagements have seen him play in Italy, Ireland, Austria and Germany with more overseas trips planned for the future. Although acclaimed by guitarists, Stuart’s live show also draws admiration from those who just love the sound of the instrument and with his relaxed on-stage demeanour and varied repertoire; he never fails to leave an audience with smiles on their faces. Don’t miss your chance to see Stuart Ryan Perform at this year’s London Acoustic Show, discounted Early Bird tickets are now on sale at just £17.50, offer ends 5 June 2016. Click here call 01926 339 808 to buy your tickets now!
Zak Ford is a self-released artist from York. His début album ‘Young, Eager & Starry Eyed’ was released on March 2015 following a successful Kickstarter, fan-funding campaign. Zak burst onto the music scene with soulful lyrics and heart trembling chords. Having recently opened for Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Zak is carving a deep groove into the acoustic scene as a solo artist. His songs employ a range of tunings, effortlessly gliding between soul, folk and Americana, and his evocative lyrics showcase his outstanding vocals. Don't miss your chance to see this amazing up and coming artist perform on the Main Stage Saturday 10 September, click here or call 01926 339 808 to buy your tickets now!